Hedge trimmer buying guide
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- A battery
- Blade length
Which hedge trimmer do I need?
For the others, the wired electric hedge trimmers offer an average power of 600 Watts (W) and are suitable for the nearby hedges. If weight is a concern, this is the tool for you.
How does a hedge trimmer work?
Thermal trimmers have a 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine. Their cylinder capacity varies from one model to the next.
Electric hedge trimmers can be wired or battery operated. Power varies for wired electric hedge trimmers while intensity and amperage determine battery capacity.
How to choose the power
Corded Electric Hedge Trimmer
Battery Operated Hedge Trimmer
Why choose a thermal hedge trimmer?
2-stroke engine or 4-stroke engine
Electric hedge trimmer or battery hedge trimmer?
Corded Electric Hedge Trimmer
A wired electric hedge trimmer is preferable for many due to its small size and is well suited to small projects in a space close to a power source.
The wired electric hedge trimmer is inexpensive and more lightweight than the other models.
Battery Powered Hedge Trimmer
Battery powered hedge trimmers are suitable for large gardens as they are mobile and can be used without constraint.
Powerful and equipped with long battery life, battery powered hedge trimmers are a very good compromise between wired electric hedge trimmers and 2-stroke thermal hedge trimmers.
How to choose the length of cut?
The length of cut is equal to the length of the blade and the longer it is, the easier it is to keep your cut straight because you have to make fewer passes. However, the weight is proportional to the length of the blade. The longer it is, the heavier your hedge trimmer is. For this reason, some prefer a shorter, lighter, and more manageable blade.
The blades are found in lengths between 40 and 75 cm. Your choice must, therefore, take these three criteria into account:
- Your ability to prune straight
- The weight you want to support
- The width of your hedges
The various types of blades
The hedge trimmer blades can operate in two different ways:
- "Simple action cut" means one blade moving from front to back under a fixed blade;
- "Dual action cut", both of the blades are in motion and move relative to one another - this process reduces vibrations and remains more efficient than the first.
How to choose the cutting height
These hedge trimmers allow you to work on the ground because the blade is at the end of an adjustable pole that is adjustable in height.
On the length, the hedge trimmer can reach more than 3 meters. Of course, it takes arms to wear it. Fortunately for our joints, an anti-vibration system exists.
How to choose the gap between the teeth
The distance between the teeth determines the diameter of the branches you can cut, the larger the diameter is, the more branches you trimmer will be able to handle:
- 12 to 16 mm for young shoots;
- 20 to 25 mm for normal hedges;
- 26 to 36 mm to face the jungle.
The various grips and weight
Weight of a hedge trimmer
How to maintain and use your hedge trimmer
Also, check the quality of the blade and lubricate it. If it’s a thermal hedge trimmer, take a look at the oil before you find your motor overheating. And since you’re there, check that the air filter as it cleans.
Hedge trimmer blades are like bike chains, they should not be washed with water and they don’t work well at all if they’re full of leaves and other bits.
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