Hedge Trimmers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Hedge trimmers are the only way to keep your hedges looking tight and shapely. If you've ever wondered how other people manage to keep their bushes looking beautiful, the secret is definitely in the trimming. Let's take a look at the different types of trimmers out there, so you can see what best fits your needs.

Which Hedge Trimmers Are Best?

Gasoline-powered hedge trimmers are by far the most common variety found on the market. Electric trimmers are definitely out there, however, and in my opinion, they offer some distinct advantages in terms of weight, operating cost and environmental benefits. The major disadvantage of electric trimmers is that they have to be plugged in, so unless you have a small property and a good extension cord you'll probably want to go with a gas-powered model.

Gas-powered hedge trimmers come in a few different types of designs, but for the most part, they're all very similar. They work with a light-weight gas engine at the base of the trimmer that you hold using a built-in handle. Some trimmers have a blade that extends directly out of the engine for close-range trimming, while others have a pole design for trimming hedges that are too high to reach.

Any good hedge trimmer will have an ergonomically designed handle with a trigger that allows you to vary the cutting speed. Vibration reduction is also an important feature, since it can become quite uncomfortable holding a wildly vibrating machine for long periods of time. Also look for trimmers with engines designed for quiet operation, for the benefit of yourself and those around you.

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