Choosing the Right Hedge Trimmer

Hedge trimmers are one of the most popular gardening power tools. They can trim hedges, cut through overgrown grass, and make garden maintenance easy. There are a few different types of hedge trimmers with various blades and power options. Let’s take a closer look at how you can find the perfect hedge trimmer.

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Corded or cordless

There are advantages and disadvantages to cordless and corded trimmers. Corded trimmers use electricity directly from the power source so you will never run out of battery. You can use the landscaping tool for hours on end without needing to pause to charge it.

They also release zero emissions, making them far more eco-friendly than other power tools. They consume electricity without releasing harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

On the other hand, cordless hedge trimmers are much more flexible, and a cord doesn’t restrict you. The power tool is handheld, and you don’t have to worry about cutting through the cord.  There’s no need to stock up on extension cables either. Cordless trimmers also produce zero carbon emissions.

Size of task

The size of your gardening task will have a big impact on the size of the trimmer you need. You won’t need as much power to maintain a small garden and keep the garden hedges trimmed. However, industry professionals may opt for a much more powerful machine that can handle the volume of work. Powerful hedge trimmers often have a wider blade gap to slice through leaves and thicker branches. You should also consider the location of the task. You may need a cordless machine if there are no power sockets nearby.

Type of blades

The length of the blade determines how much you can cut in one go. For example, a longer blade can cut much more in one motion and speed up the job. The longer blade can reach high hedges – but it tends to be heavier to carry on. A smaller blade has much more mobility, so you can carve intricate patterns into your hedges.

The gap between the blades, named teeth spacing, impacts the size of the branch you can cut. A double-sided blade, with teeth on both sides, will make a much cleaner cut and less tearing.

Think about your garden and what you need your hedge trimmer to do. You could ask a professional in the store if you’re unsure which one to go for.

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