What you need to know about Hedge Trimmers
Hedge Trimmers, also known as Hedge Cutters, are available in Cordless, Electric & Petrol models. When choosing which power type to buy, you will need to consider a number of factors. If you require high power & continuous running, you will prefer Electric or Petrol trimmers. Electric models provide good torque & do not need recharging or refuelling, but you will be restricted by the length of the cable (though an extension cable can remedy this problem). The risk of accidentally cutting through cables is also an issue, so always use an RCD plug
to safeguard against electrocution. Petrol Hedge Trimmers
are high powered & free you up to move where you would like, but they are usually heavier & petrol is messy, requiring more maintenance & discipline to use. Cordless has the advantage over both Electric Corded Hedge Trimmers
& Petrol Hedge Trimmers of being light & portable. At present, though, they cannot match the higher power of Electric or Petrol Hedge Trimmer Models. Of course they also have a limited run time before they need to be recharged. If run time is important to you but you still want to use a Cordless Hedge Trimmer
, you may want to think about providing yourself with a good supply of long lasting batteries. High amp-hour batteries will last longer, much like having a larger fuel tank, whereas high voltage batteries will provide you with more power, equivalent to a larger engine.
Safety when using your Hedge Trimmer
Consider using a Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
if you need to trim higher or deeper hedges, as working from a ladder is more difficult. Remember that longer Hedge Trimmers will also be heavier. Never buy a Hedge Trimmer that you cannot comfortably use, as it will cause fatigue & could cause an accident. Always wear appropriate protection including Safety Eyewear
to protect yourself.
Maintaining your Hedge Trimmer
For all Hedge Trimmers it is essential that you keep your blades in good working order. Use a protecting lubricant
to ensure that blades do not rust, & cut efficiently & smoothly. This will save power & reduce stress on the machine, especially Cordless Hedge Trimmers. Petrol Hedge Trimmers usually require 2 stroke oil
- make certain that you use the right oil mix so that the engine won’t seize up during use.