A hedge trimmer right for you

To give your yard a proper look, hedge trimmers are your best friend. They bring the final touch to your landscape by providing clean and precise cuts for your shrubs and perennials. Beyond electrical or gas-powered models, consider these criteria to make the right choice.

HEDGE TRIMMERS 101
Certain landscape designs require different types of cuts. More than one design might be necessary depending on your needs.
Electric (with or without wire)
Perfectly convenient for the occasional maintenance of small yards.

Main advantages:

  • Light
  • Easy to handle
  • Less noisy than gas-powered models
Gas-powered
The best choice for regular maintenance of large yards with lots of greenery.

Other advantages:

  • Convenient for humid weather
  • Freedom of movement
Examining your hedge trimmer
Let’s examine the main components of a hedge trimmer. Certain details are game-changers depending on the way you will use it.
1
The motor
Most hedge trimmers have motors as strong as 8 amps. Perfect for big projects, but a 2,8 amp motor does the trick for light trimming.
2
The blade
Long blades trim quicker and will help you save time if you have a lot of hedges to trim. They are heavier and harder to handle. We prefer shorter blades for their precision during small projects.
3
The teeth
Two configurations exist, single-sided teeth or double-sided teeth. Single-sided teeth are safer because they cut away from the user’s body, while the double-sided teeth are more efficient. Left-handed users prefer the latter. Don’t forget to verify the gaps between the teeth. The more spaced they are, the thicker the branches they can cut are.
4
The handle
Certain models have more than one handle, which increases their maneuverability. Some are adjustable for more comfort and security. Some even come with anti-vibration control, while telescopic handles are perfect for trees and tall shrubs.
5
The fuel tank
In the case of a gas-powered model, a translucent fuel tank allows you to keep track of the fuel level. Practical for long projects.
1
The motor
Most hedge trimmers have motors as strong as 8 amps. Perfect for big projects, but a 2,8 amp motor does the trick for light trimming.
2
The blade
Long blades trim quicker and will help you save time if you have a lot of hedges to trim. They are heavier and harder to handle. We prefer shorter blades for their precision during small projects.
3
The teeth
Two configurations exist, single-sided teeth or double-sided teeth. Single-sided teeth are safer because they cut away from the user’s body, while the double-sided teeth are more efficient. Left-handed users prefer the latter. Don’t forget to verify the gaps between the teeth. The more spaced they are, the thicker the branches they can cut are.
4
The handle
Certain models have more than one handle, which increases their maneuverability. Some are adjustable for more comfort and security. Some even come with anti-vibration control, while telescopic handles are perfect for trees and tall shrubs.
5
The fuel tank
In the case of a gas-powered model, a translucent fuel tank allows you to keep track of the fuel level. Practical for long projects.
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Top tip

The secret to well-trimmed hedge requires certain knowledge. Here are our best tips to ensure your security and a few tricks to increase the performance of your tools.
Maintaining your hedge trimmers
Usually speaking, hedge trimmers are guaranteed for 2 years. If you take good care of them, you will prolong their lifespan.
  • Clean them after each use
    With soap and water. If the blades are sticky, use a solvent-soaked rag.
  • Lubricate the blades after each trim
    With a penetrating oil such as WD-40.
  • Store them by suspending them on a wall hook
    To avoid damaging the teeth.
  • Complete the yearly maintenance of the motor
    Ask a professional to inspect it.
  • Purchase extra battery packs
    To avoid a power outage in the middle of a cut.
  • Sharpen your blade every year
    Ensure that your leaves are cut, not shredded.
Handle your hedge trimmers like a pro
Hedge trimmers are an extremely precise tool. Handle with care to avoid injuries.

Wear all the necessary protective gear

Gloves, non-skid footwear, protective eyewear and protection for your ears

Always hold it with both hands

To avoid losing control.
  • Certain models have the power to stop the blade as soon as the trigger is released.
  • Other models hand front-handle shields on the handle to avoid the user’s hand slipping towards the moving blade.

Plan your movements

Avoid nasty surprises and don’t jump into trimming jobs that are out of your reach. You could lose your footing or control over your tool.

Careful not to cut the extension cord

A tip that may seem obvious to some, but still happens every year.

Trimming advice
For trimming the top of your hedges
Make large sweeping movements by angling your blade towards the bottom. Avoid large branches. Residential use hedge trimmers are not made to cut branches with a larger diameter than 3/4 of an inch.
For trimming shrubs
Use a leveling string as a guide to make perfect cuts.
For trimming the sides of your hedges
Start from bottom to top to make straight and precise cuts.

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