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I need to cut my hedge it's about 12 feet high and 3 feet wide. I am thinking about one of the electric trimming ones not the petrol powered type as l will be up and down ladders. The ones I have seen are about 2 kg in weight and l see petrol type are alot heavier.

There are 2 types: cordless and with electric cord.

Anyone using one of these? Anything I should be taking into consideration?

 

Many thanks.

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If I had to do it again...I would always buy cordless...and that includes my String Trimmer...dragging a cord around and avoiding cutting the cord when working is a pain in the #$%%

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32 minutes ago, HashBrownHarry said:

Electric ones have not enough power ( unless just trimming the leaves ).

 

If you need to cut the branches you'll need a petrol one.

I think if l went with the petrol type l would need to rent some scaffolding. But yes, l do understand you regarding ability to cut branches.

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2 hours ago, james.d said:

I think if l went with the petrol type l would need to rent some scaffolding. But yes, l do understand you regarding ability to cut branches.

I've tried electric ones, not very good.

 

If it's a job for scaffolding etc, i'd get a couple locals in to do it, buy the trimmer and let them get after it,.

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A trimmer, whether electric or petrol, is meant for trimming only.  For a hedge that large, you will likely be needing to cut branches that a trimmer simply cannot.  Heavy duty pruning sheers or even a chain saw is probably going to serve you better.

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If you can't prune the hedge with electric trimmers then you should trim more often. Cordless trimmers are in my professional opinion nigh on useless for most jobs. I did a lot of hedge pruning back in the day and I cut through the cable maybe twice in that time, I had employees that did it about twice a week. 

I always had a saw and loppers at hand. 

For bigger hedges I took a trimmer on an extension, very useful and changed my life... left a hole in the wallet though.

DON'T buy a petrol engined trimmer, too heavy and more suited to farm work than gardening.

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