Using the Right Hedge Trimmers in Lawn Care

Jan 27 23:46 2006 Kevin Whiteside Print This Article

Regular trimming of hedges and shrubs can stimulate healthy growth and create better looking plants. Certain hedge trimmers are better for particular applications. That is why we need to chose the right one.

Certain hedge trimmers are better for particular applications. That is why we need to chose the right one.

Types of gas hedge trimmers discussed are..

  • Single sided
  • Double sided
  • Pole or Extension

Single sided hedge trimmers are made for cutting straight sections of hedges. This is a great trimmer if you have large shrubs and need to make straight passes. Since it has a one sided blade it can be longer than a double blade and still not be too heavy.

This machine's center of gravity is located closer to the body than the double sided hedge trimmers. This allows for more trimming and less fatigue.

Double sided trimmers allow you to trim in a back and fourth,Guest Posting horizontal and vertical motion without moving around to much, unlike the single sided blade. Double sided is better for shaping.

If you have many small shrubs(3' or 4'), then a shorter cutting blade is easier to work with and more efficient. This means more profit. Remember to keep the center of gravity as close to the body as possible.

Pole trimmers are used for low and high shrubs that you would normally have to have a ladder for. These trimmers usually have a cutting head that adjust 90 degrees to increase comfort, reach, and efficiency. When trimming hedges and shrubs over 10', use blades longer than 30".

Pole trimmers look like a straight shaft grass trimmer with hedger blades. In fact, some commercial grass trimmers have an attachment that turn them into pole trimmers. Redmax and Stihl are 2 that come to mind. There are others.

Commercial hedge trimmers have blade cutting options that roughly range from 18"-40". They are designed with larger gaps between teeth than the homeowner models. This is to allow for more productivity and durability.

If adding a hedge trimmer to your fleet, look for certain aspects.

Remember to make sure the machine is well balanced. Don't always compare weight to weight between different machines. This holds true with grass trimmers. A lighter machine not balanced well can feel heaver than the actual heavier one and this effects productivity. Most commercial hedge trimmers weigh from 10-15lbs.

Compare manufacturer commercial warranties. Two years is good. Hedges and shrubs are trimmed 3 to 4 times a year here in Memphis so you should get a lot of life out of your hedger.

Check for..

  • Excessive vibration
  • Hand guards
  • Throttle lock switch- When on, throttle can not engage.
  • Blade locks- Keep blades from moving when engine is idling
  • Stop buttons- Like a kill switch
  • Sleeve- For the blades when they are not in use
  • Other features

Go to a dealer that sells different models. Ask about dependability and repair time for the models.

Also ask if they have a loaner you can borrow while yours is in the shop. Don't buy a hedge trimmer or any other piece of equipment if you can not get it serviced in your town.i.e.the internet.

In my book, I talk about maintenance of hedge trimmers and other equipment along with a slew of other helpful ideas for starting or growing a lawn care business. You'll see my passion for this business when you read the book.

Oh and by the way, read the manual. I'm joking!Best of Luck!

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Kevin Whiteside
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Kevin Whiteside is the owner and editor of LawnForum.com Monthly, an online newsletter for lawn and landscape professionals. Get a FREE subscription here mailto:LawnForum@aweber.comHe is also the author of "Turn High Grass Into Cold Cash- How to Start the Ultimate Lawn Service" http://www.GrassToCash.comYou can use this article as long as the bylines are included.

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