Not all hedge trimmers are the same. When selecting a hedge trimmer, a few points should be considered.
Size Does Matter
A well manicured lawn is not complete if the hedges have not been trimmed. Seeking that perfect and finished look for your lawn may require the use of a hedge trimmer. When selecting a hedge trimmer a few things should be considered.
How Many Hedges Do You Have To Trim?
Hedges can be a beautiful accent to most yards and often offer a bordered appearance. Before rushing out to purchase that perfect trimmer, take a minute to look at your yard. Do you have long rows of hedges along the driveway, a long side the house or out buildings? How many feet of power cord will be needed to power an electric hedge trimmer? These are just 2 questions you should ask yourself.
What Size Do I Need?
When trimming hedges, it’s a good idea to use a hedge trimmer of sufficient length to reach 2/3rds of the way, or completely across the top of the hedge. This helps in maintaining a more uniformed, trimmed top. If going for a more rounded or shaped look, a shorter blade length is suggested. The shorter blade will allow for better control during cutting and shaping.
Want A Gasoline Engine?
Hedge trimmers come in lengths as short as slightly longer than 3 inches, and up to around 30 inches or more. They also come with gasoline or electric engines. A gasoline powered hedge trimmer, will allow you to control cutting speed of the moving blade, but with the increased speed, comes increased vibration. The advantage is, you are not tethered to an electric cord, allowing for more freedom of movement.
Most gasoline powered hedge trimmers require a mixture of gasoline and 2 cycle engine oil. This combination must be mixed before hand and stored in a safe container. This allows for quick and easy refilling of the gas tank. Remember to mix the two components according to recommendations of the hedge trimmer manufacturer. Over mixing one component or the other could damage the engine.
Want An Electric Hedge Trimmer?
Electric hedge trimmers are much quieter and emit no exhaust pollutants. However, if they are powered by an extension card, you are limited by the availability of electrical outlets and the length of the power cord.
If using a power cord, be sure it is rated for outdoor use. This insures that it is designed for changing, wet or dry, outside conditions. Also, I suggest using a brightly colored power cord. A color that is in sharp contrast to grass and shrubbery will help prevent unwanted cutting of your powered cord because it was not seen.
The other option is using a battery operated hedge trimmer. With battery operated units, the operator is only limited by the life of the battery. You can cut where ever and when ever you need, as long as the battery is charged.
The next time you are considering purchasing a new hedge trimmer, consider these suggestions. They may save you a little time and money.
For additional information and advice, go to the link provided; http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/tools-power-equipment/hedge-trimmers/hedge-trimmers/how-to-choose/index.htm