6 Best Hedge Trimmers You Can BuyJune 13, 2017
Last modified: June 26, 2017
There’s easier way to look after your beautifully groomed garden than manually tackling the overgrowth on hedges. It isn’t much of an enjoyable task and can take hours on end. Instead, make gardening a pleasure with these petrol hedge trimmers, cordless hedge trimmers and also grass trimmers. You’ll create a tidy garden in no time with a hedge trimmer that works for you!
One of the most important factors to consider when buying a hedge or grass trimmer is the weight. You’ll likely be holding it for some time so it needs to be a comfortable weight that works steadily. To do this you may need to opt for a shorter blade or corded model which tend to carry less weight than its battery-operated and gas model counterparts.
However, when cutting through tough, woody branches, this type of hedge trimmer may not be up to the task. It’s important to find one that suits your exact gardening needs so we’ve broken down trimmers into the grass and hedge categories so that you can easily find what you are looking for.
COBRA H5024V – £69.99, Cobra Garden
This hedge trimmer is the lightest of all the trimmers on the list. It has a short cutting bar, which is suited for small hedges or topiary shapes. Ideal for someone wants to do a small amount of cutting each day.
Eco and turbo features make this trimmer unique and you can also check battery life on the handle which is a useful component. However, it can struggle with woodier stems.
EGO Battery Hedge Cutter – £219, Ego Power Plus
This trimmer cuts and clips with ease through varieties of stem thicknesses. Ideal for tall and wide hedges, you can swivel the handle easily to use it at different angles.
The downside to this trimmer is that it is a heavy machine which isn’t practical for holding for long periods of time. There is too much weight on the handle end and the battery and charger are bulky.
STIHL HSA 56, Compact Cordless Hedge Trimmer – £199, Stihl
This cordless hedge trimmer is a great all-rounder. Ideal for box, privet and yew, it works well on large, wide hedges or on small topiary. It is well balanced and the weight is kept to a comfortably usable limit. The Stihl hedge trimmer is fitted with a useful lockout switch that stops the machine even with a full charged battery connected. The only slight weakness to the STIHL HSA 56 is that the front end is quite chunky.
EGO ST 1500 56V – £199, Ego Power Plus
This trimmer boasts an easy to assemble and ergonomic design. With a large-capacity battery (56V 4Ah), it is easy and comfortable to use. It is well balanced, amazingly fast and powerful.
Overall, this is an impressive hedge trimmer that could complete most tasks. The only downside to this machine is that the battery takes three hours to charge and there is no on/ off switch on the machine.
ECHO 300 DRM – £555, Echo Tools
This is an expensive piece of equipment but also a strong, well-built machine. The battery is fast and easy to charge, with a useful charge level indicator built in.
With an easy on/off switch and easy assembly, it provides a powerful cut on medium grass. An ideal machine for grass that needs cutting once or twice a month.
The pitfalls with the ECHO 300 DRM have to be that the battery only lasts 20 minutes and it struggles on longer grass and thicker weeds.
Husqvarna 115iL – £140, Husqvarna
This grass trimmer is well suited to medium-long grass that needs cutting once or twice a month. The power is good and the on/off switch is easy to use and flashes when the battery needs changing.
It lacks some merit for the fact no strap is supplied. And it also feels heavy and unbalanced. This machine takes 70 minutes to charge.