The time has come to replace my old makita hedge trimmer after it stopped working this weekend, its done well over the past few years (and I bought them second hand), but they are hard to find spares for and I would like something new, can anyone recommend a hedge trimmer?
oh and this is my first post on here :)
Stihl HS86 R. this is what I currently use Well built, powerfull, easy spares availibility and low vibrations, can't fault it. Or the double sided equivalent.
If your buying second hand or happy to compromise on spares then an Echo Hc341 is about the best Ive used but keep in mind that spares for Echo are both VERY expensive and slow to obtain were Stihl spares are next day and relativly cheap.
Does anyone have any experience with any of stihl's double sided trimmers?
or are single sided the way to go?
I just bought an HS 81 T double sided 30 inch this week as my Tanaka 2540 packed up.
I borrowed my mates to see if I liked it and was impressed not cheap but good parts availability and reliability sold it to me.
I prefer the flexibility of double sided, given the choice I would prefer to cut from left to right but there are situations where it is better to go the other way, also depends if you are cutting on the up or down stroke. Others may disagree but it is a personal thing. The advantage of single sided is less weight and ability to fit a deflector.
If you only have the one machine I would recommend the Stihl HS81R. This is the version with lower revs more power and wider teeth so better for cutting back. The HS81T revs higher and has narrower teeth so is better for trimming fine hedges. I have both and often use both together, mainly preference the HS81T as it gives a better finish but often using the HS81R if have to deal with any woody bits.
I would recommend getting the 30" blade rather than the 24". The difference in weight is only a few grams but the balance is better and those extra inches often mean you can reach right over hedges without having to get the long reach out or move the platform round to the other side
Having used both, I personally much prefer the flexibility of a double sided hedge trimmer. I bought a Husqvarna 226HD75S last season and it's been great so far - the only fault I find is that the fuel line is a little too exposed and easy to snag. Apart from that it's been up to evey task I've thrown at it (including some hedge reduction that really should have been done with a chain-saw!!).
Herts is rather far for me, but dont suppose you have a link?