Started the yearly round of hedge trimming this last couple of weeks and am looking at the options for a hedge trimmer upgrade - its either that or go for a rebuild a stick a new piston and barrel on the Echo HC210E to cure its worsening lack of compression....
I went to talk to my local Tanaka agent about options on single sided cutters, only to be told that 'normally everyone wants double sided'.
I have used my two Echo single sided cutters for the last four years and when borrowing a double sided one to test I found it awkward to use as I was fearful to the 'back edge' digging in as I tend to 'sweep' backwards when cutting...
Anyone else out there use single sided cutters?
Much prefer single sided cutters with the scoop saves so much time clearing tops of hedges.
single sided make it much easier to get a good cut in the single pass - as you say about back side digging in... Its abit like using a scythe. Does take getting used to, but saves time once you get your technique right.
I can never get on with double sided hedge cutters for much the same reasons as you.
All our cutters are single sided some with scope and some without.
We just have different grades of blade, some for fine cutting and others for general duty.
I hate single-sided, but I'm left-handed!
In the past it was always single sided cutters, only use long reach now.
I wouldn't risk anything other than echo or stihl, kawasakis look the part but tend to snap teeth off in my experience.
My dads tanackered cutters were just a waste of money though i believe standards have improved in recent years. I would try them again if they agree to refund the purchase price of the original set but won't hold my breath !
Single sided every time. Now using Stihl HS86R.
Single sided for me.
I always bought single sided for our business but I hired in a Stihl double-sided in because we were busy and needed an extra machine.
Anyone who's used a machine for long periods knows how draining and physical it is to hold it up. With a single sided machine I always used my knee as a resting place and buffer.
Forgetting what I was using, I have a scar on my left knee where I dropped a double-sided hedge trimmer too fast and it sliced through my flesh.
yep, single sided stihl hs86 with collection plate. Brilliant.
Single sided for me, lighter and better balanced than double sided.
I use the Stihl hs 86T with the 40" blade and deflector plate. The deflector is a great time saver sweeping clippings off the top of the hedge while cutting giving a immaculate finish, something you don't get with the double sided.
Also the 40" blade is great compared to a 30", wider sweeping action while doing the sides and the extra length is handy for doing wide hedges.
I've also got a echo double sided that doesn't get used much bar trimming the odd shrub. Just feels awkward and heavier for doing hedges compared to a single side blade.