How to choose a hedge trimmer? The buying guide

Among the essential tools of the gardener, we can mention the hedge trimmer. Practical for pruning a wide range of plants, such as trees, shrubs, hedges, bushes or groves, it greatly facilitates the work of pruning and maintenance. The hedge trimmer is available in various more or less sophisticated models to meet all needs. Let’s take a look at this practical device that is appreciated by beginner, amateur and professional gardeners in order to buy the most suitable model. To do this, we suggest that you follow the following four criteria which will guide you towards the best choice.

Selection criteria n ° 1: the power and power of the hedge trimmer

In terms of power, there are two types of hedge trimmers: the electric model and the thermal model. It should be noted that the feeding mode determines the power of the hedge trimmer, but also its performance.

The electric hedge trimmer

The electric hedge trimmer is the most purchased by individuals, but also the most offered in general by DIY and gardening brands. They are in fact light, handy, practical, easy to use and simple to maintain.

They are more than sufficient to ensure the maintenance of a garden which measures up to 1000 m². With their power varying between 400 and 700 W depending on the model, they can cut branches with a diameter of one centimeter.

Electric hedge trimmers work either by mains, and in this case they are powered by a cable connected to the socket, or by a rechargeable battery. Battery-powered models are the most recommended because they are easier to use. In fact, you can use your hedge trimmer without worrying about the cable or its length. However, if the battery model allows you to access every corner of your garden without asking any questions, battery life requires two recharges for more comfort and these devices are generally less efficient than wired .

The thermal hedge trimmer

The petrol hedge trimmer runs on gasoline. It is a more powerful, heavier and noisier model generally reserved for professionals or gardens with an area greater than 1000 m² and which require very regular maintenance.

Their mode of supply allows them to be almost autonomous in energy, which allows their user to travel all his land without constraint and for hours. Powerful, these models oscillate between 300 and 1,500 W.

Capable of cutting branches with a diameter of 3 cm, they are very practical for quickly maintaining large green spaces. Nevertheless, they are more difficult to handle and they require specific knowledge for their maintenance, knowing that their engine needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained.

Choice criterion n ° 2: a reliable, efficient and solid tool

By investing in a reliable and sturdy device, you will gain efficiency and be sure to enjoy a durable hedge trimmer. Avoid as much as possible the first prices, which are unreliable and very inefficient; this type of purchase is quickly regretted, because private gardeners spend much more time than expected to maintain their exterior. It is better to make the choice from the outset of a powerful and safer model, which will ultimately not cost you more in maintenance and repairs and which will not waste your time.

There is also no need to invest in a racehorse if you have a small to medium sized garden. An intermediate model is sufficient. Rely on the frequency of use of the device and your needs, and do not hesitate to consult the opinions on the internet.

Selection criterion n ° 3: the blade

The choice of blade is important, because there are several types, of varying lengths and with different tooth spacing. A longer blade obviously allows you to cut a larger area in one stroke and work straighter, but it is often less maneuverable and gives a less precise result due to its weight. A blade of 30 to 40 cm is sufficient to cut and maintain your hedges.

In addition, the smaller the tooth spacing, the more precise the cutting result. 2 cm spacing is sufficient for young hedges and 3 cm or more should be reserved for tall and supplied hedges.

There are also single cut and double torque hedge trimmers. Single-cut models feature a stationary lower blade and a movable upper blade, while double-cut models feature two movable blades for better performance and greater cutting comfort.

Choice criterion n ° 4: a practical and easy-to-use device

It is not so easy to prune hedges and plants. It is therefore important to have a handy device that is easy to use and easy to handle. The lighter the device, the more pleasant and comfortable it will be to handle, unlike heavy models which tire the arms, shoulders and back very quickly. The 3.5 kg hedge trimmers are most recommended.

If possible, avoid corded models which constrain you in your movements and inexpensive blades which reduce the comfort and efficiency of the cut. Finally, think about the non-slip handle, a not so trivial detail when you use this type of device, and the telescopic pole, which allows you to cut high branches without danger.

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