The best way to keep your hedge looking tidy and well-maintained is by pruning it. It doesn’t take much time, only about two or three times over the summer months and you can have a well-kept hedge and your perfect outdoor space with the best hedge trimmer. It is quite worth investing in a suitable hedge trimmer for your hedge. These are perfect tools to look after your hedge and cut the hedges very accurately.
The best hedge trimmer is a great investment for people who have large hedges, but if you’re just cutting some miniature bushes then it’s best not to spend too much money on a very expensive model. Consider buying an electric trimmer, or cordless trimmer. As compared to the manual shears, these trimmers will be an ideal option to maintain all types of hedge and also saves your time and energy.
Here are a few things you need to know before considering getting the best hedge trimmers in the market for you.
How to choose the best hedge trimmer
There are three types of hedge trimmers and each trimmer has its own benefits and drawbacks. It depends on what size, type and how big of a hedge you want to trim and how long you need to use it at one go. Below we have mentioned different types of hedge trimmers available in the NZ market.
Electric hedge trimmers are the best option for people who want to run the machines for longer hours. They’re affordable and easy to use with great power that will cut through anything without any worry. The only drawback is the cord which is limited in length and you need an extension cord to go far away from power sources which may be at risk of cutting the cable or may tagle on your hand.
The cordless hedge trimmers have been a popular choice for those who do not want to deal with an outlet or cords. Cordless hedge trimmers are great for small to medium-sized hedges or if you need regular maintenance for long hedges. but they have major limitations when compared with their corded counterparts. The biggest drawback is battery capacity, battery life and average cutting performance. Even today’s lithium-ion models only run on one full charge and last less than an hour when used continuously.
The Petrol hedge trimmers are the best for those who have an endless supply of hedges running all around your garden or need to trim too many plants. They have more power than cordless models and can run longer hours. They are great for the thicker branches. They come at a cost, and they’re also heavier, bulky and require some maintenance as they have a petrol engine. It is an ideal option for commercial purposes or if you are a professional gardener.
What ideal size blade do you need?
The bigger the hedge trimmer, the heavier it is. If you have a lot of long or high hedges in need of trimming then consider going with an even larger trimmer to make sure that they’re manageable for your time commitment.
When trimming hedges, it is important to consider the size of your hedge-trimming machine. Generally, a bigger trimmer will be better for tackling larger and heavier plants on higher ground but if you have many long or high boughs in need of cutting then you can go with something 45 – 55cm hedge trimmer.
The main issue is the gap between the teeth of this tool and how wide it can time. This effectively sets how big branches can be cut, so have a look at what you’re about to buy before making that decision.
The thicker branch around your garden would not be a problem – you can usually deal with it using loppers or pruning saws. However, if your hedge is too thick for the tool that’s being used then stop what you’re doing because this will take up way more of your time than necessary. The ideal size should range from 15 mm (for lighter box hedges) all the way up 20mm.
Other features you should consider?
Hedge trimmers also come with some extra features especially with safety mechanisms, such as an automatic brake that stops movement immediately and anti-jamming systems so you don’t stall due to trapped branches or anything else for that matter handguards which offer protection while working. These tools will help prevent accidents from happening in the first place and make your experience safer and easier.
It’s great to have the option of using your hedge trimmer with a clipping collector. Without one, you could wind up having trouble picking up all that excess vegetation afterwards and it may make trimming more difficult if they’re not designed well.
The best Hedge Trimmers to buy
1. GreenWorks Hedge Trimmer G-MAX
This G-MAX Cordless Hedge Trimmer is ideal for trimming hedges and bushes up to 0.9m in height. The lightweight, ergonomic design makes it easy to handle and comfortable to use over extended periods of time. A dual-action blade with a 20mm cutting capacity ensures clean cuts every time and the 180° rotating handle enables you to work in tight spaces.
2. GreenWorks Long Reach Hedge Trimmer G-MAX
The G-MAX 40V trimmer is our most powerful battery-powered hedge trimmer. Its lightweight, ergonomic design makes it easy to use and comfortable to hold for extended periods of time. The 125° rotating head with 7 positions allows you to easily reach all areas around your home. The tough 51cm dual-action laser cut steel blade cuts up to 18mm in diameter branches.
3. Flash hedge trimmer 25CC
The Flash Hedge Trimmer is a powerful machine that can be used to trim hedges, clear paths and cut back overgrown areas. This powerful hedge trimmer has a 25cc engine that is capable of producing 0.65kW of power. The maximum cutting capacity is up to 50mm with the 610mm blade length, which means you can cut through thick branches with ease.
4. Flash Garden Tool Multi 4IN1 Petrol 52CC
This is a 4-in-1 tool that can be used as a best hedge trimmer, pole chainsaw pruner, brush cutter and nylon line trimmer. The long reach design allows you to trim branches up to 6 feet high without having to climb the ladder. It comes with 3 tooth blades which will give you a clean cut every time. The nylon line trimmer head allows you to trim grass and weeds in hard-to-reach areas such as along fence lines and around trees and shrubs where string trimmers cannot go.
5. Bosch AHS 45-16 Hedge Trimmer
The Bosch AHS 45-16 best Hedge Trimmer is the ideal choice for trimming small to medium hedges. The lightweight design reduces strain on your arms and back, while the 450mm blade length allows you to cut branches up to 15mm thick. The high-speed 420W motor delivers superior cutting power, making light work of tough hedges.
6. Cordless Hedge Trimmer 18V Li-ion
This cordless best hedge trimmer is a lightweight and affordable tool that can be used to trim hedges, bushes and shrubs around the house. It has an adjustable rear handle which allows you to trim at any position. It also has a dual switch and hand guard for added safety during operation. It is powered by an 18v battery pack. This means no more long tangled extension cables or tripping over power cords. The running time on a full charge is up to 30 minutes. It comes with a blade length of 520mm, making it suitable for most jobs around the garden.
7. Swift Hedge Trimmer Skin Only – 40V Lithium
This Swift best Hedge Trimmer is an affordable and powerful cordless hedge trimmer. With a 22mm cutting capacity, it’s ideal for trimming hedges up to 1.2m in height while still being lightweight enough to use with one hand. Its double-action blades cut through branches twice as fast while the protective guard protects you from flying debris when cutting at high speed. It has a 60min run time on a single charge.