We have quite a large hedge - about 3m tall. I want one of those telescopic
hedge trimmers that allows you to stand on the ground and trim the whole
hedge, including the top. Any suggestions for one that is decent and won't
cost the earth, please?
Electric cars are very healthy - when the battery runs out you have to walk
Not sure if you are seeking powered or manual. Then again powered would
be a bit hairy?
On that note, how about using one of these?
I have a petrol powered brush cutter, which came with a small chain
saw, strimmer and an hedge trimmer adaptor. As is - it would easily
reach your 3m, but it also came with a shaft extension giving an extra
metre or so of extra reach. Basically it uses a shaft drive and the
accessory you fit on the end converts the drive to reciprocating. I got
it for a bit over £100 on ebay. The chain saw is fairly useless but the
other gadgets are OK, it is however quite heavy to handle. It was
called something like a 4 in 1.
I think you'll find these are not priced at the
"B&Q, lasts only one season" rate, as they're rather
more professional tools.
I bought one last year, a Stihl, as recommended here
by someone at the time. Very nice piece of kit. It
pissed me off that Stihl don't allow their stockists
to supply mail-order, so I had to go and collect.
You can find plenty of places advertising them on the
net, but none will supply, unless you've bought power
tools from them before. Apparently this is so they
can give you a talk on safe use of the tool before you
go off with it. I'll give you one guess on if that
happened or not;-) Actually, I found that many of the
places supplied for significantly less than their own
(or indeed any of the) quoted web prices anyway.
I specifically wanted an electric one as I already have
outdoor power points specifically for this purpose, but
the stockists only seem to keep petrol ones in stock so
it had to be ordered, but only took a day or two to
arrive in stock.
Only used it for one season so far (two trimmings).
It's very quiet and vibration-free compared with a bog
standard DIY hedge trimmer, but more powerful (new blades
probably help). I found that I still wanted to go back to
my old hedge trimmer for a few small areas (which was
when I really noticed the difference between them); there
are a few places where it's not convenient to use a 6'+
hedge trimmer because you can't stand back far enough
from what you're trimming. The Stihl is not telescopic;
it's fixed length (there are two versions with slightly
different fixed lengths).
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I had one. It got stolen. I didn't replace it.
I don't have the upper body of a gorilla.
I bought a step ladder instead.
PLEASE before you invest, just take one outside the shop, and stand
there for half an hour with it above your head.
I had a similar sized hedge and found I could cut the sides in the usual
way, and then use an old long hedging tool to quite satisfyingly bash off
the top edge. Mind, if the stems were thick it would be best to cut a good
couple of feet off the top first with a saw and let some new growth fill it
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