||Electric Hedge Trimmers
Electric hedge trimmers can make the job
of cutting back an individual
bush or row
of bushes in a hedge a quick
and easy chore.
Electric trimmers are lightweight
for the average homeowner to
use, and they
are easy to start. Hedge trimmers
several different sizes. Determine
size you need based on the diameter
thickest branch you wish to cut.
longer cutting blades tend to
and are a little more expensive.
have double sided reciprocating
for the following when buying
- A trimmer with a 17 inch blade will weigh
about 4 1/2 lbs. and have a 2.4 amp engine.
It will cut a branch up to 3/8 inches. A
model with a 22 inch blade will weigh about
5 lbs. with a 2.6 amp engine, and a 24 inch
unit will weigh about 6 1/2 lbs. with a 3
amp engine. Both of these last two models
will cut branches up to 3/4 inches.
- Trimmers should have conveniently located
controls. Look for those having
a lock on/
lock off switch so you don't
have to constantly
hold the trimmer in the on
- Most electric trimmers need to be plugged
into a long extension cord. Look for features such as a hook or pigtail
cord retention that keeps the cord securely
fastened while you are working.
- A trimmer that can be electrically charged
to operate without a cord is handy on large
properties where bushes may be located far
from a power source. Look for models that
can be charged for up to 3 hours of use.
Remember to look for trimmers
with a soft
grip handle if you will be using
it for an