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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 enough for the average homeowner to use, and they are easy to start. Hedge trimmers come in several different sizes. Determine which size you need based on the diameter of the thickest branch you wish to cut. Models with longer cutting blades tend to weigh more and are a little more expensive. Most trimmers have double sided reciprocating blades. Look for the following when buying an electric trimmer:

  • 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 position.
  • 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 extended period.

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