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Electric or Petrol Hedge Cutter?

As with a lot of garden machinery choice can be overwhelming. Hedge cutters are no exception, which is why Gardenlines have produced a simple guide to help you select the right tool for your needs.

As with many gardening tools there are three power types: petrol hedge cutters, electric hedge cutters and cordless hedge cutters.

Petrol Hedge cutters

Petrol hedge cutters offer the most power and are best suited for sustained use on tough hedges. They are usually powered by 2-stroke engines, which work in a slightly different way to your 4-stroke car or lawn mower engine. The petrol is mixed with 2-stroke oil which acts as an internal lubricator, instructions for mixing are given in the manual and with most models we send a free bottle of suitable oil to get you started. Petrol hedge cutters give you the freedom to move around without the need to worry about a power cord. Gardenlines has a range of petrol hedge cutters to suit every budget and task. 

Electric Hedge cutters

If noisy and smoky engines are major turnoffs the ever popular electrical hedge trimmers may be the way to go. They provide a lighter and more convenient option with easy start-up motors. The only draw-back being the restrictive power cable, which becomes more obtrusive and hazardous the further you get from the mains.

Cordless Hedge cutters

The element of danger presented when tackling hedges situated away from a power source is avoided with rechargeable hedge cutters. Cleaner, lighter often just as powerful as petrol models it’s necessary to plan the job in advance to make the most of the battery life. The new lithium-ion battey technology makes hedge cutting a dream. Lighter and longer lasting than standard batteries, lithium-ion technology has no self-discharge or memory effect and will keep their charge between cuts.

Long-Reach hedge Cutters

Becoming more and more popular, long reach hedge cutters allow for easier trimming of high or long hedges often without the need to use a ladder. Coming in all three power types: petrol, electric and cordless a long reach trimmer could be just the thing to keep your hedges looking fabulous.

When choosing a hedge cutter it is important to consider how long the hedge is, how far it is from a power source, how much strain you can take and whether you’re a friend of the earth or a manic shearer.

For more detailed information about buying light weight hedge trimmers, long reach hedge trimmers or browse our range of hedge cutters.


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