A while back, I made a video showing how I turned my yard from basic to professionally landscaped on a budget. Basically, I hired a landscape architect to draw a landscape plan, then I found a wholesale nursery and put the yard in myself by following the plan. A key part of the landscape plan were the hollies and hedgerows that added structure to the yard. Today, I want to talk about the great hedge trimmer I’ve found to shape those hollies and keep the hedgerows looking their best.
About four years after I planted the hollies and hedges, they had grown enough to need to start trimming them. I started out with an old, electric hedge trimmer from my Granddad. It was a short one and worked OK for a while, but soon the hedges grew bigger, and I needed a pole hedge trimmer. A friend loaned me an electric pole hedge trimmer. It was easier to get to the taller hollies, but it still needed an electric cord, which is always a pain to get out and use. Also, it’s motor was at the cutting end, and, even though it had a pole, it still wasn’t long enough. So I was back up on a ladder trimming hedges with an awkward, unwieldy tool.
I finally decided to get a commercial-grade, gas-powered pole hedge trimmer. A friend from work highly recommended the Shindaiwa… Now I see why.
The Shindaiwa is a great trimmer. I’ve used it for about a year and a half. With no cord and a great engine, it’s easy to get out and trim more often, and trimming more often is easier. Plus, because the Shindaiwa almost 8 feet long and the cutting head tilts both ways, I hardly ever have to get up on a ladder to trim the bushes. So, it helps keep me safer. All in all, I just wish I had bought it earlier.
The Shindaiwa hedge trimmer has some great features, including:
I've been very happy with the Shindaiwa gas-powered hedge trimmer. It's made trimming the bushes and hedges less of a chore. So, I end up doing it more often, and the yard looks much better. Because the Shindaiwa pole is so long and its cutting head tilts in both directions, I usually don't need a ladder and can usually stay safely on the ground. Based on my experience for the last year or two of using the Shindaiwa gas-powered pole hedge trimmer, I highly recommend it.
Christopher is a homeowner in the Raleigh, North Carolina area who enjoys home improvement projects.
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