The hedges are now due their first trim and the most difficult job is cutting the tops of any hedge above shoulder height.
This is where a long reach hedge trimmer can save ages of time positioning ladders and platforms and is much safer as well.
These are becoming much more popular and are fast becoming an essential part of garden machinery simply because it is much safer top trim hedges not using a ladder.
So here are five top long reach hedge trimmers to put on your list. But don’t forget, there is a much wider selection of trimmers on our site.
You can change the angle of cut through 135 degrees according to how you tackle the hedges and the extending glass fibre pole will extend from 65 to 100 cm to give a total shaft length of up to 230 cm, enpugh to tackle most tall hedges.
Power comes from a 400 Watt electric motor and a handy indicator light will show when it is connected to the power source.
This handy little tool weighs in a just 4 kg.
Delivery is free the next working day, there is a wo year manufgacturer’s warranty and it costs just £119.95.
Next we have the Gardena High Cut 48 Telescopic Electric Hedgetrimmer with a 48cm blade.
This machine will extend to 62 cm and depending on how tall you are, an overall reach of 3.5 metres.
The blades rotate through 90 degrees and are especially designed to stay sharper longer.
The tooth gap of 27 mm means you can deal with older tghicker stems more easily.
It is light and easy to use and has a 550 watt motor. Plus there is a cable strain relief so you can’t accidentally disconnect from the mains.
Another safety feature is a blade guard which prevents kick back if something solid is accidentally hit.
This machine costs £165 and comes with free delivery.
Next comes a petrol machine currently on offer at a special price.
The Handy LRT2600 Long Reach Hedgetrimmer has a fully articulating blade which can be adjusted through 90 degrees and can also be used to cutting the sides of hedges and ground vegetation.
It has a 26 cc 2-stroke engine with automatic clutch and has a 16 in metal blade which has a total reach of two metres.
This cutter would normally cost £249 but we have it on special offer for £209.95 plus there is a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty and free next working day delivery.
Another excellent machine is the Mitox 268-LRH Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer. This one has a270 degree articulating head and an overall length of 2260 mm.
A25.4 cc engine has a full crankshaft for a long life and better power transfer.
The 60 cm blades a specially sharpened and are double reciprocating to provide a fast neat cut.
As an optional extra you can but a chain pruner for £79 and a brushcutter kit for £59.
The machine itself costs £249 and comes with free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
And the last on our list is the Efco DS2800-H Long-Reach Pole Hedgetrimmer an ideal choice for the professional gardener with an overall reach of 3.5 metres.
It has a 27 cc high performance engine and has been designed to start even when it’s cold.
It also has a rev limiter fitted to prevent damage when operating at high engine speeds.
The cutter will rotate through 12 settings up to 180 degrees.
This model costs £399, £150 less than the manufacturer’s price with free delivery.