Hedges are growing at their fastest at the moment and if you have not yet tackled them, now’s the time.
They should be trimmed three times at least during the year and a good hedge trimmer is vital so here we have listed ten top hedge trimmers for under £200.
The Efco TG600E Electric Hedgetrimmer with a 60cm blade is a basic neat little machine light to use and perfect for shorter runs of hedging.
The 60 cm double sided blades have a tooth gap of 24 mm and are designed for thinner hedge twigs.
There are excellent safety features on this machine including an automatic blade brake which stops the blades in only half a second when the trigger is released.
It has a well-designed grip to make it easy to use and a clear plastic blade keeps the debris away from the hands and lets you see what you are cutting.
The manufacturer’s recommended price is £131.49 but we have it for sale for just £99.95 and delivery is free.
A real value for money petrol-powered machine is the Einhell BG-PH 2250 Petrol Hedgecutter, a strong machine with dual blades designed to give a clean cut.
This machine can tackle longer rows of thicker hedging and is powered by a 22 cc 2-stroke engine designed to absorb vibrations, particularly useful when using it over long periods.
It is designed to start easily even from cold and there is a large fuel tank.
A throttle lock makes it easier to use on bigger jobs.
The blades are 65 cm long and with a 28 mm tooth gap there is less liklehood of jamming.
This hedgecutter costs £99.95, £100 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year maker’s guarantee.
Next is a machine which is truly revolutionary, a battery powered hedge trimmer relying on the latest battery technology.
The Greenworks 24v Cordless Hedge Trimmer with Twist Handle weighs only 2.25 kg and yet delivers the same cutting power as many petrol models.
The light weight means it is easier to use over long periods.
The 24 volt motor delivers loads of power from its state of the art lithium-ion battery.
Added to that there are absolutely no emissions and the machine is quiet in running, important when using in built-up areas.
It will run for 35 minutes continuously, but when cutting hedges much of the time is not cutting but clearing the debris and moving location so operating time is likely to be well in excess of an hour.
The battery charges quickly and this can be done at any time.
Twin 56 cm blades give a neat cut and the handle will rotate to make it easier to use at any angle.
The safety lock prevents accidental starting.
This hedgerimmer costs £119 including the battery and charger and has free delivery. Plus there is a three year manufacturer’s guarantee.
The tops of hedges are always the most difficult part to cut and needs special care and so the Ryobi RPT-400 Articulating Pole Hedgecutter
This electrically-powered model has a 40 cm double reciprocating blade and a telescopic glass fibre pole can extend to 100 cm giving a total reach of up to 230 cm.
An indicator light shows when the trimmer is connected to a power source.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
This machine costs £119.95.
One which is on special offer at the moment is the Mountfield MHJ2424 Double-Bladed Petrol Hedgetrimmer with a 61cm blade.
This is a machine with plenty of power to tackle thicker hedges with 28 cm tooth spacing so thicker growth is not a problem.
It has a 24.5 cc engine and a three position twist grip handle and with the 61 cm blades make it suitable for longer and thicker hedges.
Buy this machine now and you can save £70 off the manufacturer’s price as it is only£149. Delivery is free.
Now for a slightly different machine and one often preferred by professional gardeners.
The Sanli HSS2660 Single-sided Petrol Hedgetrimmer with Rotating Handle is a hedge trimmer designed to be used in one direction only and aimed at those people with long hedges to keep in order.
The double reciprocating blades are powered by a 25.4 cc engine which in turn is fed by a large fuel tank. Exhaust fumes are blown from the front of the machine and away from the user.
The 60 cm long blades can cope with clippings up to 14 mm thick and there is a hand guard to stop the clippings flying back and sweeps them down away from the hedge, a feature which can save time as you don’t need to keep clearing them.
The rear handle rotates through 180 degrees so it is suitable for left-handers as well.
There is a two year domestic use guarantee and delivery is free the next working day.
This trimmer costs £149.95 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £199.
Now another machine which will save you getting out the steps when it comes to cutting hedge tops.
The Gardena High Cut 48 Telescopic Electric Hedgetrimmer will reach right up to 3.5 metres but also has a 48 cm blade which will rotate 90 degrees so you can use it for the awkward places under established hedges.
A 27 mm tooth gap means you can cut through thicker, harder wood.
It is very light and easy to use and as a safety measure there is a cable strain relief fitting which stops ‘kick back’ if you do hit the ground when trimming the undersides.
The motor is good and powerful at 550 Watt. This machine costs £165 and delivery is free.
A mid priced machine loaded with top features is the Mitox HTDS-600 Double-Sided Petrol Hedgetrimmer.
It weighs only 5.6 kg and has a rotating handle which is very handy when cutting hedge sides and shaping.
The 35.4 cc engine is easy to start and the double sided blades are 60 cm long making it suitable for longer hedges.
The fuel tank holds .65 of a litre which means less time will be spent filling up.
Our price for this machine is just £169.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Tanaka make excellent garden machines and the Tanaka THT-2000 Hedgecutter with Twist Grip Handle is currently on special offer.
This is a truly powerful machine and will rip through thicker thorn and other harder woods often fund in hedgerows with great ease.
For such a strong machine it is surprisingly lightweight and easy to use and has a sound reduction system to keep noise to a minimum.
Twenty inch double reciprocating blades contribute to its efficiency and there is Tanaka’s own 22 cc engine for the power which is very easy to start.
There is a five year manufacturer’s warranty on this machine and free next working day delivery.
And at £199.95 it is almost £90 off the manufacturer’s recommended price.
And the final one on our list is a truly revolutionary machine relying on the latest technology to provide the performance levels of a petrol machine at a fraction of the weight.
From American company Greenworks comes a 40 volt cordless hedge trimmer which makes it quick and easy to trim back even the thickest hedges.
This machine uses the latest lithium-ion technology to provide plenty of power, shorter charging time and a much lighter trimmer.
Charging can be done at any time as these batteries have no ‘memory’ plus there is a charge indicator so you can see how much power is left as you are working.
Dual reciprocating blades can through wood twigs up to 1.7 cm thick and at 60 cm they mean you can deal with long hedges in a shorter time.
A rotating rear handle makes it possible to shape hedges more easily and this rear handle has a safety switch to reduce the possibility of accidentally turning it on.
There is a three year maker’s guarantee on this model and delivery is free. A battery and charger are included in the price of £199.95.
You can but additional batteries and chargers which can also be used with other Greenworks machines due to be released in the next few weeks.
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