Ten top machines to trim back all types of hedges – and the tops

Maybe we haven’t all got topiary like this, but neat hedges with vertical sides and perfectly level tops announce to the world, here lives someone who takes a pride in their garden.

And now’s the time to get out the hedgetrimmer for the major cut of the year – You may already have given them a light haircut but now you can give them a proper short back and sides.

So here are ten top hedgetrimmers all at the keenest prices from battery-powered models,  which are lighter to use than traditional petrol-powered machines and then on to long-reach machines to trim back hedge-tops without getting out ladders to give you the height – never the most enjoyable task.

The first is the Cobra H50-24V Cordless Hedgetrimmer, light and simple to use and ideal for small runs of hedging.

Cobra hedgetrimmer
Light and easy: Cobra hedgetrimmer

Power is from a 24Vbattery which keeps its charge when not in use and will re-charge in two hours.

Being cordless there is no trailing cable to get in the way making it easier to use than the old electric trimmers which had a trailing cable.

It gives clean neat cut and has 50cm double sided blades which have a 15mm tooth gap.

It also has two-speeds to select according to the job in hand and has a blade guard and needs both hands top operate – a useful safety feature.

It weighs just 2.4kg and is light enough for virtually any gardener to use. When not in use there is a protective blade cover.

It costs £66.99, £10 off the recommended price, has a two-year warranty and is delivered FREE the next working day.

The next is new and exclusive to MowDirect and from a range which we helped to develop.

The Redback E522DQ-2Ah Cordless Hedgetrimmer has a 40V motor with a lithium-ion battery made by a leading Japanese company and has two 56cm double-sided dual reciprocating blades.

Redback Cordless Hedgetrimmer
Battery power: Redback Cordless Hedgetrimmer

The rear handle rotates to make it easier to trim back odd-shaped hedges and makes it easier to trim sides and means left-handers can use it.

It has been  designed with a blade-brake which stops it quickly in an emergency and also has a deflector to move away the clippings as you work. If you prefer to work without it the deflector can be quickly and easily removed.

It costs £169 compared with the recommended price of £286 and is delivered FREE the next working day with the lithium-ion battery, battery charger and a power belt to hold the battery.

And now, an electric machine designed to trim the tops of tall hedges.

The Cobra LRH40E Electric Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer and a maximum length of 185cm and above all is light – it weighs only four kg.

At the business and there are 39cm double-reciprocating blades with a 20mm tooth gap to give a clean neat cut without chewing up the hedge stems.

Cobra long reach hedgetrimmer
Up high: Cobra Long Reach
Hedgetrimmer

The cutter head articulate through 90 degrees making it easier to trim hedge tops – even thicker, older growth.

It is supplied with 10 metres of cable.

The trimmer costs £99.99, £10 off the recommended price and it has a one-year warranty. We deliver it FREE the next working day.

Now petrol-powered machines and starting with a best-seller from a favourite British company.

The Mountfield MHJ2424 Double-Bladed Petrol Hedgetrimmer with a 61cm blade, is an excellent workhorse machine for longer runs of all types of hedging.

This has super-long 61cm blades, double-sided and dual reciprocating with a 28cm gap between the teeth so they can cope with thicker stems.

And with a 24.5cc engine from Mountfield it has plenty of power to cut through tough established growth.

It is a well-balanced cutter and weighs only 5.5kg and has a rear handle with three positions.

This has proved a popular machine with many of our customers. A recent purchaser said ‘Easy to start, excellent cut, very pleased with this purchase.’ Other reviews are here.

It costs £139, £40 off the recommended price and has a one year warranty with FREE next working day delivery.

This next one is a really powerful machine from a company whose machines are increasingly the choice of professional gardeners.

Real power: Tanaka hedge trimmer

The Tanaka TCH22E-AP2 (50) Petrol Hedgetrimmer has a 21.1cc PureFire technology to give maximum power and minimum fuel use and emissions.

It starts with just a gently tug on the starter cord and has 50cm double-sided dual reciprocating blades which will cut through thick established growth thanks to a tooth gap of 30mm.

The rear twist grip turns through 180 degrees to make it comfortable to use on hedge sides and odd shapes and makes it a machine that left-handers can use.

It costs £219, a £70 saving on the recommended price and is delivered FREE the next working day with a five-year warranty.

The Tanaka is a revelation. It’s light, great quality, cuts like a knife through butter and starts with the first pull of the cord. Highly recommended!’ said a recent customer.

The next one is exclusive to us at MowDirect and a machine for the keen amateur and professional alike and is from a leading Italian garden machinery manufacturer.

The Oleo-Mac HC265XP Heavy-Duty Petrol Hedgecutter has blades which can be adjusted according to the hedge being trimmed and has a 21.7cc engine and weighs 5.6kg and will start very easily, even when it’s cold.

Oleo-Mac hedgetrimmer
Italian power: Oleo-Mac HC265 XP hedgetrimmer

It has a extensive vibration damping system and is a very well-balanced machine with a rear handle which turns through 180 degrees.

The blades are 60cm long and it has a tooth gap of 35mm making it a good machine for long runs of thick hedges.

The recommended price is £399 but we have it for sale for £299. It has a five-year warranty with FREE next working day delivery.

Back to Japanese manufacturer Tanaka for a trimmer for a machine likely to appeal to professionals as well as amateur gardeners with long hedges in need of a trim.

The Tanaka TCH22E-CP2 (78) Petrol Hedgetrimmer has super-long 78cm dual-reciprocating blades and yet weighs only 5.2kg.

It has very low vibration levels which will appeal to professional gardeners and has a 21.1cc engine with a unique sound reduction system, again making it more comfortable to use.

An easy starter where only a light pull on the cord is necessary to fire up it has a 35cm tooth gap so it can take on thicker stems and still deliver a neat, clean cut.

It costs £379, £120 off the price recommended and has a five-year domestic warranty. And we deliver it FREE the next working day.

Now a light and safe way to deal with trees which have low branches which need trimming back.

Redback cordless pole pruner
High hedges: Redback Cordless Pole Pruner

The Redback E920DQ-2Ah Cordless Pole-Hedgetrimmer relies on a lithium-ion battery carried in a special battery belt and is quiet and comfortable to use as it has no emissions.

The business end has two 52cm double sided blades and a cutting head which rotates 90 degrees so you can reach odd areas and still deliver a level cut. And yet the weight is only 3.5kg.

New and exclusive it costs just £199, £107 off the recommended price and comes with a battery, charger and a belt to carry the battery. There is a three-year warranty, FREE next working day delivery and the battery can be used with other equipment in the Redback range.

Here’s one from a company which has been producing long-reach hedge trimmers for some years.

The Mitox 26LH-SP SELECT Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer has a really long 2.26metre reach and has 40cm double-sided blades and is powered by a 24.5cc engine.

Easy to start it has a shaft which splits into two making it easy to store and carry in the boot of the car and has a cutting head which articles through 150 degrees with 12 working positions.

It is priced at £169, £50 off the recommended price and has a one-year warranty with FREE next working day delivery.

And finally one to appeal to the professional from the same company.

Mitox long reach hedge trimmer
Professional machine: Mitox long reach hedgetrimmer

The Mitox 28 LRK Kawasaki Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer has a super-powerful 26.3 Kawasaki engine designed to give maximum power and torque transfer and with an electronic ignition system to make it reliable and easy to start.

The blades are dual reciprocating and 55cm long and the cutting head articulates through 220 degrees. The machines weighs in at 7.4kg.

It costs £349, £50 below the recommended price and has a three year warranty with FREE  next working day delivery.

These are just ten of the machines on our site, the full list can be seen here.

And if you’re still not sure which is the right one for your garden and hedges then give us a ring on 03454 588905.

We’ve years of experience in the field of garden machinery and are only too willing to help.just ask our loyal customers…

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.