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#193666 19-Mar-2016 17:11
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Hi all


Looking at getting one, new house has hedges.


How thick can the branches be? 1/4 inch ok?


Prices for average brands such as Ryobi are around $180, any need to go better? I guess the motors will be similar, but it may come to how effective the cutting is, i.e. how well the blades are set and how well they stay set. 


Any need to sharpen often, and is that easy?



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  #1516133 19-Mar-2016 17:27
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I have some big hedges😩 Have the Stihl kombi for the high ones and a hs45 for the sides. Highly recommend both if you have a bit to do!.

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  #1516223 19-Mar-2016 22:43
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I got a shindawa hedge trimmer and long pole saw attachment. I have a lot of hedging and trees.

So it's normally used for a clue of hours a time. Works well

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  #1516310 20-Mar-2016 09:22
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Thanks guys.The Stihl HS45 looks a very good option for me. Probably can't justify yours David! 


Electric line trimmer. 36V looks ok, I watched a review of a Ryobi 18V Hybrid and it was ok, so a 36V would be good? I don't have any intensive edging, just path edges, lawn edges, and under hedge tidy up. The Ryobi went for 30 minutes, the 36V would be stronger and longer, so a good option? Average brand ok?

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  #1516330 20-Mar-2016 09:57
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I did a clearout of my section over the Christmas break.


Went with Ryobi purely for the Expand-It range (petrol line trimmer base) and then bought the pole pruning saw, brush cutter, edger, and hedge trimmer.  Overall I'm happy with everything I got, and was easily able to use all the attachments.  The hedge trimmer is rated to 3/8", but I was able to cut much larger than that...easily 4cm+  Not too sure if it's good to do so, but it certainly worked!  


I haven't noticed any dulling of the blade at this point for the hedge trimmer, and it's certainly had quite a bit of use so far.  I'm sure you could get better performance from Stihl/Husqvarna, but I'm happy with how everything has turned out from a $ perspective.




For the other attachments, I wouldn't recommend the pole saw or edger.  The pole saw does work, but it doesn't have the best performance (maybe it's me)...I found it easier to go with a ladder + Stihl chainsaw.  The edger...yeah, didn't like the outcome.  You'll get a much cleaner look doing it with a manual tool.

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  #1516374 20-Mar-2016 12:10
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My local M10 had GardenMaster 2 stroke hedge trimmers on sale for $100, not sure of the quality but at that price they might be worth a punt. Not sure if there are any more in stock.

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  #1516961 21-Mar-2016 14:35
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I have B&D 18V hedge trimmer.  It copes just fine with occasional pitto and lemon-wood branches up to about 20mm diameter.




I also have a B&D pole trimmer, great for topping the hedge, which is a boundary fence at the base of steep bark garden.


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  #1522227 29-Mar-2016 14:30
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Tks all




I got a Stihl HS45, with resin spray, 2 Stroke Oil, 1 Ltr bottle, and 4 year warranty as I will use their recommended oil


And a B+D GH900 (actually its the updated of this) 900W electric Line trimmer. Hope the auto line feed works properly


Will give them a crack this weekend





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