Among the essential tools of the gardener, we can mention the hedge trimmer. Convenient for trimming a wide range of plants, such as trees, shrubs, hedges, bushes or groves, it greatly facilitates trimming and maintenance work. The hedge trimmer exists in different more or less sophisticated models to meet all needs. Let’s take stock of this practical device appreciated by beginners, amateurs and professional gardeners in order to buy the most suitable model. To do this, we suggest that you follow the following four criteria which will guide you towards the best choice.
Choice criterion n°1: the power supply and the power of the hedge trimmer
In terms of power, there are two types of hedge trimmers: the electric model and the thermal model. It should be noted that the power mode determines the power of the hedge trimmer, but also its performance.
The electric hedge trimmer
The electric hedge trimmer is the most purchased by individuals, but also the most generally offered by DIY and gardening brands. They are indeed light models, handy, practical, easy to use and simple to maintain.
They are more than enough to maintain a garden measuring up to 1,000 m². With their power which oscillates between 400 and 700 W depending on the model, they can cut branches with a diameter of one centimeter.
Electric hedge trimmers operate either by sector, and in this case they are powered by a cable connected to the power outlet, or by a rechargeable battery. Battery-powered models are the most recommended, as they are easier to use. Indeed, you can use your hedge trimmer without worrying about the cable or its length. However, if the battery model allows you to access all corners of your garden without asking questions, the autonomy of the batteries requires having two recharges for more comfort and these devices are generally less efficient than the wired ones. .
The thermal hedge trimmer
The thermal hedge trimmer runs on gasoline. It is a more powerful, heavier and noisier model generally reserved for professionals or gardens with an area greater than 1,000 m² and which require very regular maintenance.
Their power supply mode allows them to be almost self-sufficient in energy, which allows their user to cover their entire terrain without constraint and for hours. Powerful, these models oscillate between 300 and 1,500 W.
Capable of cutting branches with a diameter of 3 cm, they are very practical for quickly maintaining large green spaces. However, they are more difficult to handle and they require specific knowledge for their maintenance, knowing that their engine needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained.
Choice criterion n°2: a reliable, efficient and solid tool
By investing in a reliable and solid device, you will gain in efficiency and you will be sure to benefit from a long-lasting hedge trimmer. Avoid first prizes as much as possible, which are unreliable and very inefficient; this type of purchase is very quickly regretted, because private gardeners spend much more time than expected maintaining their exterior. It is better to choose a high-performance and safer model from the outset, which will ultimately not cost you more in maintenance and repairs and which will not waste your time.
You also don’t need to invest in a racing machine if you have a small or medium-sized garden. An intermediate model is sufficient. Rely on the frequency of use of the device and your needs, and do not hesitate to consult the opinions on the internet.
Choice criterion n°3: the blade
The choice of blade is important, because there are several types, of varying lengths and with different tooth spacing. A longer blade obviously allows you to cut a larger area in one stroke and work straighter, but it is often less maneuverable and gives a less precise result due to its weight. A blade of 30 to 40 cm is sufficient to trim and maintain your hedges.
Furthermore, the smaller the spacing between the teeth, the more precise the cutting result. 2 cm spacing is sufficient for young hedges and 3 cm or more should be reserved for high and dense hedges.
A distinction is also made between single-cut and double-coupled hedge trimmers. Single-cut models have a stationary lower blade and a moving upper blade, while double-cut models have two moving blades for better performance and greater cutting comfort.
Choice criterion n°4: a practical and easy-to-use device
It is not so easy to trim hedges and plants. It is therefore important to have a handy device, easy to use and to take in hand. The lighter the device, the more pleasant and comfortable it will be to handle, unlike heavy models that very quickly tire the arms, shoulders and back. 3.5 kg hedge trimmers are the most recommended.
If possible, avoid corded models that restrict your movements and cheap blades that reduce comfort and cutting efficiency. Finally, consider the non-slip handle, a not so insignificant detail when using this type of device, and the telescopic pole, which allows you to cut high branches without danger.