Hedge Trimmer or Hedge Cutter? Is
there a difference?
Best Mains Powered Electric Hedge
According to me, a Hedge Trimmer is a
lighter weight, smaller bladed machine for removing soft green growth from
A Hedge Cutter, is a heavier duty,
larger bladed and more powerful machine capable of removing the green growth on
hedges and is
able to cut back into the older woodier
Some tools will fit into both categories
depending on the hedge you are cutting.
However , if a low powered hedge trimmer is
used to cut woody material it is unlikely it will do it for long as the blades
will blunt and wear or the motor or other components may burn out.
Cordless (battery powered) hedge trimmers are
rarely capable of cutting woody hedge material.
Some high powered mains electric hedge cutters
are better than most cheap petrol machines, so you cant judge just on power as
the size and quality of the blade is crucial.
To add more complication some models have anti
lock clutches or anti jam, sawing like features.
If you are buying a mains powered electric hedge trimmer
then it is likely that you have a large hedge so go for one with plenty of
power and a long blade if you have the strength to hold it.. More important is the quality of the blade since
this is a machine that is going to take a lot of stick!
Don't be tempted by really cheap hedge trimmers,
you will most likely be wasting your money as the blades will soon go
blunt and fail to cut or damage your stems.
Best Mains Electric Hedge Trimmer
For the money I think the most impressive mains
electric hedge trimmer I have tested is the Bosch AHS 45-16, or its
slightly larger cousin the AHS 50-16. This is a
real, no nonsense workhorse that has been in production many years
either as Bosch or Qualcast.
Qualcast is now Chinese owned and made, (and best
The Bosch hedgetrimmers are well made with
precision ground blades and tough motors. 16mm blade spacing ensures that
they cut even thick stems with ease.
A good alternative is the excellent Bosch AHS 60-16 which has a
very long 60cm blade and some really good customer
reviews. If you want a normal size, no nonsense reliable hedge
trimmer with quality blades at a low price then the Bosch AHS 50-16
is the one I recommend.
Best Mains Electric Hedge
The Bosch AHS7000 Pro massacring a thick old Eleagnus
The largest Bosch electric hedge cutter is the AHS 7000 Pro.
This machine is truly awesome and will outperform many
petrol machines. If you need to reduce the high
significantly of a mature hedge then this is the tool. You
will need to be fairly strong as it is BIG!.
It has a
700 watt motor, 70cm Blade Length with Tooth Spacing of 34mm
12m of cable, Laser Cut Diamond Ground blades
Quick Stop Blade Brake and high-torque (80Nm) slipping
clutch for easy cutting
Blade tip protector for cutting along walls and
Weight - 3.8kg
This model has now be re-named as the Bosch AHS 70-34 and
is the largest Bosch mains electric hedge cutter available.
The AHS 50-16 has a bigger motor and longer blade
The AHS 60 - 16 has a 60cm blade for wider hedges.
For Heavy Duty Hedge Cutters see links below
Both models are the same apart from an extra 10cm blade length
Weight - 4.4kg
So you will need to be strong to use it!
(same for this long reach version below)
Bosch AMW 10 HS Multi-Tool with Pole Hedgecutter Attachment
Gardengroom safety Hedge
This is the Garden Groom Midi, there is also a
higher performance model known as the Garden Groom Pro
Trim, Vac and Shred in
Many accidents happen with electric hedge trimmers,
either by cutting fingers or electrocution from cutting the cable. About
10 year ago I met an Inventor called Graham Wilson who had a solution -
he designed a hedge trimmer with a concealed rotary blade. Another
advantage of this design is that the blade would cut and shred the
clippings and then blow them into a bag.
Over the years my testing concluded that the Garden Groom is not the best
hedge trimmer for everyone but as a specialist product it works very
well. It is definitely the safest and the only one that collects and
shreds the trimmings- thus saving you a lot of clear up time.
The Garden Groom works best on well maintained hedges
that are not too wide. It is fairly heavy and the collecting box fills
quickly. However it is now supplied in 2 sizes and with a tube and large collecting bag
which works well if you have space beside your hedge.
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