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Hedge Trimmers Buying Guide

Whether you have a showcase specimen that serves as an anchoring point for a flowerbed or a sidewalk-long row of evergreens, hedge trimmers are a great tool to trim unruly branches and tidy up a sculptural element in the landscape.

Types of Hedge Trimmers

Types of Hedge Trimmers

For those with a traditional- or contemporary-style landscape, few elements are as pleasing -- or complementary -- as a beautifully sculpted row of boxwood hedges. Even for a more naturalistic setting such as a cottage garden, a hedge will occasionally need some selective sculpting. For your landscape, then, a hedge trimmer is probably an essential tool. For homeowners with one or two hedges, a hand-operated type may fill the bill. But for those with a larger collection of shrubs, motorized versions -- as well as one of two blade types -- may be the most convenient. Here's help to guide you on your hedge trimmer shopping.


Before the wide availability of lower-cost, engine-powered machines and tools for the garden, there was good old-fashioned arm power at work -- especially when trimming hedges. The same is true today; clippers of various sizes are still available.


If you're in the market for a garden machine, you'll likely encounter models powered by gas, electric, or battery/rechargeable. That's true for hedge trimmers as well.

Blade Type

Hedge trimmers differ in the type of blade available; single-action varieties have a continuous blade that moves in one direction. Dual-action blades have two blades that move back and forth, which may provide more flexibility.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Hedge trimmers may seem like fairly straightforward garden machines, and for the most part they are. But there are a few small and large purchase considerations to review before making a purchase. To start, think about your landscape and the items you need or want to trim. Is your space big? Do you have a lot of hedges to keep tidy? Then blade length may be your most important consideration. If you have a particular grip you prefer, spend time handling various hedge trimmers. And regardless of which specifications end up being important, review safety features closely. Here's help to get you started.

Safety Features

Motorized hedge trimmers likely have standard safety features in place to help protect you from injury. You may also need to purchase additional items, such as gloves and safety goggles.

Handle Design

The placement and design of hedge trimmer handles varies from machine to machine. What you prefer depends on how you want to hold and operate the trimmer.

Blade Length

From very short, foot-long blades to those that reach about 2 feet, hedge trimmers vary in blade length. For tight situations or where you desire more exact shapes and sculpting capabilty, a shorter blade may be preferable.

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Black and Decker
$44.97 $59.99
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3.6 Volt Hedge Trimmer Features 2 Blades for Variety of Cutting Length The Black and Decker 3.6 volt hedge trimmer is versatile an...d smooth, making it a great addition to your collection of outdoor power equipment. The trimmer features two... This product: Black and Decker 3.6 Volt Hedge Trimmer $44.97 Power cord issues I have a very small yard with very light trimming needs. I bought this very inexpensive gadget with the understanding it wouldn't be particularly strong or powerful, but would get a light job done. It gets a light job done. The problem is, the power cord doesn't properly fit into the device. It is way too loose. I have had it for 3 days and still haven't gotten a full charge. I have to watch the trimmer like a hawk to make sure it is still charging and that some errant wind hasn't disconnected the charge. Too complicate matters....the light is green when charging and turn off when fully charged. So....when I look at my device and see no green it fully charged or did the power cord disconnect again. EVERY SINGLE TIME it had been that the power cord has stop sending a charge. Three days of charging and still no full charge. Very annoying. Thinking of sending it back. by tripsearsHanover, PA | Sun, May 25, 2014 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified PurchaseBest hand held lawn and Hedge Trimmer long lasting battery and very lightweight to use I would recommend this product to a friend. The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product. by Coalcracker58Millersburg, PA | Sat, Apr 26, 2014 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 1 visitors found this helpfulVerified PurchaseSolid trimmer for light work If you have huge bushes or run a landscaping company, this is not the tool for you. If you are like me and have a few bushes in your yard, this thing is perfect. It may not be heavy duty, but it gets the job done at a great price. Battery is solid but definitely needs to be charged between jobs. Great for teens helping out around the house because it is light and easy to handle. I would recommend this product to a friend. by DanorifficAssociate from Nashville, TN | Tue, Dec 24, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified PurchaseBattery operation became sporadic after only 10 minutes. by phil1234Annandale, VA | Fri, Sep 20, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified Purchaseunderpowered shears These shears got hung up on the small, hard branches of our boxwoods. It took more effort to hold the switch in the "on" position than to just cut the bushes by hand! Returned them for a refund. by constantgardener, | Thu, Sep 12, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified Purchase Compact Lithium Garden Shears Do what their advertised to do. Made a quick job of trimming my small garden bushes. I would recommend this product to a friend. by LMossLittle Rock, AR | Thu, Jun 20, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified Purchaseworks very well gives me greater control when shaping shrubs I would recommend this product to a friend. by ducky239Lancaster, NY | Fri, Jun 7, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified PurchaseLithium Garden Shears I love these shears because it is compact and lightweight. Because you have to push a button on the side and the trigger at the same time, it is awkward and takes some getting used to. But all in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase. I would recommend this product to a friend. The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product. by irepattBrookpark, OH | Wed, May 29, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag 2 visitors found this helpfulVerified Purchaseshearstopo gigio does not have the power to cut thick schrubs. by topogigioLanghorne, PA | Sun, May 26, 2013 Was this helpful?YesNo 0 comments | flag Verified PurchaseExcellent purchase Lightweight easy to maneuver, battery like is ok I would recommend this product to a friend. by JerseyHandymanBelleville, NJ | Fri, May 24, 2013 Wa read more

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