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.

Hand-Operated

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.

Motorized

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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Green Works
$134.76 $91.92

The GreenWorks Compact 20-Volt 20" Hedge Trimmer features a 20-inch dual-action steel blade with a 5/8-inch cutting capacity to tr...im through those limbs quickly. Delivering up to 1200 RPM, this hedge trimmer is perfect for small tasks around the yard.... read more

Black & Decker
$159.99 $92.87

Finish your yard work the right way with a Black and Decker 20-Volt Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer. In addition to giving small trees..., hedges, shrubs and other outdoor landscaping a professional look, you can perform some quick between-mowing trim work as... read more

Black & Decker
$49.99 $44.08

The Black & Decker 3.2A 17” Electric Hedge Trimmer will help you with those your lawn and hedge maintenance duties. This trimm...er features a lightweight body design made of metal and plastic, making it user friendly. The Black & Decker Electric Hedge... read more

Poulan Pro
$199.99 $189.99

This Poulan Pro Hedge Trimmer is a powerful gas-powered trimmer equipped with a 22in. dual-sided, serrated metal blade that makes ...trimming easy. The 28cc engine drives the dual-action blade to quickly cut through brush and shrubs up to 3/4in. thick.... read more

Remington
$69.99 $64.99

This hedge trimmer has a 22in.L dual-action cutting blade titanium-coated to stay sharper longer. The 4.5 amp motor propels the bl...ade into action, making cleaner cuts with less vibration than a single blade. 3/4in. cutting capacity. Cushioned grip... read more

Black & Decker
$99.99 $77.40

The Black and Decker Lithium Hedge Trimmer, 20V, is a practical patio and garden tool that helps you trim branches and shape shrub...bery with ease. Because it is lightweight, this product is easy to use to keep seasonal growth of your plants under... read more

Green Works
$139.99 $133.03

Liven up your yard this summer with GreenWorks' line of amazing yard tools. GreenWorks offers everything you need to shape and scu...lpt your yard. read more

Black & Decker
$31.99 $30.23

Keep your hedges trimmed and in tip-top shape with the Black & Decker 16" Electric Hedge Trimmer. This lightweight hedge trimm...er features a 16" dual-action hardened steel blade for 40 percent less vibration, making trimming a more comfortable... read more

Poulan Pro
$199.99 $189.99

This Poulan Pro Hedge Trimmer is a powerful gas-powered trimmer equipped with a 22in. dual-sided, serrated metal blade that makes ...trimming easy. The 28cc engine drives the dual-action blade to quickly cut through brush and shrubs up to 3/4in. thick. Product Type Hedge trimmer, Handle Type Loop, Dimensions L x W x H in. 46 x 11 1/4 x 9 1/4, Cutting Thickness in. 3/4, Cover Type Plastic, Blade Type Dual-action, Blade Size in. 22, Blade Material Metal. Swivel-position loop handle allows you to cut from a variety of positions to gain a secure, comfortable grip Reduced vibration adds to the comfort Cuts through hedges, brush and shrubs up to 3/4in. thick 22in.L dual-sided metal blade is serrated with dual cutting action Model Number: 966513101. Size: 11. Age Group: Adult. read more

Remington
$69.99 $64.99

This hedge trimmer has a 22in.L dual-action cutting blade titanium-coated to stay sharper longer. The 4.5 amp motor propels the bl...ade into action, making cleaner cuts with less vibration than a single blade. 3/4in. cutting capacity. Cushioned grip handle makes work comfortable. Blade Size in. 22, Blade Type Dual action, Cutting Thickness in. 3/4, Dimensions L x W x H in. 9 1/2 x 12 x 37 5/16, Handle Type Cushion grip, Product Type Hedge trimmer, Blade Material Titanium-bonded steel. Titanium-coated blade stays sharper longer 4.5 amp motor propels makes clean cuts with less vibration than a single blade 3/4in. cutting capacity Cushioned grip handle makes work comfortable Model Number: RM4522TH. Size: 4. Age Group: Adult. read more

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