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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Black+Decker
$39.99 $29.88

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

Green Works
$177.99 $80.99

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

Green Works
$69.99 $49.00

Featuring premium power, the GreenWorks G-MAX 40-Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer offers a range of capabilities making this a wonderfu...l alternative to gas-powered models because of its ease of use and reliable features. The 24" dual-action steel blade... read more

Green Works
$69.99 $57.60

GreenWorks G-24 System offers versatility with a range of tools to choose from to get the job done with outdoor and indoor tools f...or all your DIY projects. Whether it is getting the deck completed or getting your yard in pristine shape, the G-24 System... read more

Green Works
$89.99 $47.59

The GreenWorks G-MAX Extended Reach Hedge Trimmer offers a range of capabilities to ensure your bushes are well kept from all angl...es. The 20-inch dual-action steel blade on this cordless hedge trimmer delivers optimal performance with up to 3000... read more

Green Works
$79.99 $48.22

GreenWorks G-24 System offers versatility with a range of tools to choose from to get the job done with outdoor and indoor tools f...or all your DIY projects. Whether it is getting the deck completed or getting your yard in pristine shape, the G-24 System... read more

WORX
$219.99 $188.82

56V Max Lithium battery delivers professional gas-like power. Dual action cutting blades provide less vibration for fast clean cut...s. read more

Green Works
$529.99 $324.99

Greenworks 22372. . Features: 80V Li-ion System takes the lead in highest and most powerful gas-free cordless system. Powerful Dig...iPro brushless motor offers greater performance without the hassle of gas and carbon emission. 180 degree rotating rear... read more

Tanaka
$329.99 $249.99

Built with Tanaka's super clean PureFire engine, the TCH22EAP2 Hedge Trimmer delivers reliable trimming and sculpting performance ...while reducing emissions. Featuring a 20 in. dual sided hardened steel blade and auxiliary handle, trim, cut and sculpt... read more

Black+Decker
$99.99 $49.99

Buy with confidence! Our Reconditioned items include all necessary parts and are guaranteed to function like new, backed by our 60... Day Money Back Guarantee. Please note however that reconditioned units received from the manufacturer may or may not... read more

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