Looking for a machine to cut your hedges can be hard, deciding what to buy and what you need. Answering some simple questions regarding your garden will help to establish what is going to work best for you. There are three different types of hedgecutters, petrol, electric and cordless which use a battery rather than connecting to the mains.
Electric trimmers are usually more lightweight, they are also usually cheaper than the petrol equivelants. Are you planning to trim hedges that are not acccesible to a mains socket? If so an electric may not be suitable. They may have to be accessed via an extension cable.
Petrol trimmers are a popular option. Without the restrictions of wires and leads you are able to cut to your hearts content, wherever your hedges may be. Petrol machines are typically heavier and noisier than some other models however they are still the most popular option. Perfect for trimming difficult thick bushes and hedges and are also non reliant on batteries.
The final option is the cordless range - the best of both worlds. Similarly to a petrol it does not have any wires, however it does require the battery to be charged before use. Charging a battery can take roughly an hour and they can last from 20-60 mins depending on model. Weight and length are the final aspects to consider with your purchase. Making sure you would be comfortable holding the machine whilst the job gets done is important. If you unsure, pop into the showroom and try one out.
You also need to be aware of the length of the machine, will you be able to reach the top of the hedge, is it above your head? Can you reach the tricky sides youre planning to cut?