Features to consider when choosing an electric hedge trimmer
As a first-time buyer, purchasing an electric hedge trimmer can be very difficult. There’re numerous factors that have to be taken into account if you really want to get the ideal tool for your garden.
If it’s corded or cordless
One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when shopping is whether you need a corded model or a cordless model. Each style has advantages and disadvantages, certainly. Cordless hedge trimmers (like the WORX WG261) are battery-powered, and thanks to the fact that they’re not attached to any outlet, they can be used anywhere around your garden. If there are hedges spread across your yard, this can be a big advantage. Cordless hedge trimmers don’t often come with strong batteries though, which can cause problems if there are lots of hedges that require manicuring. On the other hand, corded hedge trimmers, like the BLACK+DECKER HH2455 are restricted in range, but aren’t limited in runtime if there’s constant power supply. Corded hedge trimmers are also cheaper compared to their cordless counterparts.
Of course, it is advisable to look for a long blade as it will help you complete your tasks on time, but we must warn you that it can increase the weight of the unit. If the unit is heavy, the user is likely to be getting fatigued easily. Besides, if the hedge you’re cutting has a complex or small shape, then a long blade may be useless. These days, a lot of hedge trimmers feature a double-sided blade, which increases the blade’s versatility. this way, it is more effective for trimming services and complex shapes. Additionally, a double-sided blade can be fairly heavy. If your blade is long, you will be able to cut effectively in one sweep. It’s also important to consider the tooth spacing.
Maximum cutting capacity
The maximum cutting capacity is the space between the blades’ teeth. The larger the space, the larger the capacity as the teeth aren’t likely to get entangled in a tall hedge. Therefore, the maximum cutting capacity you require depends largely on uncontrollable your hedges are.
If you maintain your hedges frequently, a moderate capacity blade will be enough for you. However, if your hedges have overgrown, you may have to look for a one-inch capacity blade.
When trimming your hedges, you are likely to be carrying your hedge trimmer for a long period. Because of this, it is important to think about the weight of the unit you’re buying before buying it. The weight is also important if you have a big yard or you are likely to be trimming at heights. Expectedly, a heavy hedge trimmer will get you fatigued in no time. In light of that, ensure you explore all your choices before settling for one. The biggest benefit that heavy hedge trimmers provide is powerful operation. The powerful operation allows users to complete tasks faster.
The battery capacity is also one of the most crucial factors when selecting a hedge trimmer. Most cordless hedge trimmers come with lithium ion batteries, which are typically strong, light, small, and capable of holding power for a long time, in comparison to other kinds of rechargeable batteries. Some smartphones, laptops, and Tesla electric cars also use lithium-ion batteries.
Li-ion battery also has numerous advantages, but it comes with disadvantages as well. If you allow a lithium-ion battery to discharge past a particular level, it could be permanently damaged. Consequently, it should never be overcharged if you want to enjoy it for a long time. When charging them, make sure you adhere to the instructions of the manufacturers.
Additionally, we advise you against storing a Li-ion battery for a long time when it’s fully discharged.
When trying to determine the right one to choose, check if it charges quickly and lasts for a long period. The Scotts Outdoor Power Tools LSS10172S Hedge Trimmer is an example of a device like this. With this kind of device, you can clear a large area of land without running out of battery.
It is normal to be worried about the longevity of the product you want to buy, but if your new hedge trimmer comes with no warranty, you may have to continuously treat it like a baby, so that it wouldn’t get damaged. Of course, this can get tiring, especially since these tools are meant to be designed to last, so checking the warranty of the product before buying can give you more confidence about your option. An option such as the WORX WG261 Electric Hedge Trimmer comes with a three-year warranty, which will surely ease your mind knowing that it’ll get fixed should anything go wrong. Besides, if you choose a costlier option, ensure that it’s backed by a warranty that matches its cost.
While using an electric hedge trimmer is fairly easy, you can get injured if you’re not paying full attention. Whenever you are using a hedge trimmer, make sure you are wearing protective clothing, which includes safety glasses and heavy gloves to protect against the hedges that are being trimmed from entering your eyes. Before you begin work, check the region to make sure it’s free of obstacles such as debris or hoses as they could get you tripped when using the hedge trimmer. Also, place the tool on the ground when you are starting the motor of the trimmer and the carefully pick it up to start your work.