When you might need hedge shears: dos and don’ts
Most often, people need hedge shears for common gardening and pruning use. It’s important to keep bushes trimmed for their health, as letting them become overgrown will make it difficult for the plant to grow healthily and it will also become an eyesore for your lawn or garden. You should always remember to be safe when using the shears and you should only use them when necessary. Safe storage is also important. You shouldn’t leave them within reach of children, and you should always clean and dry them before storing to prevent rusting.
Features to consider while choosing hedge shears
There are more features to consider than you’d think when picking out a pair of hedge shears. The factors that we considered in our buying guide included such features as size, weight, blades type and material, the cutting mechanism and cutting capacity, ease of use, maintenance, and warranty.
Size and weight
Size and weight are important factors to consider when picking out hedge shears, especially if you’ll be using them a lot. For starters, you want something compact that’s easy to store if you are tight on space. If not, this isn’t as much of a factor.
Still, a lighter, smaller pair of shears is better because they will be easier to work with for longer periods of time. When trimming, you’ll likely be holding the shears above your head or away from your body. This can cause fatigue quickly and even be dangerous if you become so tired that you drop them. If you want to be using these for a few hours at a time, you want something that you’ll be able to hold for a long time. For that reason, we recommend that you seek out a lightweight pair of shears for your gardening needs.
As for the size, this will vary. Getting a pair of shears that is extendable is a great if you need to cut branches and twigs that are hard to reach.
It is generally considered better to have a curved blade rather than a straight one. Curved blades allow for more precision and an easier cut, overall. Whether or not you want a serrated blade will depend on the type of branches you’ll be cutting. If you are dealing with thicker branches, you may want a serrated blade to help hack through them. If you are dealing with smaller branches, it will suffice to just have straight blades.
A good cutting mechanism will make cuts easier and inflict less stress on your body. A low-quality cutting mechanism will jar your body, arms, and shoulders and may lead to less clean cuts. Make sure to check real customer reviews as for how easily the shears you’re going to buy make cuts and whether or not the users were tired after an hour or two of using them.
Cutting capacity is an important consideration when shopping for shears because you want something that can handle the volume of cutting that you need to do. You can base your decision on how much cutting you need to do and what the thickness of the branches you need to cut are.
Generally, it’s safer to get something with more cutting capacity than you actually need rather than getting something with low cutting capacity and then finding out that you need more.
Ease of use
Having easy-to-use shears is important, especially for those using their shears frequently. Hard-to-use shears can cause fatigue quickly, which will get in the way of your productivity. Shears can also be difficult to use if they have too many adjustability features that are meant for professionals, so it would be better to pick the shears that are within your skill level to operate.
Maintenance and warranty
As with any product, you should always know what warranty comes with the shears you are buying. You want to be knowledgeable and well-read on the warranty and return policy so that if anything ever goes wrong with your shears, the process of getting that item replaced will be easier, if it’s offered. Generally speaking, it’s best to buy a pair of shears that has a good, long-term warranty.
How to maintain the blades?
The blades may need to be sharpened every so often, and will always need to be stored in a safe, dry place. After using the shears, they should be cleaned, dried, and then put into storage. Failing to do so can result in building of rust and a premature end to the life of your shears.