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nuttycyclist:
I have a hedge trimmer, but my arms aren't long enough.  (depth of hedge, not lack of ladder).

I'm thinking of getting something where the head is on an extendible pole.  My local shop closed just before I got there, and screwfix I passed on the way home was out of stock.  This makes me think that something better must be available which I am to buy instead.

Potentially it'd also be good to have an interchangeable head with a mini chainsaw instead as I have a number of limbs to remove (tree, not mine).

Mains 240v please, as I don't want the faff of petrol/maintenance, nor always having a flat battery when I need to use it.

Over to you for suggestions.  The cheaper the better.

pcolbeck:
First you need to decide if you want a hedge trimmer or a hedge cutter. They are different things. A trimmer really is only designed to trim very small branches (basically the growth since the last trim). A cutter will plough through much bigger branches. I bought a cutter a few years ago for our mixed native hedge (thicker and tougher growth than privit) and its transformed the annual cut takes about 10 percent of the time it used to do.

I have a Bosch AHS 70-34 which has a 70cm cutting length. Fantastic.

nuttycyclist:
The blade on that looks like the blade on mine, albeit longer.  Mine has got through some decent stuff (1cm+ diameter leylandii branches) and had quite a few years of abuse.

What I'm really after is similar, but where the blade is on a longer pole with potentially a rotating head.  I drove past somebody the other day who was cutting the flat top of his ~10 feet hedge while walking on the pavement.  No ladders.

I saw something last year in Lidl which was similar, but also had a mini chain saw that could be put on instead of the cutter/trimmer blades.  Looking at a few trees in the garden this would be excellent, other than Lidl no longer stock it and I don't know the quality/capability.

MikeFromLFE:



--- Quote from: nuttycyclist on 27 July, 2021, 12:23:40 pm ---.

What I'm really after is similar, but where the blade is on a longer pole with potentially a rotating head.  I drove past somebody the other day who was cutting the flat top of his ~10 feet hedge while walking on the pavement.  No ladders.

I saw something last year in Lidl which was similar, but also had a mini chain saw that could be put on instead of the cutter/trimmer blades.  Looking at a few trees in the garden this would be excellent, other than Lidl no longer stock it and I don't know the quality/capability.

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That sounds like the think from Amazon I've just bought made by Einhell.
Battery powered and on an extending stick. The chain saw attachment is 'good enough' for most branches and I'm finally getting next door's conifers under control.
Not had it long enough to make a proper judgement, but so far I'm impressed.

rafletcher:

--- Quote from: MikeFromLFE on 27 July, 2021, 01:11:03 pm ---


--- Quote from: nuttycyclist on 27 July, 2021, 12:23:40 pm ---.

What I'm really after is similar, but where the blade is on a longer pole with potentially a rotating head.  I drove past somebody the other day who was cutting the flat top of his ~10 feet hedge while walking on the pavement.  No ladders.

I saw something last year in Lidl which was similar, but also had a mini chain saw that could be put on instead of the cutter/trimmer blades.  Looking at a few trees in the garden this would be excellent, other than Lidl no longer stock it and I don't know the quality/capability.

--- End quote ---
That sounds like the think from Amazon I've just bought made by Einhell.
Battery powered and on an extending stick. The chain saw attachment is 'good enough' for most branches and I'm finally getting next door's conifers under control.
Not had it long enough to make a proper judgement, but so far I'm impressed.

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Cordless though?

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