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Hedge Trimmer

Best Hedge Trimmers in India - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best hedge trimmers in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

Precise blade length, trimmers length, blade sides, teeth space of a hedge trimmer are essential for a well-maintained lawn. We will help you to choose a best hedge trimmer on a budget that has been made for your garden via our buyer’s guide.

Garden Hedge Shears

UPDATED

10/25/2021

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Blade Length (in cm)

Weight (in kg)

Blade Sides

Pro's & Con's

Type

Teeth Space (in mm)

Power (in volts/ watts)

Strokes Per Minute

LHT2436

BLACK+DECKER

LHT2436

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9.9 / 10

12/2020

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60.96

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3.13

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Trim up to 6000 square feet per charge
Powerful 40V Lithium-Ion battery complete even the most challenging jobs
3/4 inch cutting capacity
Battery charge level indicator
Cordless
Not mentioned
40 volts
2400

Makita

UH6570

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9.8 / 10

12/2020

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65

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3.8

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Ergonomic design with soft rubberized grip
Two-handed safety switching in all applications
The guard at the tip of blades prevent kick-back
Built-in clutch for safety
Maximum productivity and more operator safety due to electric brake
Electric
18
550 W
3200

Makita

UH5261

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9.7 / 10

12/2020

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52

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8

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The front grip provides a comfortable grip and perfect tool balance
Two-handed safety switching
Anti-loosening nut for blade fastening screw
The electric brake provides maximum productivity and increases operator safety
Double insulation
Very heavy
Electric
15
400 W
3200

BLACK+DECKER

GT4245-GB

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9.6 / 10

12/2020

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45

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2.7

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Two-handed starting switch prevents accidental starting
Durable, strong, sharp and dual-action asymmetric metallic blade
Perfect cable management system to avoid cable connection being in the way
Designed to feel comfortable and secure
The sizeable protective guard provides a shield from flying debris
Suitable only for smaller hedges
Electric
16
420 W
Not mentioned

Stihl

HSE 42

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9.5 / 10

12/2020

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Mechanical blade brake stops the blade in less than a second after it is turned off
Comes with a small hand guard giving an optimal view of the cutting blades and better overview of work
Lockable cable strain relief provides a secure extension cord connection
Operates quietly and with low vibration
Lightweight and easy to use
Need an extension cord with proper electricity supply to perform the task
Electric
21
420 W
3400

Neptune Simplify Farming

HT-600

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9.2 / 10

12/2020

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60

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7

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One litre fuel tank capacity
Two-stroke engine
Low power consumption-0.85 kW
Very heavy
Petrol
30
850 W
6500

Kisan Kraft

KK-HTP-600

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9.0 / 10

12/2020

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55

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600ml fuel tank capacity
Two-stroke engine
Ensure 25 cc displacement at the time of operation
Minimal power consumption-0.75kW
Very heavy
Petrol
20
750 W
2300

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LHT2436


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9.9 / 10

12/2020

Pro's & Con's

Trim up to 6000 square feet per charge
Powerful 40V Lithium-Ion battery complete even the most challenging jobs
3/4 inch cutting capacity
Battery charge level indicator

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Teeth Space (in mm)

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Power (in volts/ watts)

40 volts

Strokes Per Minute

2400

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Buyer's Guide - Best Hedge Trimmers in India

Know all about hedge trimmers and buy the best!

1

Features: Most important purchase criteria for a hedge trimmer

What should you look for when buying a new hedge trimmer.

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Use Cases: The best hedge trimmer for you

Which type of hedge trimmer is best for your use case?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a hedge trimmer

Best practices for hedge trimmer usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best hedge trimmers

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

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1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a hedge trimmer

1.1 Types

  • Cordless

As the name suggests, in this type of hedge trimmer there is no cord or cable. It has a rechargeable battery which takes around four hours to recharge and works for about 45 minutes at a single recharge. The electric motor is usually of 18 or 36 V and runs for 30 to 50 and 45 to 90 minutes respectively.

Cordless trimmers are lightweight (2kg to 3kg) and are quieter than petrol models. They give you the freedom of mobility.

  • Corded

Corded hedge trimmer works on electricity. It can be used instantly, and you don’t have to wait like in case of cordless to get the battery charged. They are also lightweight and quieter than petrol trimmers. Since it doesn’t work on battery, so, you must have easy access to an outdoor power supply. Depending on the lawn size, you might have to use an extension cord if the lawn size is large.

  • Petrol

Petrol-powered hedge trimmers use a mixture of petrol and oil to operate. It is a corded trimmer whose power is measured in Watt, and the higher the wattage, the more power.

This type of trimmer is the most powerful and robust. It is used mainly for large branches and offers a long runtime. They are right for heavy maintenance of green spaces. However, it is heavy, noisy, not very eco-friendly, and need regular maintenance.

  • Cordless

As the name suggests, in this type of hedge trimmer there is no cord or cable. It has a rechargeable battery which takes around four hours to recharge and works for about 45 minutes at a single recharge. The electric motor is usually of 18 or 36 V and runs for 30 to 50 and 45 to 90 minutes respectively.

Cordless trimmers are lightweight (2kg to 3kg) and are quieter than petrol models. They give you the freedom of mobility.

  • Corded

Corded hedge trimmer works on electricity. It can be used instantly, and you don’t have to wait like in case of cordless to get the battery charged. They are also lightweight and quieter than petrol trimmers. Since it doesn’t work on battery, so, you must have easy access to an outdoor power supply. Depending on the lawn size, you might have to use an extension cord if the lawn size is large.

  • Petrol

Petrol-powered hedge trimmers use a mixture of petrol and oil to operate. It is a corded trimmer whose power is measured in Watt, and the higher the wattage, the more power.

This type of trimmer is the most powerful and robust. It is used mainly for large branches and offers a long runtime. They are right for heavy maintenance of green spaces. However, it is heavy, noisy, not very eco-friendly, and need regular maintenance.

1.2 Teeth spacing

Teeth spacing matters because the wider the teeth spacing, the more hedge your hedge trimmer blade can cut. Therefore, teeth spacing is always related to branch thickness. If you regularly trim your garden hedges, then a narrow spacing will suffice, but for dense and overgrown hedges, only wider space can do the job. Therefore, for a smaller hedge, blades with a 15mm to 20mm gap and for mature hedges blades with a gap of 30mm or wider will be right.

Teeth spacing matters because the wider the teeth spacing, the more hedge your hedge trimmer blade can cut. Therefore, teeth spacing is always related to branch thickness. If you regularly trim your garden hedges, then a narrow spacing will suffice, but for dense and overgrown hedges, only wider space can do the job. Therefore, for a smaller hedge, blades with a 15mm to 20mm gap and for mature hedges blades with a gap of 30mm or wider will be right.

1.3 Sides

Hedge trimmer blades come in two styles:

  • Single-sided

  • Double-sided

Single-sided blades do the job slowly, but they are safer as they keep the cutting edge away from you. In contrast, the double-sided blades are commonly used as they cut more efficiently. Moreover, a wide range of blade lengths provides a different experience. For example, longer blades trim the hedges more evenly but may be tougher to wield. Whereas, smaller blades trim average-sized hedges and bushes.

Hedge trimmer blades come in two styles:

  • Single-sided

  • Double-sided

Single-sided blades do the job slowly, but they are safer as they keep the cutting edge away from you. In contrast, the double-sided blades are commonly used as they cut more efficiently. Moreover, a wide range of blade lengths provides a different experience. For example, longer blades trim the hedges more evenly but may be tougher to wield. Whereas, smaller blades trim average-sized hedges and bushes.

1.4 Weight

Hedge trimmer is a garden tool that you need to lift continuously or as long as you are using it. Therefore, not only it should be comfortable to hold but also lightweight to make the trimming task easier. Cordless and corded trimmer usually weigh up to 4 kg. In comparison, petrol trimmers can have a weight range of 7 to 10 kg.

If you have a tall hedge or a large garden, you will be required to lift the trimmer longer and relatively upward, in this case, use a cordless type trimmer as they are more flexible and lightweight. If the garden is small and hedges are bulky, get a petrol hedge trimmer. It will have more weight but more power as well.

Hedge trimmer is a garden tool that you need to lift continuously or as long as you are using it. Therefore, not only it should be comfortable to hold but also lightweight to make the trimming task easier. Cordless and corded trimmer usually weigh up to 4 kg. In comparison, petrol trimmers can have a weight range of 7 to 10 kg.

If you have a tall hedge or a large garden, you will be required to lift the trimmer longer and relatively upward, in this case, use a cordless type trimmer as they are more flexible and lightweight. If the garden is small and hedges are bulky, get a petrol hedge trimmer. It will have more weight but more power as well.

1.5 Blade Length

A longer blade lets you to cut more hedge at once. The blade length measuring 50 cm or less is suitable for small hedges. Whereas, blade length of 50cm or more is the right fit for larger hedges. Typically, gardeners prefer 45 – 60 cm blade as a suitable option to trim the hedges quickly and neatly. 

A longer blade lets you to cut more hedge at once. The blade length measuring 50 cm or less is suitable for small hedges. Whereas, blade length of 50cm or more is the right fit for larger hedges. Typically, gardeners prefer 45 – 60 cm blade as a suitable option to trim the hedges quickly and neatly. 

1.6 Cable Length

Cable length matters when you are going to buy corded/electric and petrol hedge trimmer. Buy a model which has optimum enough cable length. It should be short enough not to get in your way, and at the same time, it should be long enough to deliver continuous power.

Cable length matters when you are going to buy corded/electric and petrol hedge trimmer. Buy a model which has optimum enough cable length. It should be short enough not to get in your way, and at the same time, it should be long enough to deliver continuous power.

1.7 Power

Power of an electric hedge trimmer is measured in watt (W). Its range can be from 400 W to 900 W. Power of cordless trimmers is measured in volts (V) and it ranges from 18 V to 36 V. Power of the third type of trimmer- petrol hedge trimmers are measured in cubic centimetres (CC) and the range is usually from 20 CC to 40 CC. 

Lower powered trimmers come in handy if hedges are regularly cared for and have thin branches. If the bushes or hedges are thick, more power is needed.

Power of an electric hedge trimmer is measured in watt (W). Its range can be from 400 W to 900 W. Power of cordless trimmers is measured in volts (V) and it ranges from 18 V to 36 V. Power of the third type of trimmer- petrol hedge trimmers are measured in cubic centimetres (CC) and the range is usually from 20 CC to 40 CC. 

Lower powered trimmers come in handy if hedges are regularly cared for and have thin branches. If the bushes or hedges are thick, more power is needed.

1.8 Design

Some hedge trimmer is specifically designed such as pole trimmer helps in trimming tall hedges. It has an extendable pole which helps in reaching the required height and models while pivoting head helps in cutting across the top of the hedges. Grass and hedge shears are best for creating hedge sculptures.

Some hedge trimmer is specifically designed such as pole trimmer helps in trimming tall hedges. It has an extendable pole which helps in reaching the required height and models while pivoting head helps in cutting across the top of the hedges. Grass and hedge shears are best for creating hedge sculptures.

1.9 Trimmer’s Length

The length of the trimmer is nothing but the blade size. So, you need a long blade if the hedges are at a certain height, perhaps, an 18 to the 24-inch blade.

The length of the trimmer is nothing but the blade size. So, you need a long blade if the hedges are at a certain height, perhaps, an 18 to the 24-inch blade.

1.10 Battery Life

Battery life is a must considering feature in a cordless hedge trimmer. Usually, the running time of a trimmer varies from 30 – 75 minutes. However, many batteries can be charged quickly and allows you to go back and perform your work within less time. Therefore, not just check the battery life but also how long it takes to charge the battery.

Battery life is a must considering feature in a cordless hedge trimmer. Usually, the running time of a trimmer varies from 30 – 75 minutes. However, many batteries can be charged quickly and allows you to go back and perform your work within less time. Therefore, not just check the battery life but also how long it takes to charge the battery.

1.11 Vibration

Vibration is another crucial factor to consider while buying a hedge trimmer. All trimmer vibrate while operation, but that is acceptable as long as it is within the range. Too much vibration can cause work disruption.

Vibration is another crucial factor to consider while buying a hedge trimmer. All trimmer vibrate while operation, but that is acceptable as long as it is within the range. Too much vibration can cause work disruption.

1.12 Noise

Hedge trimmers use a powerful motor to rotate their blades, and in the process, noise is made. The cordless and corded electric trimmer make less noise as compared to the petrol/gas/thermal hedge trimmer.

Hedge trimmers use a powerful motor to rotate their blades, and in the process, noise is made. The cordless and corded electric trimmer make less noise as compared to the petrol/gas/thermal hedge trimmer.

1.13 Engine

The motor of the petrol hedge trimmer can either be two or four-stroke. In the 2-stroke engine, a mixture of petrol and oil is used, while the 4-stroke engine has a fuel tank and an oil tank. A 2-stroke engine calls for less maintenance, but at the same time, it is less efficient than a 4-stroke engine. The 4-stroke engine should be used when your garden needs intensive and regular care. Petrol hedge trimmers are usually recommended for professionals.

The motor of the petrol hedge trimmer can either be two or four-stroke. In the 2-stroke engine, a mixture of petrol and oil is used, while the 4-stroke engine has a fuel tank and an oil tank. A 2-stroke engine calls for less maintenance, but at the same time, it is less efficient than a 4-stroke engine. The 4-stroke engine should be used when your garden needs intensive and regular care. Petrol hedge trimmers are usually recommended for professionals.

1.14 Yard Survey

Do not get a hedge trimmer until and unless you have conducted a yard survey. Find out the area of your lawn and kind of hedges you have there. Then list them down to find out what all features you need in a trimmer to get rid of those hedges.

Do not get a hedge trimmer until and unless you have conducted a yard survey. Find out the area of your lawn and kind of hedges you have there. Then list them down to find out what all features you need in a trimmer to get rid of those hedges.

1.15 Blade Tip Protector

Undoubtedly the blades of a hedge trimmer are made using durable and robust material. It is designed to cut a wide range of vegetation over several years. However, they are vulnerable to hazards such as walls and fences. They can damage the blades. Therefore, some brands sell the hedge with a blade tip protector. As the name goes, it protects the blade against accidental knocks and scuffs to masonry and paving, giving a long life to the blades.

Undoubtedly the blades of a hedge trimmer are made using durable and robust material. It is designed to cut a wide range of vegetation over several years. However, they are vulnerable to hazards such as walls and fences. They can damage the blades. Therefore, some brands sell the hedge with a blade tip protector. As the name goes, it protects the blade against accidental knocks and scuffs to masonry and paving, giving a long life to the blades.

1.16 Sawing Function

Sawing functions prove to be very helpful when you are often cutting larger, more mature, thicker hedges, and, unruly branches. One side of the sharp blade can be used for sawing. Angle that side towards the hedges that need to be cut and the job will be done.

Sawing functions prove to be very helpful when you are often cutting larger, more mature, thicker hedges, and, unruly branches. One side of the sharp blade can be used for sawing. Angle that side towards the hedges that need to be cut and the job will be done.

1.17 Blade Sharpening

Just like scissors and knife, if the blades of the hedge will be sharpened, it will make the cutting process smooth. Sharper blades help in precise cut and cause less vibration. Features like diamond-ground or laser-cut indicate sharpness and make it easier to achieve a high-quality finish cut.

Just like scissors and knife, if the blades of the hedge will be sharpened, it will make the cutting process smooth. Sharper blades help in precise cut and cause less vibration. Features like diamond-ground or laser-cut indicate sharpness and make it easier to achieve a high-quality finish cut.

1.18 Handle Type

The type of handle is essential to consider because it will determine how comfortable the trimmer is to use. Wrap-around handles or handles which rotate to help you to hold the trimmer at an angle are the most comfortable for you and offers efficient cutting.

The type of handle is essential to consider because it will determine how comfortable the trimmer is to use. Wrap-around handles or handles which rotate to help you to hold the trimmer at an angle are the most comfortable for you and offers efficient cutting.

1.19 Maintenance

Regular maintenance of a hedge trimmer and its part will extend the working life of the power tool. Therefore, clean it before storing and keep an eye on oil requirements from time to time.

Regular maintenance of a hedge trimmer and its part will extend the working life of the power tool. Therefore, clean it before storing and keep an eye on oil requirements from time to time.

1.20 Price

The price of a hedge trimmer varies with brand and functions. Therefore, choose a hedge trimmer that fulfils your needs. Corded or electric hedge trimmers usually cost less and offers more convenience. Whereas, cordless hedge trimmers are a bit expensive for its easy to use operations. If you need a hedge trimmer for heavy-duty tasks, choose gas-powered type. 

The price of a hedge trimmer varies with brand and functions. Therefore, choose a hedge trimmer that fulfils your needs. Corded or electric hedge trimmers usually cost less and offers more convenience. Whereas, cordless hedge trimmers are a bit expensive for its easy to use operations. If you need a hedge trimmer for heavy-duty tasks, choose gas-powered type. 

1.21 Warranty

Like we say for all other categories, pick a product that comes with a more extended warranty period. In this way, you can use the product without any worries. Always, get a clear idea on warranty policies before buying the hedge trimmer. 

Like we say for all other categories, pick a product that comes with a more extended warranty period. In this way, you can use the product without any worries. Always, get a clear idea on warranty policies before buying the hedge trimmer. 

1.22 Safety Functions

  • Safety switches - Dual and triple safety switches feature are important to consider as they can prevent accidents. Even during the breaks, while using the trimmer, you will have to keep it somewhere safe. These switches prevent someone from accidentally starting the tool when they casually grab the handle and its full-length power trigger.

  • Lock on and off  The two buttons, lock-on and off, facilitates continuous use of the machine by giving your hands some relief and avoid the accidental turning ‘on’ of the blade respectively.

  • Clipping collector – A tray is fixed on the blade’s side, and the clippings are collected in this tray at the time of cutting. Later, you can simply clear the tray by throwing the clipping into a trash bag.

  • Overhead cutting  The lengthening poles safety feature helps you reach a tall hedge easily and cut it smoothly.

  • Safety wear  Always, wear your safety gear before you start trimming the hedges. Some of the safety gear includes- garden gloves, eye and head protection, earplugs.

  • Automatic brake  Such brake will ensure that the trimmer stops immediately after you release the trimmer without getting any accidental injuries. It is also known as an electronic stop brake.

  • Prevent jamming  This is like a self-cleaning feature. If the blades get jammed, then prevent jamming function will stop the blades and reverse their direction clearing the blockage.

  • Handguard  The handguard safety feature protects your hand from slipping onto the trimmer blade and from getting into contact with flying debris during trimming.

  • Safety switches - Dual and triple safety switches feature are important to consider as they can prevent accidents. Even during the breaks, while using the trimmer, you will have to keep it somewhere safe. These switches prevent someone from accidentally starting the tool when they casually grab the handle and its full-length power trigger.

  • Lock on and off  The two buttons, lock-on and off, facilitates continuous use of the machine by giving your hands some relief and avoid the accidental turning ‘on’ of the blade respectively.

  • Clipping collector – A tray is fixed on the blade’s side, and the clippings are collected in this tray at the time of cutting. Later, you can simply clear the tray by throwing the clipping into a trash bag.

  • Overhead cutting  The lengthening poles safety feature helps you reach a tall hedge easily and cut it smoothly.

  • Safety wear  Always, wear your safety gear before you start trimming the hedges. Some of the safety gear includes- garden gloves, eye and head protection, earplugs.

  • Automatic brake  Such brake will ensure that the trimmer stops immediately after you release the trimmer without getting any accidental injuries. It is also known as an electronic stop brake.

  • Prevent jamming  This is like a self-cleaning feature. If the blades get jammed, then prevent jamming function will stop the blades and reverse their direction clearing the blockage.

  • Handguard  The handguard safety feature protects your hand from slipping onto the trimmer blade and from getting into contact with flying debris during trimming.

2. Use Cases: The best hedge trimmer for you

2.1 Which kind of hedge trimmer is best to cut the odd thick branch?

A hedge trimmer with powerful options like sawing function, evenly or wider spaced teeth, the 2-stroke engine will help you in tackling the old thick branches.

A hedge trimmer with powerful options like sawing function, evenly or wider spaced teeth, the 2-stroke engine will help you in tackling the old thick branches.

2.2 Which type of hedge trimmer is best for a small garden?

Both corded and cordless hedge trimmers are useful for maintaining a small garden. They both are lightweight and makes less noise. However, for a corded trimmer, you need an external power supply and cordless trimmer costs a bit more than electric ones.

Both corded and cordless hedge trimmers are useful for maintaining a small garden. They both are lightweight and makes less noise. However, for a corded trimmer, you need an external power supply and cordless trimmer costs a bit more than electric ones.

2.3 I am too short for a hedge trimming job. Which trimmer is best for me?

Get a hedge trimmer that comes with an extension cord. A model that has a 30 cc engine and a 75 cm blade and wide teeth spacing will be mobile and efficient.

Get a hedge trimmer that comes with an extension cord. A model that has a 30 cc engine and a 75 cm blade and wide teeth spacing will be mobile and efficient.

2.4 The hedges in my lawn are high. Which trimmer is best for me?

A trimmer on a fixed pole is meant for cutting high hedges. You don’t need a ladder in this case. You can work from the ground as the blade is at the end of an adjustable pole that is adjustable in height. On a length, the hedge trimmer with a pole can reach more than 3 meters.

A trimmer on a fixed pole is meant for cutting high hedges. You don’t need a ladder in this case. You can work from the ground as the blade is at the end of an adjustable pole that is adjustable in height. On a length, the hedge trimmer with a pole can reach more than 3 meters.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 What power should I choose in an electric hedge trimmer?

Anything between 400 and 700 W will do the job. The power is relative to the length of the cut; therefore, you can choose accordingly.

Anything between 400 and 700 W will do the job. The power is relative to the length of the cut; therefore, you can choose accordingly.

3.2 Which engine is better, 2-stroke or 4-stroke?

The motor of the petrol hedge trimmer can be 2- stroke or 4-stroke. A 2-stroke engine needs a mixture of petrol and oil, whereas, a 4-stroke engine has a fuel tank and an oil tank. The 4-stroke engine is more robust than 2-stroke, and therefore, it is purchased for intensive and regular use. Also, most professionals or property owners of large space choose 4-stroke engine trimmer. Speaking of maintenance, the 2-stroke engine is easy to maintain than 4-stroke.

The motor of the petrol hedge trimmer can be 2- stroke or 4-stroke. A 2-stroke engine needs a mixture of petrol and oil, whereas, a 4-stroke engine has a fuel tank and an oil tank. The 4-stroke engine is more robust than 2-stroke, and therefore, it is purchased for intensive and regular use. Also, most professionals or property owners of large space choose 4-stroke engine trimmer. Speaking of maintenance, the 2-stroke engine is easy to maintain than 4-stroke.

3.3 What is Keep Cool Technology?

Cordless trimmers use lithium batteries to run. The Keep Cool Technology helps in keeping the battery cells cool so they don’t overheat and run 25% longer.

Cordless trimmers use lithium batteries to run. The Keep Cool Technology helps in keeping the battery cells cool so they don’t overheat and run 25% longer.

3.4 What is the ideal blade length?

The blade length is equal to the length of the cut. Therefore, the longer blade means straight cut under fewer passes. However, the weight is directly proportional to the blade length. The longer the blade is, the heavier a hedge trimmer is.
The range of blade length is usually 40 cm - 75 cm. The ideal choice, therefore, depends on three factors- your ability to prune straight, the weight you can hold, and width of the hedges you are about to cut.

The blade length is equal to the length of the cut. Therefore, the longer blade means straight cut under fewer passes. However, the weight is directly proportional to the blade length. The longer the blade is, the heavier a hedge trimmer is.
The range of blade length is usually 40 cm - 75 cm. The ideal choice, therefore, depends on three factors- your ability to prune straight, the weight you can hold, and width of the hedges you are about to cut.

3.5 How should I choose the teeth gap?

The teeth gap determines the diameter of the branches you can cut. So, here are some ideal ranges:

  • 12 to 16 mm for young shoots;

  • 20 to 25 mm for regular hedges;

  • 26 to 36 mm for mature hedges.

The teeth gap determines the diameter of the branches you can cut. So, here are some ideal ranges:

  • 12 to 16 mm for young shoots;

  • 20 to 25 mm for regular hedges;

  • 26 to 36 mm for mature hedges.

3.6 What are the primary features I should look for while buying a hedge trimmer?

Some of the basic functions that you must consider while buying a hedge trimmer are:

  • For a small hedge, get a trimmer with 12 – 46 cm blade length and 8 – 18 mm of teeth gaps.

  • For a medium hedge, a trimmer with 47 – 56 cm blade length and 18 – 24 mm of teething gaps will be the right choice.

  • For a large hedge, minimum 57 cm blade length with 24 – 34 mm teeth gaps will do the job.

  • A general rule is longer the blade, the quicker a hedge can be cut.

  • The blade length and the stroke per minutes differ in electric hedge trimmers and petrol hedge trimmers.

  • In electric hedge trimmers, the blade length is 35-63 cm inches and stroke per minute is 2400 – 3500.

  • In a gas or petrol hedge trimmers, the blade length is 43-75 cm and stroke per minute is 4050 – 4180. 

Some of the basic functions that you must consider while buying a hedge trimmer are:

  • For a small hedge, get a trimmer with 12 – 46 cm blade length and 8 – 18 mm of teeth gaps.

  • For a medium hedge, a trimmer with 47 – 56 cm blade length and 18 – 24 mm of teething gaps will be the right choice.

  • For a large hedge, minimum 57 cm blade length with 24 – 34 mm teeth gaps will do the job.

  • A general rule is longer the blade, the quicker a hedge can be cut.

  • The blade length and the stroke per minutes differ in electric hedge trimmers and petrol hedge trimmers.

  • In electric hedge trimmers, the blade length is 35-63 cm inches and stroke per minute is 2400 – 3500.

  • In a gas or petrol hedge trimmers, the blade length is 43-75 cm and stroke per minute is 4050 – 4180. 

3.7 Can I cut wet hedges with the trimmer?

Dry or wet, it’s the same for a hedge trimmer. It can cut through both types of hedges; however, cutting wet hedges is a little complicated. Also, using a hedge trimmer on the damp lawn may damage the trimmer. But with a powerful trimmer like petrol trimmer, there won’t be any such issue.

Dry or wet, it’s the same for a hedge trimmer. It can cut through both types of hedges; however, cutting wet hedges is a little complicated. Also, using a hedge trimmer on the damp lawn may damage the trimmer. But with a powerful trimmer like petrol trimmer, there won’t be any such issue.

3.8 What do I do if the hedge trimmer cuts unevenly?

The hedge trimmer might be cutting unevenly due to blunt or loose blades. Or the hedge could be too big to be trimmed effectively with the trimmer. Sharpen the blades or read operating instructions to adjust the tension between the blades.

The hedge trimmer might be cutting unevenly due to blunt or loose blades. Or the hedge could be too big to be trimmed effectively with the trimmer. Sharpen the blades or read operating instructions to adjust the tension between the blades.

3.9 Why is fuel coming out of the muffler at the time of starting the hedge trimmer?

Fuel comes out when the unit is flooded. A few other reasons could be old or incorrect fuel, improper starting procedures, ignition failure, or a damaged engine. Check operators manual for correct starting procedures and to find out how to start a flooded engine.

Fuel comes out when the unit is flooded. A few other reasons could be old or incorrect fuel, improper starting procedures, ignition failure, or a damaged engine. Check operators manual for correct starting procedures and to find out how to start a flooded engine.

3.10 Why are the blades of my hedge trimmer not moving?

  • If it is a new trimmer then check for blade clearance, it must be too tight to move. Refer instruction manual for the proper blade clearance procedures.

  • If it is a used trimmer, there could be two reasons behind non-moving blades:

  1. Dirt or debris accumulated in between the blades. Clean and lubricate the blades.

  2. Again, the blade clearance could be too tight in this case as well. Check the user manual for the proper blade clearance procedures.

  • If it is a new trimmer then check for blade clearance, it must be too tight to move. Refer instruction manual for the proper blade clearance procedures.

  • If it is a used trimmer, there could be two reasons behind non-moving blades:

  1. Dirt or debris accumulated in between the blades. Clean and lubricate the blades.

  2. Again, the blade clearance could be too tight in this case as well. Check the user manual for the proper blade clearance procedures.

3.11 Why do I have to use a mixture of fuel and oil in the 2-stroke engine?

All the two-stroke engine require oil to be added to the fuel/gas. Like 4-stroke engines, two-cycle engines do not have separate gas and oil reservoirs. A gas/oil mixture keeps the two-stroke engine lubricated at all times. Using only gas, fuel or oil in a two-cycle engine will ruin the engine within minutes.

All the two-stroke engine require oil to be added to the fuel/gas. Like 4-stroke engines, two-cycle engines do not have separate gas and oil reservoirs. A gas/oil mixture keeps the two-stroke engine lubricated at all times. Using only gas, fuel or oil in a two-cycle engine will ruin the engine within minutes.

3.12 Can I leave fuel stored in my unit?

No. Fuel stored in the unit can result in gum deposit. To empty the tank completely, drain the tank first, retighten the gas cap. Then start the unit and run it until it stops.

No. Fuel stored in the unit can result in gum deposit. To empty the tank completely, drain the tank first, retighten the gas cap. Then start the unit and run it until it stops.

3.13 How often should I clean an air filter?

The air filter needs cleaning every 5 hours. A foam air filter is easy to clean as you can wash it in warm soapy water and then rinse in clean water. Dry it completely before installing, and for gasoline edgers, add a few drops of oil to the filter before installing.

The air filter needs cleaning every 5 hours. A foam air filter is easy to clean as you can wash it in warm soapy water and then rinse in clean water. Dry it completely before installing, and for gasoline edgers, add a few drops of oil to the filter before installing.

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a hedge trimmer

4.1 How to clean the blades?

  1. Stop the trimmer using off or stop switch.

  2. Disconnect the plug wire from the spark plug.

  3. Brush off the dust and debris from the blades.

  4. Coat dual-sides of the blade with the cleaning mixture.

  5. Give cleaning mixture enough time to soften the remaining gummy residue, then wipe it from the blade.

  6. Apply clean oil on entire length of blade, ensuring proper lubrication.

  7. Before using the tool, wipe out excess oil from the blade.

  1. Stop the trimmer using off or stop switch.

  2. Disconnect the plug wire from the spark plug.

  3. Brush off the dust and debris from the blades.

  4. Coat dual-sides of the blade with the cleaning mixture.

  5. Give cleaning mixture enough time to soften the remaining gummy residue, then wipe it from the blade.

  6. Apply clean oil on entire length of blade, ensuring proper lubrication.

  7. Before using the tool, wipe out excess oil from the blade.

4.2 How to sharpen the blades?

  1. Switch off the hedge trimmer.

  2. Disconnect the plug wire from the main plug.

  3. Remove the blade guard.

  4. Slide blades using slots on the bottom of the blade to allow file clearance.

  5. File each edge carefully and follow the original shape of the blade. 

  6. Install the blade guard, if required.

  7. Lubricate blades.

  1. Switch off the hedge trimmer.

  2. Disconnect the plug wire from the main plug.

  3. Remove the blade guard.

  4. Slide blades using slots on the bottom of the blade to allow file clearance.

  5. File each edge carefully and follow the original shape of the blade. 

  6. Install the blade guard, if required.

  7. Lubricate blades.

4.3 How to clean a hedge trimmer?

Clean dirt using a damp cloth with a mild detergent. Do not use brake fluid, gasoline, petroleum-based products, or any strong solvents to clean your product, especially on plastic parts.

Clean dirt using a damp cloth with a mild detergent. Do not use brake fluid, gasoline, petroleum-based products, or any strong solvents to clean your product, especially on plastic parts.

4.4 How to store a hedge trimmer?

Do not store the trimmer or any part of it for 30 days or longer without performing protective storage maintenance.

  • Store the hedge trimmer in a dry and clean area.

  • Keep the unit out of the children’s reach.

  • Place the stop switch in the stop position.

  • Get rid of the dirt, grease, oil, and debris from the exterior of the unit.

  • Get done with periodic lubrication and required services.

  • Apply clean oil on the entire blade, ensuring proper lubrication.

  • Put blade cover on blades.

  • Tighten all the screws and nuts.

  • Drain fuel tank completely.

  • Allow engine to cool.

Do not store the trimmer or any part of it for 30 days or longer without performing protective storage maintenance.

  • Store the hedge trimmer in a dry and clean area.

  • Keep the unit out of the children’s reach.

  • Place the stop switch in the stop position.

  • Get rid of the dirt, grease, oil, and debris from the exterior of the unit.

  • Get done with periodic lubrication and required services.

  • Apply clean oil on the entire blade, ensuring proper lubrication.

  • Put blade cover on blades.

  • Tighten all the screws and nuts.

  • Drain fuel tank completely.

  • Allow engine to cool.

4.5 What are the safety tips for hedge trimmer users?

  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from debris.

  • Wear heavy-duty footwear to protect your feet.

  • Wear gloves to get a firm & comfortable grip on the handle and to protect your hands from flying debris.

  • Use earplugs or headphones to perform the task peacefully.

  • Never use an electric trimmer in wet weather as that may cause shock.

  • Make sure your outside power outlet that has RCD protection. 

  • Instead of a ladder, use an extension pole for hard to reach hedges.

  • Check for obstacles to avoid tripping hazards or objects that may damage the blade.

  • Ensure both hands have a firm grip on the handle throughout the time when the trimmer is switched on. 

  • Avoid washing the blades with water frequently and also clear the leaves or other bits on the blade before storing the trimmer.

  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from debris.

  • Wear heavy-duty footwear to protect your feet.

  • Wear gloves to get a firm & comfortable grip on the handle and to protect your hands from flying debris.

  • Use earplugs or headphones to perform the task peacefully.

  • Never use an electric trimmer in wet weather as that may cause shock.

  • Make sure your outside power outlet that has RCD protection. 

  • Instead of a ladder, use an extension pole for hard to reach hedges.

  • Check for obstacles to avoid tripping hazards or objects that may damage the blade.

  • Ensure both hands have a firm grip on the handle throughout the time when the trimmer is switched on. 

  • Avoid washing the blades with water frequently and also clear the leaves or other bits on the blade before storing the trimmer.

5. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about hedge trimmers

5.1 UK’s Little Wonder company made the modern-day hedge trimmer in 1922.

5.2 The Little Wonder launched the first single-blade reciprocating electric hand hedge cutter in 1940.

5.3 Little Wonder added the first double-blade reciprocating cutter in 1945.

5.4 The first petrol-engined model came out in 1955.

5.5 Black & Decker popularised the electronic trimmer amongst homeowners. It brought a version of the trimmer with a self-contained battery power pack in 1962.

5.6 Echo invented the first long-reach trimmer that allowed users to shape hedges in high places.

5.7 Gardena is the leading brand in the cordless hedge trimmer market.

5.1 UK’s Little Wonder company made the modern-day hedge trimmer in 1922.

5.2 The Little Wonder launched the first single-blade reciprocating electric hand hedge cutter in 1940.

5.3 Little Wonder added the first double-blade reciprocating cutter in 1945.

5.4 The first petrol-engined model came out in 1955.

5.5 Black & Decker popularised the electronic trimmer amongst homeowners. It brought a version of the trimmer with a self-contained battery power pack in 1962.

5.6 Echo invented the first long-reach trimmer that allowed users to shape hedges in high places.

5.7 Gardena is the leading brand in the cordless hedge trimmer market.

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best hedge trimmers

We aim to help a wide audience and therefore, we considered all three types of hedge trimmer in this buyer’s guide. There use vary according to the size of the garden, nature of hedges and a few functions. However, most of the features are the same, and we have given the rating considering those standard features. Besides, we referred to best hedge trimmers customer’s reviews and ratings for ranking the products.

We aim to help a wide audience and therefore, we considered all three types of hedge trimmer in this buyer’s guide. There use vary according to the size of the garden, nature of hedges and a few functions. However, most of the features are the same, and we have given the rating considering those standard features. Besides, we referred to best hedge trimmers customer’s reviews and ratings for ranking the products.

6.1 BLACK+DECKER LHT2436

Black & Decker is a notable brand in hedge trimmer’s history. Its LHT2436 is a powerful model with a 40V battery, substantial run time and the ability to cut branches up to 3/4-inch thick. The lithium-ion batteries hold the charge five times longer than usual batteries, and ultimately you get the power to trim up to 6000 sq ft on a single charge. Moreover, it comes with the state of charge indicator showing the battery charge level.

The cordless trimmer has a 24-inch two-sided blade that works with 40-percent less vibration than single action blades while cutting the hedges cleanly and comfortably. The blade quality is also superb. They are pre-hardened made of rust-resistant steel. For a comfortable and firm grip, the brand has provided a full wrap-around front handle.

Overall, it is a lightweight trimmer with a compact design making it easy to use and causes less user fatigue.

Black & Decker is a notable brand in hedge trimmer’s history. Its LHT2436 is a powerful model with a 40V battery, substantial run time and the ability to cut branches up to 3/4-inch thick. The lithium-ion batteries hold the charge five times longer than usual batteries, and ultimately you get the power to trim up to 6000 sq ft on a single charge. Moreover, it comes with the state of charge indicator showing the battery charge level.

The cordless trimmer has a 24-inch two-sided blade that works with 40-percent less vibration than single action blades while cutting the hedges cleanly and comfortably. The blade quality is also superb. They are pre-hardened made of rust-resistant steel. For a comfortable and firm grip, the brand has provided a full wrap-around front handle.

Overall, it is a lightweight trimmer with a compact design making it easy to use and causes less user fatigue.

6.2 Makita UH6570

If you’re looking for a keenly-priced lightweight (3.8 kg) electric hedge trimmer with the best cutting length (65cm) and decent teeth spacing (18 mm), then our rank two -UH6570- from Makita should be in your cart.

The trimmer has three switches installed in the handle, front grip and sub-grip. Main and sub grip are joined to provide more control, comfort and extra-long reach. Whereas, the front grip provides a perfect tool balance and efficient hedge side trimming. Further, for easy hedge top trimming, you can hold using front and main grips.

The two-hand safety switch is also provided ensuring the motor runs only when grips are held with both hands. To protect your eyes and hands, a large & transparent handguard is fixed. Not only the handguard provides safety from debris but also permits a good view of the work area. The protection features don’t end here. Blade tip guard offers protection to the blade against unnecessary wear & tear, and the built-in clutch reduces gear damage. It disengages the gears if the blade binds.

If you’re looking for a keenly-priced lightweight (3.8 kg) electric hedge trimmer with the best cutting length (65cm) and decent teeth spacing (18 mm), then our rank two -UH6570- from Makita should be in your cart.

The trimmer has three switches installed in the handle, front grip and sub-grip. Main and sub grip are joined to provide more control, comfort and extra-long reach. Whereas, the front grip provides a perfect tool balance and efficient hedge side trimming. Further, for easy hedge top trimming, you can hold using front and main grips.

The two-hand safety switch is also provided ensuring the motor runs only when grips are held with both hands. To protect your eyes and hands, a large & transparent handguard is fixed. Not only the handguard provides safety from debris but also permits a good view of the work area. The protection features don’t end here. Blade tip guard offers protection to the blade against unnecessary wear & tear, and the built-in clutch reduces gear damage. It disengages the gears if the blade binds.

6.3 Makita UH5261

Compared to the UH6570, UH5261 has a small blade length (52cm) and fewer teeth spacing (15mm) due to which trimming hedges will take more time. Moreover, it is not lightweight. The weight is 8 kg, and also, the power consumed is less-400 Watt. Therefore, cutting massive bushes with this electric trimmer won’t be easier. The good thing is the stroke level is the same at 3200 strokes per minute, and the noise level is lesser. The vibration level is the same at 6.7 m/s², and the power cord (0.3 m) is long enough to cut the hedges in a large garden.

Speaking of safety features, it shares most of them with UH6570, including a two-handed safety switch, large & transparent handguard, chip receiver, electric brake, etc.

Compared to the UH6570, UH5261 has a small blade length (52cm) and fewer teeth spacing (15mm) due to which trimming hedges will take more time. Moreover, it is not lightweight. The weight is 8 kg, and also, the power consumed is less-400 Watt. Therefore, cutting massive bushes with this electric trimmer won’t be easier. The good thing is the stroke level is the same at 3200 strokes per minute, and the noise level is lesser. The vibration level is the same at 6.7 m/s², and the power cord (0.3 m) is long enough to cut the hedges in a large garden.

Speaking of safety features, it shares most of them with UH6570, including a two-handed safety switch, large & transparent handguard, chip receiver, electric brake, etc.

6.4 BLACK+DECKER GT4245-GB

Our comparison winner and best value trimmers are from the same brand- Black & Decker. However, this one is an electric hedge trimmer.

GT4245 is reasonably priced. It has a small blade length of 45 cm, and it is the most lightweight trimmer on our list with only 2.7 kg. The metallic blades are durable, strong, sharp and dual-sided. We really like the way the brand has considered minute issues people can face. It has provided a cable management system that not only avoids cable connection being in the way but also ensures the delivery of safe, continuous power.

For protecting your hands and eyes from flying debris, a protective shield has been fixed. Moreover, the two-handed starting switch prevents accidental starting while offering maximum comfort and minimizing the load on arms, shoulders and back.

Our comparison winner and best value trimmers are from the same brand- Black & Decker. However, this one is an electric hedge trimmer.

GT4245 is reasonably priced. It has a small blade length of 45 cm, and it is the most lightweight trimmer on our list with only 2.7 kg. The metallic blades are durable, strong, sharp and dual-sided. We really like the way the brand has considered minute issues people can face. It has provided a cable management system that not only avoids cable connection being in the way but also ensures the delivery of safe, continuous power.

For protecting your hands and eyes from flying debris, a protective shield has been fixed. Moreover, the two-handed starting switch prevents accidental starting while offering maximum comfort and minimizing the load on arms, shoulders and back.

6.5 Stihl HSE 42

This HSE 42 corded entry from Stihl is equipped with a decent length, 45cm, dual-action blade that snips through average size hedge branches up to 15mm thick with ease, thanks in part to the 21mm teeth gap.

With 420 W power output, it offers 3400 strokes per minute. It is a lightweight trimmer which doesn’t make much noise and vibration.

Manufacturers have cut corners on features but not on safety functions. The trimmer has a handguard that gives an optimal view of the cutting blades and protecting both your eyes and hands. It has a mechanical blade brake that stops the blade immediately after the tool has been turned off. In addition to this, you get a safe extension cord connection due to the lockable cable strain relief. Your device can be pulled without becoming accidentally disconnected.

This HSE 42 corded entry from Stihl is equipped with a decent length, 45cm, dual-action blade that snips through average size hedge branches up to 15mm thick with ease, thanks in part to the 21mm teeth gap.

With 420 W power output, it offers 3400 strokes per minute. It is a lightweight trimmer which doesn’t make much noise and vibration.

Manufacturers have cut corners on features but not on safety functions. The trimmer has a handguard that gives an optimal view of the cutting blades and protecting both your eyes and hands. It has a mechanical blade brake that stops the blade immediately after the tool has been turned off. In addition to this, you get a safe extension cord connection due to the lockable cable strain relief. Your device can be pulled without becoming accidentally disconnected.

6.6 Neptune Simplify Farming HT-600

For a heavy-duty, long-lasting hedge trimmer, one of the best options is investing in a petrol hedge trimmer. Neptune Simplify Farming HT-600 is a powerful machine that has two-stroke 25.6 CC engine displacement and dual-blade action.

It is a heavyweight hedge trimmer with a one-litre fuel tank capacity which runs on a mixture of 2T Oil 40ml with 1 Ltr Petrol. The 30mm teeth gap, 60cm blade length and 6500rpm ensure that even the most challenging job is done in less time. You can use it not only for a big home lawn but jungle as well! It has Easy Starting Recoil Starter system and helps you in crafting excellent hedges in the most efficient way possible.

This cordless design trimmer has a 180 ° rotary handle which allows you to operate the machine both vertically or horizontally effortlessly. High-quality steel and plastic have been used to build the parts, and they will offer maximum durability for years of use.

For a heavy-duty, long-lasting hedge trimmer, one of the best options is investing in a petrol hedge trimmer. Neptune Simplify Farming HT-600 is a powerful machine that has two-stroke 25.6 CC engine displacement and dual-blade action.

It is a heavyweight hedge trimmer with a one-litre fuel tank capacity which runs on a mixture of 2T Oil 40ml with 1 Ltr Petrol. The 30mm teeth gap, 60cm blade length and 6500rpm ensure that even the most challenging job is done in less time. You can use it not only for a big home lawn but jungle as well! It has Easy Starting Recoil Starter system and helps you in crafting excellent hedges in the most efficient way possible.

This cordless design trimmer has a 180 ° rotary handle which allows you to operate the machine both vertically or horizontally effortlessly. High-quality steel and plastic have been used to build the parts, and they will offer maximum durability for years of use.

6.7 Kisan Kraft KK-HTP-600

Kisan Kraft KK-HTP-600 features a large blade gap of 20mm which helps in cutting thicker branches with ease, and dual-action blades for excellent cutting performance. The blade length is 55cm, which can cut through branches up to ⅝ of an inch thick.

It is also a two-stroke engine trimmer with a 25cc displacement capability. It has single cylinder air cooling, so you can continue to use the tool without worrying about the motor getting heat up. It gives 2300 rpm strokes, and the fuel tank capacity is 600ml. It is an excellent petrol hedge trimmer for a big home or office lawns.Checkout reviews and comparison of best garden hedge shears, best garden swings, best manual lawn mowers, best electric lawn mower, Best Solar Light for Garden in India.

Kisan Kraft KK-HTP-600 features a large blade gap of 20mm which helps in cutting thicker branches with ease, and dual-action blades for excellent cutting performance. The blade length is 55cm, which can cut through branches up to ⅝ of an inch thick.

It is also a two-stroke engine trimmer with a 25cc displacement capability. It has single cylinder air cooling, so you can continue to use the tool without worrying about the motor getting heat up. It gives 2300 rpm strokes, and the fuel tank capacity is 600ml. It is an excellent petrol hedge trimmer for a big home or office lawns.Checkout reviews and comparison of best garden hedge shears, best garden swings, best manual lawn mowers, best electric lawn mower, Best Solar Light for Garden in India.