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Hedge Clippers

Posted on 05/12/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT by stirrinthepuddin

I have a couple of questions that I need answers to before I run out and purchase a new hedge clipper.

My first question is: Should I go with a corded or battery powered one?

I have never had any type of battery operated tool (other than a drill) that was worth a d@mn .. battery wears out quickly or doesn't hold a charge for long and is usually underpowered.

My other question is: What length blade is ideal?

I have be using a cr@ppy little 16 inch blade for a few years and it really sucks using it on my four foot wide hedges!

I am not really sure what length blades are available?

Simple as they are, those are my two questions that I hope some of you can help me with.

Thank You


TOPICS: Agriculture; Chit/Chat; Gardening; Outdoors
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Battery or corded?

Ideal length of blade?

1 posted on 05/12/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Gas powered.


2 posted on 05/12/2014 11:32:20 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Battery-operated ones blow. And if you go with cord-operated, you’ll end up wishing you bought a gas-operated one in a couple months. (Unless you really don’t have much work to do).


3 posted on 05/12/2014 11:33:17 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: stirrinthepuddin

two cycle gas.


4 posted on 05/12/2014 11:35:32 AM PDT by apoxonu
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Neither

Cords a pain and you will nick or cut it for sure

Gas “Stihl”

Some models you can add attachments to


5 posted on 05/12/2014 11:35:55 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Go to Amazon.com, enter the product you are interested in and read the reviews. There are hundreds of them.


6 posted on 05/12/2014 11:38:00 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: dainbramaged

Thank You all for your responses.

My problem with the gas powered and why I failed to mention them was .. I’m poor! 8)

Those things are usually over my pay grade! 8(


7 posted on 05/12/2014 11:41:23 AM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Every electric hedge clipper eventually becomes a cordless one...............


8 posted on 05/12/2014 11:44:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Check out your local rent all store. How often would you use one? Once a year?


9 posted on 05/12/2014 11:44:46 AM PDT by DManA
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Bite the bullet,you’ll be glad you did.


10 posted on 05/12/2014 11:44:47 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Red Badger

thats funny


11 posted on 05/12/2014 11:45:08 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: DManA

Excellent idea.you win


12 posted on 05/12/2014 11:45:36 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: stirrinthepuddin

As someone who has cut through my own cord on more than one occasion (with results that resembled Roy Hobbs driving that ball into the light tower) I vote for battery.


13 posted on 05/12/2014 11:45:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: CGASMIA68

I speak from experience...................


14 posted on 05/12/2014 11:46:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger

I can relate.the folks had one and there is a 50 foot cord around here full of nicks cuts and splices


15 posted on 05/12/2014 11:47:35 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: stirrinthepuddin
Why don't you post this drivel on facebook?

or call your local library.

I know I have the choice not to read your posts, but If I don't protest, how would you know?

16 posted on 05/12/2014 11:47:45 AM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: BarbM

Crapped Mothers Day I suppose


17 posted on 05/12/2014 11:48:32 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: stirrinthepuddin

18 posted on 05/12/2014 11:50:31 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: CGASMIA68
You are right, I need to get laid. sarc.

why not address the issue, just like the rats, you attack the messenger.

19 posted on 05/12/2014 11:51:04 AM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: Red Badger

“Every electric hedge clipper eventually becomes a cordless one...............”

I’ve done that more than once.


20 posted on 05/12/2014 11:53:51 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Get a chain saw.
Not necessarily a tidy job but if you really want to cut it down to size, get a saw, not a clipper.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 11:55:26 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: BarbM

The issue is he posted it in chit-chat. The fact that there is a chit-chat category means that chit-chat is allowed.


22 posted on 05/12/2014 11:56:04 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

When I was a kid, I saw a young man clip his fingers while tugging on the extension cord to get some slack. Docs were able to stitch them back on but he always looked like he was giving the finger to everyone. As a kid, I was not traumatized but now I have a healthy respect for my lawn tools with sharp blades. I personally use an electric hedge clipper only because I inherited them... and I keep my hands a safe distance from those blood thirsty blades!


23 posted on 05/12/2014 11:56:36 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Little pricey $100+ but mine has both cord and battery capability. Sometimes you feel like a cord, sometimes you don’t.


24 posted on 05/12/2014 11:57:04 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Ha! My first thought, too.

This "problem" can be solved easily, cheaply & with some exercise thrown in, to boot.

25 posted on 05/12/2014 11:57:53 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

I have people who do that for me.


26 posted on 05/12/2014 12:02:31 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The issue is he posted it in chit-chat. The fact that there is a chit-chat category means that chit-chat is allowed.

Thank You.
I also posted to the Garden forum.
27 posted on 05/12/2014 12:02:55 PM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: BarbM
Why don't you post this drivel on facebook?

I don't do facebook and I thought that the Garden forum was here for drivel driven questions like this?
28 posted on 05/12/2014 12:05:36 PM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: stirrinthepuddin

The clippers are not for sale. :)


29 posted on 05/12/2014 12:07:37 PM PDT by Jhadur ("I'm shocked, Ricky, to discover that gambling is taking place in this establishment.")
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To: Jhadur

After 20 years of trimming 15 foot high privet bushes, I finally did this...hired someone to do it for me. Worked like a charm. ;-)


30 posted on 05/12/2014 12:10:23 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: stirrinthepuddin
I have a Black & Decker electric 16" electric cord-connected hedge clipper that I've used for over 10 years. Used it a week ago; still going strong.

For string trimmers, I recommend gas. I always burn out the motors on electric string trimmers.

31 posted on 05/12/2014 12:15:36 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: caver

Makes one heck of a spark when you do it!..................


32 posted on 05/12/2014 12:16:35 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: stirrinthepuddin
I use one of these. They are energy efficient and can be considered "Green".


33 posted on 05/12/2014 12:16:39 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Only Liberals can look at an amendment that says “shall not be infringed" and see blank parchment.)
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To: stirrinthepuddin
Pardon me, I was wrong. I didn't know there were other forums besides news.

I don't do facebook either. Again, I apologize for insulting you. Up in MN our hedges have only baby leafs on theme. nothing to trim.

34 posted on 05/12/2014 12:16:45 PM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: freepertoo

My next hedge trimming job will involve removing about five dozen maple saplings that are growing up inside and through my hedges.

Electric clippers are wholly unsuited to this. Calls for an old-school manual approach using wire cutters.

I have to lay waste to all the little maple trees every year. Sorry, Canada!


35 posted on 05/12/2014 12:16:49 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: stirrinthepuddin
Threads like this are one of the reasons I'm a Monthly Donor.
Politics suck, and even with all our bitchin' the bastards won't change til we start hangin'em.

But stuff like this helps keep the wheels on.

ps: check Craigslist

36 posted on 05/12/2014 12:25:28 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: stirrinthepuddin
Improvise.


37 posted on 05/12/2014 12:28:11 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

The best hedge trimmer is the one your gardener prefers.


38 posted on 05/12/2014 12:30:56 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: tomkat

Buy a new flat screen for sports! Hire the hedge done! Who needs a trimmer that,s gonna sit for 9 months!


39 posted on 05/12/2014 12:36:21 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Rebelbase

             

40 posted on 05/12/2014 12:38:34 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: stirrinthepuddin
Nothing but gas powered.

Don't even CONSIDER anything else.

41 posted on 05/12/2014 12:41:07 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: stirrinthepuddin
"Those things are usually over my pay grade! "

It's better to save for the gas powered one than throw away the electric and buy gas anyway.

42 posted on 05/12/2014 12:42:32 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: stirrinthepuddin

No matter what you end up buying, always wear eye protection. ALWAYS.

A friend was trimming my trees and got something in his eye. We thought it was just a sliver of wood. Five days later, he’s in extreme pain. Turns out there was a teeny tiny piece of metal in his eye and it had started to rust. I needed a magnifying glass to see it when the doc removed it. We were shocked. Never expected to hear the word “metal”. The best we could figure is, it was probably a piece from when he sharpened his tool.


43 posted on 05/12/2014 12:55:17 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: stirrinthepuddin

I suggest going to a store and handling the tools. Consider how long you will be using it at one stretch and if it will get too heavy too soon. Make sure the handle fits comfortably in your hands so you don’t get cramps.

I like electric because I can pick it and use it. I don’t have to think in advance if I have to buy gas or charge it.

I’d get a mid range size blade. I rather cut twice than cut once and cut too much. Too small a blade and you’ll be there forever unless you’re being creative and trimming the hedges into gun shapes.


44 posted on 05/12/2014 1:07:57 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: stirrinthepuddin

Whichever one you get spend the extra bucks and get it with the illegal alien attachment.

The illegal alien attachment will save you a lot of work and you can also use him on your lawnmower, weed eater, and they are especially good on a leaf blower.


45 posted on 05/12/2014 1:17:21 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Rebelbase
Rebelbase That is d@mn funny!

I may just give it a try! 8)
46 posted on 05/12/2014 1:17:33 PM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: BarbM

That’s okay BarbM, I’m just glad that there are topics like this on FR.

Politics gets really boring (And aggravating) after a while! 8)


47 posted on 05/12/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: IMR 4350
IMR 4350 You must be trying to outdo Rebelbase!

I think you win! 8)
48 posted on 05/12/2014 1:29:34 PM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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