Professional landscapers look for two things when shopping for hedge trimmers: reliability and comfort.
They know their hedge trimmers will be subject to consistent wear and tear and might get exposed to lots of different extreme weather.
If they can find one at a pretty good price and can save their business a few bucks, so much the better.
You don’t need to be a professional to want commercial-grade hedge trimmers. If you’ve got a large yard with a lot of tangles that need managing, you could want commercial-grade performance.
We wrote these reviews to help you figure out which hedge trimmers are perfect for commercial-grade use and hope that they help you figure out which is best for you.
Best Pole Hedge Trimmer
We gave our Best Overall pick to the Greenworks PRO GHT80321. When it comes to hedge trimmers, what separates the best from the merely good isn’t about being the biggest and most powerful. It’s about hitting a lot of the right notes.
The power source is the most important element of a great cordless hedge trimmer. The GHT80321 is powered with batteries that charge quickly, provide enough power to tackle most trimming, and take a long time to drain. You can get a solid hour of work before having to recharge the battery. A 26-inch blade will allow you to trim nearly everything about eight feet off the ground. For the price, we think it offers pretty good value.
On the downside, the GHT80321 is heavy; and thus, can feel unwieldy and unbalanced. This leads to faster fatigue if you need to extend it past your comfort zone.
If you’re looking for the right balance between affordability and performance, we’d suggest the Poulan PR2322 as the best commercial hedge trimmer for the money.
You will like its combination of gas-engine power with features intended to make it comfortable to use. It can cut through even moderately sized branches while not tiring your arms out. Its gas engine also allows it to remain functional in the wettest of conditions.
Gas engines are already harder to start than electric trimmers and the PR2322 can be a challenge to get working. Consumers report troubles with engine turnover, and it will take a few extra moments to get it heated up. That could be significant if you live where it’s cool most of the time.
If you buy DeWalt’s DCHT895M1, you’ll be able to quickly trim branches at a height of nearly 12 feet. That’s quite a feat, and combined with the other things it brings to the table, we gave it our Top Pole Hedge Trimmer Pick.
Generally speaking, DeWalt puts out a reliable product, so you can trust that this pole hedge trimmer will work. Meanwhile, the DCHT895M1 is quiet and has plenty of power. At an operational life of about two hours per battery, it’ll get your hedges cleaned up quickly.
One serious drawback is its weight. At 16 pounds, it’s one of the heaviest hedge trimmers. A significant amount of that weight is on the cutting blade when extended. People with limited upper body strength can fatigue quickly using it.
We’d place the DeWalk DCHT820P1 solidly between our first-tier choices and the second tier. It’s an electric hedge trimmer that offers a lot if used for commercial purposes. It’s just not quite up to the level of our top three.
Our favorite thing is a nice, sturdy construction. It can take abuse and keep cutting with its sharp blades and powerful motor. We also like the price. You get an awful lot for not a ton of money. Great performance and good value? It’s a winning combination.
Two things keep it out of our top echelon of hedge trimmers. While electric hedge trimmers are typically quiet, the DCHT820P1 is loud. Another issue is short battery life—it will drain batteries pretty quickly. If you buy it and have a lot of work, you may want to buy a second battery. Like all of the other cordless models on this list, the DCHT820P1 ships with only one (1) 20-volt lithium ion battery.
Husqvarna is known for powerful cutting tools, and although hedge trimmers are pretty small potatoes compared to chain saws, we like the 122HD60. It does a good job of tree management.
As a gas-powered hedge trimmer, it’s comparatively light at 11 pounds. It’s also got the power of a gasoline engine, and adjustable angled rear handles to keep you from getting fatigued.
Given its power, the blade could be a little longer to provide more reach. That’s an issue that will only manifest itself if you have to extend overhead. One drawback is irrelevant to reach and that’s price. This is a pretty expensive hedge trimmer. For businesses trying to contain costs, that could prove an issue.
If you’re looking for a great gas hedge trimmer for your home, we’d put the Tanaka TCH22EAP2 high on the list. If you’re looking for one for your business, it drops quite a bit down the list.
There are two reasons a professional might like this model. It’s powerful enough to handle any job with its gas engine. We also like the way it handles. It’s comfortable and easy to put the blade just where you want it.
Beyond that, we just don’t think it qualifies as commercial grade. The hour-by-hour performance just isn’t there. Plus, it’s hard to start and over the long haul can start to feel a little heavier than it is.
The Echo SHC-225S looks close to perfect on paper, but its limitations become clear when you fire it up and start trimming. Considering how much it costs compared to other commercial-grade hedge trimmers, that’s not a good sign.
The primary drawback of the SHC-225S comes from how hard it is to maneuver. It’s got great reach, but that also means that it’s a real chore moving it around if you want to shape and sculpt hedges.
You can extend it out to trim branches that are otherwise above your head and its weight distribution means you won’t be waving it around wildly. Between that and the foam grips, it’s designed for comfortable use.
If you’re looking for a light-duty hedge trimmer, we think the Black+Decker 60V would be high on your list of options. It’s got everything a homeowner would want in a light-duty hedge trimmer, especially when it comes to per-dollar value. If you’re looking for a hedge trimmer capable of commercial-grade work, however, you’ll want to keep looking.
There are a couple of reasons why. To begin, the blade doesn’t cut at the tip. If you see something that just needs to get nipped off, you need to maneuver to use the middle of the blade. It also has trouble with branches more than an inch thick. On top of that, the 60-volt battery that is its power source has a habit from going from working perfectly well to being completely dead for no discernible reason.
ToolTuff’s hedge trimmer exemplifies a rock-and-roll approach to the job. We don’t mean that in the sense that it’s cool. We mean that in an almost entirely negative sense.
Most gas-powered hedge trimmers come with engines between 21-24 cc. The ToolTuff turns the volume knob up to 11 with a 26-cc engine. It doesn’t need anywhere near that much power. Predictably, it also makes the tool heavy and loud. Plus, it takes a lot of effort to wake it up and get to work. It’s all about high-maintenance and drama.
On the other hand, when you get it going, it runs pretty well. Now, if they could only address its lousy diva attitude…
The XtremepowerUS is one of the most inexpensive hedge trimmers we looked and otherwise, an all-around dog. If you’re looking for a hedge trimmer for commercial purposes, relying on the likes of this one will soon have you signing bankruptcy papers.
The problems start with the 26-cc engine. It’s excessive for what hedge trimmers do. That leads to two more significant problems, which is that at 16 pounds it is also excessively heavy and deafeningly loud. The design is so bad, that it starts falling apart pretty quickly.
It doesn’t cost a lot of money, but the money you save in upfront costs will get eaten trying to piece the thing back together after each use. Flee, don’t walk, from this one.
Professional landscapers need tools that they can depend on to deliver quality results, even after hours of operation. They also need tools that they can use all day long without getting fatigued. The ideal hedge trimmer is one that blends performance with reliability and features to make it comfortable to use.
To us, the Greenworks PRO (GHT80321) came the closest of any to getting everything right. We gave it our Best Overall pick. If you need to equip a few crews and need to save a few bucks while still getting a high-performing hedge trimmer, the Poulan Pro PR2322 got our Best Value pick. For those jobs up high, we suggest the DEWALT DCHT895M1 as our Top Pole Hedge Trimmer Pick. If you need to trim, say, the top of a tall Christmas tree, this would be our choice.
We wrote these reviews to help you get a better idea of what tree trimmers are right for commercial use. They are a good stand-in for the kind of heavy-duty trimmer you’d look for if you have a big yard. We wish you the best of luck in getting the right hedge trimmer and would like to remind you that safety is always your top priority.
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