Last Updated on August 22, 2020
When it comes to big jobs, you’ll want to go gas. Tools that derive their power from a gas engine might weigh a little more, but they’re more portable, easier to handle, and can operate in wet conditions to do the hardest work. It’s true with lawnmowers, it’s true with rototillers, and it’s true with hedge trimmers. If you’re looking to buy a gas hedge trimmer, it’s probably because you have a big yard with a lot of dense, thick foliage to trim.
Buying the right one can be a daunting task. There are lots of options and you always have budgetary limitations. We wrote these reviews to help you separate the features you really need from those 3you merely want. We gave one our Top Pick, identified one in case you place a premium on for-dollar value, and selected one in case you’re a professional. We also added a few purchasing tips just in case you would rather have a guide rather than a destination.
|Best Overall||Tanaka 2-c||
|Best Value||Poulan Pro PR2322||
|Best For Commercial Use||Husqvarna 122HD60||
Our Top Pick, the Tanaka TCH22EAP2 is as close to a total package as any of the hedge trimmers we looked at. Some had bigger engines, some were less expensive. The TCH22EAP2 may not excel at any one thing, but its combined size, value, and features are perfectly in sync.
Hedge trimmers only need to be powerful enough. This one has enough power and a dual-sided blade that if you need something meatier, you’ll need to graduate to a light chainsaw. In sacrificing a little power, it also sacrificed a little weight. So, it won’t fatigue you quickly. We also like the forward-facing exhaust. That prevents you from burning shrubbery and yourself. It’s also a pretty good deal.
One area of concern is its design bunches up the weight; if you need to extend yourself, it can feel heavy in a hurry.
You could buy a much-more expensive trimmer and not get results that justify the added expense. We also like that it is dual-bladed. That means versatility. Put them together and you get serious value.
It can take some effort to get started. Other manufacturers have figured out how to improve that process. This one is still pretty old school.
It’s not the power. It has adequate power to do any trimming, and its dual-sided blade makes it versatile and much faster when used by trained hands.
What sets it apart is that it can take punishment while also going light on the fuel. If you’ve got a business, keeping costs low is your top priority. Saving a buck or two on fuel is an excellent way to do that.
It is on the heavy side. The weight is evenly distributed, but over a few hours whoever is using it will still feel it.
We considered ranking Echo’s HC-152 higher. It’s a great gas hedge trimmer with plenty of power and also does well on those little things that can separate a great tool from the ones that are only pretty good.
One running complaint about gas tools is starting can be a nuisance. The HC-152 starts easily, every single time. The 11 pounds it weighs is distributed evenly, so it takes longer to cause fatigue. You’ll also be impressed with the performance of its dual blade.
An important caveat for the blade, however; it’s a little shorter than most gas hedge trimmers.
Multi-tool combination sets are hit-or-miss. If you need all the components, they are great options. If you need only some of the components, they can offer a versatility you weren’t sure you’d ever need. If you only need one thing, they are a source of expensive clutter.
Plus, to stay competitive with their single-use competition, they usually have to skimp on performance. This is true of PROYAMA’s DG260. For what you will pay for this entire five-in-one set, you can get a dedicated hedge trimmer that works much better. If you’re looking for just a hedge trimmer, that makes it a pretty lousy value.
If you need the other four tools that are part of this kit, it’s a solution to your problems. If you need a weed whip and a hedge trimmer but could see needing a light chainsaw, the DG260 has potential. And that’s really the bottom line.
ToolTuff’s hedge trimmer typifies everything bad with gas-powered tools of any kind. Attach an internal combustion engine to anything and it gets loud and heavy. Plus, those engines put out exhaust fumes.
The hedge trimmer by ToolTuff is all of those bad things, plus a couple more. Weighing 13 pounds, it’s heavier than the rest in its class. Those pounds are poorly distributed, making it unwieldy. Whereas some of the competition is muffled, this one is pretty loud and you’ll want ear protection. Its final flaw is that it’s difficult to start.
The ToolTuff would be a complete write-off if it didn’t have any redeemable qualities. It does. Compared to other gas hedge trimmers, you’ll pay less.
If you’re just looking for the cheapest gas hedge trimmer, XtremepowerUS might have what you’re looking for. Among the hedge trimmers we examined, theirs was the most affordable.
Compared to the rest of the field, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything else positive to say about it, however. XtremepowerUS boasts a large engine, but you can get better performance with less power. XtremepowerUS says it’s quiet, but it’s not appreciatively quieter than competitors.
As far as negatives, it’s heavy and poorly made. Starting it can be a challenge, too. Plus, it’s design and construction are both pretty flimsy. It is not a durable tool.
We took a look at seven different models of gas hedge trimmers, but there are a whole lot more options. It’s understandable if you’d prefer guidance on how to shop for a gas hedge trimmer rather than very specific recommendations.
We put together these tips to help you figure out what to look for. There’s even a quick explainer for the advantages gas has over electric when it comes to a power source
If you’re shopping for a gas hedge trimmer, you already answered whether you want a gas or an electric model. In getting the right one, it’s pretty useful to know in what ways gas is better than electric and in what ways it’s worse.
Internal combustion engines are capable of producing a lot more power than wall current or a battery, so they generally appeal to people who want a lot of power. All hedge trimmers are indeed capable of trimming all hedges, but there are always reasons why you might want to push the limits of that power.
They are also a little more portable, and you don’t have to keep track of a power cord. You can also use them in wet conditions.
Gas trimmers also are a little heavier because of the on-board engine. The engine is usually pretty loud and generates exhaust, which is harmful to breathe and can burn unprotected skin or foliage.
Electric hedge trimmers come in two different subcategories. Both are much quieter than gas hedge trimmers. Some use cords, some are battery operated.
Trimmers with cords are the lightest and most affordable; they pack enough punch to trim mostly anything, but are limited in range to the length of the power cord and how many things might snarl it.
Battery-operated electric hedge trimmers are the least powerful, and some will lose power as the battery drains. You are limited by the charge in the battery, and they’re a pound or two heavier than corded electric hedge trimmers.
Most hedge trimmers use what’s called a dual blade. A dual blade hedge trimmer has two sets of teeth that point away from a central frame. The blades move back and forth, so you can sweep a dual blade hedge trimmer back and forth and get cutting action from both sides.
These are the most popular kinds of blades. Because they offer side-to-side action, they are smoother to operate and cut better.
Single blade trimmers run a single set of teeth along the same central frame. Their advantage is they are lighter; so someone using them is less likely to tire out over several hours of work. They also tend to be a bit more affordable. Because they only have one set of teeth, they are also more precise. You don’t have to worry about the other side making inadvertent cuts where you don’t want them.
Measured in cubic centimeters, the bigger the engine, the more power it produces. You might think you want more power, but that’s not necessarily the case. Most hedge trimmers can trim most hedges, and bigger engines add weight.
The more weight your hedge trimmer has, the faster it will wear you out. Because of that, we’d recommend a hedge trimmer that has a decent-sized engine and also keeps the weight reasonable for you.
While on the subject of weight, not all hedge trimmers carry their weight the same way. Some have a pretty evenly distributed weight, which means an even distribution of the impact. Some have their weight concentrated, which will wear you down faster.
User fatigue is a big cause of safety mishaps with any sharp tool. The person using it gets tired, stops paying close attention, and winds up in the hospital getting treated for a serious cut. To reduce fatigue, you’ll want to look for a comfortable hedge trimmer.
We discussed weight and weight distribution. That is a big component, especially if you have to extend the blade. If it’s a gas hedge trimmer, the engine will also create fatiguing vibrations. You can minimize that with comfortable, well-placed grips.
While we’re at it, a gas engine is almost always pretty loud. People who have to listen to one for prolonged time risk hearing loss. It can also be an assault on your ears that leaves them fatigued.
Because hedge trimmers aren’t precision instruments and because most of them are capable of trimming just about every hedge, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a lot of performance. Gas hedge trimmers are a little more expensive than electric ones, but there is a lot of range in prices even towards the top.
You can save a few bucks and still get a really good gas hedge trimmer by shopping around a little bit. Remember, you don’t need the most powerful engine available. Our Top Pick had a pretty modest engine. Sometimes you can get a good overall package at a pretty reasonable price.
Among the hedge trimmers in our reviews, we liked the Tanaka TCH22EAP2 as a total package. It’s got enough power, offers great value, and is light enough so it won’t fatigued you. If you’re shopping on a budget, we think you’ll like the Poulan Pro PR2322. It costs a little more than some of the others, but they don’t offer nearly the performance, so you get the best for-dollar value. If you’ve got commercial jobs, we recommend the always-reliable Husqvarna 122HD60. It can handle your hardest jobs like it’s a walk in the park, and it goes easy on the gas.
We hope you found our reviews helpful and were able to pull some tips from our buyers’ guide. Gas-powered hedge trimmers have the power and portability to make cleaning up a big, wet yard much easier. They aren’t the most expensive tool, but you won’t want to invest what they do cost in a losing proposition. Best of luck and remember that no matter which one you buy that proper safety is the first job.
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