If you have a large amount of hedging to cut, you may want to consider investing in a powered hedgetrimmer. This makes the task of cutting hedges much quicker and requires far less effort than manual shears. Before buying a trimmer, there are a number of features that you should be aware of:

Blade Length

  • Blades are usually 40-60 cm (16-24 in) long
  • A longer blade reduces the time that it will take to cut a hedge
  • A long blade will make it easy to reach across a wide hedge or up to a tall one
  • The longer the blade, the heavier the trimmer and the less likely it is to be well balanced

Blade Style and Action

  • Blades may be single- or double-sided
  • Double-sided blades reduce cutting time
  • Single-blades are easier to control - useful for shaping a hedge
  • Double-action blades that move in opposite directions cut twiggy hedges more efficiently
  • Widely spaced blades are more efficient at cutting thicker twigs
  • Narrowly spaced blades produce a smoother, finer finish

Power Options

Hedgetrimmers may be found in petrol-powered versions and mains-operated or rechargeable electric models.



  • May be operated anywhere
  • Powerful


  • Noisy
  • Heavy
  • More expensive than mains-powered versions
  • Require more maintenance than other models

Electric (Mains)


  • Light
  • Easy to handle
  • Cheaper than other styles


  • Need to be close to a power supply
  • May not be used in wet conditions
  • Trailing cable may be very hazardous

Electric (Rechargeable)


  • Light
  • Easy to handle
  • Cordless, may be operated anywhere
  • Cheaper than petrol versions
  • Fewer safety hazards than mains-operated versions


  • Lacks the power to cut thick shoots and long hedges