Types of hedge trimmers
To date, there are four main types of hedge trimmers: mechanical, electric, gasoline and battery.
Mechanical are the simplest constructively and at the same time the most inexpensive in this list. They are easy to handle, they do not require any complicated maintenance. Outwardly they look almost like a garden shears, but they have longer arms. As a result, the shear force will be greater than if the handles were short (with the same force applied by the person).
Electric hedge trimmers are equipped with electric motors, which make them much more powerful and productive than the representatives of the previous category. Accordingly, you can work with them much longer, and use – much more often. The most important thing that they need in their work is an electrical outlet within reach.
Gasoline hedge trimmers work on liquid fuel and provide the highest productivity. These powerful models are equipped with a gasoline internal combustion engine, which makes them ideal candidates for performing large amounts of work.
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Battery hedge trimmers in addition to the electric motor have an integrated battery, and from the classic electric (as well as from petrol) models differ only a little in design and quite noticeably – power. Their main advantage is maneuverability and mobility.
What type of hedge trimmers do you have? Everything depends on the tasks assigned to this garden tool and your financial capabilities. For a small infield suitable for a mechanical hedge trimmer, especially if you do not plan to use it often. Do you need the most powerful machine that can be used anywhere and for how long? Then stop your choice on the petrol model. However, remember about its shortcomings: the need for regular fuel refueling, maintenance. Electric models are cheaper than gasoline, but they need a power source. And battery models are just quite expensive, and the time of their work until the next charging is limited by the capacity of the battery.
Design features of hedge trimmers
The commercially available models of hedge trimmers can also differ in design features. Here we can distinguish two such groups:
- a garden tool that resembles a trimmer, a gasoline or a motorcycle. In principle, the components of such brush cutters are the same as those of trim tabs. This is a motor (petrol or electric), a cutting element and a bar. The cutting part is usually something like a circular saw, and the bar is necessary in order to transfer the torque from the engine to the cutter;
- garden tools, which by type and set of characteristics can be called gasoline scissors. From the previous group, such hedge trimmers are distinguished by the presence of two cutting elements, which move relative to each other in the same plane during operation. They support direct and reverse movement, which makes them convenient to use in the process of decorating the garden. So, such hedge trimmers are easy enough to attach a certain shape to garden fences and separate bushes.