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Hedge Shears - The Basic Knowledge


Hand pruning shears are used for removing whole branches, while hand hedge shears are designed to cut a number of small branches at the same time, more like giving the hedge a haircut. Hedge shears are designed to cut woody material up to ½ inch thick.

Hedge shears are large scissor-like devices coming from 12 to 28 inches in length. Handles may be wood or metal with rubber grips. Blades can be straight, curved, serrated, or wavy. The better models have some kind of rubber bumper system at the pivot point of the tool to absorb the shock of the two handles coming together.

Hedges that are properly trimmed are not only attractive but the hedge will be more healthy. Cutting off new shoots makes the hedge grow dense and crisp instead of weak. A hedge trimmer is the tool of choice if the plant stems to be cut are not any bigger than 3/8 of an inch.

If the trimming job is modest, hand hedge shears may do just fine. This tool is going to give you some upper body exercise, so there are some features to look for. The better hedge shears have cushioned handle grips and a shock-absorbing bumper where the handles come together when in use. This reduces the wear and tear on your arms and joints. Hand hedge shears must be very sharp or the work gets harder and the job gets more ragged. Shears with a serrated blade will usually stay sharp longer. A little oil on the joint will join the two blades, and keep the tool working best.

When the hedge battery grass trimmer job takes more than an hour by hand, a power hedge shear should be considered. You have much more control of the cut with a power tool and you can do a lot more cutting before you wear yourself out. These power trimmers have two blades, one above the other, and the length of the blades determines how wide a swath they can cut. The most popular lengths are 16 to 20 inches.