Hedge trimming with a chainsaw?

#1
Just to be clear, this is not about trimming a bush, mine or hers although I'm reminded of ....

A little song entitled:
She was only the Hedgelayer's daughter...
But you'd always catch her trimming her bush


Tish boom. I'm here all week.....

Anyway, I have about 50 yards of hedge that I have to trim. The top will need taking down with a chainsaw which I own. The sides need trimming up fairly nicely. Had I better just buy a cheapish petrol hedgestrimmer for this or will the chainsaw do it reasonably well?
 
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rogermellie

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#2
Ex Stab,
It all depends on the finish required. If you don't mind it as rough as a badgers arse then a chainsaw will be fine. If it were me i would get me filthy mits on a hedgetrimmer.
I happen to own a hedgetrimmer and you don't live that far and if your tight.............................:-D well i will let you work out the rest:-?
Its amazing what can be acheived for a bacon butty and a brew :wink:


Kind regards,


R M
 
#3
Ex Stab,
It all depends on the finish required. If you don't mind it as rough as a badgers arse then a chainsaw will be fine. If it were me i would get me filthy mits on a hedgetrimmer.
I happen to own a hedgetrimmer and you don't live that far and if your tight.............................:-D well i will let you work out the rest:-?
Its amazing what can be acheived for a bacon butty and a brew :wink:


Kind regards,


R M
I had a quote to do it and it was more than the price of a cheapish petrol trimmer. Generally I buy the best quality tools but in this case for something that will be used once or twice a year I think cheap will be ok.

What do you think of this?

New Long Reach Petrol Hedge Trimmer Blade Cutter 22.5cc on eBay (end time 09-Nov-10 21:53:51 GMT)

There are others. May take you up on the offer. ;)
 
#4
A chainsaw won't do it. It will cut through any thicker branches but you will have trouble trimming the smaller green bits. Hedge trimmers have a scissor action where small branches are inserted into the scissor to be cut whereby chainsaws need to be pushed against whatever is being cut to be effective. I use stihl equipment because I used to provide a garden maintenance service and I've still got the gear but the machine you have found on e bay looks like an able little machine for £110. Keep it in the dry and run it about once a month during the winter when it's not being used just to keep it serviceable.
 
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rogermellie

Guest
#5
I had a quote to do it and it was more than the price of a cheapish petrol trimmer. Generally I buy the best quality tools but in this case for something that will be used once or twice a year I think cheap will be ok.

What do you think of this?

New Long Reach Petrol Hedge Trimmer Blade Cutter 22.5cc on eBay (end time 09-Nov-10 21:53:51 GMT)

There are others. May take you up on the offer. ;)
Yup that would do the job, not dissimilar to mine, gets used twice a year (if i can be arrsed) and does the job.
The deciding factor with mine was the larger width between the teeth, ie you can cut the thicker stuff.


Kind regards,

R M
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#6
Yes it's that time of year again and i've my conifers to cut, couldn't do them in the spring due to birds nesting in them. Now it's waiting for a dry day as my trimmers are electric. What a pig of a job.
 
#9
What ever you do, do not use a chainsaw as a hedge trimmer, it's a kickback accident waiting to happen.

Get yourself a hedge trimmer, or depending on the type of hedge and amount of time on your hands, you could always lay it.
 
#11
Worlds strongest "red neck" Steve Mcgrahannon! More like "worlds dummest Red Neck. They were realy fishing from the shallow end of the Geine pool when he was concived, but I guess thats the result of decades of "kissing cousin" inter breeding!
 
#12
Worlds strongest "red neck" Steve Mcgrahannon! More like "worlds dummest Red Neck. They were realy fishing from the shallow end of the Geine pool when he was concived, but I guess thats the result of decades of "kissing cousin" inter breeding!
Dogs arrse will be along shortly refuting that


FFS don't use a chainsaw unless you are going to remove it completely and at the bottom only
 
#13
An electric alligator saw is far safer than a chainsaw- no kickback, for branches.

You can get "green wood" blades from places like Screwfix, or every so often Aldi or Lidl.

I took down 2, 30ft trees in my back garden with one, ( in small sections ).
 

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