I would appreciate any feedback about hedge trimmers. I"ve never used them, and am thinking about purchasing one to trim shrubs. I have a lot of trimming to do and it takes such a long time to do by hand so thought a hedge trimmer would be a good investment. I am thinking about a cordless model. I don"t have any hedges, and don"t plan on topiary, just giving shrubs regular haircuts to keep them in shape and manageable throughout the year, and maybe for division of perennials when the roots are particularly tough. Any advice would be appreciated.
Have no experience of the cordless hedge trimmers but have used both electric and petrol powered ones for doing our Murraya hedges and cutting the grasses like the Miscanthus sinensis. I would only suggest that if you have to hold it up for a long time get one that is not too heavy. I would also be very wary of using your trimmer to cut anything like roots where there is soil as this will very quickly ruin the cutting blades.
I bought a Bosch cordless hedge trimmer about six months ago. It"s made shaping my dozen diosmas and various other bushes so much easier and quicker. It has a lithium battery, which can be recharged at any time, and holds its charge until you want to use it. It lasts me 2 hours in the garden - a bit more than I like to last some times Thoroughly recommend it.