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I have never used a 4 cycle but would love to try. I genearlly use the cheap echo hc-150's coupled with the HT extension on the PAS split booms. THAT tends to save on the back as well. Instead of holding the trimmer out in front of you, you have a weedwacker-type setup with a lighter ht attachment out in front. I know I can trim for 2-3 hours straight before my back starts to "give me the finger" vs. 20 minutes with the HC-150.
I love the quietness and lack of odor with electric, but just never caught on. Something psychological about the cord always turned me off. I've heard they have some great battery operated ones out there now though!
Kenneth LaVoie III
LaVoie's Landscape Mgmt. Inc.- Winslow, Maine
We were recently talking about the benefits of a 4 cycle trimmer vs a 2 cycle one.
Also, you might want one with a single cutting side because they tend to be safer.
one thing to note when picking up a 4cycle is they do not take angles well, meaning that you can not have them tilted to one side for too long without damaging the engine. Just a note to remember when buying something like a hedge trimmer that you run on its side a lot.
mine is the biggest gas one they have at sears ,it would be fine for a homeowner that has small diameter hedges ,but I have a cedar hedge as tall as the hydro lines so it wont cut a good portion of that ,and if your using it on customers hedges its very limited by the size branches it can handle .I wouldnt buy another for commercial use as it just isnt capable of handling any larger hedges .