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Also, always clarify what they mean by "trim" before giving a quote.

To some people, it means "neaten them up" and they only need an inch or two of fresh growth buzzed off.
To others, "trim" means "I'll wait until he's all cleaned up before I tell him what I REALLY meant was TAKE THEM DOWN TWO FEET."




Make sure you're both on the same page when it comes to shrubs and hedges.
just happened to me earlier in the week. CLARIFY!!! the customer let me trim them down, THEN told me what he wanted. I had to explain to him that the amount he wanted taken off was not practical. I told him to trust me, I'll make it look great. I got "thank you" call today from him and he wants other work done. Always clarify and i suggest follow up with an email. this way its all backed up and on file incase they decide they want to try to win one over on you.
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Yeah, and most people don't understand that there's no "green" on the inside.

"Oh, and could you make these about two feet narrower than they are now?"


Yeah, no problem, so long as you want to look at "sticks".
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Yeah, I was going to ask her exactly how she wanted them done. A little buz to neaten them up will certainly be cheaper than taking a few inches off.

Do you think I should get a gas powered hedge trimmer? I actually don't even have one, I have been using my moms ryobi battery powered one for practice.
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Yeah, I was going to ask her exactly how she wanted them done. A little buz to neaten them up will certainly be cheaper than taking a few inches off.

Do you think I should get a gas powered hedge trimmer? I actually don't even have one, I have been using my moms ryobi battery powered one for practice.
Ryobi and battery powered outdoor power equipment=sh!t. So yes you will need to buy one. If you have a split shaft line trimmer maybe you can get an attachment for it.
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I have an echo gas trimmer and it works great.....
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I have a craftmans string trimmer that you can get multiple attachments for, I may look to see if they have a hedge trimming attachment, that way I don't have to pay 2-300 dollars right now for a gas powered hedge trimmer.
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This is what I use when I am not using my battery powered ones
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thats exactly like the craftsman one, and about the same price too. I think thats the route i'm going to take since I don't ever use my craftsman line trimmer anymore. I lost the air filter out of it and my mom bought a new string trimmer for the her business and gave me the old echo string trimmer. I did buy a replacement air filter for it, so its good to go.
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I have that attachment. (Poulan Pro version)

It's "OK", but I wouldn't want to use it all the time - I don't think it cuts as cleanly for "nice" hedges.
It's what I use for "crappy" stuff, or work near the ground where I may damage my good trimmer.
Also, while the extended length is helpful when needed, it is often overkill when it's not.


I'm planning on replacing it with a commercial unit soon, but for now I use a Crapsman hedge trimmer. It's one of their better ones and it works fairly well, but it really is time to trade up.

Heh. I don't think I have a PHOTO of it! Hard to believe, huh?


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Hmm...could buy the attachment for $109 or I could buy the whole trimmer for $185 what do you think?

Buying the attachment would give me more reach, but would be hard to use in some places.
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