I am pleased with the Earthwise extended handle trimmer. It allows me to trim tall hedges. I do wish, however, that I could set it to "On" and have it operate without having to hold the trigger down continuously. Also, it is frustrating that every time I release the trigger I must push a small start button and hold it down while squeezing the trigger to get the thing going again. I understand the reason why; it's a safety feature. I presume other hedge trimmers are the same way, although I don't know for sure. Finally, it is difficult for me to compare this trimmer with others since this is the first hedge trimmer I have ever had. ( I usually use a hand trimmer, which is lighter but not long enough to reach the tops of tall hedges). I was surprised and disappointed, though, that I had to go over the same area more than once to achieve a real level top cut. But that might simply be a result of the type of hedge I have, which is not particularly dense in some places. All in all, though, I am pleased with this hedge trimmer.
This little guy has been a real help to me this summer. I had knee replacement and needed a trimmer that was powerful enough to do the job but light enough not to bother me too much. This fit the bill. There is more than enough battery life to do my yard twice (about a third of an acre). Very happy with this purchase.
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