Last updated on October 25th, 2021 at 10:26 am
Tall overgrown hedges over 6 ft. tall can be quite difficult to maintain, but with the right tools, they can still be trimmed and shaped beautifully.
Talking about hedge cutting tools, I’m afraid bringing your standard handheld trimmer will be like bringing a knife to a gun fight. It’s simply inadequate for this situation. What you need instead for the job is a telescoping or telescopic hedge trimmer.
Why Use A Telescoping Hedge Trimmer
Using a short trimmer will require you to use a ladder or a type of platform to reach the top and corners of your hedges properly. At the end of the day, you’ll be exhausted because, depending on the size of your hedges, carrying a ladder all the way around them requires a lot of energy.
Instead of that, you should get a hedge trimmer with a shaft or pole that can be adjusted to increase or decrease the length according to the size or height of your hedges.
Our Top Picks
Best professional long reach hedge trimmer – WORX WG252.9 – 12 feet Max Length
Best hedge trimmer for thick branches – Greenworks 22272 – 5/8 inch Cutting Capacity
Best Value – Earthwise CVPH43018
No matter how tall the hedges in your property grow up to be, with a tool like this, you can get them to your desired shape and size with ease.
The cutting head or blade can also be pivoted to different angles or positions which affords you the ability to trim the different sides of your hedge standing in a position you’re most comfortable with.
The pole of some telescoping trimmers can be removed and the head or blade can be fitted with a normal handle, converting it to a standard handheld unit for trimming low-lying shrubs and hedges, which makes them even more versatile to use.
We’ve taken our time to test and review several telescopic hedge trimmers, and we’ve selected 6 we strongly believe are the best for the job.
Here are the 6 we selected.
1. Earthwise CVPH43018 Convertible Telescopic Hedge Trimmer
|Max Length||8 ft 8 inches|
|Blade Size||18 inches|
When you get the Earthwise CVPH43018, you get a pole hedge trimmer that has a maximum length of 8.8 inches, which can be converted to a normal handheld uni.
This can be done just by replacing the pole with a standard handle, to decrease the reach and trim smaller hedges and shrubs that can easily be trimmed using the hedge trimmer without the pole extension.
With the pole extension, you get a total overhead reach of 13 inches, which allows you to really trim tall overgrown hedges with it.
The blades are 18 inches in size and they have a cutting capacity of 11/16 inches which is just okay for trimming your average hedges and brushes around your home.
As for the trimmer head, it can be rotated into 6 different directions or angles for cutting at different positions, and also very good when cutting the top or behind hedges. Basically useful when shaping your hedges.
At the heart of the whole setup is a powerful 4.5 amp motor which helps powers the blades through your hedges.
There’s an included blade cover to cover the blade and stow the tool away when it’s not in use, which is something I really like.
Some reviewers have complained about having to keep the power button pressed to keep it running, and not just being able to press it ones and keep it on.
Well, as uncomfortable as it may seem, it’s a safety feature that’s meant to keep you safe and avoid injury from poor handling.
When handled improperly, the trimmer goes off immediately your hand is off the power button, preventing it from going on running and possible causing any form of injury.
If I’m to point out a downside for the Earthwise 4.5 amp pole hedge trimmer, it would be the weight. Working overhead with it becomes tiring after a while due to the weight of the tool. But even that does not reduce the overall quality of the tool.
All in all, the Earthwise CVPH43018 is definitely one of the best tools out there if you have tall overgrown hedges in your garden that you need to maintain.
2. WORX WG252.9 Cordless Telescoping Hedge Trimmer
|Max Length||12 ft.|
|Blade Size||20 inches|
|Cutting Angles||10 angles|
Equipped with a 20 inch blade, a 51 inch shaft that telescopes up to 79 inches, the WORX WG252.9 offers up to a combined 12 feet of reach from the handle to the blade, allowing you to trim even the tallest of hedges.
Apart from the long reach, the trimmer head can be adjusted into 10 different positions allowing you to trim and shape those shrubs in your garden to any design you want.
The handle can be rotated through a 180 degree angle, allowing you to keep the same position while you adjust the trimmer to cut at different positions.
The blades Worx WG252.9 rotates at 1700 revolutions per minute and are designed to cut twice in one revolution to ensure quick clean cuts and to reduce the amount of vibration that travels back to the operators hand.
Just like many other power tools from WORX, this telescoping hedge trimmer is cordless, and makes use of the WORX Power Share battery that allows you to share the same battery with both their 20V and 40V tools.
Most hedge trimmers are handheld and the telescoping ones are designed to be held up all the time, which can easily cause user fatigue if the tool is heavy. That is why this WORX WG252.9 weighs only 7.6 lbs. so you can hold it up for a long time without getting tired quickly.
Overall, the WORX WG252.9 definitely stands as a very versatile tool you can use to maintain the shrubs in your properly. It offers a very high reach of about 12 ft, the telescoping action is smooth, it’s highly adjustable, and the less weight makes it very easy to use.
|Max Length||5.9 ft|
|Blade Size||19 inches|
If you want to discuss electric power tools, especially the corded ones, it’ll be very hard or even ridiculous not to mention the Sun Joe brand.
They do produce some good quality and low cost electrical power tools, as you’ll come to witness firsthand when you get the Sun Joe SJH904E.
The Sun Joe SJH904E is a 4.5 amp electric telescoping hedge trimmer with 19 inch double edged dual action blades that cut in both directions to help you trim your hedges and shrubs effortlessly.
It equipped with a telescoping pole that can be transformed or adjusted from a length of 3.8 ft to 5.9 ft to help you reach the tallest hedges and shrubs in your garden or sidewalk. The telescoping feature helps you gain up to 13 inches of overhead reach, allowing you not to over extend yourself while cutting your hedges.
Apart from using the telescoping feature, you can also detach or swap out the telescoping pole and replace it with a handheld handle for trimming short hedges within arm’s reach.
Still talking about transforming it, you can remove the head, and replace it with the Sun Joe GTS4000E-8CS-CGY chain saw attachment for trimming overhead tree branches and even thin logs which are not within arms reach.
The head of the trimmer can be pivoted into different angles depending on the shape and direction you want to work from. It can be pivoted from -20 degrees with increments of 20 degrees to 60 degrees.
Overall, the Sun Joe SJH904E is definitely up there among the best tools for cutting tall hedges.
|Max Length||6.5 ft|
|Blade Size||18 inches|
This is the Black+Decker LPHT120. It’s a 20 volts cordless pole hedge trimmer that can be transformed to a length of 6-1/2 feet, which makes it suitable for trimming up to a height of 10 feet.
If you have tall overgrown hedges and shrubs in your yard, then this Black+Decker LPHT120 cordless pole hedge trimmer is one of the best choices you can go for to get the job done without stress.
The trimmer head can be pivoted through 180 degrees and locks into 5 positions to enable you reach the top, edge and even behind hedges and shrubs which helps you work precisely and also makes it possible for you to work at a posture or position you’re convenient with.
The Black + Decker LPHT120 weighs only 7.7 pounds which makes it one of the most lightweight options you can go for, allowing you to work efficiently without getting tired too easily.
As for the blades, they’re 18 inch dual action blades which allow you to cut in both directions and cut through branches as thick as 7/16 inches in thickness, while working with 40 percent less vibration.
Overall, the whole unit is built strong and sturdy, and it works efficiently as any hedge trimmer should.
Although not a huge drawback, the head locks only into 5 positions only, which is good but not enough. Being able to rotate it through more positions will increase the versatility of the tool.
5. Greenworks 22272 40V Cordless Pole Telescoping Hedge Trimmer
|Max Length||6.5 ft|
|Blade Size||20 inches|
|Cutting Angles||3 angles|
When buying cordless power tools you can use for yard work, one of the brands I always keep an eye for is Greenworks, because they produces some of the most reliable ones in the market.
If you check out this Greenworks 22272 40 volts cordless telescopic hedge trimmer, you’ll definitely agree with the statement made above. It’s a very good option you can go for if a cordless tool is what you want.
The shaft or pole of the unit increase the height by 6.5 feet, which will allow you to reach the tall hedges and shrubs you want to trim.
As for the blade, it’s a dual action blade, 20 inches in size that cuts in both direction for optimal performance, and maneuverability.
With a cutting capacity of 5/8 inches, the Greenworks 22272 is highly capable of handling a wide range of hedges and shrubs sizes.
As for the trimmer head, you can adjust it to 8 cutting positions to trim at different angles depending on the part of the hedge you’re trying to trim or the position that you’re comfortable with.
In addition, if you already have or use other Greenworks cordless power tools, then you’ll find the G-Max 40V lithium ion battery that comes with this Greenworks 22272 very useful, because it can also power other Greenworks cordless tools.
The battery really holds up even through heavy use, so rest assured you’ll get lots of run time from one single charge of the battery.
All in all, the Greenworks 22272 telescopic or cordless pole hedge trimmer is definitely one of the best units out there you can go for, and it’s good for the money, especially if you already have other Greenworks products.
The only con is that the shaft or pole looks a little bit flimsy, but for what it’s worth, it’s okay. What’s most important is that it gets the job done, as you’ll come to see if you get one for yourself.
6. Garcare GPHT07 Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
|Max Length||9.2 ft|
|Blade Size||20 inches|
|Cutting Angles||6 Angles|
Without being extended, the pole of the Garcare GPHT07 telescopic hedge trimmer already boasts an impressive length of 7.1 ft, and you get a full length of 9.2 inches after it has been fully extended.
That overall length of 9.2 ft increases your reach and allow you to trim and shape tall hedges in your yard possibly without needing a ladder.
You can extend and lock the pole at the exact length you’re okay with, allowing you to work at a height that’s comfortable with you, or according to the height of the hedges you have to trim.
As for the trimmer head, it comes fitted with a laser cutting blade with a 20 inch. cutting capacity and it’s made of rust-resistant hardened steel for added durability.
Just like the previous trimmers reviewed in this article, the head of the Garcare GPHT07 can be rotated or pivoted into different directions for a versatile cutting experience. It can be pivoted and locked into 6 different angles to help you cut and shape hedges comfortably.
Powering the whole setup is a 4.3 Amps motor which drives the blades effortless through the hedges and shrubs in your yard.
Overall, the Garcare GPHT07 comes equipped with all the most important features you need to keep the tall hedges and shrubs in your property in good shape and condition.
It’s one that will afford you the long reach you need to really trim and shape the tall hedges and shrubs without needing a ladder.