Last updated on December 18th, 2020 at 08:54 pm
Tall overgrown hedges over 6 ft. tall can pose a difficult challenge to any homeowner, but with the right tools, they can still be trimmed and shaped beautifully.
Talking about tools, your standard handheld hedge trimmer I’m afraid will not be adequate in this situation. What you need instead is a telescoping or telescopic hedge trimmer.
With one of these telescoping hedge trimmers, you get a 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.
No matter how tall the hedges in your property grow, with a tool like this, you can trim them to your desired shape and size with ease.
The cutting head or trimmer head of the telescoping hedge trimmer can also be pivoted into 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 to convert it to a standard hedge trimmer for trimming low-lying shrubs and hedges, making them even more versatile to use.
We’ve taken our time to test and review several hedge trimmers, and we’ve picked out 6 we think are up to the task when it comes to trimming tall overgrown shrubs and hedges.
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 telescopic hedge trimmer, you get a pole hedge trimmer that has a maximum length of 8.8 inches, which can be converted to a normal handheld hedge trimmer.
This can be done just by replacing the pole with a normal hedge trimmer 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 with the trimmer, which allows you to really trim tall overgrown hedges with it.
The trimmer 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 you’re trying to shape your hedges with your trimmer.
At the heart of the whole setup is a powerful 4.5 amp motor which helps power the trimmer blade 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 people complain about having to keep the power button pressed to keep the trimmer working, and not just being able to press it ones and keep it on.
Well, that a safety feature that’s meant to keep you safe and avoid injury from poor handling of the trimmer. In case of poor handling, the trimmer goes off immediately your hand is off the power button, preventing the trimmer from going on running and possible giving you a messy 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 is to be expected of any tool.
So, overall, the Earthwise telescopic or pole hedge trimmer is definitely one of the best trimmers out there if you have tall out of reach overgrown hedges in your property 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 of the trimmer 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 shape you desire.
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 of the trimmer 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.
Hedge trimmers are mostly handheld and the telescoping ones are designed to be raised 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|
When it comes to talking about electric power tools, especially corded ones, Sun Joe’s name normally pops up more than ones.
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 electric telescoping hedge trimmer.
The Sun Joe SJH904E is a 4.5 amp 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 to make working with it easier.
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 the trimmer, you can remove the hedge trimmer 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 your reach.
The head of the trimmer can be pivoted into different angles depending on what’s suitable for you to work with. It can be pivoted from -20 degrees with increments of 20 degrees to 60 degrees.
Overall, the Sun Joe SJH904E telescopic electric hedge trimmer is definitely up there among the best.
If there’re tall hedges and shrubs in your yard, and you need them taken care of ASAP, then this is surely one of the best telescopic hedge trimmer you can choose today.
4. Black+Decker LPHT120 Cordless Telescopic Hedge Trimmer
|Max Length||6.5 ft|
|Blade Size||18 inches|
This is the Black+Decker LPHT120 telescopic hedge trimmer. 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 the Black+Decker LPHT120 cordless pole hedge trimmer is one of the best trimmers you can use to get the job done quickly.
The trimmer head can be pivoted through 180 degrees and locks into 5 positions to enable you trim the top, edge and even behind hedges and shrubs which helps you work precisely and also helps you trim at a posture or position convenient with you.
The LPHT120 cordless telescopic trimmer only weighs 7.7 pounds which makes it one of the most lightweight telescopic trimmers, with the lightweight design allow you to work efficiently without getting tired too quickly.
As for the trimmer 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 a hedge trimmer should.
The only drawback is that the trimmer head locks only into 5 positions, 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 it comes to Cordless tool Manufacturers, 5 names will not be mentioned without mentioning Greenworks. They manufacture top notch battery powered tools.
That’s why I didn’t hesitate to include the Greenworks 22272 40 volts cordless pole hedge trimmer in this list. If you need a cordless telescoping saw, this Greenworks is one of the best you’re going to get. The hundreds of positive reviews its garnered proves just that.
It features a shaft or poles that increases the length of the hedge trimmer by 6.5 feet, which allows you to reach tall overgrown hedges and shrubs.
As for the blade, it’s a dual action blade, 20 inches in size that cuts in both direction for optimal performance, and maneuverability.
The trimmer has a cutting capacity of 5/8 inches which is quite enough to cut the hedges and shrub in the average Joe’s backyard.
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.
Additionally, 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 pole hedge trimmer very useful, as you can also use it to power your other Greenworks cordless power tools.
The battery really holds up even through heavy use, and you can be rest assured to get lots of run time from one single charge of the battery.
Overall, the Greenworks 22272 telescopic or cordless pole hedge trimmer is definitely one of the best telescopic trimmer out there, 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 purchase it.
6. Garcare GPHT07 Telescopic Trimmer
|Max Length||9.2 ft|
|Blade Size||20 inches|
|Cutting Angles||6 Angles|
Without being extended, the telescopic 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 the pole 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 without ever 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 inches cutting capacity which is made of rust-resistant hardened steel for added durability.
Just like the previous trimmers I’ve reviewed in this article, the trimmer head for the Garcare GPHT07 can be rotated or pivoted into different directions for a versatile cutting experience. The Garcare GPHT07 trimmer head can be pivoted and locked into 6 different angles to help you cut and shape hedges accordingly.
Powering the whole setup is a 4.3 Amps motor which provides the power needed to drive the trimmer blade effortless through the overgrown hedges and shrubs you plan to trim with it.
Overall, the Garcare GPHT07 telescopic hedge trimmer one among many telescopic hedge trimmers you’ll really come to appreciate if you decide to let your wallet out for it.
It’s one that will afford you a very long reach to really reach and trim tall hedges and shrubs without needing a ladder.