Tall, fast-growing hedges are an incredible sight to behold because they’re beautiful when appropriately maintained and they provide some form of privacy around your home.
Trimming and maintaining them, however, requires time, effort, and, most importantly, the right cutting tools.
The single most important tool you need in this situation is a telescoping or telescopic hedge trimmer with a pole that increases your reach so you can trim and shape the top edges and sides beautifully.
These tall, fast-growing hedges can grow over 6ft tall, which is taller than most people, and thus using a standard handheld trimmer can no longer be an option.
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Why Use a Telescoping Hedge Trimmer
If you already have a standard handheld trimmer, you may consider using it instead of buying the one with the telescoping function. Using the handheld unit, however, will require you to use a step ladder along with it.
It will also require you to move the ladder a lot so as to reach every part of the hedges, and that will not only tire you out quickly but will also be inefficient.
On the other hand, using a telescopic hedge trimmer will allow you to reach even the top edges of the hedges even while standing on the ground.
It comes with a shaft or pole that can be adjusted to increase or reduce the length allowing you to work safely and comfortably from the ground.
The cutting head or blade can also be pivoted to different angles or positions, enabling you 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 selected 6 we strongly believe are the best for the job.
Here are the 8 we selected.
1. Makita XNU05Z 18V Telescoping Hedge Trimmer – Best Cordless
Max Shaft Length: 8 ft., Blade Size: 18-1/8 inches , Cutting Angles: 10, Weight: 9.78 lbs. , Power Source: Cordless
The Makita XNU05Z is undoubtedly one of the best telescoping hedge trimmers you can get your hands on today. It features a shaft that telescopes from 6 ft to 8 ft, enabling you to reach and trim tall shrubs neatly without overreaching.
The cutting head can be pivoted through 10 angles to enable you to trim every part of the hedges in any position that’s most comfortable for you.
It features an 18-1/8 inch dual-action blade so you can cut faster in both ways over a wide area.
Even though it’s cordless, the Makita XNU05Z is not lacking in power. It comes equipped with a motor that delivers up to 3,600 strokes per minute, ensuring it cuts efficiently through shrubs and hedges.
This model comes with the tool only. So, unless you already have some Makita tools with LXT batteries, you’ll have to buy an 18V battery to power it.
Overall, the Makita XNU05Z is surely one tool I’ll recommend to anyone looking for a good trimmer to take care of hedges and shrubs around the home. It’s very lightweight compared to a gas trimmer, and since it’s cordless, you don’t have to worry about the cord length of a corded unit or the noise of a gas-powered one.
|It’s very easy to use.||The safety switch is a quite difficult to reach.|
|It’s light compared to the competition.|
|The blades are sharp and cuts clean.|
2. MZK 20V Max Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer – Runner Up
Max Shaft Length: 8 ft., Blade Size: 22.4 inches, Cutting Angles: 5, Weight: 9.18 lbs., Power Source: Cordless
This telescoping hedge trimmer from MZK offers up to 15 feet of overhead extension when fully extended (that includes the length of your body), allowing you to trim tall hedges while standing on level ground without over-extending your arms.
When you’re done, you can easily collapse it back down, so it doesn’t occupy a lot of space when you have to store it away.
The blade has a cutting capacity of 5/8 inches that allows the user to cut through both brushes and hedges without getting stuck. They’re sharp and cut really well, cleanly through the hedges.
With up to 22.4 inches in length, the dual-action or double-sided steel blade can cut both forward and backward, covering a large area and ensuring you don’t have to over-maneuver it when using it.
The head can be adjusted from 0 to 180 degrees with 5 adjustable positions, which makes it very versatile, allowing you to reach every corner of your hedges and shape them just the way you want.
As for battery life, the 20V lithium-ion battery that comes with it provides plenty of power to complete a medium-sized job.
The only drawback I can see is that it’s quite heavy right at the top since the motor is situated at the top, right in the trimmer head. So, you can start to feel a little bit of fatigue after some time of holding it upwards.
Apart from that, however, the MZK cuts excellently, it’s easy to adjust, and it will surely be a great addition to the tools in your shed.
|It’s easy to use.||It’s a bit heavy without the shoulder strap.|
|Cuts are clean and neat.|
|It comes with a shoulder strap that makes it easy to handle and maneuver.|
3. Earthwise LPHT12022 – Budget Pick
Max Shaft Length: 8 ft 8 inches, Blade Size: 18 inches, Cutting Angles: 6, Weight: 9.7 lbs, Power Source: Corded Electric
The Earthwise LPHT12022 is a long-reach hedge trimmer that extends fully up to 8 ft and 10 inches and reduces to 6 ft and 7 inches when collapsed. This makes it very versatile because you can use it whether you have tall or short hedges to trim.
You don’t have to overextend your arms because the trimmer is long enough to reach every corner of your hedges. The blade is 20 inches long and can be pivoted into 6 different positions or angles, making it easy to maneuver.
The blade is a dual-action blade, which means it cuts both ways and can cut branches up to 5/8 inches thick.
Powering the blade is a high-efficiency motor that produces up to 2,600 strokes per minute. It also comes with a 2.0Ah lithium-ion battery that charges quickly and provides plenty of run time.
The only drawback I observed is that it’s quite heavy. After using it for some time, you’ll feel the weight on your arms.
Other than that, it cuts nicely and performs very well.
|The blades are very sharp and cuts through shrubs neatly.||It’s heavy when fully extended.|
|It’s easy to use.|
|Good battery life.|
4. Greenworks Pro 80V Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer – Best Battery Life
Max Shaft Length: 8.5 ft., Blade Size: 20 inches, Cutting Angles: 7, Weight: 12.78 lbs, Power Source: Cordless.
If you want a cordless hedge trimmer that takes performance to the next level, this Greenworks 80V telescoping unit might just be the right one to go for.
The blade is very sharp. It’s a 20-inch long rotating laser-cut steel blade that can cut through 3/4 inch thick hedges and brushes with it. Be careful while cleaning it after use because it can easily cut your hand. Make sure to unplug the battery and engage the blade lock before trying to clean the blade.
It comes equipped with an 80V 2.0Ah battery which provides more than enough juice and run time to carry out projects of different sizes. It can run for up to 55 minutes to 1 hr before it needs to be recharged.
The cutting head swivels from 0-180 degrees and can lock into 1 of 7 different positions to ensure cuts are made easily at different angles.
With a total length of 8.5 ft, this is not the longest pole trimmer you’ll find in the market, but it definitely gets the job done on 6 ft tall hedges and brushes.
As usual, one of the drawbacks of telescopic hedge trimmers like this is that they can be cumbersome since you sometimes have to raise them to cut the top. The 80V Greenworks pro weighs 12.78 lbs which is quite heavy and thus fatigues the arms after some time.
However, it works pretty well, cuts cleanly, requires little maintenance, and produces zero emissions during use.
|Excellent build quality||It’s heavy.|
|It’s very sharp and cuts through shrubs with ease.|
5. WORX WG252.9 Cordless Telescoping Trimmer
Max Shaft Length: 12 ft., Blade Size: 20 inches, Cutting Angles: 10, Weight: 7.6 lbs. , Power Source: Cordless.
Equipped with a 20-inch long blade, and a telescoping shaft that extends your reach up to 12 ft, the Worx WG252.9 has everything it takes to put tall hedges and shrubs in their place.
Apart from the long reach, the trimmer head can be adjusted into 10 different positions allowing you to trim and shape shrubs and hedges to any design you want and from any position without compromising comfort.
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 cut at a speed of 1340 revolutions per minute and are designed to cut twice in one revolution to ensure quick clean cuts and reduce the amount of vibration that travels back to the operator’s hand.
Like many other power tools from WORX, this telescoping hedge trimmer is cordless and uses the WORX Power Share battery that enables you to use the same battery with both their 20V and 40V tools.
Most telescoping trimmers are handheld, and the height of your hedges might sometimes require you to hold them up, which can easily cause fatigue to your arms if the tool is heavy.
The Worx WG252.9 only ways 7.6 lbs which is not as heavy as some of the other units we’ve seen. This means you can use it for a considerable amount of time without fatigue.
Overall, the Worx WG252.9 is a tool I can confidently recommend to anyone looking for a good long-reach hedge trimmer because it offers a 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.
|The blades are sharp and cuts neatly.||You have to buy the battery separately.|
6. Sun Joe SJH904E
Max Shaft Length: 5.9 ft, Blade Size: 19 inches, Cutting Angles: 5, Weight: 9.5 lbs, Power Source: Corded Electric.
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 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 using it.
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.
|Since it’s corded, you can run it for as long as you want, provided it’s plugged in to a power outlet.||It’s quite heavy when connected with the extension pole.|
|Cuts neatly through shrubs.|
|It’s easy to adjust.|
7. Black+Decker LPHT120
Max Shaft Length: 6.5 ft, Blade Size: 18 inches, Cutting Angles: 5, Weight: 7.7 lbs, Power Source: Cordless.
This is the Black+Decker LPHT120. It’s a 20 volts cordless pole hedge trimmer that you can telescope up to a length of 6-1/2 feet, making it suitable for trimming up to 10 feet.
Just like the other units we reviewed, you can pivot the cutting head 180 degrees, and it locks into 5 positions to enable you to reach every corner of the hedges and shrubs, enabling you to work precisely and at a posture you’re comfortable with.
It weighs only 7.7 pounds, making it one of the most lightweight options we reviewed, allowing you to work efficiently without getting tired quickly.
The blade or trimmer head is 18 inches long and cuts in both directions through branches up to 7/16 inches thick.
The whole unit is built solid and sturdy and works efficiently as any hedge trimmer should.
Although not a huge drawback, the head locks into 5 positions only, which is good but not enough. Being able to rotate it through more positions will increase the tool’s versatility.
|The blade is sharp and cuts through shrubs neatly.||It’s quite heavy.|
|It’s budget friendly.|
8. Garcare GPHT07 Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Max Shaft Length: 9.2 ft, Blade Size: 20 inches, Cutting Angles: 6, Weight: 10.6 lbs, Power Source: Corded Electric.
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 total length of 9.2 ft when fully extended.
That overall length of 9.2 ft increases your reach and enables you to trim and shape tall hedges in your yard without a ladder.
You can extend and lock the pole at the exact length you’re okay with, allowing you to work at a height you’re comfortable with or according to the size of the shrubs you want to trim.
The trimmer head is 20 inches long, which is quite broad, enabling you to cover a wide area in one pass.
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 shifted and locked into 6 different angles so you can use it comfortably.
Powering the whole setup is a 4.3 Amps motor which drives the blades.
Overall, I believe the Garcare GPHT07 features everything you need to take care of tall overgrown hedges and keep them in good shape and condition.
|The blade is sharp and cuts neatly.||Difficult to handle when fully extended|
|Build quality is good. It’s not flimsy.|
Frequently Asked Questions
If your hedges have thick branches, what you should consider when choosing a trimmer is the cutting capacity of its blades.
Some blades have a cutting capacity of 5/8 inches, while some may be more than that. The greater the cutting capacity, the thicker the branches it can cut through. So, always check the cutting capacity to choose the one suitable for your project.
When fully extended, the trimmer’s overall length determines how much reach you have with tall hedges. Telescoping trimmers come in various sizes and extensions from 6 feet to 9 feet.
You have to consider the size of the hedges you want to cut and how tall they might be in the future so that you can choose one that you can continue to use not just now but later on.
All three options are great, depending on your personal preferences and situation. If you get a cordless unit, all you have to worry about is charging the battery. They’re also more portable and produce no noise and fumes during use. The battery, however, runs down, and you need time to recharge it.
Corded units also produce no fuel and fumes during use but could be more portable. To cover a long area, you need a long extension cord, or you can connect it to a closer power outlet.
There are gas-powered telescopic hedge trimmers as well. They’re more powerful and run for as long as you want, but they require more maintenance. They’re also quite noisy and produce fumes.
Turning on a cordless and corded unit only requires plugging in the battery or an extension cord and pressing a trigger or switch. On the other hand, starting a gas-powered unit does require more effort. First, you have to pull the start cord until you hear the engine start up. Then you can trim with it.
All 3 options have advantages and disadvantages. You have to consider them and choose what you’re most comfortable with.
Both corded and cordless units require little to no maintenance. You only need to remember to oil the blades before and after use.
Gas-powered units require some engine maintenance. The blades also need to be oiled as well.
The most straightforward answer is No. Although it can, it’s not meant for cutting lawn grasses. You can get a string trimmer or lawn mower for that.