How to Choose Your Blade
Blade length, the number of sides and the spacing of teeth helps determine the types of cuts you can make with your hedge trimmer.
Long vs. Short
Long blades make it easier to trim quickly and evenly, but also make the trimmer heavier and more difficult to wield. Short blades are ideal for beginners because they’re easier to manipulate. A short blade is also perfect for small hedges, shrubs or more intricate work.
Single or Double-Sided
Single-sided blades are ideal for beginners because they’re safer to operate; you simply keep the cutting edge faced away from you. Double-sided blades require more attention and experience. It makes landscaping work quicker and also provides more versatility and shaping ability.
The distance between teeth on the blade determines the size of the branch it can cut. A ¾-inch gap between teeth is the most common option because it works on most hedges. If your yard has huge hedges with thick branches, one-inch spacing on the blade would be most effective. For small or delicate shrubs and bushes, choose a blade with 3/8-inch spacing.