When talking about the difference between an electric and a gas powered hedge trimmer we are really talking about the difference between the Terminator and Arnold Schwarzenegger. An electric hedge trimmer is a very good tool and it will get the job done, but if you want real brute force and do not care about the consequences that much, then you have to go with a gas powered hedge trimmer. Gas powered hedge trimmers are noisier than the electric ones, and on average are more expensive, but they can go through any type of hedge with ease, that is why they are not even rated on how thick the branches they can go through need to be. They also never lose power and you do not have to worry about properly storing and taking care of the battery. You have to make sure not to store them over winter with the gas still inside, but that is really the only thing that you need to worry about. So, in our search for the best gas hedge trimmer we did take the price into consideration, but we focused more on the power output and the reliability of the product. So make sure to scroll past the following list where we give you our top 5 best choices on the market, and read the in depth reviews we have prepared because it is there that you are going to find how the 3 factors we already mentioned blend in to create the best choice for a wide category of potential shoppers.
1. Poulan Pro PP2822 Gas Powered Dual Sided Hedge Trimmer
There are very few good quality gas hedge trimmers that even come close in terms of price to their electric counterparts, because gas powered tools are so much more expensive, but the Poulan Pro PP2822 Gas Powered Dual Sided Hedge Trimmer actually does a rally good job of it. With a 22 inches blade it is actually a giant among most electric trimmers samples, and it with its 28 cc motor it is one of the more powerful hedge trimmers on the market. In terms of noise we found it to be one of the more silent gas powered hedge trimmers, although you will definitely need to use some sort of sound protection gear if you are going to use it for long periods of time. The blade is, of course, double sided so you can trim both ways and it really does go through hedges at a speed that is simply unattainable by electric hedge trimmers, without any notice of loss in power regardless of how thick the branches may be.
2. Weed Eater GHT225 Gas-Powered Hedge Trimmer
There is an even more affordable solution on the market today in the form of the Weed Eater GHT225 Gas-Powered Hedge Trimmer. It has a 25 cc motor, so it is not quite as powerful as the Poulan we have already mentioned, but it is still a much more powerful trimmer than anything that is electric powered. In fact if at one end you would have the most powerful electric hedge trimmer and at the other you would have the Poulan, the Weed Eater would be about 80% of the way to the Poulan side, so, considering its low price point, we would consider this a much better choice for the private user. The blade is double sided and measures 22 inches with a very comfortable vibration free handle that actually makes this a tool almost as comfortable to use as any electric tool. Still, if you are a professional that uses often hedge trimmers we would encourage you to go either with the Poulan.
3. Husqvarna 966532302 Double Sided Homeowner Hedge Trimmer
In any branch of the power tools market there is an area of high end products that cost a lot more than the rest and that can be very difficult to argue for. However, Husqvarna is a name that stands on its own as a very impressive manufacturer so, even as a private user, you may want to consider the Husqvarna 966532302 Double Sided Homeowner Hedge Trimmer if you can afford it. It is a much more silent gas hedge trimmer than anything we have looked at; the burning process is much more complete and it is protected behind several layers of filters so you get a lot less smell of burned fuel when using it. The blade itself is much shorter at 18 inches and the motor is only 21.7 but that makes this a much lighter tool and, because of the way in which it was put together, it goes through any type of hedge with the greatest of ease.
4. Husqvarna 122HD60 Dual Action Gas Hedge Trimmer
Just as the private home owner has an excellent, although pricy choice from Husqvarna, the professional landscape artist also has the option of buying the Husqvarna 122HD60 Gas Hedge Trimmer. It has several features that really make it stand out from the crowd including a suction system that eliminates the air from the carburetor and the fuel lines so that the motor starts easily and promptly every time. There is also the fact that the anti vibration system is very well put together so you do not get any feedback from the functioning of the motor or of the trimmer blade itself.
5. Factory-Reconditioned Ryobi ZRRY39500 Gas Hedge Trimmer
Finally, there is one more option that you need to consider if you are a landscape artist but are just at the start of your career. As the name itself suggests the Factory-Reconditioned Ryobi ZRRY39500 Gas Hedge Trimmer is a second hand unit but it was reconditioned by the manufacturer so it works just as new. Ryobi is one of the biggest competitors for Husqvarna so the quality of this hedge trimmer is undeniable. It has a very impressive 26 cc motor and a 22 inch blade, so it is more than enough for any type of job you might have for it. The carburetor system is quite impressive, and makes starting the motor just as easy as if you were holding a brand new Ryobi or a Husqvarna.