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Monday, August 29, 2016

What to Do to Improve the Performance of Your Hedge Trimmer

Is your hedge trimmer not cutting as well as it normally does? Are twigs getting caught in the blades? Are branches not being cut evenly? There can be a variety of reasons for blades on hedge trimmers not cutting properly. Here, we show you how to find and eliminate the cause.

If your hedge trimmer isn’t cutting properly, you should take a close look at the cut on the branch as well as the blades on the trimmer.

1. Branches are getting caught
If branches or twigs are getting caught between the blades when trimming, blocking the blades and preventing the branches from being cut, or stopping the blade from moving altogether, this is because the space between the upper blade and the lower blade has increased. This is caused by wear to the blades spacers over time. In this case, simply contact your STIHL dealer and arrange for the spacers to be replaced.

2. The branches are frayed
If the cut on the branch is uneven and frayed, this suggests that the blades are blunt and need to be re-sharpened. When sharpening the blades, it is crucial to retain the correct cutting angle. Even pros can’t get the perfect angle just by looking at the blades.

If you want a perfectly sharpened blade, your best bet is to contact your STIHL dealer. They can sharpen the blades using their sharpening machines. This makes for a perfect result.

If you don’t want to interrupt your gardening work, you can also try sharpening the blades yourself.  Check out our blog article Sharpening your hedge trimmer yourself.