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Trimming the Hedges: Best Home Landscaping Tools


July 17, 2013 Buying Guides By
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One of the “luxuries” of being a home owner is having a yard — having the space to grill, garden, and maybe even build a moat (it is your castle, after all). Sadly, that yard is just waiting for you to turn your back so it can start creeping and growing past its carefully manicured boundaries. You need an arsenal to fight back; luckily, the weapons are a lot of fun, one of the many stress-relieving, get-it-done perks of being a man. Below are just the tools to help your yard from turning into a Discovery Channel episode of “Life after People”.

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Gas Powered

Typically they’re more powerful, don’t need cords and last as long as you’ve got gas in the shed. But that gas isn’t cheap these days, they aren’t very clean on the emissions front, and the racket they make can drive your neighbors nuts.

Husqvarna 450 E Series Chain Saw

When it comes time to clear some trees or hack up that one that came down over the winter, a good chain saw will be a must. Husqvarna is the choice of many top arborists, and their 450E will be more than enough saw for you. Its X-Torq engine saves gas and has 60% lower emissions than competitors, helping both your pocket and the environment. Be sure to get the requisite chaps and eye/ear protection.

ECHO GT-225 Commercial String Trimmer

It runs hard and comes with a five-year warranty. Weeds will quiver knowing that you own it.

Stihl SH 86 C-E Blower

Stihl is another go-to brand for professional landscapers and arborists. Their SH C-E is a shredder vac that converts to a blower depending on your leaf annihilating needs. Four-spring anti-vibration technology and soft grips will leave you actually able to crack a cold one when the job’s done.

Honda 21-inch Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Deck Mower GCV190

This Honda doesn’t just have a variable self propulsion drive train that either saves or cheats you of a leg workout. Its twin blades have seven different height settings to allow you that backyard putting green you’ve always wanted. Most conveniently, it features Honda’s 4-in-1 Versamow system to provide mulching, bagging, discharge, and leaf shredding.

Snapper NXT2346 Lawn Tractor

When the yard is just too big for a push mower, or you just want to sit down while getting that perfect basketweave pattern in your lawn, the lawn tractor is the only way to go. Snapper’s NXT2346 is truly the luxury end of the lawn tractors. It has three blades that’ll level 46 inches at a pass, an infinitely variable transmission so you don’t have worry about shifting, and push button start. 23 horsepower makes it no slouch, either. We were unable to confirm whether it has a cup holder… but that’s an easy mod, really.

Poulan Pro PP2822 Dual Sided Hedge Trimmer

The Pro PP2822 from Poulan will finally allow you to get those hedges under control. Its 28cc engine and 22-inch blade are more than enough for most domestic jobs. A new swivel position handle allows for a “more comfortable and secure grip”, always a good thing.

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