Hedge trimmers powered by gas engines are one of three different types you can buy along with corded electric or cordless.
The main advantage of gas trimmers is that they provide the most power of the three types. They also give you maximum range and a longer run time than cordless versions.
The downside is that power comes at a cost. They are the most expensive type ranging from about $150-$300. They also are the loudest, heaviest, and require the most maintenance.
We recommend a gas powered model for those of you have heavy-duty requirements like a professional operation or someone who has a large property with thick branches to trim back. Below we review our top 5 best gas hedge trimmers.
We chose the $300 Tanaka TCH22EBP2 as the best gas powered hedge trimmer. This thing is commercial grade starting with its 21.1cc 2-cycle engine designed for ultimate reliability and durability. Quick and easy starts come from a purge bulb and S-Start which reduces the amount of pull force it takes to start the engine by 50%. It has 24-inch long dual reciprocating blades that can chop through branches up to 3/4″ without a problem. The rear handle adjusts to 5 different positions for maximum comfort during use. Weighing 10.3 pounds it is also backed up by a 2 year commercial or 7 year consumer warranty.
Since it is tied for the most expensive model on our list, unless you truly need a commercial quality unit then you could choose a cheaper model.
One of the highest rated and best-selling gas models on HomeDepot.com is the Echo HC-152 which sells for $289. New users all seem to agree how much faster their trimming job takes to complete now thanks to this Echo compared to an electric version. With its 21.2cc 2-cycle engine and hardened steel blades it has plenty of power and cutting ability to easily trim through any branches up to 1/2-inch thick. It weighs 11.8 lbs so it can get a bit heavy with lots of use.
The cheapest gas powered hedge trimmer of the top 5 is the $170 Poulan Pro PP2822. Its 28cc 2-cycle engine starts very easily and provides the power to handle up to 3/4″ thick branches, although it does best with anything under a half-inch. It also has a rotating handle that makes it easier to use to get into tight spaces.
There are two main negatives of the PP2822. First it is heavy at 15.8 pounds. Secondly, when holding it right-handed in just the right position it blows exhaust back into your face. It might take some time to get used to holding it in a way so that you wont be getting blasted by the exhaust. Despite those cons, overall it is still a quality power trimmer at an affordable price.
The Husqvarna 122HD60 costs $300. It has a 21.7cc 2-cycle engine and heavy duty 24-inch long blades that can handle branches up to 4/5 of an inch. The rear handle is adjustable and it also has very good anti-vibration dampeners which really helps reduce fatigue in your hands and arms.
This might be the best performing trimmer in the top 5, however one common complaint from buyers caused us to ding the rating a bit. Several users have said that the fuel return line can degrade and should be replaced, although some have had no issues at all.
At $250 the Husqvarna 122HD45 is very similar to the 122HD60, but has 18 inch long blades instead of 24. It has a 21.7 cc motor that is relatively quiet for a 2-cycle. At just over 10 pounds it is not too heavy either and user also like the fact that the exhaust vent to the front. It cuts very cleanly and fast with a cutting capacity of 4/5″.
When working it is a solid performer, however again some users complained about the construction quality including the faulty fuel line.