What to do when your hedge trimmer isn’t cutting properly?

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.

STIHL hedgetrimmer

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 upper blade and the lower blade have become detached. 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” to find out how.

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2 thoughts on “What to do when your hedge trimmer isn’t cutting properly?

  1. Dear Sir,

    I have the FR130T Brush Cutter which I purchased in Italy last year. Having moved to the UK , I am now trying to find one of your Agents that will supply a Hedge Trimmer attachment to fit the unit.

    Can you please advise which of your Agents in Pembrokeshire will have this accessory?

    Thanking you in anticipation,

    1. Hello Ian Fyles,
      Thank you for your comment.
      On our website, you will find more information about the hedge trimmer attachment for the FR 130 T: http://www.stihl.co.uk/STIHL-Products/KombiSystem-and-MultiSystem/KombiTools/212931-1482/HL-KM-0.aspx.
      Your local STIHL representative will help you to order the hedge trimmer attachment. You can find your local STIHL dealer here: http://www.stihl.co.uk/dealer-locator.aspx#r=stage-teaser.
      Best regards,
      your STIHL team

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