How to sharpen hedge trimmer blades quickly and safely in 4 easy steps

Person trimming a hedge with a hedge trimmer
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Knowing how to sharpen hedge trimmer blades correctly is the best way to restore them to their former glory and give you the clean cut that you used to get when you first bought them. The more you use your hedge trimmer the more they will lose their edge, however well you clean and maintain them.

You can give them a wipe down and an oil to help stop their teeth tearing at your hedge and leaving it exposed to the possibility of disease, but even the best hedge trimmers will eventually need to be sharpened to stop stress on the motor and keep them in good working order. 

Steve Jenkins

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He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

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