If you need a longer blade for trimming wide and tall bushes, the Makita UH6350 25" Electric Hedge Trimmer has a 25-inch blade. For added safety, both hands must be on the handles to activate the blade, and it has a see-through hand guard. Although it requires dealing with an extension cord, the short pigtail cord and hook keeps strain off the connection, so it doesn't easily unplug. The manufacturer says it can handle branches up to 9/16 of an inch in diameter. It weighs about eight pounds, and one user complaint is that it feels too heavy.
The Makita UH6350 25" Electric Hedge Trimmer is recommended in a review at GaltTech.com, which appears to be based on consumer feedback. A few reviewers at Amazon.com also provide an owner's perspective.
The Makita UH6350 hedge trimmer is sold at Amazon.com, where owners can write reviews about products they purchased. It receives an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars from nine owners. The consensus is that it cuts well, though one woman says it's too heavy for her.
Review: Makita UH6350 Commercial Grade 25-Inch 4.6 Amp Electric Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Oct. 2011
Editors at GaltTech.com recommend the Makita 25" Electric Hedge Trimmer UH6350 based on their research of reviews online. Owners say it vibrates less than other hedge trimmers and is safer because both hands must be on the handles to activate the blade.
Review: Hedge Trimmer Reviews and Buying Guide, Editors of GaltTech.com