Someone was asking about DIY hair trimmers so I thought why not ask about hedge trimmers, after all there must be some gardeners on this forum. Basically I have a very tall (4M) leylandii hedge and I've decided I need a petrol long reach trimmer. The problem is that its difficult to compare the total reach of each trimmer from the specifications as they are all described differently. Some specifications describe the overall length of the trimmer while others describe the length of the shaft etc. I'm also keen to get a reasonable quality trimmer as I don't want it breaking down in a couple of years.