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Makita EN7350SH One-Sided Hedge Trimmer – 4-stroke


Why do you want a one-sided hedge trimmer? I’m glad you asked that. Let me explain. If your lawn care route or landscaping needs include maintaining deep hedges, then the Makita EN7350SH one-sided hedge trimmer may be the perfect tool.

Around Central and South Florida we have many communities with low and deep hedges. These hedges manicure properties, often offering boundaries for individual owners or even neighborhoods. Some examples of these hedges are Boxwood, Ficus, and even Viburnum, just to name a few. These hedges offer many square feet of coverage. With a lot of coverage, comes a lot of maintenance, hence many hours of trimming and picking out debris. If all the debris is not removed, then you’re dealing with unsightly dead foliage on the tops of the hedges. Property owners aren’t too fond of this, especially if you’re working in Isleworth or South Beach.

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Makita EN7350SH Hedge Trimmer Features

With the Makita EN7350SH hedge trimmer, you get a long reach and a chip receiver – a plastic scoop that collects the fresh clippings. The EN7350SH has a 30-inch one-sided, oscillating cutting area. On the opposite side of the blades is the scoop. So, as the 30-inch choppers, oscillating at 4,200 SPM, cut down the new growth, the fallen timbers are collected neatly in the scoop. With one motion, the user makes the cut and then flings it into the yard. Fallen debris can then be easily raked and collected, rather than painstakingly picked from the hedge.

Makita EN7350SH Debris Collector

Makita EN7350SH Debris Collector

MM4 4-stroke Performance

Dual Stage Air Filter

Dual Stage Air Filter

Powering the 30-inch one-sided hedge trimmer is the Makita MM4 4-stroke 25.4 cc engine. Even without the rpm and excessive noised 2-stoke, the Makita 4-stroke puts out 1.1hp. This music to the ears. The EN7350SH includes a 30″ single-sided blade for a range of trimming applications. No pre-mix is needed, so it’s straight unleaded gasoline in the fuel tank. Typical engine oil lubes the internals, and it is required to add 100 cc of oil to the crankcase before the first start. After this, recommended oil changes are every 100 hours. With the translucent oil-fill spout, it’s easy to see the “Low” and “Max” level for the oil, without removing the cap.

We covered the MM4 Technology in another post, and it’s worth a read.

Not only is the MM4 4-stroke more efficient, it’s also built for commercial use. With no premix added, there’s no worry about adding the right amount of oil, and you save on the cost. Furthermore, included in the Makita EN7350SH one-sided hedge trimmer is a dual-stage air filter. Large sealing areas keep dust and debris from passing the filter, and it’s easily accessible without tools.

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Horsepower and efficiency are not the only important factors. Makita realizes that starting combustion engines is also important. Built in the Makita MM4 4-stokes is Mechanical Automatic Engine Decompression for quicker and easier starts.

Splined Shaft

Splined Shaft

Shaft and Hardware

New, in the box, the Makita EN7350SH comes in two pieces, but assembly is a very simple procedure. The internal steel shaft includes a solid metal splined stick-out from the engine side, mating with the splined female end on the cutting-blade side. The shaft is pre-greased, so all you have to do is insert the shaft and reinstall the included Torx head screws. A T-handle wrench is included as well, which also works as the spark-plug wrench.

Ergonomics

While the Makita EN7350SH one-sided hedge trimmer is not light, weighing in at 14.7 lbs., you do have to realize it has a 30-inch cutting swath. This is potentially doing the work of two typical hedge trimmers. Even more efficient than two, if you realize the use of the scoop.

Throttle Controls

Throttle Controls

The internal steel drive shaft not only adds in durability, but it also offers less vibration, making it easier on the operator. A molded throttle assembly along with a wide trigger reduces fatigue, hence increasing comfort. The auxiliary or secondary, handle is adjustable per the user’s needs.

Final Thoughts

We currently have this Makita EN7350SH one-sided hedge trimmer in the field for review and testing, as we read. The results will be here soon, as we compile our Pro’s likes and dislikes, along with specific data. It sure seems that Makita fills a big niche with this one-sided trimmer and scoop. While Central and South Florida have a lot for this trimmer to test, we’re confident other parts of the country can use the same. Our in-house testing before going in the field was thumbs-up, and we’ll keep you posted with the final results.

Oil Fill

Oil Fill

Makita EN7350SH One-Sided Hedge Trimmer Specifications

Makita MM4 Motor

Makita MM4 Motor

  • Engine Displacement (cc): 25.4 cc
  • Engine (HP): 1.1
  • HPBlade Length: 30″
  • Blade Speed: 4,200 SPM
  • Fuel Type: Unleaded gas
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.3 oz.
  • Crank Case Capacity: 2.7 oz.
  • Overall Length: 76-3/4″
  • Dry Weight: 14.7 lbs.
  • Blade Configuration: Single-sided
  • Power Type: 4-stroke gas
  • User Type: Professional
  • Shipping Weight: 20 lbs.

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