Hedge cutter kaput? in Maintenance help Posted September 3, 2019 · Report reply I've got a stihl long reach hedge cutter that I've had since I first started up, after tons of use it's finally died today. I did notice it's sounded a bit rattly over the last few weeks however while on full chat there was a bit of a ping then it cut out. When you pull the starter there seems zero compression at all, I've fiddled with it and the only thing I noticed was a few small shards of metal above the piston & cylinder. I've looked allover for where it's come off and can't find it anywhere. Any ideas what went wrong? Worth fixing?