Edit2: I think I've over estimated the height of the hedge a bit. I think I should've used feet instead of height. Sorry for the confusion. But I thinks for eqveryone's helpful suggestions, I'm leaning towards a hedge trimmer and a hiring a professional in the future.
Edit: a bit more info:The tree is roughly 25-30m tall and over 10m wide (overgrown branches). The hedge is massive: runs basically half the length of property/fence (I'm guessing around 25m[?] long and is 20m tall: much higher than toppf roof. Hedge is giant and is pushing against deviding fence (inward towards my side of fence, if that makes sense). Every time the wind blows the fence creaks loudly. I called the council and told them it could be a fire hazard and they said they couldn't help me "because [your] neighbors aren't doing anything illegal".
Could someone please recommend a decent chainsaw (brand and model) that is easy and not too heavy (light enough) for a woman to use? I've never used one before and would appreciate any suggestions. Max budget is probably around $250. Anything reliable and is a of decent quality and has a good warranty/customer service is preferable. Also what other gear/equipment do I need besides protection glasses, ear muffs and gloves)?
My husband is no longer with us and there are a lot of odd chores and other stuff I need to attend to (namely the neighbours overgrown trees/hedges which they refuse to trim which is growing into my yard). Paying someone/some people to do it is just way too expensive for me currently and I figured doing myself is cheaper (though probably more dangerous). I've asked my next door neighbor (he owns the overgrown trees and hedges) though he wants to charge me $1200 for it. Friends either don't have a chainsaw or don't want to do it.
Are there such things as a mini chainsaw (half the regular saw/blade) side? I don't have much upper body strength and need one that is light-trees and hedges are way too high. Hedges are around 20m high, I'd guess. Much higher than the tip of a roof. Any information would be appreciated, thanks in advance.