Battery-powered hedge trimmers
50′ (2.5 Ah), 70′ (5.0 Ah) Compatible batteries: Bi 2,5 EF, Bi 5,0 EF Motor type: Brushed Blade pitch: 20 mm Sound pressure/power level: 81.4/90 dB(A) Lh/rh vibration level: Compare this product Remove from comparison tool
cordless hedge trimmer GE-CH 36/65 Li-Solo
and without restriction in the workshed and garden tool products from this series. The cordless hedge trimmer is powered by two 18 V batteries. It cuts.
cordless hedge trimmer GC-CH 1846 Li-Solo
1846 Li cordless hedge trimmer is an efficient tool which thanks to its low weight and handy size provides good service for the trimming of hedges, shrubs and bushes.
cordless hedge trimmer GC-CH 18/40 Li Solo
Einhell cordless hedge trimmer GC-CH 18/40 Li Solo combines power and flexibility: As a member of the Einhell Power X-Change family, the hedge trimmer.
cordless hedge trimmer SHT 700 AE
Powerful, continuous cutting is the hallmark of the SHT 700 cordless hedge trimmer. When driven by the suggested 48V 2Ah battery, this robust hedge trimmer.
battery-powered hedge trimmer 520iHE3
The Husqvarna 520iHE3 battery pole hedge trimmer combines petrol performance with zero emissions and extremely quiet operation. With up to 3.5m reach, high cutting speed and Husqvarna.
cordless hedge trimmer HSA 26
and compact cordless shrub shears with shrub cutter to trim and maintain smaller, evergreen hedges and small-leaved ornamental trees. Shrub cutter with optimised STIHL cutter geometry for an optimum.
cordless hedge trimmer 51491
dual action cutting system reduces vibration. 20% Thicker Blade The 40V hedge trimmer has a 20% thicker blade than the 20V hedge trimmer. T90 Battery.
battery-powered hedge trimmer AY-600 CS BAT
620 mm. Cutting length: 600 mm. Cutting diameter:28 mm. Handlebar: Pivot 5 positions Blade protection: in steel Brake: electric Approximate weight: 5,7 kg.
battery-powered hedge trimmer ECO 443
related to the electric autonomy of the Hedge trimmer ECO 443. From today, the noise and emissions issued by a classic equipment are put out of mind. Without effort and fuel consumption.
battery-powered hedge trimmer RAPTOR series
Cutting length: 600, 750 mm
The edge trimmer is operated by the Raptor system DRIVE.S, equipped with the latest generation electronics, unique in the market with Activa control system (patented) combined with high-capacity battery.
battery-powered hedge trimmer SXDHT82K,SXDHT82
The Snapper XD battery powered hedge trimmer combines a Briggs Stratton 82V Lithium-Ion battery with a high-efficiency brushless motor to reach a.
battery-powered hedge trimmer
Cutting length: 190 cm. 253 cm
other while delivering the maximum power in the cutting phase. The battery charge is also electronically controlled, avoiding deep discharge and extending the operational life of the battery itself. The.
battery-powered hedge trimmer Ergolift Elephant trunk
The Ergolift is your help for trimming without much effort. The spring activated winch helps you lift your hedge trimmer.
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Best Cordless Hedge Trimmer Reviews for 2023
When considering switching to battery power from gas or corded power, a cordless hedge trimmer makes for a good place to start. These tools do not require as much power as mowers and chainsaws. Rather, they can operate for an extended period of time without needing a large battery. The best cordless hedge trimmer models (many of which we’ve reviewed) make the transition seamless. They also eliminate the hassles associated with gas engines and extension cords.
Types of Hedge Trimmers
You can find four main types of cordless hedge trimmers. Each has its own unique benefits and some property owners may find that they need more than one style. This article focuses on the traditional design, but many of the recommended brands below offer more than one model.
- Traditional hedge trimmer: Uses forward/backward reciprocating blades to cut branches as you sweep the trimmer side-to-side
- Pole hedge trimmer: Places the traditional hedge trimmer knives on an extension pole—allowing for greater reach
- Articulating pole hedge trimmer: These tools feature a pivoting head. With it, you can angle the blades to trim under, over, and/or across hedges
- Grass shears/topiary trimmer: This “short” hedge trimmer uses traditional or side-to-side shears. These let you shape hedges more precisely than other designs
While many pole hedge trimmers ship as standalone tools, others function as accessories to a multi-head attachment system.
Cordless Hedge Trimmer Buying Guide – What We Look For
Power Source and Motor
You might be purchasing a cordless hedge trimmer as your first piece of battery-powered lawn equipment. If so, it’s important to pay attention to the battery platform you choose. While 18V/20V max models may be attractive due to their reduced weight, they may not provide the necessary power for other tools such as string trimmers, blowers, and mowers. If you don’t mind managing multiple batteries and chargers, this may not be an issue for you.
On the other hand, if you value the convenience of using a single set of batteries for all your equipment, consider opting for a more robust battery platform. Most often, the battery-powered lawnmower is what determines the starting point for the platform and brand you want.
Makita uses the same batteries for their 18V and 18V X2 products. Similarly, DeWALT FlexVolt batteries also work with their 20V Max tools. That lets you run certain outdoor power equipment at higher voltage while retaining at least some backward compatibility with your 18V/20V handheld power tools.
Hedge trimmers are one of the tools that can be highly effective with a brushed motor. However, we still recommend the benefits of a brushless motor if it’s within your budget.
You might have to hold your cordless hedge trimmer at chest level (or higher) for an extended period, depending on the height of your hedges. A heavy trimmer can cause fatigue in your arms. We recommend selecting one that carries the least weight for the power you need to get the work done. This makes a typically difficult task more manageable.
In addition to weight, it is important to consider vibration as you seek to reduce fatigue and increase comfort while using cordless hedge trimmers. We always prefer lower vibration, so if you can find a tool that offers both low weight and low vibration, consider that a solid choice.
Longer hedge trimmer blades (also known as knives) let you shape hedges more quickly. They can also help reduce the need to bend over to reach the base of ground-level hedges. A cutting length of 24 inches makes for a good baseline to consider. Some models offer 26 inches, and Makita even has a model with a cutting length of 30 inches. As an alternative to knife length, an articulating hedge trimmer helps with reach as well.
For most users, using a hedge trimmer with 3/4 inches of cutting capacity works for most applications. powerful models exist that cut branches up to 1 inch (or more in diameter). With that capacity, you begin entering the Pro models.
Price and Value
When looking for a hedge trimmer, the price is often the first thing people think about. You should also consider how well the trimmer works and whether the design meets your needs. Also, take into account any other tools you might want to use with it in the future. Between product compatibility and warranty/support, you stand to save a lot of money if you make the right upfront choice. For example, if you already have several cordless lawn care tools, you might want to buy the bare tool that uses those batteries.
Hedge Trimmer Features That Make It Easier to Use
- Dual-action knives
- Rotating head
- Tip guard (if you trim around screened enclosures or siding)
- Debris sweeper
- Hybrid AC or battery power
Best Cordless Hedge Trimmer Overall
Makita 18V LXT Hedge Trimmer XHU07
The Makita XHU07 18V hedge trimmer is a reliable and efficient tool that we frequently turn to for trimming. It runs on a single 18V battery, making it lightweight and easy to handle. We also tested it and found it exhibited some of the least vibration among the models we tested. Additionally, the XHU07 is part of Makita’s 18V X2 platform, so it can use the same 18V batteries found in their hand tools.
One of the features that we really appreciate about the XHU07 is the ability to rotate the handle for more comfortable cutting at different angles. The trimmer comes with 24-inch knives, but you can swap them out for 30-inch ones if desired. Or, you buy the XHU08 model which includes the 30-inch knives standard. The XHU07 also has a jam-clearing reverse function and a fast cutting speed of 4400 SPM with minimal vibration.
While the XHU07 presents a less budget-friendly option at 249 for the bare tool and 389 for a kit with two 5.0Ah batteries, it’s still a good investment. We actually use this tool and continue to find it one of our go-to products.
Best Cordless Hedge Trimmer for Homeowners
EGO 56V 26-inch Brushless Hedge Trimmer HT2601
EGO brought a new hedge trimmer into 2022, moving the performance to a higher level and taking over our top recommendation for homeowners. The HT2601 provides 1.2 inches of cut capacity across its 26-inch blades. The brushless motor drives those dual-action blades at 3400 SPM. With an overall knife length hitting 25 inches, you get a ton of reach. For even more versatility, a 180-degree rotating handle lets you trim the sides of hedges as easily as the tops.
As a kit, you can pick up this top-performing EGO hedge trimmer for 249. That price includes a 2.5Ah Arc Lithium battery and charger—along with a 5-year tool warranty.
Best Value Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Greenworks Pro 60V Brushless Hedge Trimmer
Greenworks emerged as a strong contender in the race for the best cordless hedge trimmer for homeowners, competing against Ryobi and EGO. It ultimately took the top spot for the best value, offering 26-inch knives, a top speed of 3200 SPM, a 1.2-inch cutting capacity, and a rotating handle.
The only downside is that we can find no bare tool option if you already use Greenworks 60V batteries. Get the tool as a kit with a 2.0Ah battery and charger for 219.
Best Budget Battery-Powered Hedge Trimmer
Skil PWRCore 40 Brushless Hedge Trimmer
Skil has gained a reputation for delivering impressive performance at affordable with their PWRCore 12 and PWRCore 20 power tool lines. Now, they seem to be bringing that same level of quality to their lawn care products.
The Skil PWRCore 40 brushless hedge trimmer serves as a prime example. This tool includes long 24-inch knives and cuts at up to 3000 strokes per minute. Despite weighing 8.5 pounds with the battery, we like the value of the HT4221-10 kit. Pick it up for around 159 with a 2.5Ah battery and a PWRJump fast charger.
Best Cordless Hedge Trimmers From Brands We Trust
Craftsman V20 20-inch Hedge Trimmer CMCHT810
With Craftsman shifting its FOCUS to the V20 platform, you have clearer options for cordless hedge trimmers. We find the Craftsman CMCHT810 a solid choice for those looking for a lightweight tool. It has 20-inch dual-action blades and a stroke length of 3/4 inches. It also weighs less than 8 pounds with the battery installed.
Craftsman adds a VersaTrack-compatible hook to the base of this tool. With that, you can hang it from the wall (even without the VersaTrack system). Since the blades only cut through branches less than an inch thick, you may have trouble with thicker bushes.
You can get this one at Lowe’s for 119 with a 1.5Ah battery and charger.
DeWALT 60V Max 26-Inch Hedge Trimmer DCHT870
The DeWALT DCHT870 is a powerful and capable tool for lawn care tasks that require cutting through branches over an inch thick. Its 3400 SPM speed and 1 1/4 inch cutting capacity, combined with its 26-inch knives, make it a valuable addition to the FlexVolt line of products.
However, it should be noted that the DCHT870 is on the heavier side, weighing 8.7 pounds without a battery. Even with the smallest FlexVolt battery, the total weight exceeds 10 pounds.
Pick this one up for 199 as a bare tool or 269 with a 2.0Ah/6.0Ah FlexVolt battery and charger.
Hart 40V 24-Inch Hedge Trimmer HLHT011VNM
The Hart 40V hedge trimmer kit offers a lot of features for its price point of 158. It includes a rotating handle, 24-inch knives, and a 1-inch cutting capacity, making it both efficient and well-designed. The kit also comes with a 2.5Ah battery and charger.
If you already have the 40V system, you can purchase the bare tool for 119. One potential drawback to consider is that this model is not brushless. However, for the price, it may be worth the trade-off.
Husqvarna 40V 24-Inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer 520iHD60
Husqvarna has a couple of battery hedge trimmers to choose from and their 520iHD60 is our pick for its combination of value and performance. This tool works well for both homeowners and professionals looking for a robust cordless hedge trimmer.
The blades move at a speed of 4000 SPM and you get a full 1-1/4 inch cutting capacity on those 24-inch blades. We also found this tool one of the more quieter models—just 78 decibels at your ear.
You can pick this one up for 449.99 as a bare tool from your favorite dealer. We’ve also seen kits around 699.99 that include a charger and a 5.2Ah battery.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel 24-Inch Hedge Trimmer 2726
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless hedge trimmer starts with a solid design. Sporting 24-inch blades with a 3/4-inch cutting capacity, they cut at a speed of 3400 SPM. Without the bells and whistles found on other trimmers, Milwaukee seems to have developed a simple design that stands the test of time. We would like to see a rotting handle, however.
You can find the Milwaukee 2726 hedge trimmer either online or in-store for 199 as a bare tool and 349 as a kit with an 8.0Ah High Output battery and charger.
Ryobi 40V HP Brushless 26-Inch Hedge Trimmer RY40640VNM
The Ryobi 40V HP Brushless hedge trimmer is a powerful tool with a 1-inch cutting capacity and longer 26-inch blades. It has a rotating handle and a HedgeSweep bar that helps clear away branches as you trim. In comparison to Ryobi’s previous 40V models, the tools in the 40V HP Brushless line have been significant improvements and have helped elevate the brand.
The kit comes with a 2.0Ah battery and charger for 279.
STIHL 36V 24-Inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer HSA 94 T
STIHL has several excellent choices for both homeowner and professional needs—though they lean towards those who value a dealer relationship. At the top of their lineup sits the HSA 94 R. This hedge trimmer has a higher capacity and 1.5-inch tooth spacing. You can also choose the HSA 94 T which provides more speed—up to 4700 SPM. It also shaves around a half pound. With two great choices, you can’t go wrong (but we still recommend going with the lighter-weight model!)
These professional-level tools aren’t cheap. Both of these STIHL cordless hedge trimmers retail for 549.99, and that’s before you add a battery or charger.
What About the Best Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer?
This article focuses on traditional hedge trimmers. However, there are plenty of cordless pole hedge trimmers, and we also really like articulating models that give you greater reach. You can find a majority of these products in our best attachment systems article.
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Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer: a decent buy for smaller hedges
We tested the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer on a variety of different hedges and found that it performed reasonably well in light to medium situations, but left a rougher finish than we would have liked to see. Still, it would be a useful machine for people with smaller hedges and lighter trimming tasks. We liked its simplicity and we thought the battery life was good.
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Greenworks might be one of the lesser-known brands of gardening tools, certainly compared to companies such as Bosch, or STIHL in the UK, but, like more well-known brands, they offer an extensive range of tools and gardening tools powered by their own 24V, 40V and 60V batteries. Interestingly, Greenworks actually started out making battery-powered tools, rather than moving into the area from mains electricity or petrol power.
This model is the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer, powered by Greenworks’ proprietary 24V battery and offers a 56cm cutting bar. This model is the smallest hedge trimmer in the Greenworks range and is aimed at users with smaller gardens and less demanding hedge-trimming needs. We expect that for a lot of people this will their first battery-powered hedge trimmer, if not their first hedge trimmer.
But how did this good-value buy stack up against some of the other best hedge trimmers on our list?
Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer: key product specs
Steve has a vast gardening knowledge and has written a huge number of practical gardening books. When he’s not writing, he can be found testing gardening tools in his own garden. Whether it’s putting the latest grass trimmer through its paces or cutting back a hedge with a cordless trimmer, he knows what makes a brilliant buy. Steve tested the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer several times, putting it through its paces on a number of different hedges. Find out how we test products at Gardeningetc if you want to learn more about the review process.
The Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer comes in a well-presented box that really makes use of the green in Greenworks in its graphic design. Photography on the box shows you the unit inside and the box is adorned with graphics explaining the varying features such as noise level and cutting width.
Interestingly, the box also shows the rest of the tools Greenworks supply to work on the same battery system. The number currently runs at 24 but, considering the competition in this market, we would not be surprised if that number expanded over the next few years.
Like many other hedge trimmers, the packaging is shaped to fit so there is very little space or excess packaging. Upon opening the box, you are greeted with the trimmer (with blade guard), a battery, a charger and quite a lot of paperwork. There is no assembly required at all with the product but you will need to charge the battery before you can use it.
The first impression you get from the hedge trimmer is that it is a solid, if slightly budget-feeling piece of equipment. The plastics feel a bit scratchy and they do look like they will mark up easily. However, nothing feels flimsy or poor quality and I had no worries about anything breaking as soon as we used it. It is pretty obvious that this hedge trimmer is not designed for toughest jobs but, to be fair, it doesn’t claim to be.
One final thought is that I was slightly disappointed to see a lot of single use plastic packaging. Other hedge trimmers I have tested had a lot less and I really think this is what every manufacturer should be working towards.
Getting started with the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer
The great thing about this hedge trimmer is there was no set-up. Just take it out of the box, remove the packing and the trimmer is ready to go. You will, however, need to charge the battery. My machine came with both a battery and charger but it’s always worth checking because some machines may be sold without. The charger is very compact and the battery clips onto it with a reassuring click. The charge time is pretty comparable to other machines I have tested, such as the Cobra H5024V cordless hedge trimmer.
Before turning on the machine, we would always recommend consulting the accompanying literature. In this case this consisted of two thick manuals, two large fold out sheets and two A4 sheets. Most of this is due information about other models or information in different languages, however there are the standard usage, safety and care instructions which are worth looking at. There were illustrations used and these were clear and easy to understand and I would be very surprised if anyone had a problem understanding the information presented.
There is a plastic cover over the cutting bar and this (obviously) needs to be removed before using the hedge trimmer. The cover is a single piece of moulded black plastic which slides on and off very easily and completely covers the blades.
One feature I do like about the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer is the red cutting bar, which lets you see exactly where it is, even in quite dense foliage. Painting it bright red probably doesn’t do anything to actually reduce accidents, but I did think that it made the machine feel more safety-conscious. There is no harm in reminding people which is the business end and that it can be very dangerous.
What it’s like to use the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer?
I thought that the handles on the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer were quite comfortable and would not present a problem, even with prolonged use. A feature I did like was the ability to rotate the handle in line with the blade when using the machine at a 90-degree angle. I thought that this was quite a clever feature and although I have seen similar rotation features on other machines, I have not seen it done in such as simple and clever way before.
The Greenworks G24HT56 is a relatively light machine and will suit users with less upper body strength, or anyone who doesn’t fancy wielding something too heavy. It will also be easier to use over a longer period than a weightier machine.
The biggest saving in weight comes from the relatively small battery. The Greenworks battery weighs 440g and offers 43.2Wh. For comparison, the battery that STIHL use weighs 775g and offers 72Wh. This is obviously a trade off and a smaller battery will run out of charge quicker, but what it does mean is that it is less to hold when you are using the trimmer. This again reinforces the argument that this is a machine that is far better suited to light use than heavy work. Something to consider if you’re new to using a hedge trimmer.
Another benefit to the battery is the fact the it slides under the main body of the machine. This makes the machine more user-friendly, because it balances the weight of the cutting bar. Trimmers such as the Ryobi 18V ONE cordless 50cm hedge trimmer have their battery located at the back of the handle and this can make for quite an unwieldy experience and makes the machine feel heavier than it actually is.
One point that I didn’t like about the machine was the noise level. The packaging boasts that it runs at 98db which, for context, is about as loud as a motorbike. This is not exceptionally loud and the STIHL is only 5db quieter, coming in at 93. The difference is the quality of the sound. The Greenworks has a much higher note and while you will (or should be) wearing ear defenders, it could be a very good way to alienate the neighbors on a Sunday morning if you are using it for any length of time.
Ease of use
I found this hedge trimmer very easy to use. In fact, there was not a single aspect of either set up or use that I would class as being difficult or even particularly challenging. I doubt many people will even look at the instruction manual before they start using it.
One small annoyance I did have with the machine was the raised line of nuts and bolts along the cutting bar. I found that they collected quite a bit of debris when compared to hedge trimmers such as the Cobra H5024V where the cutting bar is smooth.
I found the guard on the front of the Greenworks G24HT56 that separates the handles from the cutting bar to be very useful. It is large enough to direct falling debris away from your hands without feeling like it is causing any kind of obstruction. I would have also like to see a guard along the cutting bar to sweep away clippings like Ryobi offer on its hedge trimmers.
In terms of ease of use, one area where a hedge trimmer like this will always score well is its power source. Battery powered machines are far safer and more convenient than machines powered by mains electricity. There is no cord to trip over and there is no need to worry about how far away the nearest plug is when you’re trimming your hedge plants. You also eliminate the risk of cutting through the wire, although the risk of this is far lower than it would be with a lawn mower. A lack of heat, vibration and exhaust means that it wins out against a petrol powered machine as well.
Unfortunately, the trade-off here is that a battery-powered machine may not be as powerful as a mains powered or petrol machine, nor will it run for as long. However, for ease and comfort, most users will find it a far more pleasant experience.
Another thing I liked about the battery is the way the charge readout is very accessible. The way the battery attaches means that the readout is easy to see at the back of the machine.
The main additional feature to consider with the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer is an extra battery. This is simply because it is easier to switch between batteries rather than keep stopping every time you need to charge up again. This is not a comment on the run time of the machine, it’s simply the nature of battery powered tools.
Aside from that, there were no products that Greenworks specifically mentioned as being related to the hedge trimmer. Of course, if you don’t already have them, we would recommend that you pick up some sturdy gardening gloves, safety goggles and ear defenders (available from Amazon). A good broom to sweep up your hedge clippings probably wouldn’t hurt either!
How does the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer rate?
We did not find a huge number of online user reviews of the Greenworks G24HT56 cordless hedge trimmer. The slightly smaller model seems to be far more popular. However, there were a limited number of reviews on the Greenworks site.
The hedge trimmer was given a 4.8 out of 5 from 19 reviews, all of which gave it 4 or 5 stars. The main areas of praise were the battery life and how light weight the machine was. One user complained that he had mistakenly bought one without a battery or a charger, so it is always worth checking before purchase.
I thought that this was slightly better than the conclusion I had reached and I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I thought that this was an adequate machine for people with small gardens and who only need something for light use. However, I was not particularly pleased with the finish it left and there was more tearing than from the equivalent Cobra model. I would recommend it for light maintenance rather than renovation, but think it will probably suit people who want something lightweight and easy-to-use.
I also deducted marks for the lack of a safety cut-off switch. This should be an essential component on a potentially dangerous product like this. Companies such as STIHL and Cobra fit these to their models and I really do think that this should standard across the board.
As I often say with the reviews, you should never view a product like this is isolation. If you are buying into a proprietary battery system you need to make sure you like the other tools in the range. In the case of Greenworks, I think you should also consider their other battery ranges and see which you think will suit your needs over the long term.
How to Buy a Hedge Trimmer
Trimming your hedges and trees is a lot of work. If you try to get it done with shears, you’ll find yourself spending a significant amount of time and wearing yourself out needlessly. One simple purchase can make a huge difference in how much time and energy the job takes, and most people who make the investment are glad they did.
Hedge trimmers allow you to get your hedges and shrubs looking just right without it taking up too much time or energy. The right hedge trimmer makes the work efficient, safe, and fast. If you’ve realized it’s time to invest in a hedge trimmer, or you’re ready to replace one that’s getting old, here are the main things you need to know to find the right one for you.
Survey Your Yard
The first thing you need to do before starting your search is to really give your yard a close look. Finding the right hedge trimmer for you will require having a good idea of:
- The type of hedges you’ll be using it on.
- The height and thickness of those hedges.
- How accessible they are – are they close to walls or the fence, for instance?
- The size of your yard.
These factors will play a significant role in figuring out the right size and level of power you’ll need from your hedge trimmer. If you have a large yard and big hedges, a more powerful model will make the work move faster. If your hedges are located close to a fence, you may appreciate a shorter hedge trimmer that’s easier to maneuver in the tight spaces. Finding the right hedge trimmer largely depends on the job you’ll be doing.
Types of Hedge Trimmers
Hedge trimmers can have one of two power sources: electricity or gas. Your first big decision in choosing a hedge trimmer is which type of power you prefer.
For most home users, electric hedge trimmers will be the best choice. They’re more lightweight and thus easier to use. They’re more affordable. They’re quieter. And they’re easier to start and maintain than gas models. The main area where electric hedge trimmers fall short is when it comes to power, for especially big or tough trimming jobs, the work will be slower and more difficult than with a gas hedge trimmer.
Electric hedge trimmers come in either corded or cordless options. With a corded hedge trimmer, you’ll have to do deal with extension cords as you work and stay within a set distance from the outlet the whole time, which is inconvenient. Corded hedge trimmers make the work easier as you can go as far from the outlet as you need, don’t have to trail cords behind you, and can use the trimmer for as long as the battery charge lasts.
If you have a larger yard with big hedges, then a gas hedge trimmer may be worth the buy. They cost more, weigh more, and are harder to use (especially for beginners), but they can take on tougher jobs faster. If you’ll be using your hedge trimmer for commercial purposes, or if you have hedges that are particularly large, thick, or unruly, then a gas hedge trimmer will make the work easier.
Note: If you’re new to hedge trimmers, start with an electric hedge trimmer. They’re easier to maneuver and safer to use when you’re getting the hang of things. If you find the electric hedge trimmer isn’t powerful for your needs after you’ve become adept at using it, then consider upgrading to gas.
Factors to Consider When Buying Hedge Trimmers
Once you’ve determined the needs of your particular yard and figured out the best type to go with, you’re ready to think about the other various factors and features different hedge trimmers have to offer. Here are the main things to take into consideration during your search.
Hedge trimmers are powerful tools, but the amount of power you can wield with a trimmer varies by product. The main indicator of power is the power source.
Gas hedge trimmers will bring a higher level of power to hedge trimming than electric models. But electric models offer a variety of power levels as well. Those with a high voltage can tackle harder jobs faster than some of the more affordable models that come at a lower voltage.
The level of power you need is entirely dependent on the types of hedges you’ll be trimming, their size, and the amount of power you’re comfortable wielding.
With hedge trimmers, the main things you’ll pay a premium for are higher power and greater convenience. The most affordable hedge trimmers will be corded, lightweight models that are best for simpler jobs. These can cost as little as 30.
When you add in the convenience of a cordless model, the minimum price jumps up to around 60, but your ability to trim more hedges from further away from the house increases significantly. Things like a higher-powered battery, longer blade, and faster charging time can all add to the cost as well, but make bigger jobs easier.
Gas hedge trimmers routinely cost more than electric ones, starting at around 250 and going up to over 500 in price. The higher-cost gas models are useful for contractors and businesses, while most home users should be able to satisfy their needs with a more affordable choice.
Hedge trimmers come with a range of blade lengths. Longer ones can make it easier to trim your hedges more evenly, or they can be difficult to manage and unwieldy if you’re working in a tight space.
For most typical hedges, an 18” blade will work just fine. If your hedges are larger than usual, a 20” blade or larger might make the work easier, if you have the room to maneuver it. If you’re new to hedge trimming, starting with a shorter blade is recommended, as it’s safer when you’re still getting used to the work.
The main two issues to be aware of when it comes to your blades (other than length, that is) are how far apart the blade teeth are, and whether your blades are single or double sided.
The distance between the blade teeth, or blade gap, affects how useful your hedge trimmer will be for different types of branches. Commercial hedge trimmers usually have blade gaps of an inch or more, but many home users will be satisfied with smaller blade gaps in the 3/8 to ¾ inch rage.
Single-sided blades are safer and easier to maneuver with since you can easily keep the side of the trimmer with the blade faced away from you. For people who are experienced with hedge trimmers though, a double-sided option can speed up how fast your trimming work is, since it cuts on both sides at once.
A hedge trimmer’s weight has a big impact on its ease of use. Heavy hedge trimmers are harder to hold aloft and can wear even experienced users out quickly, but they tend to be more powerful. Lighter models will be much easier and safer to use in general, particularly for anyone new to using a hedge trimmer.
Ease of Use
As just addressed, weight is one of the biggest factors in ease of use. The other factor that makes a big difference is a hedge trimmer’s power source.
Gas models require more maintenance and can be harder to control, while electric models are more lightweight and easy to start. Cordless electric models provide even greater ease of use, since you can take them anywhere without having to keep up with a cord.
In addition to these main factors, a number of features play a role in ease of use. Some hedge trimmers allow the option of an on lock, so you don’t have to press the trigger the whole time you’re working.
Wraparound handles make it easier to hold the trimmer comfortably for long periods of time. A rotating blade makes it easier to hold your trimmer at different angles when you’re maneuvering around a fence or wall. And a cordless hedge trimmer that comes with an extra battery can save you the trouble of having to wait on a charge to finish a project.
No matter what type of hedge trimmer you buy, it’s important to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe use and a long life for your hedge trimmer. All hedge trimmers will require some maintenance, but the amount of work you have to do will vary based on a few factors.
With gas trimmers, you’ll need to stay aware of how much fuel they have and refill with the right mix of oil and gas whenever needed. You’ll also need to replace the spark plug periodically and keep the intake vent clear. At the end of the season, you should run stabilizer through the engine and make sure you store the trimmer properly.
For all types of hedge trimmers, you need to keep an eye on the blades and make sure they stay sharp. You may need to sharpen the blades you have or replace old blades with new ones from time to time to keep your hedge trimmer in good working order. And you’ll need to keep your hedge trimmer clean in between uses as well.
With a tool as powerful as a hedge trimmer, safety has to be a top concern. High-powered blades are nothing to take lightly. Anyone new to using a hedge trimmer should take care to go with a lightweight model with good safety features and follow all instructions carefully. Even those who have been using hedge trimmers for years should be careful not to get complacent and always treat the blades with care during use.
Many hedge trimmers come with features designed to add some safety to their use. Tooth extensions make it easier to keep the blades further from your body. Some hedge trimmers automatically cut power to the blade as soon as you release the trigger, so there’s less risk of an accident. And some include front-handle shields that help you avoid moving your hand too close to the blade during use.
At least as important as any features that come with the hedge trimmer are the precautions users choose to take as they work. It’s recommended that you use safety eyewear and gloves while using a hedge trimmer to reduce your own risk and, for louder models, invest in some earplugs or other hearing protection equipment as well. And make sure to read over all information provided by the manufacturer before using a new hedge trimmer so you can follow their safety guidelines when you use your new tool.
Electric hedge trimmers are often far quieter than gas-powered ones, which is a big benefit to users that hate loud noises and want to avoid upsetting their neighbors.
If you do need the power of a gas hedge trimmer though, be prepared to buy earplugs or some other form of hearing protection. If you’re concerned about the noise levels of a hedge trimmer you’re considering, check the reviews to see if customers mention how loud it is, or get in touch with the manufacturer to see if they can provide the decibel level to give you an idea of what to expect.
Ideally, you want to choose a hedge trimmer you can count on for years to come. Powerful machines like this have a lot of parts that can potentially break and your best bet is to look for a brand with a strong reputation that provides a good warranty on their products.
Customer reviews can also usually give you a glimpse into how long you can count on a hedge trimmer to last. But at the end of the day, how you use it and how well you maintain it will play a key role in its lifespan as well.
- Cordless — A cordless electric hedge trimmer is easier to use and makes it possible to go further from the house as you work without issue.
- Tooth Extensions — Tooth extensions put more distance between the hedge trimmer’s blades and your body, decreasing the risk of getting cut.
- Dual Switches — Dual switches require both hands to use the hedge trimmer, which increases the safety.
- On Lock — An on lock makes it easier to use the trimmer for long periods of time, since you don’t have to hold the trigger down the whole time.
- Off Lock — An off lock reduces the risk of someone accidentally turning the hedge trimmer on and is particularly recommended for anyone with kids in the house.
- Wraparound Handle — A wraparound handle makes it easier to hold the hedge trimmer more comfortably while you work.
- Warranty — A good warranty tells you the manufacturer stands by their product and provides peace of mind that you shouldn’t have too many problems.
Hedge Trimmer Brands
With any power tool, brand reputation matters. A reliable brand can be counted on to make sturdy and powerful products that can do the job and last a long time. To help you identify the hedge trimmer brands you can trust, we looked at user reviews of hedge trimmers made by a number of top brands in the space. Here’s a summary of what customers have to say about them.
Black Decker sells a range of affordable electric hedge trimmers that largely satisfy customers. Reviewers say they make hard jobs easier, are powerful, and are lightweight. Battery-powered models get praise for lasting a long time and not taking long to charge. Most reviewers have plenty of good things to say and very few have any complaints.
While Dolmar’s hedge trimmers don’t have too many customer reviews online, the ones they do have say a lot. Customers say their hedge trimmers are quiet, cut well, and are well designed for safety.
Efco offers gas hedge trimmers that mostly get positive reviews, but with a few complaints mixed in. Happy customers say their trimmers are easy to start, easy to use, and last a long time. One reviewer especially mentioned liking that the hedge trimmer was designed to point the exhaust away from the user. A few complain about their model breaking soon after purchase or needing frequent filling. Reviews suggest you’ll probably be happy with Efco, but you may have some issues with certain models.
GreenWorks sells a wide range of electric hedge trimmers that earn strong reviews across models. Customers say they’re powerful, the charge on them lasts a while, they’re easy to use, and they last a long time. Based on customer reviews, GreenWorks is a brand you can count on.
Husqvarna’s hedge trimmers earn mixed but predominately positive reviews from customers. Many models earn positive reviews for being easy to use, working well, and being quiet. Some get complaints for not being as powerful as expected and not lasting very long. Check the reviews of the particular model you’re considering to make sure you go with one that people are happy with.
Milwaukee sells electric hedge trimmers that are well reviewed by customers. Reviewers say their hedge trimmers are powerful and easy to use. Reviews suggest they’re a solid choice for a convenient, cordless hedge trimmer.
Poulan Pro provides gas hedge trimmers with mixed reviews. Some customers say their trimmers are powerful and a good value for the price, while others complain that they’re too heavy and the blades break too quickly. Positive reviews outnumber negative ones, but it’s worth giving them a look to know what you’re getting into.
Remington sells highly regarded electric hedge trimmers. Customers rave about the quality of their hedge trimmers and compare them favorably to other brands they’ve tried in the past. They say the trimmers cut great, are easy to use, and are very powerful. This is a brand with a stellar reputation amongst customers.
Ryobi makes electric hedge trimmers that most customers are happy with. Customers say their hedge trimmers work well, are easy to use, and that the batteries last a while. For a convenient electric hedge trimmer, they’re a safe bet.
Snapper’s electric hedge trimmer is well reviewed for being easy to use, powerful, and lightweight. Customers are pleased with the value for the price and the convenience of using the trimmer. Reviews point to a high likelihood that you’ll be happy with Snapper.
Tanaka sells gas hedge trimmers that customers are routinely pleased with. They say they’re easy to start and lightweight enough to use for a while without your arms getting tired. On the whole, their reputation is solid.
A good hedge trimmer can make tending to your yard much easier, but its’ crucial that you find a model that’s the right level of power for your needs and safe for you to use. Spend some time looking through your options and consider how well matched each option is to the type of work you know you’ll be doing with your hedge trimmer.
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What would happen if you cut your extension cod by accident…i plugged another extension cord and my hedge trimmer won’t turn on…did I break it?
My question is what to do with a cordless hedge trimmer once the rechargeable battery stops recharging? I have a 6-volt Black and Decker cordless hedge trimmer that I have no idea how to exchange the battery (preferred) or how to properly dispose of it.
Hi, I have a black and decker cordless hedge trimmer. I do not know how to sharpening hedge trimmer blades?
Look for a replacement battery on Amazon and dispose of the used battery at an e-waste or hazardous waste site. Most cities and small towns have sites or collection days.
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