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Hello, can anyone recommend a cordless hedge trimmer? Amazon have some, but I'm not sure what to look for. It will be mainly to cut a privet hedge. Thank you.


  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,737
    I've recently bought a Ryobi cordless hedge trimmer and it's certainly capable of doing everything I want.  Supposedly it can cut branches up to 22 mm although I haven't tried it on anything that thick yet.
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 683
    Thank you both, I'm nervous about spending alot of money on the 'wrong' thing so it's great to get tips here.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,580
    I have a long reach Stihl HLA 56 and I am delighted with it. 

    The Which consumer magazine scores them as follows
    Honda 86%
    Stihl HLA 65 86%
    Stihl HLA 56 84%
    McCulloch Li58LT 81%
    Mountfield MH48Li 80%

    The Ryobi scored 70% and the GTech 62%/68% (two different models)
    Rutland, England
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,988
    From past experience with ours, it seems essential that the batteries are kept charged up regularly. Ours is now completely dead because I unplugged it over the winter. Oops!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 683
    Thanks everyone!
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    And there someone was saying why get rid of that ugly overgrown hedge and replace it with a fence? A fence is expensive and needs maintenance.......................

    Clearly he never had to invest in a £230 stihl hedgetrimmer just to trim the fly magnet twice a year or wonder what to do with all the hedge trimmings every time.

    Only downside is this hedge will fill more than a skip. £6 B'n'Q saw doing the job no hedgetrimmer could achieve.
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Do think about the weight of the hedge trimmer, as the batteries are heavy.  So go to a shop and pick a few up with batteries installed and imagine holding that for an hour or so.

    Also think about how long a reach you need, or whether you can make do with a normal handheld.  We have an extendable, but use it only for a small hard to reach area as otherwise we'd just be spending money down the osteopath. 

    So now we are a little older, we’ve made sure most of our hedges can be cut from the ground, and are about 1.5m high.  So I use a cheap and cheerful lightweight bosch which does the job perfectly adequately.  And hubby has the job of the one high hedge and using the monster cutter - and complains for days afterwards.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,580
    Most Bosch trimmers score well. Two corded ones are especially good:
    AHS 70-34 (89%)
    AHS 65-34 (86%)

    The best battery powered ones are 
    Advancedhedgecut 36 (75%)
    AHS 50-20Li (74%)

    but not all Bosch battery powered score well
    Easyhedgecut 12-450 (61%)
    AHS 45-15 (57%)
    Rutland, England
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 683
    That's funny, someone said to me today about not ordering one before I saw how heavy they were. I've managed up until now with secateurs, because I'm a bit scared of the electric ones. But they do a better job than just snipping away I know.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,007
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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