Cordless technology has changed rapidly over the last few years. Garden trimming jobs that would have been impossible with a battery-powered trimmer 5 years ago are now dispatched with ease.
No more mixing cans of oil & gasoline. No longer will you have to persuade an unwilling gas engine to burst into life, perhaps with the help of a few choice adjectives…
A modern cordless hedge trimmer can be stored in the shed all winter, and start at the press of a button every time you need it during the warmer months.
Virtually maintenance-free, and capable of tackling all but the largest jobs, we take a look at the 5 most popular cordless hedge trimmers on the market.
#5 Makita XHU02Z 18V LXT Hedge Trimmer
- Increased cutting speed compared to earlier models
- 22" blade will complete bigger jobs faster than smaller trimmers
- Five anti-vibration cushions within the motor housing - more comfortable to use
- Built-in battery capacity warning system
- 25% quieter than other cordless trimmers
- Battery and charger sold separately
The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer is a powerful tool, with an ergonomic design. The design incorporates internal damping cushions. This reduces vibration, making it more comfortable to use for long periods.
It features a soft-touch grip design. Lightweight at only 7.4lbs, but equipped with a 22” blade, using this trimmer you can cut through ¼” thick branches with ease.
A built-in battery capacity warning lets you know when it’s time to recharge. Makita claim up to 75 minutes of run time on a single charge.
For safety reasons, the motor will only switch on when you have both hands on the handles.
Changing the blade is fast and easy, with no tools required.
Makita backs this trimmer with a 3 year warranty.
#4 DeWalt DCHT860M1 40V MAX Hedge Trimmer
The DEWALT DCHT860M1 40V MAX Hedge Trimmer has a 22” blade with dual action. With a ¾” cutting gap you can cut through most stubborn overgrowth, and branches up to ¾” thick.
The long-life hardened steel blades will provide lasting sharpness and a precise cut. In normal operation you will not need to sharpen the blades. Operating at up to 3100 strokes/min, cuts are fast and clean.
This trimmer has a wrap-around auxiliary handle for comfortable grip in all situations. It features a safety lock for fast starting with lowered risk of injury.
It is among the heavier cordless trimmers available at 18lb. Bear this in mind if you intend to use it for long periods, or if you’re perhaps not as athletic as you once were…
It has a removable top cover for ease of access to the internals. The gear case cover is also removable, for rapid swapping of blades.
The 40V Lithium-Ion battery features a state of charge indicator. DeWalt claim up to 70 minutes of runtime before recharging.
The body material is Xenoy resin, which has excellent durability and impact resistance.
DeWalt provides a 3 year warranty.
#3 Sun Joe HJ602C Cordless Grass Shear / Shrubber
- The Sun Joe Hedger Joe cordless grass shear/shrubber is great for trimming grass around flower beds and light shrubbery.
- Lightweight, comfortable design for reduced fatigue during longer jobs
- 3.31" steel shear blade & 5" grass shrubber blade
- 3.6V high-capacity Li-Ion battery
- Safety switch to prevent accidental starting
The Sun Joe Hedger Joe cordless grass shear/shrubber is a compact device. It weighs around 1.5lb with battery. It is not intended for the same heavy-duty work as the other trimmers here. If you have high hedges or large areas to trim, look elsewhere. This tool is ideal for trimming smaller shrubs and lawn edges etc, places where larger power tools can’t reach.
Included are 2 blades - a 3.31” Grass Shear Blade and a 5” Shrubber Blade. Changing blades is quick and easy.
The tool is powered by a 3.6V Li-Ion Battery. A charger is included. The battery should run for around 1 hour before recharging.
The trimmer is ergonomically designed, with a comfortable handle and safety start switch.
Be aware that the battery is not easy to replace. Sun Joe does not sell replacements, and have soldered the battery to the control board. If you are handy, it is possible to buy the same type of battery online and replace it yourself. Battery life for an occasional use tool such as this should be many years before replacement.
The manufacturer backs this trimmer with a 2 year warranty.
The DeWalt DCHT820P1 20V MAX Hedge Trimmer has a powerful motor and a laser cut, hardened steel 22” blade with dual action. It is designed to cut on branches up to ¾” thick. The trimmer is compact and light at 7.5 lb, for maximum manoeuvrability and minimum stress on the operator. This model is less than half the weight of the 40V DeWalt equivalent.
This cordless hedge trimmer has a wrap-around auxiliary handle, giving you a comfortable grip. The power switch has a safety lock-off feature.
This unit includes a high capacity 20V, 5Ah Li-Ion battery with ample power to get your trimming work completed. The included rapid charger will recharge your battery in around 3 hours. If you have other DeWalt 20V MAX tools, the batteries are interchangeable.
DeWalt provides a 3 year warranty.
#1 BLACK+DECKER LHT2436 24" 40V Cordless Hedge Trimmer
- 40-volt lithium ion rechargeable battery, up to 1 hour run time between charges
- 24-inch dual-action blade, up to 40% less vibration than single action blades
- Capable of cutting branches up to ¾” thick
- Wrap-around front handle with soft grip, comfortable to hold in all orientations
- Can trim up to 6000 sq. ft. of hedges per charge
The Black & Decker LHT2436 Hedge Trimmer has a powerful 40V battery. It has more than enough power and run time for most domestic jobs, and is strong enough to cut through branches up to 3/4-inch thick.
This trimmer has a 24-inch dual-action blade, creating up to 40% less vibration than traditional single-action blades, and cuts cleanly and quickly.
It has a wrap-around front handle, which is comfortable to hold in all orientations. A soft-feel grip makes this trimmer comfortable to hold while trimming. The handle is large enough to accommodate gloves.
The stainless steel blades will stay sharp for many seasons without maintenance. Its lightweight, compact design is easy to use and causes less user fatigue. This trimmer is easy to operate with 1 arm at full extension. The LHT2436 can trim up to 6000 square feet of hedge on a single charge of the battery.
It's powered by Black & Decker's 40V Lithium-ion battery system. This offers high power and the versatility to share batteries with other tools within the system. You will also enjoy excellent runtime - up to 1 hour between charges.
Black & Decker's 40V Li-Ion system offers many advantages over older 18V and 20V battery technologies. The most noticeable improvement is the ability to put more power into a compact package. Li-ion batteries have a longer lifecycle than earlier NiCad and NiMh technologies. They do not suffer from the memory effect of earlier technologies. They also hold their charge longer when taken off the charger. Once recharged, a Li-ion battery is always ready to use.
The battery pack has a built-in power level indicator. A push button shows power remaining with 4 coloured LEDs.
The plug-in desk-top charger is simple to use. A flashing green LED tells you it is charging. When charging is complete, the light stops flashing. There is no need to remove the battery from the charger until you need it.
Black & Decker back this trimmer with a 3 year warranty.
Here's a word cloud of what other online reviewers had to say about the Black + Decker LHT2436:
The Black+Decker LHT2436 is the best overall choice in our opinion. It has all of the extra power of the 40V system, yet is a lot less heavy and cumbersome than the DeWalt DCHT820P1, which comes a close second.
As with all power tools, remember to be safety conscious when operating a hedge trimmer.
Do you own any of these hedge trimmers? Did you choose a different model? Let us know in the comments below.