A cordless electric hedge trimmer worth buying?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Taohoo, May 11, 2003.

  1. Taohoo

    Taohoo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I'd like to get a battery-powered hedge trimmer with at least Some
    cutting power, for home use. Which is the best?

    I know that I cannot expect the same performance as from my corded mdl, but from what I've read, I'm guessing that the 14.4v Black & Decker sold at Home Depot will probably be a bit underpowered for me, although
    probably fine for new green growth cuts. A few users have mentioned
    1/8" branches as it's practical limit.

    Amazon sells the American Gardener mdl #900052 which is 24v, so that
    should be the most powerful cutter of the lot? I assume that it would
    handle somewhat thicker branches, as opposed to just giving longer run
    time... I can find no user review of it anywhere on the web. I also read
    one mention from back in 2002, of a Homelite 18v unit (? that came
    with 2 batteries And a string trimmer, all for $99 at Home Depot) that
    seems to be no longer available anywhere, and not a word about it on
    the web, either. All the rest I see seem to be 14v or under.

    Should I take the unit's voltage to be a good Relative indicator of
    it's branch trim diameter ability?

  2. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    You could could buy a cheap gas power for 100-150,that would be 10 times better than cord wrestle'n or battery pwr.:eek:
  3. Taohoo

    Taohoo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Thanks for the suggestion, but a cheap 2stroke is going to be loud as hell, smelly, and probably won't start the next time I want to use it. I finally got rid of everything I had that needed pre-mix (motorbikes, mower, etc), and would like to keep it that way.

    I considered that route, then decided to sacrifice power for convenience and Peace!

    If anyone has experience w/any cordless yard eqpmt that might give me clues to answer my original Q, I'm all ears.
  4. JasperStorm

    JasperStorm LawnSite Member
    from WA
    Posts: 71

    < crickets >
  5. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    When DeWalt makes one, I'll consider getting one. Till then, I don't think so.
    My wife bought a cordless string trimmer, planning to help around our lawn, but she said she was dissapointed with the lack of power. Well, that's not exactly how she phrased it, but...
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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  7. hboyd_com

    hboyd_com LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 150

    Get a long extension cord or get a gas powered one. Battery powered equipment like that never seem to have enough power or run-time.... and the batteries deteriorate as you use them.
  8. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    I've a B&D cordless electric lawn mower,(5hp) now in it's 5th season that cuts perfectly my small 5k' lawn. Plenty of power too.

    PS - I am a turf and landscape installer. Lots of big and powerful (and loud and smelly and expensive to maintain) equipment. Battery power has come a LONG way in the past few years. Not for commercial type use of course, but for a homeowner, pretty darn nice. BUT, a hand held tool is different in the battery,power vs weight battle. No experience with hedge clippers, but I'd be a bit skeptical. can always take them back though.
  9. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    For 100-150 dollars you could buy a cheap piece of **** gas powered that wouldn't start the second spring..............
  10. mr.lawnzap

    mr.lawnzap LawnSite Member
    from tulsa
    Posts: 123

    get some manual hedge clippers if you want serenity, thats what youre fortune cookie says today!!

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