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Stihl Electric Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review

Many gardens are the pride and joy of their owners. In a lot of cases, the use of a professional might be needed, but for fairly simple tasks, you can do them yourself, though investment in proper equipment will be needed.

If you are on the market for the best tools, we hope that this review will be of use to you. We will discuss in detail hedge trimmers (not to be confused with string trimmers) and the Stihl Electric Cordless Hedge Trimmer in particular. The article will cover the main characteristics, features, pros, and cons, frequently asked questions and finish off with some closing notes. 

Key features of the Stihl Electric Cordless Hedge Trimmer

stihl hedge trimmer features

Stihl Hedge Trimmer HSA 66 Specs

Weight without battery3.1 kg
Tooth spacing3 cm
Cutting length50 cm
Rated voltage36 V
Gauge2.3 cm
Battery lifeUp to 140 mins

Having a good quality and easy to handle hedge trimmer is key if you do not want to spend too much time working in the garden. This Stihl tool features a two-handed design and can be easily turned on by activation of the two buttons at the same time – one is located on the rear handle and the other is placed on the loop handle.

The two-handed design ensures the trimmer is suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users. There is a variable speed control option through the use of the rear control, while the loop handles rocks a cool ergonomic design. The latter makes it comfortable to work in different directions and supports energy efficiency when in use for a longer duration. 

The design also features a protector of the blade tip which makes it way more easier and save to cut close to the ground or near walls. This feature comes standard to Stihl and aims at protecting the special blades from damage. Stihl has generally put a lot of thought into the design, making sure that it is functional and sleek.

The housing of the engine has smooth surfaces and the contours are nice and round. These are especially helpful to prevent the tool from being stuck between bushes and branches. Furthermore, it accounts for easy troubles clean of the trimmer.

In addition, the tool comes equipped with a scabbard which is handy in both transportation and safe storage as it protects the cutting blade, so even if someone stumbles on it, they should be safe when the blade is covered.

Further aid in storage is provided by the thoughtful hanging eye which allows the practical storage solution of hanging the tool on the wall rather than having to designate a box or other container for it.

Stihl Hedge Trimmer Battery
Stihl Hedge Trimmer Battery

The battery and charger should not be overviewed. The 36 V Lithium-Ion battery enables the device to run on maximum for up to 140 minutes which is a fair amount of time for a cordless hedge trimmer. The position of the battery is key for usability and comfort, it is placed in the center of the tool to optimize the balance of the weight.

In terms of charging, there are three available chargers – standard AL 100 one, quicker AL 300 one and the ultra-high AL 500 charger. In the ordering process, you should select the one you prefer to have at home. When choosing a charger, have in mind the amount of work and frequency of use of the tool. 

AL 500 charger
AL 500 charger

The main benefit of working with the Stihl Electric Hedge Trimmer comes from the fact that it is cordless and allows the user to work anywhere the need arises without having to worry about cable lengths and the availability of a nearby power outlet.  The 50 cm blade does a tremendous job dealing with small and bigger branches without compromising on the quality performance. 

The high-quality cutting performance is courtesy of the single-edged teeth blade with good spacing and shaped like a droplet cutter that effectively holds the different twigs which allow for a more precise and clean cut.

The shape of the blade also plays a key part in the constant stroke rate even in more challenging situations and environments. The tool is doing well also in comparison to other trimmers available on the market.

Sleek, robust and smooth are only some of the words that come to mind with regard to this tool. When doing the overall review, it becomes obvious that the brand has spent a lot of time and effort into designing and building a truly functional, efficient and user-friendly Stihl battery hedge trimmer.

Popular Stihl Hedge Trimmer FAQs

How to start a Stihl hedge trimmer?

Insert the battery into the tool, stand upright and ensure that the attachment is not touching anything on the ground or around you. Properly hold the tool – one hand on the loop handle and one hand on the control handle.

Move the retaining latch as shown in the manual to unlock the trimmer. The switch lever should be then pushed against the loop handle and hold there. The trigger switch should be pushed down to lockdown, depress the trigger switch and hold that position.

Although it may sound complicated, the tool is easy to use, and you will be good to go after the first use.

How to sharpen Stihl hedge battery hedge trimmer blades?

It is recommended to have the blades sharpened by a professional dealer. Alternatively, you can use a flat crosscut sharpening file and follow the instructions on the user manual.

How to replace Stihl hedge trimmer blades?

First, check if you can get the blades sharpened. A common mistake is that users make is to try and replace blades instead of simple sharpening them.

If the blade should indeed be replaced, a good practice is to bring the old blade to the store to ensure that you will buy the correct replacement option.

Take the old blade out following the instructions in the user guide – the use of safety glasses and gloves is highly recommended. Once the old blade is out and the new blade in – test blade in the air, making sure there are no people around you.

Final Thoughts

The Stihl Electric Cordless Hedge Trimmer is a robust and high-performing tool to help you keep your garden tidy. It is low maintenance, functional and easy to use; the cordless option allows you to work anywhere independently of whether there is a power outlet nearby.

The battery has a good capacity and the different charging options give you the opportunity to choose the one that best fits your needs. Overall a quality product that you should definitely consider when on the market for hedge trimmer.

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