6 Best Pole Hedge Trimmers of 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks
Do you have a large hedge, or even smaller bushes or shrubs that you need to keep nice and neat? Most people do, but who has the time to do it?
The old days of trimming manually with shears are over. Nowadays, you can get all of your trimming done quickly and easily with power trimmers.
When you have unusually tall shrubs that need trimming, pole trimmers can make maintenance work a breeze.
We have put a list together for you of our top six picks of pole hedge trimmers. We will give you a short review of each, the good and the not so good. We are also including a buyer’s guide with some tips on what you want to look for when you are out shopping.
A Fast Comparison of our Favorites in 2020
|Best Overall||Greenworks PH40B210||
|Best for Commercial Use||DEWALT DCHT895B||
|Best Value||Sun Joe SJH904E||
The 6 Best Pole Hedge Trimmers
1. Greenworks 20-Inch Pole Hedge Trimmer – Best Overall
The Greenworks 20-inch 40v cordless pole hedge trimmer is our top pick because it is easy and efficient.
It comes with G-max 40v and 20v batteries with a charger. If you want another battery or ever have to replace one, it’s important to note that the G-max battery is not interchangeable with the typical Lithium-ion batteries. This means finding a replacement may be a bit of a challenge.
This hedge trimmer comes with a 20-inch steel dual action blade, has a 6.5-foot extension and will cut branches up to a ⅝ inch in diameter. It also has a pivoting head with three different positions for easy control.
The lightweight design also makes the unit easy to use. Because the already moderate weight is evenly distributed throughout the unit you aren’t likely to get exhausted while using it.
2. DEWALT Telescoping Pole Hedge Trimmer – Best for Commercial Use
The Dewalt DCHT895B telescoping pole hedge trimmer comes in as a close second. Though the features are comparable, it loses out due to a top-heavy design that makes slightly more challenging to wield.
That said, there are plenty of positive features to appreciate. , This pole hedge trimmer has a 45 to 70-inch reach with a 22-inch dual-action blade. There is a one-inch gap between the teeth to allow you to cut thicker branches.
The 90-minute battery life also shouldn’t have any trouble lasting for the entirety of most jobs.
The rotating head with eight locking positions will also keep you comfortable in a variety of awkward positions.
Other than the top-heavy design, there is really only one other concern to mention. Since the extension pole doesn’t lock into place, you will need to continuously push it upwards to avoid slips.
3. Sun Joe Pole Hedge Trimmer – Best Value
The Sun Joe SJH904E electric pole hedge trimmer is our choice as the best model for the money. And the unit really does have lots of value. For an affordable sticker price you get a trimmer that easily converts into a hedger.
It’s also easy to assemble and includes dual-action blades and a rod that extends from 3.8-5.9 feet. This results in about 13 feet of total reach.
The biggest issue with Sun Joe trimmer is that it is cumbersome and hard to handle when the pole is fully extended. You either need to be very strong or plan on taking breaks to rest your arms if you have larger jobs to do.
One other thing to consider is the blade. Though it is a decent size, the blade itself is pretty thinner and flimsier than many comparable options.
4. BLACK+DECKER LPHT120 Pole Hedge-Trimmer
The Black and Decker LPHT120 long-reach pole trimmer extends to 6 ½ feet long. It has 18-inch dual action blades that cut up to 7/16 inch diameter branches. The unit is operated by a 20v Lithium ion battery.
Unfortunately, though, there are several issues with the Black and Decker model, though. Durability is one concern. The blade is flimsy and liable to bend excessively when in use. It also has no locking function, and the pole is not telescoping, both making it difficult to use because it is heavy.
5. GARCARE 2-in-1 Pole Hedge Trimmers
The GARCARE 4.8A multi-angle corded two in one pole and hand-held hedge trimmer. The pole will extend to nine feet long, and features a 20-inch laser cut blade with a ¾ inch cutting capacity.
To make difficult positions more comfortable, this model has a six-position pivoting head and a five-position rotary handle.
This feature actually serves to rectify a little bit of the discomfort caused by the poorly balanced weight of this tool.
There is also a shoulder strap to further help with the weight, but it isn’t adjustable on the pole.
The unit also isn’t grounded which means it lacks extra protection against a sudden uneven flow of electricity. And unfortunately, there is no warranty, so you’re on your own if something happens.
6. DOEWORKS 2-in-1 Pole Hedge-Trimmers
The DOEWORKS corded two in one multi-angle cutting tool is a decent tool when you can’t afford the more expensive options. It has 18-inch dual action blades that do a good job, but they are short enough that they can make bigger jobs take longer.
It’s also only suitable for smaller hedges. Because the width between the teeth is pretty narrow; it won’t cut larger branches.
Weight distribution is also a problem. The unit is top-heavy making it hard to handle. This model of pole hedge trimmer is top-heavy making it hard to use. The awkward weight is further amplified by the need to hold down two buttons at once while operating the machine. A challenge to do on any trimmer, this feat becomes all the more difficult when dealing with the poor weight distribution.
Buyers will also want to be aware that the trimmer is cheaply made of flimsy plastics that sharply shorten its life expectancy. And, to put the cherry on top, it’s also hard to assemble.
Basically, this unit will get the job done in a pinch, but for many, it’s more trouble than its worth.
Types of pole hedge trimmers:
Electric pole hedge trimmers are the most economical choice of all of the available models. They are lightweight, quiet and the most environmentally friendly, making them both comfortable and a pleasure to operate. There is no maintenance required on the electric trimmers. The only real drawback is that they always need to be plugged into an electrical outlet which limits how far you can go..
The cordless pole hedge trimmers are more convenient than the electric trimmers because you are free to move around anywhere. The biggest downfall with the cordless models is that you can only work as long as your battery lasts. If you have an unusually large yard, you may want to purchase a second battery, so you always have one charging for backup. These trimmers are also quiet, environmentally friendly and have almost no vibration when in use. However, hey can be costlier than the electric trimmers, especially if you have to purchase a second battery.
The gasoline-powered pole hedge trimmers are the most powerful of the bunch. Like the cordless models, the gas trimmers can go anywhere you want to take it. They also can usually run longer than battery-powered units.
However, gas trimmers do take the biggest hit on your checkbook both in the initial purchase, and the cost to operate. You have to pay for the gas and regular maintenance on the motor.
They also usually feature pull-strings to get them running, which can be hard to use, and they are known for being heavier and more prone to vibration than alternative options.
These things aside, they are prized for their power which can make quick work out of most yards.
Features to look at:
The blades are flat metal bars that have teeth running along either one or both sides of it. They can come in a variety of lengths that vary anywhere between 13 to 40 inches. You want to make sure that you get the right size blade for the hedges that you will be cutting. Too big can be difficult to handle, while too small will make your job slower than it needs to be.
- 16-inch blades are best for small to average-sized hedges
- 18-inch blades are best for average to larger sized hedges
- 20-inch blades are ideal for larger, established hedges.
You also want to check out how far apart the teeth of the blade are. The size of that space directly correlates to the size of the branch that it will cut through. So, if you have a large, established hedge, make sure that you get blades that are far enough apart to allow your largest branch to fit in between them.
As already stated, the electric and cordless models of hedge trimmers are lightweight, while the gas ones are quite heavy. Know your own strength and make sure that you get one that you can comfortably lift for an extended period.
You should look for a pole hedge trimmer that has two handles, and multiple power switches, so you can have a more comfortable grip. You want to make sure you have good control over the trimmer until the blades have come to a complete stop.
Another thing you want to look at is how much it vibrates. Vibration can tire your arms quickly. Dual-action blades (two moving blades) cause less vibration than the single action blades (one moving blade) do, and gas trimmers vibrate more than the electric or cordless ones do.
Wearing ear protection is always recommended when operating any type of hedge trimmer. It’s a known fact, though, that the gas-powered models are much louder than the others so you definitely will want the protection when you are using them.
5. Rotating Head:
Many hedgers come with rotating heads these days. This makes the trimming easier on you because you can still hold the trimmer where it’s comfortable and just move the head to the angle that you want to cut. If the head doesn’t rotate, you will find yourself contorting into all kinds of different weird positions trying to get the correct angle.
6. Length of Extension:
Obviously being pole hedge trimmers, you want to use them to reach your higher hedges. Know how tall those bushes are so you can make sure that you get an extension that is long enough for you to reach the top of the shrub without a ladder
7. Clipping Collector:
Clipping collectors are not a necessity, but they can sure make your clean up a lot faster. They also save your back from having to bend over too often.
If you choose to go the cordless route, you need to know how big your job is. The box will give you an idea of how long the battery that comes with it will last. If that is long enough to finish your job, then you’re good. If not, you will either need to purchase a second battery, or you will have to wait the required amount of time for the one that you have to recharge.
It’s always nice to have a warranty to cover any issues that may arise with your pole hedge trimmer.
You can now get handguards on many models of hedge trimmers to protect the user from any debris that may fly out of the blades.
2. Dual Switch:
Having double switches help prevent the trimmers from accidentally starting when bumped.
3. Automatic Brake:
The automatic brake stops the blades immediately when the power is turned off.
4. Personal Protective Equipment:
Whenever you use any type of power equipment, it is recommended that you use personal protective equipment. This includes gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection. You will also want to make sure you have no-slip shoes.
So, now that we have reviewed our top six picks of pole hedge trimmers, you should have a better idea of what you are looking for. Let us give you a quick reminder of what our top six picks are:
- Greenworks 20-Inch 40V Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer – Top Pick
- DEWALT DCHT895M1 Telescoping Pole Hedge Trimmer – Best for Commercial Use
- Sun Joe SJH904E Electric Pole Hedge Trimmer – Best for the Money
- BLACK+DECKER LPHT120 Long-Reach Pole Trimmer
- GARCARE 4.8A Multi-Angle Corded 2 in 1 Pole
- DOEWORKS Corded 2 in 1 Multi-Angle Cutting
Hopefully, you now feel more confident in finding the pole hedge trimmer that best meets your needs. Our goal is to help you feel better about the decision you make.
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