Advantages of lightweight hedge trimmers
There are many fantastic advantages of lightweight hedge trimmers that make them worthwhile tools to have for your garden. First off, unlike regular hedge trimmers that require a bit of strength and stamina to carry them around for hours at a time, the handle on lightweight hedge trimmers only requires you to hold it with one hand, which makes it less tiring on your arms and hands. Even if you get tired, you can easily switch to holding it with your other hand. Holding a lightweight hedge trimmer with just one hand is made possible by its weight. You can find one that is light as 1 pound, but generally, a normal-sized lightweight hedge trimmer weighs about 4-7 pounds. Moreover, these tools perform exceptionally well when it comes to tougher spaces. Another great benefit of having one of the best lightweight hedge trimmers is its superb durability. Since you are not going to cut through tougher branches, it is going to last for years to come. If you do begin to notice a lack of quality with your lightweight hedge trimmer, you’ll be happy to know that the best ones come with a great warranty.
How to find the best lightweight hedge trimmer?
Finding the best lightweight hedge trimmer ultimately comes down to your needs. There are plenty of different factors that can be quite important for you. Before making a purchase, check the product type, weight, SPM (strokes per minute), blade, cutting capacity, handle and grip, the vibration and noise level, its safety features, warranty, and finally, price. We are going to discuss each of them in detail in this section. Are you ready? Read on!
There are three particular types of lightweight hedge trimmers: corded, battery-powered, and gas-powered. Unfortunately, we chose not to nominate and mention any gas-powered hedge trimmers in our list for several reasons.
Gas-powered hedge trimmers are very powerful and are quite portable. However, there are a few things with them that make them less desirable, including the fact that they are heavier because of the engine and gas tank.
As you use it more, it does become lighter, but the added weight at the start will be fairly heavy for most people. Gas-powered models are also much noisier than the other two and require more maintenance. The other two types of lightweight hedge trimmers we featured in our list are corded and battery-powered ones. With corded trimmer, it runs on electricity when it’s plugged into a wall socket, and you are limited in terms of mobility with the cord and access to the closest your socket. For battery-powered trimmers, the trimmers are run by an attached battery, and they are more portable than the corded trimmers. However, they are heavier, thanks to the attached battery.
One of the reasons anyone would want to invest in one of the best lightweight hedge trimmers is its weight. The weight of these trimmers is very much a selling point that allows people to trim their hedges for much longer. As we can see from our list, all of these models are highly portable. In fact, we can see with the WORKPRO 7.2V 2-in-1 Handheld Hedge Trimmer that it weighs as little as one pound. On the other side of the spectrum, the Greenworks 22-Inch 4-Amp Corded Hedge Trimmer is the heaviest one on our list coming in at 7.7 pounds while also offering immense power. Nonetheless, the best lightweight hedge trimmers are much lighter than regular hedge trimmers and are much more portable as well.
SPM refers to strokes per minute, and it is a very valuable indicator of the power of the lightweight hedge trimmer. Basically, a hedge trimmer operates by having two layers of blades on top of each other going back and forth to trim the hedges. The SPM then is referenced to how fast the blades are moving. The lightweight hedge trimmers that have a higher SPM figure usually come with more powerful motors, which translates into better cutting power overall. The lightweight hedge trimmer with the highest SPM in our list is our Editor’s Choice, the BLACK+DECKER BEHT200 Hedge Trimmer.
The blades of lightweight hedge trimmers must be solid and made of steel. Most of these steel blades are hardened to ensure that they last longer, and this helps to prevent rusting.
It’s recommended that after using your lightweight hedge trimmer, you lubricate the blades so that they operate at the highest speed and provide better cutting.
The blades on these hedge trimmers are dual-action, which means they are two layers of blades stacked on top of each other. When the trimmer is turned on, these layered blades work against each other to trim your hedges. The lengths of these blades all vary, but we found that anywhere above 20 inches, such as seen with the Sun Joe HJ22HTE 22″ 3.5 Amp Electric Hedge Trimmer, is better for harder to reach hedge areas.
The cutting capacity of the lightweight hedge trimmer refers to the thickness of the hedges it will be able to easily cut through. All of these hedge trimmers vary in terms of their cutting capacity, but anywhere above 9/16 of an inch (0.5625) should be good enough to cut through hedges. Some of these lightweight hedge trimmers even have the capacity to cut through mini branches that are thicker than their cutting capacity states. The CRAFTSMAN CMEHTS822 Electric Hedge Trimmer states that it is able to cut through 1.5-inch thick branches thanks to its power saw innovative blade that is on the tip of its blade.
Comfort and ease of use are at the heart of these lightweight hedge trimmers, and that’s pretty much what you’ll get with all of these tools. Since they are much lighter than gas-powered hedge trimmers, battery-powered and corded hedge trimmers offer customers more ease of use through their comfy handles. Some of them have an ergonomic grip that gives you more comfort when you hold it. Several hedge trimmers, like the Scotts Outdoor Power Tools HT10020S Corded Hedge Trimmer, come with a molded handles that allow you to use these tools longer.
Low vibration and noise level
Typically, when you work with a motor of some sort, there is usually some level of noise associated with it, which can be partially true with the lightweight hedge trimmers. Some make louder noises, but generally, most of these lightweight hedge trimmers have a decent level of sound – not too quiet, but not too loud either. Having sound is unavoidable with these hedge trimmers as they need to use the power from the motor to be able to work. In terms of vibration, this is something these lightweight hedge trimmers have a bit more control over. Just about all of these hedge trimmers, including the WORX WG255.1 PowerShare, have a reduced level of vibration.
Reduced vibration feature will help you hold the trimmer without having your hands buzzing while using it. This helps you to keep your hands steady as you trim your hedges.
Perhaps, one of the best things with these lightweight hedge trimmers is that they come equipped with good safety features. Since you’re dealing with sharp objects, there are a few things put in place to protect you. One is the flap that stands up between the bottom hand and the blade. This flap is meant to protect your hand in case your bottom hand happens to slip off the handle. Another good safety feature for corded trimmers is the addition of a cord lock. This helps to prevent you from accidentally unplugging your trimmer when you have strayed too far out from the plug. Some also have a safety lock button on it to prevent anyone else from accidentally starting it when they shouldn’t be. Moreover, there are models that require you to press both buttons simultaneously in order to use it.
If you are not sure which of the lightweight hedge trimmers is going to last for years to come, you’re more than welcome to try it out for quite some time and see if anything breaks or malfunctions. The best lightweight hedge trimmers all come with some good warranty conditions. We found that all of the products from our list come with a minimum of 2 years of warranty. The EGO Power+ HT2400 Cordless Hedge Trimmer has the best warranty among them with a 5-year protection plan. A note of caution, however, is that each of these trimmers has different stipulations as to what can qualify to be able to redeem the warranty. Therefore, it’s best to check each trimmer’s policy to see what the warranty covers.
Another great aspect of the best lightweight hedge trimmers is that they are very affordable. While you could opt to buy our Premium Pick, the WORX WG255.1 20V PowerShare 20″ Cordless Hedge Trimmer, which retails for a stiff $170, you can also find something much more affordable. Thankfully, the remaining 9 lightweight hedge trimmers are just that and can be found anywhere between $35 and $65. We still think our Editor’s Choice pick, the BLACK+DECKER BEHT200 Hedge Trimmer, is the best buy at $44!