Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 80
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mastadruma The most versatile, go-anywhere, cordless, earth-friendly Trimmer!
I opened my new EGO 56V Lithium-Ion Battery Powered Hedge Trimmer and was extremely excited. There aren't any major assembly steps or the need to read an extensive manual. Super simple and easy! I took the battery and charged it up. That took about 25 minutes. Once charged, I clicked the battery into the hedge trimmer and went to work. That simple!
Out of the box: There are 4 pieces that come in the box. The hedge trimmer, blade cover, battery, and charger. Simply packed in a simple box.
I took some pictures, please see below. Also, check out my video as I trim the hedge behind my house.
I hope this helps you. I TOTALLY recommend this trimmer. I don't think that i'll use my other trimmer now that I have the new EGO. It's SO LIGHT! I can take it anywhere!
The best thing about it is the safety feature of the dual-handle system. The blades cannot engage if both handles aren't depressed. There is a forehand front grip and a rear hand grip. If you see in my video, I demonstrate how both need to be pressed in order to engage the blades.
March 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Severian A Very Powerful and Tireless Tool
Cutting is effortless with the highly efficient blades. The safety feature to power it on and keep it on only by having BOTH hands on the grips is very smart. I have been guilty of holding the old one I had with one hand while I swung the cord around, etc. The only drawback is that it is a relatively heavy unit with the battery attached but it is so efficient at cutting that I don't think it requires any more total effort to get a particular job done. Not dealing with a cord is worth the added weight IMO.
March 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sacherjj Best hedge trimmer for my needs that I have ever used.
Basics of the trimmer. 56V 2Ah battery, which is much larger than you might be used to with typical power drills and the like. It integrates well with the body and the trimmer balances well. There are two switches (see pictures) a grip main trigger, where many use finger triggers, and a safety trigger around the second hand grip. I worried that you would have to pull up in the center of the circular grip, but the design is well done and enables the switch at any place you can grip. This makes hand grip position very flexible and makes cutting more ergonomic. I also like that you can release either of the two trigger switches to stop the blade without removing the other. Then making the switch again restarts. The main grip trigger is less fatiguing than a finger based trigger can get over a long use.
There is only one thing that seemed weird at first, but I quickly adjusted to it. When the switches are made, it takes just under a second before the cutters move. This is like an electronic soft start. It really isn't any different than a gas motor reving up on a gas trimmer or string trimmer.
This is the third type of hedge trimmer I have owned, after a typical AC extension cord trimmer and a gas powered professional trimmer. I think the best way to describe the function of this trimmer is to compare to those styles.
My first trimmer was the under $100 extension cord type. Those typically have stamped blades that cut OK. They do have a little more power and around double the cyclic rate of this trimmer. I found that this trimmer got through thicker pieces than a typical electric trimmer. However, due to the slower cycle rate, I needed to go a little slower to get a clean cut when doing passes. With some bushes over 100 feet from AC power, using a cord isn't easy or practical. I don't feel like this trimmer gives anything up compared to an AC trimmer in us, with the exception of a little more weight to hold.
My second trimmer was an expensive chain saw gas engine style trimmer. I purchased this to "cut the cord". It isn't that difficult to get it going each time, but dealing with 2-cycle gas mixing and getting it running is much more work than this device. The other issue I have with the gas trimmer is the size of it. Reaching out over bushes really uses the muscles, due the the extra weight. This trimmer solves all the issues that forced me to purchased the gas trimmer, without the mess and extra weight. It cuts through about 80% of the size of branches that I can with the gas trimmer. But realiztically, this is as large of a branch you should be using a trimmer for anyway (see pictures for two examples of branches I cut through with this trimmer.)
What is my final verdict? I gave the cord based trimmer to someone else a while ago. After using this trimmer to do half of the bushes around my house, I plan on selling my gas trimmer and using this exclusively. While I received this in the seeds program for free to use and review, I wish I had purchased this for the full price instead of the gas trimmer. It is 60% of the cost that I paid for the gas trimmer. I don't know how long the batteries will last, but the trimmer itself has a 5 year warrantee. Simply, this is the best trimmer for my uses that I have ever used.
February 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lorena Powerful Cordless Trimmer Cuts Fast and Easy!
The box says it comes with a battery but mine came with an empty battery box. I’m still able to use it as I have another EGO cordless equipment that came with the battery and charger, but make sure yours has an actual battery inside the battery box because it should be included. The trimmer is very light, but the battery is a bit heavy (feels like 5 lbs) making this trimmer tiring on the arm with the need to take a break, especially if you’re cutting tree branches where you have to stretch/lift your arm to reach higher braches. I tested this by cutting some branches of a small tree I have in my backyard, and of course I don’t want to carry a ladder around so I walked around with my arm extended to reach the branches I needed to cut and my arm got tired. However, I don’t believe this would be as powerful with a smaller battery, so you give some take some. It’s still better than a gas or corded electric trimmer. This is very powerful and cuts easily up to ¾” thick with 3000 strokes per minute and a 24 inch blade. I like the safety on/off switch, which requires that you press the switch on both handles before the unit starts and it will stop when you release either. Keep the blade cover for storage. I wish I could film this cutting but since it requires both hands to operate I can’t film myself.
This trimmer requires very little maintenance: Cleaning, lubricating and sharpening the blades, shown in the manual included (Spanish and English). Never use water to clean the blades, only use resin solvent spray.
It comes with a 5 year warranty on the equipment and 3 year for the battery and charger, which is actually a very good warranty compared to other cordless units in the market. The warranty is not transferable.
February 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Catmando Suprisingly Tough
Received the Hedge Trimmer a couple of weeks ago and used it on some moderate hedges and it worked quite well. I had some tough overgrown rosemary to trim back with some heavy branches (1/2 inches plus in diameter) and this machine cut through them with relative ease. Even had some branches catch obliquely in the teeth but the cutting teeth bar sprung right back. Impressed with the toughness of the unit as well as the battery life. When I finished the cutting, the battery still had the green light on the battery indicator (after 1/2 hour of tough cutting). A real tool and not a toy!
January 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by georgie Better than I thought
I just used it a week ago and it when over my expectations. Great power on hard grass and battery last enough to do my job. I tried other battery trimmers before and I definitely recommend the 56V lithium ion Egopower trimmer.
February 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pohonui Simply the best hedger!
24 inches of trim in a matter of seconds! Sharp, fast, efficient, lightweight - a wonderful hedger for my acre of brush (mostly huckleberry) and my gardens. This is another of EGO's wonderful battery operated pieces of equipment. The 56-volts lasts a good hour and with a back up battery and a quick 30-minute re-charge (that's all it takes), I am on my way to a days work. AND...one of the best parts - no more cut up extension cords for my husband to repair! I will never go back to gas-powered or electric again. This is a fantastic hedger, does a wonderful job, cleans up nicely and even comes with a sheath for storing and protecting the blade. Definitely worth purchasing if you haven't already! Hedger comes with great instruction manuals , plus, this company has an excellent website with videos of their tools and online manuals as well.
February 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by le gadgeteur Exceeds Expectations !!
All I wanted for Christmas was the eGO Hedge Trimmer. It now completes my full set of power yard tools, except for the lawnmower, as we have 15 acres to mow :-)
Like ALL of the other eGO tools, this one is a champ. I went out in the 34° weather and tested it on a thick hedge, which was overgrown and had many ~1/2" thick branches to cut thru. No problem!
Love these tools! Sold 5 gas powered yard tools this fall and replaced them all with eGO products. I finally got feed up with gummed up carburetors and starting difficulties.
With eGO, life is now about as good as it gets! [:-)}
January 3, 2015