Stihl HSA 45 Cord­less hedge trim­mer

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£99, THE prom­ise

a light, just 2.3kg, cord­less hedge trim­mer with good cut­ting per­for­mance for trim­ming branches. With in­te­grated bat­tery and 40-minute run time.

THE ver­dict

My gar­den was badly in need of a hor­ti­cul­tural hair­cut and the HSA 45 de­liv­ered that. there are no ca­bles to avoid or have to ex­tend as you get fur­ther down the gar­den, and it’s light enough to sweep it up, down and side­ways with no prob­lems. It cut through the hedges and shrubs like but­ter. the teeth did snag and stop on thicker branches, but it started eas­ily when pulled free. It needs two hands to de­press all the but­tons to work it, which means there is very lit­tle chance of it cut­ting ac­ci­den­tally. the charge was enough for a morn­ing’s gar­den­ing.

THE rat­ing

a use­ful ad­di­tion to the bush-tam­ing arse­nal.

Its or­ange colour stands out in a green gar­den, and it’s keenly priced. 4/5

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