The problems associated with gas powered garden tools are all too real, with messy refueling, oil changes, maintenance, and not to mention the toxic fumes, but now there is the Black & Decker NHT2218 18-Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer. This is a battery powered hedge trimmer that allows you to trim your hedges without the need to worry about breathing in harmful exhaust fumes and handling flammable gasoline.
This trimmer has been designed to give you all of the power and maneuverability of a gas powered hedge trimmer but without the hassle, and it comes with an 18 volt NiCad battery, which provides plenty of cutting power and runtime. Its 22 inch dual action steel blades are capable of cutting through branches that are ¾ of an inch in thickness, and the device has been designed to lower vibration by as much as 40%, for more comfort. In fact, the Black and Decker NHT2218 18-Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer has been designed with comfort in mind, and it also comes with ergonomically designed handles with soft grips, and it has been designed to be as light as possible in order to reduce operator fatigue.
Pros and Cons
Because this is a cordless device, there is no need to worry about storing potentially hazardous gasoline around your home, and there is also no danger of cutting through extension cords, which can be a problem, associated with mains electric powered trimmers. The battery is capable of lasting for around 30 minutes of continuous operation, and is powerful enough to cope with some fairly thick branches.
The only major downside to this device is that charging does take around 8 to 10 hours, so it really needs to be charged overnight.
This is a trimmer that certainly has a lot of advantages, and if you are looking to switch from a gas powered trimmer to a cordless trimmer, this is one that should definitely be on your shortlist. There is no loss of power compared to a gas powered trimmer, and you do not have to worry about cutting through or getting tangled up in extension cords. The appliance is also very quiet, and can be used early or late in the day without disturbing the neighbors. If you are worried that changing from gas to battery power will mean less cutting strength, don’t be, as this trimmer can handle some tough trimming jobs.
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