BLACK+DECKER LPHT120 22-inch 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer
BLACK+DECKER LPHT120 22-inch 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer
The BLACK+DECKER LBXR20 20 Volt MAX Extended Run Time Lithium Battery is compatible with the BLACK+DECKER 20-Volt MAX line of power and gardening tools. These batteries have been formulated for longer runtime and improved performance. This battery is compatible with cordless tool models BDC120VA100, BDCDMT120, BDCDMT120-2, BDCDMT120F, BDCDMT120IA, BDCF20, BDH2000SL, LC3K220, LCC220, LCS120, LCS120B, LD120VA, LDX120C, LDX120PK, LDX120SB, LDX220SB, LDX220SBFC, LGC120, GLC120B, LHT210, LHT2220, LHT2220B, LLP120, LLP120B, LPHT120, LPHT120B, LPP120, LPP120B, LST220, LSW120, LSW20, LSW20B, SSL20SB, SSL20SB-2.
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So, I’ve Seen a wide variety of MIXED reviews on this. Let ME get this off my chest: ANYONE who bought this and is HANDLING it like a “regular hedge-trimmer” and COMPLAINING about the poor BALANCE, tell me WHAT DID YOU EXPECT??? You’ve got a 24″ STEEL rail, 48 STEEL teeth oscillating above that AND an electric motor, all at the tip of a 6 foot shaft!!! If you are holding THE HANDLE with 1 hand & the shaft with your OTHER hand: YOU ARE SIMPLY HOLDING THIS TOOL WRONG!!!
NOW: B&D can NOT tell the public to bypass the safety features of this tool, but OBVIOUSLY: the only way to use this trimmer (Unless you’re Hulk Hogan or all beefed up on ‘roids) is to CLAMP the trigger-handle and use this like “Darth Maul”, as a (single-tipped) pole light-saber.
OK, as a pole hedge trimmer. FIND your balance TWO-HANDED in the middle of the shaft, pay no attention to the rear “handle” unless you are LITERALLY trimming stuff 7+ feet off the ground and trim away!!!
OBVIOUISLY be WARY of the 24 inches of cutting blades & teeth, I had MORE FUN & trimmed more shrubs QUICKER with this tool, while switching back & forth from left to right handed grip!! (Now, I have 20+ year XP in pole-arms martial training since the early 1980s, so I can cut thru a forest with this in minutes without breaking a sweat). I often reached up to the motor housing, (just behind the rail/teeth) for a tight trimming situation, but again, you must be 100% COGNICENT, 100% of the time of WHERE your own hands are, WHERE you can safely grip and also WHERE any non-leafy/branchy stuff is. And obviously KEEP anyone else AWAY / at bay, including pets. It is TOO easy to get carried away and wander into an innocent bystander.
And let ME state this up front: I’m the guy, who at 13 y/old, got temporarily distracted & chopped up the TIP of my pinky with a hedge trimmer, back in the early 1980s. And I’ve butchered quite a few extension cords over the years . . . (keeps the solder-gun & electric tape guys in business!! 😉
PROS: Grab-n-GO!! NO MORE heavy, tangled cords to mess with, cut / trim / de-forest at YOUR WHIM, NOT the length of the cord, the placement of power sockets, or the fragility of said extension cables . . . (You just MIGHT start eye-balling your NEIGHBORS forest JUST for the exercise, the fun, or the diabolical ability to leave a pile of clippings on THEIR lawn, for THEM to clean up)!!! LOL This is also THE QUITEST trimmer I have ever used. I dabbed a touch of WD-40 along the shaft when I first got it. Almost limitless trimming possibilities, FOR the typical homeowner. THAT said, if you expect to pay $55 for this fine tool & use it in a commercial setting: perhaps 2-3 hours daily, during HOT “peak summer months” with little down time to cool off, then REALLY: Shouldn’t you have paid a bit more for the heavy-duty pole trimmer?? Common SENSE rules, here, folks!!
CONS: The ONLY “con” I can muster, is it MAY take a non martial-artist a bit of time to get a feel for 2 handed pole work. Watch: Darth Maul’s fight scene in “Phantom Menace” ?? Crouching Tiger has a bunch of pole arm scenes . . . KEEP an eye on the blades as they’re chopping away, don’t NIP your ears, your pants or toes . . . 😉
End of the day: for $55, you can’t expect “HEAVY DUTY” usage from this tool, but THINK of all the time you can save, just grabbing a charged battery, a $3 plastic handle vice & putting this to work . . you will trim EASILY triple the shrubs with THIS tool, in the same time as dragging out a corded model AND the dreaded CORD. You will get MORE done, QUICKER with this model, I’d NEVER dream of needing to switch out batteries in the same day. BY THE TIME you use up 1 fully charged battery, you’ll have hours of clippings to rake, blow or mulch, so WHY dump a 4 day CLEANUP job onto your lawn, just so you can pressure-test the motor??
PROBABLY the best NEW tool variation I’ve ever stumbled across!!
Yeah, it’s HEAVY.
I have to switch arms practically every ‘swipe’ of the cutting ‘blade’. An attachable harness would help but, the ‘pole’ is too short to make that much if any use.
And as others have mentioned, only having 5 positions available to setting the cutting head is pretty limiting and I found no use for it although I might when it comes to the Fall and I need to lop all the perennials down practically to the ground.
About the only reason I went ahead and purchased it, even having read MANY reviews on it was due to two reasons, I like the Black & Decker products I already have and so wouldn’t have to worry about having different batteries from different manufacturers and, using the regular B&D cordless trimmer wasn’t cutting it, pun intended, because without this I was having to wade into the hedge just to reach all away through the top.
From a balance point of view, I found putting a 4ah battery on it helped a little, very little but it helped some.
The one other positive point I could mention is that I won’t have to spend as much time at the gym to build up my upper body strength. :-()
I gave it a ‘4’ because it not only did what it said it would do but also, it did what I expected it to do, including the negative points and, “It’s the nature of the beast” as all the other cordless pole hedge trimmers have exactly the same issues.
I just took this out of the box a few hours ago, charged it up, and have used it for ten minutes, so maybe this will change over time.
As others have noted, the build on this unit is pretty flimsy. But in ways that surprised me for B&D. The cutter head mount seems flimsy and it flexes side to side as you cut. The rest of the unit seemed reasonably sturdy for a cordless unit attempting to be as light as possible.
I was a bit disappointed that there are only five head angles a 45 degree increments. I really would like a 22.5 degree stop point.
The cutting power is adequate for my first job (see attached photos). I found if I cut too quickly through the heavier branches, it might just come to a complete stop. When it did, it didn’t seem like it was doing much damage to the unit as it sometimes does with a corded unit, so they apparently designed for this occurrence. I have a much larger job I will do later in the season that involves cutting weeds and small Yaupon on about 1/8 of an acre, so I will report back. I plan on taking several days to accomplish that in the cooler weather. The battery life will give me a good excuse to take my time.
The attached photos were done to clear the area for some maintenance we’re going on our sprinkler system. I wouldn’t normally trim hedges to the bone like this, but I thought this was a good test and shows what you can do in 10 minutes.
I originally purchased the Green Works version of this hedge clipper. It lasted for about 9 minutes and was returned to Amazon. I was hesitant about ordering a similar product but decided to take a chance. This B&D unit is built stronger and works better. As others have noted, it is heavy. But it cuts well and stood up to my trying to cut a wire fence a couple of times, with no damage. I am able to get through 6 or 8 small bushes and two 6ft bushes without the battery getting depleted. The angled head allows both overhead and ground level cutting which is quite convenient at times.
Regardless of what others say this was heavy and quickly tiring to use. The second time I used it on one battery it overheated, smoke came out of the sides of the motor and it died. Replacement ordered.
The replacement lasted 2 weeks, overheating with smoke pouring out of the motor. Now it is too late to return. These engines cannot stand up to battery operation or normal hedges, DO NOT BUY>