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Toro 51494 22-Inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Reviewed By: Mark Rafferty
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With Toro being a specialist manufacturer in turf equipment they’re usually a good choice. They have been around since the early 1900s and are large suppliers to the industrial trade as well as manufacturing products for consumers. They’ve got a good collection of hedge trimmers too of which one is the Toro 51494.

It has been made to be powerful and long lasting with its 20-Volt lithium Ion battery. You can easily keep an eye on how much battery is left through the useful LED indicators. For strength and cutting power it has a hardened steel dual action blade which allows you to cut through up to 9/16 inch thick branches. For better angles when cutting vertically you can take advantage of its 90 degree rotating handle. The handle has been manufcatured for comfort to help avoid fatigue. Included is a 2 year warranty so if anything goes wrong that will keep your purchase safe for at least two years.

With a great brand and manufacturer behind the product and a sturdy well priced product it could be the hedge trimmer you’ve been looking for.

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  • Powerful battery
  • Strong dual action blades
  • Comfortable 90° degree rotating handle
  • Reputable brand
  • Battery doesn’t last very long
  • Not for thick branches



  • Powerful 20-volt cordless hedge trimmer offers go-anywhere convenience
  • 22-inch-long cutting bar with hardened-steel dual-action blades
  • 90-degree rotating handle makes vertical trimming comfortable
  • Soft-grip assist handle; lithium-ion battery included
  • Measures approximately 11 by 8 by 42-1/2 inches; 2-year warranty

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How to Choose a Battery Powered Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Cordless battery powered hedge trimmers are getting better. As battery technology gets better so do the products. Some brands are more reputable than others and some batteries last longer. What do you really need to look out for?

Battery & Power

If you want a long usage time you might expect to get around 40 to 50 minutes usage from a single charge of the most popular and efficient trimmers. The battery type to look out for is certainly lithium-ion which are long lasting, fast charging and have a long life cycle. You will also want to look out for the power given by a battery. Don't just look at the volts but also the amps as both matter when it comes to power. Other things are to check if the battery is removable so you can buy an extra battery to charge while one is in use.

Dual or Single Blade

Hedge trimmers  have dual and single blade options. Dual blade trimmers are usually preferred as you can swipe side to side while using. Single blade you can only go in one direction as there is only a blade on one side. This decision is down to personal preference or specialist needs.


Buying into reputable brands means that you can enjoy high quality products and product support. Recognizable brands are usually good to go with or do your research on the brand before you buy so you know if they are reputable and trustworthy.


Some hedge trimmers have different uses than others. Some may be for light work or others heavy work. Some may have a useful feature such as swivel handle or extending handle. Make sure you know what features match your usage needs.


Some hedge trimmers are adaptable to different situations by having available attachments. Take a look and see what attachments will help with your trimming needs.

Size & Weight

As you may need to reach hard to reach areas make sure to check the size dimensions. Some are long reaching while others aren't. It's also useful to know if the trimmer is lightweight as you may strain too much if you need to hold it in awkward positions.  


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