Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer review

A powerful, versatile and feature-packed cordless hedge trimmer.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5

In a nutshell

A powerful cordless hedge trimmer with lots of features, including a rotating handle and speed control. It cuts all growth well but is relatively heavy. Comes with a one-year warranty that is extended to three if purchase registered.
Set up/storage
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Handling
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Performance
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Value for money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Versatile, with 6 cutting speeds

Powerful and efficient

5 - position handle

Safety features

Tip protector and stout blade guard
Cons: Relatively heavy
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What is the Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer?

A cordless hedge trimmer that is powered by 36V via two 18V 3Ah lithium-ion batteries. It has a 55cm long blade and a 36mm tooth spacing, which is the widest we tested.

What is the Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer like to use?

This is a versatile, powerful trimmer that’s packed with features including a lock /unlock switch, a tool protection system and a tip protector to prevent damage to the blade – this also has a hole in it so you can hang it up easily when it’s not in use. The blade guard is stout, sturdy and built to last.

This hedge trimmer has six cutting speeds activated by a speed control dial. The handle rotates into five different positions, making it easier to cut higher growth above head height and shape at otherwise awkward angles. The 36mm-wide tooth spacing helps it cut woody, mature growth with ease. The Makita DUH551Z is heavier than many of the hedge trimmers we tested, but the rotating handle does help to moderate this.

Who is the Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer most useful for?

With its many features, rotating handle and powerful efficient cut, this is ideal for use in the larger garden with mature shrubs and established hedging. Recommended for the stronger, more able gardener as some may find it heavy to use.

Is the Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer good value for money?

This powerful, feature packed hedge trimmer costs £250 and comes with a one-year warranty although this is extended to three years when purchase is registered. We think it’s good value for money

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Makita
Name Makita DUH551Z
Model DUH551Z
Price £250.00
Hedge trimmer type Cordless

Features

Powered by Lithium-ion battery
55cm
Noise 93dB
Weight 5.3kg
Warranty 1YEAR
Feature notes

Battery size: 36V (2 x 18V) 3Ah


Warranty 1 year, 3 years if registered