Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer review

A quiet, powerful and efficient cordless hedge trimmer at a reasonable price.

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8

In a nutshell

With a strong, efficient cut this quiet, comfortable cordless hedge trimmer handles well, comes with a two-year warranty and is great value for money.
Set up/storage
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Handling
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Performance
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Value for money
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Pros: Efficient, wide blade

Blade tip protector and stout guard

Hanging storage facility

Top-loading battery
Cons: Instructions generic so not very clear
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What is the Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer?

This cordless hedge trimmer is part of the Stihl Compact Cordless Power System. Powered by 36V lithium-ion batteries, there are three Ah size batteries to choose from and two fast chargers and all are compatible with any of the tools in the range. The batteries have a charge indicator signalling how much charge is left via four LED lights and the chargers have lights to indicate when the batteries are charging and when they’re fully charged.
The hedge trimmer can be bought on its own or in a set with a battery and charger and has 45cm-long blades.

What is the Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer like to use?

With a wide, 30mm tooth spacing on the blade this hedge trimmer cuts efficiently and can cope with even mature, woody growth well. It’s quiet, comfortable and well balanced and is easy to use, with good safety features. It has a safety lock on the handle and the battery is top loading, with a neutral locking position. The battery is held securely but is not connected so you can safely carry it around the garden and it won’t start accidentally. When the battery is pushed in fully it’s ready to go.

The handle doesn’t rotate but the blade has a tip protector to prevent it getting damaged or cutting fences and walls that are nearby. The blade guard is stout and sturdy and feels built to last. Only the instructions, which are generic and not very clear, let it down.

Who is the Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer most useful for?

This is ideal for trimming larger, more mature hedges and shrubs and for working in larger gardens for extended periods of time.

Is the Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer good value for money?

This costs £199 for the hedge trimmer, battery and charger or £109 for the tool on its own. Both the battery and charger are compatible with all the other tools in the range, saving you money in the future when you expand your tool kit. This hedge trimmer cuts efficiently, is light and easy to use and comes with a two-year warranty. We think it’s excellent value for money.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Stihl
Name Stihl HSA 56
Model HSA 56
Price £199.00
Hedge trimmer type Cordless

Features

Powered by Lithium-ion battery
45cm
Noise 91dB
Weight 3.7kg
Warranty 2YEAR
Feature notes

Battery size: 36V 59Wh