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.

What we tested

  • Set up/storage
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Handling
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Performance
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Versatile, with 6 cutting speeds
  • Powerful and efficient
  • 5 - position handle
  • Safety features
  • Tip protector and stout blade guard


  • Relatively heavy

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

NameMakita DUH551Z
Hedge trimmer typeCordless
Powered byLithium-ion battery
Blade length55cm
Feature notes

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

Warranty 1 year, 3 years if registered