The market for hedge trimmers contains an almost overwhelming variety of choices. As a consumer, the first initial challenge will be cutting down this list to a manageable number of choices to research. With a reputation for making quality home use power tools, it is easy to see why the Black and Decker HT22 Hedge Trimmer would end up on initial list for potential purchase. With features like a powerful 4-amp motor, ¾ inch cutting capacity and a 22-inch blade, this trimmer deserves a second look from any consumer in the market for a new hedge trimmer.
Features of the Black and Decker HT22 Hedge Trimmer
One of the most important things to ask when buying a hedge trimmer is “Does this trimmer have sufficient cutting power to meet my needs?” With a 4-amp motor and 3200 strokes per minute, the Black & Decker HT22 is one of the most powerful hedge trimmers on the market. When you add in the a ¾ inch cutting capacity the trimmer is a good fit for heavy duty trimming needs. Our reviews indicate that the HT22 can easily tackle larger branches and mature shrubs.
The 22-inch blade provides a wide cutting surface While it is not the largest blade available on the market, it still is a large size and provides sufficient cutting surface for the average property owner. This model features pre-harden dual steel blades for added durability.
Coming in at 5.5 lbs, the HT22 is one of the lightest trimmers on the market. The decrease in weight will make longer trim jobs less stressful for the hands, arms and chest. This decrease in weight does not come at the cost of performance. The HT22 has a powerful motor and the ability to cut thicker vegetation than similar models.
While lacking a rotating handle like other similar models, the HT22 does have the Black & Decker comfort grip full size handle. This feature means the handle wraps around the trimmer and is fully padded. This will help the user find a comfortable hand position and reduce strain during use.
The HT22 comes with a manufacturer 30-day money back guarantee and a 2-year warranty. Both are standard industry wide but are nice features to have on any power tool purchase. In terms of customer service, the Black & Decker online service support was not as easy to navigate as some other makers of hedge trimmers. Finding answers to questions required drilling down multiple menu levels. Further, unlike some websites service and support options were not all neatly laid out on a single landing page. Instead you had to check a page for questions, a page for parts, a page for contact and a page for authorized dealers. While online support options are somewhat cumbersome with over 150 owned dealers worldwide plus additional authorized distributors Black and Decker offers in person support options most other makers do not have.
As with virtually all electric trimmers, the Black & Decker HT22 does not come with a built-in electric cord. It requires the owner to provide an extension cord to plug into the trimmer and then into an electrical outlet. The HT22 requires a 16-gauge extension cord. When purchasing this product, you should ensure you have the appropriate weight and length cord to ensure safety. The trimmer does come equipped with a cord lock feature that will prevent the electric cord from accidently coming detached during use thus disrupting the required power source.
Finally, a key feature of all electric trimmers is that the user is not exposed to any toxic emissions or fumes at point of use. While the manufacture advertises the lack of fumes at point of use, it is important to remember that generation of electricity itself produces emissions. Use of an electric trimmer only changes the creation of fumes and depending on your electrical provider perhaps creates fewer emissions than the use of a gas-powered trimmer.
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What We Like
- The 4-amp motor in the Black & Decker HT22 is one of the most powerful motors in any trimmer available.
- With a cutting capacity of up to ¾ inch, the HT22 is up to tackling large scale vegetation.
- Coming in at 5.5 lbs, the HT22 is one of the lightest trimmers on the market
- The dual action blade has reduced vibrations 40% over similar single blade trimmers.
What We Don’t Like
- This is an electric powered trimmer. It must be connected to an electric outlet at all times to function. If you do not have sufficient outdoor outlets, this trimmer will not meet your needs.
- The Black & Decker HT22 does not have a rotating handle. This means it will be more difficult to switch cutting angles.
- Based on blade length and motor power, this trimmer has a slightly higher suggested retail price than other similar cutters. The HT22 does have a larger cutting capacity but if your trim job does not involve thick branches a different model might be are more economical choice.
- Online customer support from Black and Decker is not as user friendly as other manufacturers of law and garden equipment.
As with any lawn and garden equipment purchase, you need to ask yourself key questions about the job at hand before buying. The HT22 has many great features that would benefit a property owner. The 22-inch blade ensures a large cutting surface while the ¾ cutting capacity will let you tackle large shrubs with ease. The light weight, dual action blade and comfort gripe handle all will help decrease user fatigue.
On the negative side, this is a corded trimmer so will only be useful if you have enough outdoor outlets to easily reach the vegetation to be trimmed. Furthermore, this trimmer lacks a rotating handle. If you have vegetation that requires trimming at multiple angles this may make the job more difficult.
Over all the Black and Decker HT22 Hedge Trimmer is a quality trimmer and depending on your specific needs may be a great addition to your lawn and garden equipment.