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Coming in at $100 cheaper than our next cheapest recommended battery-powered hedge trimmer, the DUH523SF earns first-equal in our cordless hedge trimmer test and represents a bargain, especially if you already own an 18V Makita LXT battery as you can pick up the skin for $169 from Bunnings. Its trimming performance is very good and it feels almost as powerful as a corded model, easily cutting thicker branches (up to 1.5cm in diameter). It’s also our lightest recommended cordless trimmer at 3.3kg, and runs for an hour of a single charge. The hand-guard’s design offers great visibility when trimming, a major bugbear with many trimmers. Its main weakness is the head doesn’t rotate, which would help the transition between different trimming angles.
Overall score includes:
We test by cutting horizontally (levelling the top of a hedge) and vertically (trimming the sides of the hedge).
Trimming performance scores are based on how quickly and easily the blade cuts through the hedge and the sharpness of the final cut. Penalties apply for jagged edges and when we notice the trimmer struggling with thicker branches.
Ease of use looks at:
01 Oct 2016, Peter I.
Product use: 6 months or more
Relatively quiet, well weighted, good length of bar, batteries match other power-tools, excellent performer. No cord makes a huge difference to ease & speed of job. I trust the Makita reliability as pro tools. Their Li-ion battery tech is fantastic (have a few that are still going strong 5+ years of very regular use)
Spare Batteries are silly expensive. (If you can buy this as a kit including a charger for 299 then it's a bargain. )
Yes, I recommend this product.
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