Updated 21 Sep 2016

Stihl

HSA 66

Snapshot: The Stihl HSA 66 is a battery hedge trimmer with a 50cm blade. But is it a cut above the rest?

HSA 66
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$685

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Test results

Overall score
74
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good trimming performance.
  • Excellent run time of 90 minutes.
  • OK to use.
  • OK-balanced.
  • Has wrap-around front handle.
  • Hedge-trimming visibility is good.

But

  • No rotating rear handle.
  • Heavy.
  • Uncomfortable levels of vibration.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (50 percent)
  • Ease of use (50 percent)

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:

  • The general comfort and ergonomics of the hedge trimmer, including weight, balance, visibility, and the ease of using the controls.
  • The level of vibration.

Key data

Model

Type
Battery
Avg price
$685

Specifications

Motor power (W)
ns
Run time (min)
90
Charge time (mins)
70
Voltage (V)
36
Battery size tested (Ah)
4.2
Battery cost ($)
$175 (4.3Ah)
Blade length (cm)
50
Tooth gap (cm)
3.0
Noise (dBA)
88
Weight (kg)
4.7

Features

Wrap-around front handle
Rotating rear handle
×
Hand guard
Blade protecting teeth

More Info

Availability
Stihl shops