Updated 21 Sep 2016

Stihl

HSE 61

Snapshot: The Stihl HSE 61 is a mains-electric powered hedge trimmer with a 500W motor and 50cm blade. But is it a cut above the rest?

HSE 61
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$345

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Test results

Overall score
83
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent trimming performance (can cut thick branches).
  • Easy to use.
  • Very well-balanced.
  • Hedge-trimming visibility is good.
  • Has wrap-around front handle and rotating rear handle.

But

  • Heavy.

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
Mains-electric
Avg price
$345

Specifications

Motor power (W)
500
Run time (min)
n/a
Charge time (mins)
n/a
Voltage (V)
n/a
Battery size tested (Ah)
n/a
Battery cost ($)
n/a
Blade length (cm)
50
Tooth gap (cm)
2.2
Noise (dBA)
90
Weight (kg)
4.2

Features

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

More Info

Availability
Stihl shops