The GreenWorks 22102 is an electric trimmer, which takes the top spot for affordability in our roundup of the best hedge trimmers. However, it comes with relatively low power and cutting capacity. For light tasks and young or thin hedges, shrubs, and bushes, it is a good option, but it is unsuitable for heavy-duty tasks.
With a 2.7-amp engine, the GreenWorks 22102 delivers moderate power that is suitable for light trimming duties, such as some simple hedge grooming. A key benefit of this model, as an electric hedge trimmer, is that it produces no emissions. Both you and your neighbors will also appreciate that this hedge trimmer runs quietly.
GreenWorks 22102 hedge trimmer: What you need to know
This trimmer has a maximum cutting capacity of 0.375 inches, so it cannot tackle thick, dense stems. The steel blades measure 18 inches, which means you get comparatively short strokes as you trim vegetation. This increases the amount of time it takes to groom a hedge compared to using a model with longer blades.
The GreenWorks 22102 uses dual-action blades, which reduce vibration and the accompanying muscle fatigue. This type of blade also provides an even cut.
This hedge trimmer has a very short power cord, so it most likely will require an extension cord long enough to cover your garden area. The extension cord connects to the power cord and loops through the handle, then over the cord retention hook. This stops the cord from pulling out of the outlet while the hedge trimmer is in use. Generally speaking, top-end hedge trimmers will be cordless. This gives you extra flexibility and saves you from worrying about accidentally cutting through your cord. However, if you're after a less expensive option then it's not too difficult to adapt to a corded model, and you get the added advantage of not having to mix fuel or recharge batteries, which can come with cordless electric and gas options such as the Kobalt KHT 240-07 or ECHO HC-152.
The GreenWorks 22102 features double insulation. This puts an extra layer between you and the electrical system, helping to keep you safe in the event of an electrical anomaly. For further safety, the exposed metal components are all isolated from the internal electrical workings. The lack of a protective blade sheath means you must take care when storing or transporting the bare blade.
Weighing just 5.1 pounds, this model has even weight distribution for balance and stability. This assists you in getting even cutting strokes as you work. A lock-off switch on top of the rear handle, when engaged, prevents the engine from accidentally starting.
Another safety feature on this environmentally sound hedge trimmer is a combined debris and hand shield. However, the front auxiliary handle is a small bare bar rather than a padded loop. This reduces comfort and makes the trimmer awkward to use at different angles and above shoulder height.
Should you buy the GreenWorks 22102 hedge trimmer?
The light weight and short blade make the GreenWorks 22102 easy to maneuver, even when you need to undertake intricate trimming tasks to get a flawlessly manicured effect. This low-cost electric hedge trimmer also has ample safety features and offers general good value for light tasks and small gardens, though not for heavier tasks.