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Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer review

The Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer can handle the most challenging trimming tasks, but comes without the nose of most gas trimmers.

Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer review
(Image: © Lowe's)

Our Verdict

The Husqvarna 122HD60 is a powerful hedge trimmer with a healthy range of easy-to-use features.

For

  • Powerful gas model
  • Low-noise compared to most gas trimmers
  • Versatile design makes it ideal for a variety of garden types

Against

  • Heavier than electric models

The Husqvarna 122HD60 is a powerful model, which took the top spot in our roundup of the best hedge trimmers, with a healthy range of easy-to-use features. This gas hedge trimmer can handle the most challenging trimming tasks. You can buzz your way through tough, woody stems as well as take on easier trimming chores.

It can be hard to find a high-quality gas hedge trimmer which gets the balance right between usability and performance. Some hedge trimmers are incredibly powerful and can cause quick fatigue, with nothing to dampen vibrations. On the other end of the scale, less high-power models are often not strong enough to break through tough branches or areas in need of higher maintenance. The Husqvarna 122HD60 is the perfect all-rounder when it comes to gas hedge trimmers, with features such as noise dampening making it a great pick for people who don't want to make enemies of their neighbours! This doesn't come at the expense of practical usability, with a powerful engine which delivers 4,050 cuts per minute. 

Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer: What you need to know

One thing to note is that this trimmer is heavy and somewhat cumbersome, particularly when you need to use it overhead or work in the yard for extended periods. With an empty fuel tank, it weighs in at 10.8 pounds, and the fuel increases that weight. To reduce muscle stress and fatigue while you use it, the Husqvarna 122HD60 has vibration dampeners, letting you comfortably operate this hedge trimmer for long intervals.

The machine holds 10.14 fluid ounces and consumes 575 grams of fuel per kilowatt-hour. The engine has an output of 0.8 horsepower, providing ample power for heavy-duty cutting tasks, and it delivers 4,050 cuts per minute. This is a low-noise model, so it is less likely to disturb your neighbors, and you do not need heavy-duty ear protection. If you want something high-powered but aren't concerned about noise, check out the ECHO HC-152

The engine has a pull cord that gives you an easy startup. The Husqvarna 122HD60 also features an air purge capsule that lets you flush air out of the carburetor to help with the engine starting process. For safe operation, the throttle locks in the idle position, preventing accidental use. The engine muffler further reduces noise and directs exhaust emissions away from you.

hedge trimmer Husqvarna 122HD60

This trimmer delivers 4,050 cuts per minute, which helps with heavy trimming tasks. (Image credit: Lowe's)

With its dual-action blades measuring 23 inches, the Husqvarna 122HD60 has a generous maximum cutting diameter of 0.8 inches. The blades are stainless steel, so they are durable and resist corrosion. Surprisingly for this price point, this gas hedge trimmer does not have a shield to keep flying debris out of your face or a shoulder strap to ease the weight on your arms. It does, however, have a sheath to protect the blade in storage or transport, and a hand guard that keeps your hands from coming into contact with the moving blades if you lose your grip on the front handle.

The rear handle of this hedge trimmer is adjustable. It is easy to move and locks into place for safety. The handle also rotates 90 degrees to allow for comfortable use whether you're cutting horizontally or vertically. However, with only two possible placements, the handle is not as adjustable as those on some other models. If you don't need a high-power options and would rather something for smaller tasks, consider the Kobalt KHT 240-07

Should you buy the Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer?

The Husqvarna 122HD60 is a high-end gas hedge trimmer with a strong and quiet-running engine. Considering its price point, though, it is missing a number of extras, such as a debris shield, and it is rather heavy once fueled. However, with vibration reduction and a large maximum cutting diameter, it handles heavy-duty trimming work with ease.