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May 9, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Greenworks 82V Hedge Trimmer GH260

Greenworks 82V Hedge Trimmer GH260

The Greenworks 82V Hedge Trimmer is part of what Greenworks calls their “commercial” line of battery-powered OPE. It’s certainly debatable whether battery power will ever supplant gas engines, regions like Europe and states like California aren’t holding back. While I’d love to have some well-reasoned, open-minded discussion of the future of gas and battery power over a cold Blue Moon garnished with an orange slice, I supposed I’ll focus on the product at hand.


Greenworks 82V Hedge Trimmer Key Features

  • 26″ Blade: Greenworks shows some confidence in the power of their 82V platform with a 26″ blade – 2″ more than most brands have settled into.

  • Brushless Motor: If we’re ever going to seriously challenge gas engines, we’ll need brushless motors to do it. Greenworks ensures their commercial hedge trimmer has one.

 

  • 180° Rotating Head: If we only needed to trim hedges on the top and at waist height, you’d never need a rotating head. But for those of us that live and work in the real world, adjusting the angle really helps keep hedges looking nice without inducing Carpal Tunnel.

 

  • Less Noise, No Emissions: Whether you’re working in an area with noise ordinances, just keeping the noise down out of respect for your neighbors, or you want to reduce gas emissions, less noise and no emissions are two of the major benefits of any battery-powered OPE.

Greenworks 82V Hedge Trimmer GH260

First Impressions

At first glance, this thing is heavy. My go-to hedge trimmer is the Milwaukee M18 Fuel with a 9.0 Ah battery and it’s nearly 2 pounds lighter than the 13.1 pounds Greenworks comes in with. However, additional weight can mean better build quality and seeing as how this is Greenworks’ commercial line, I expect it to have heavier-duty components. You also have to expect at least some increase in weight with the longer blades.

When it comes to price, $189 for the bare tool, it’s in the middle of brands like EGO, Milwaukee, and Makita. According to OPE Reviews, the kit with a battery and charger will set you back $417 – right up there with Stihl (who purchased a minority share of Greenworks’ parent company in 2016) and Husqvarna.

Interestingly, those prices are difficult to verify online. Only one retailer pops up and it’s not one I’ve ever used. Considering the quality of the grammar on that site, it’s doubtful I ever would. However, go to Greenworks’ commercial website and they’re happy to show you hundreds of dealers across the country. It looks like that along with the commercial name, they’re also going for a commercial buying experience where you work with your local dealer rather than making your transactions online. If the quality, performance, and customer service are there, they could make a run for a Stihl-esque business model for the cordless OPE sector.


This is where I leave you to the firmer foundation of what the OPE Reviews team has experienced with this model. They put it through its paces in a head to head shootout and break it down in more detail in their standalone review.

Best Cordless Hedge Trimmer Shootout

Greenworks 82V Hedge Trimmer Key Features

  • 26″ blade with a jam release feature reverses blade at the push of a button to safely free jams
  • A brushless motor delivers more torque and longer life for your investment
  • 180° rotating handle allows easy trimming at multiple angles
  • 50% less noise allows you to start jobs earlier in the day without disrupting clients
  • 1.5-hour runtime with fully charged 2.5Ah battery

Greenworks 82V Hedge Trimmer Specifications

  • Model: Greenworks GH260
  • Weight: 13.1 lbs
  • Dimensions: 46″ x 8″ x 10″
  • MSRP: $189 for bare tool

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T.J. Haas

Seems like they come out with a new battery platform every week or their nomenclature is just super confusing.

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