Black and Decker LHT2220 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review

Black and Decker LHT2220The full description of this item is Black and Decker LHT2220 20V Max Lithium Ion Cordless 22-Inch Hedge Trimmer, the new version of two older models – Black and Decker NHT2218 18-Volt NiCad Cordless 22-Inch Hedge Trimmer (will eventually be discontinued), and the very popular Black and Decker NHT518 18-Volt NiCad 22-Inch Cordless Electric Hedge Trimmer (already discontinued by the manufacturer).

PROS:

  • Affordable price.
  • Better & lighter interchangeable battery – 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery, with longer lifespan and charge retention than NiCad batteries from the older models.
  • Quiet and powerful operation.
  • Lightweight, only 5.7 pounds.
  • Excellent design ergonomics – Very comfortable to hold and has a nice soft grip that allows you to maneuver the tool with ease.
  • Can hardly feel any vibration due to counter acting upper and lower blades.

CONS:

  • The blade shield is a cheap plastic cover and it’s very difficult to remove the sheath or to put it back on the blade for storage.
  • Takes at least 4 hours to fully recharge battery with the included LCS20 battery charger.
  • Black and Decker claims that it can trim up to 3,000 square feet of actual hedges per charge. This statement is rather ambiguous. What type of hedges? The truth is, you’ll only get about 30 minutes of trimming work done with one full charge. And that depends very much on what you’re cutting.

BOTTOM LINE:

Overall, the Black and Decker LHT2220 is a good quality hedge trimmer. The Lithium-Ion battery definitely offers a longer lifespan and retains its charge many times longer than NiCad batteries. Lithium-Ion batteries are more environment-friendly since they contain no toxic metals (others contain lead and cadmium), and they are generally categorized as non-hazardous waste.

The LHT2220 is light and easy to maneuver. If you have other 20V Max Lithium Ion tools (cordless drills, blowers, string trimmers, etc), all batteries are interchangeable to work with. It would be tough to find another Lithium-Ion powered hedge trimmer in the 20V range with 22″ blade length that are priced under $100. I would recommend this product.

Buy Black and Decker LHT2220 Lithium Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer

On a side note, if you’ve a lot of hedges to trim, a second battery is a must. You may even consider getting a rapid charger to cut down the ridiculously long charging time with the included charger. I recommend, if I may, Black & Decker L2ACF-OPE 20V MAX Lithium Ion Fast Charger, which costs about $40, fully charges 20v MAX in 30 minutes.

Black and Decker LHT2220 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Overview

Black and Decker LHT2220 HandleThe Black and Decker 20-volt MAX Lithium 22-inch cordless hedge trimmer is full of features that not only make it comfortable and easy to use for big jobs, but also make it agile and precise enough to get professional-looking results.

Featuring a full wrap-around front handle, the LHT2220 gives you a cushioned gripping area in all cutting orientations so you can carve precise edges high or low, remove deep growth, and precisely shape hedges and brush with ease. It cuts branches up to 3/4-inch in diameter, so even large shrubbery and overgrown landscapes are no problem.

Highlights:

  • 22-inch dual-action blades cut branches with minimal vibration.
  • Cutting strokes per minute: 2400.
  • 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery reduces overall weight and provides longer battery life.
  • Max cutting capacity: 3/4 inch.
  • Wraparound handle allows multiple gripping positions.
  • Weighs 5.7 pounds.
  • Energy Star rated.
  • Backed by a 2-year limited warranty.
  • Included: LHT2220 20-volt MAX lithium-ion cordless hedge trimmer, LBXR20 battery, LCS20 battery charger, and operating instructions.

Comparison: Black and Decker LHT2220, NHT2218 & NHT518

Model LHT2220 NHT2218 NHT518
Blades 22-inch dual-action 22-inch dual-action 22-inch dual-action
Battery Type 20-volt MAX Lithium-Ion 18-volt NiCad 18-volt NiCad
Battery Run-time About 30 minutes Up to 30 minutes Up to 30 minutes
Max cutting capacity 3/4 inch 3/4 inch 3/4 inch
Cutting Strokes per Minute 2,400 2,400 2,400
Weight 5.7 pounds 6.7 pounds 6.4 pounds
Warranty 2-year limited warranty 2-year limited warranty 2-year limited warranty
Estimated Cost of Ownership $90 $70 Discontinued
Buy from Amazon Buy Black & Decker LHT2220 Buy Black & Decker NHT2218 Discontinued

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