The Black & Decker LHT2220 is one of the best values in cordless trimmers. It cuts effortlessly through small twigs and grass, but owners say it struggles if asked to manage up to its advertised capacity (3/4-inch branches) -- so it's best saved for jobs of 1/2 inch and below. Short battery life is an issue, but can be remedied with a 4.0Ah extended-life battery (Est. $68).
Cuts small branches well. The Black & Decker LHT2220 cordless hedge trimmer boasts 2,400 cutting strokes per minute and an impressive 3/4-inch maximum cutting capacity, but reviewers say it does better with branches of 1/2 inch or less. It's at its best when working on light growth and will cut through 1/4-inch twigs like butter, they say. The 22-inch blade is an efficient length, but battery life is a problem -- reviewers say the default 1.5Ah battery only provides 15 to 20 minutes of run time per eight-hour charge. A 4.0Ah extended-life battery, which might also be labeled as a "Max*" battery (Est. $68), provides up to two hours of run time.
Fairly light. The Black & Decker LHT2220 is one of the lightest cordless trimmers we've seen -- just 5.7 pounds without a battery and about 7.5 pounds with the battery. It gets plenty of accolades for being easy to maneuver, although it's just at the point where some users start to feel the weight with prolonged use.
It's also worth noting that the LHT2220 is occasionally sold without a battery -- so before you buy, check the specs to be sure you're getting what you want. (Our estimated cost includes the basic battery.)
Basic but portable. The Black & Decker LHT2220 has only basic features, but owners who are thrilled with its value don't seem to mind at all -- the only thing they really miss is a blade sheath, which came with earlier versions of this model. They also warn that the blades tend to rust easily if you don't keep them regularly oiled.
One other feature owners say they'd like to see on this trimmer is an on-lock switch, so you wouldn't have to squeeze the trigger constantly as you work. But overall they're pleased with the LHT2220's value and performance. The LHT2220 comes with a two-year warranty.
About 250 Amazon.com reviewers give this trimmer an average score of 4.7 stars out of 5 possible. Several lament the lack of a sheath and an on-lock switch, and complain about short battery run times -- but most like how the LHT2220 cuts through small bushes and grass.
Review: Black and Decker 20V Max Lithium Ion Cordless 22-Inch Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
About 50 HomeDepot.com users rate and review the Black & Decker LHT2220, giving it an average score of 4.6 stars out of 5. The consensus is that it cuts well, and reviewers like that you can buy a high-capacity battery -- but its run time is still short; some end up with three batteries and two chargers to make do.
Review: Black & Decker 22 in. 20-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2014