The Husqvarna 122HD45 gas trimmer is considerably more expensive than other models, but the cost is worth it if you have a large yard or use a trimmer on a regular basis. Online reviews are scarce, but users who do comment say this hedge trimmer works well and is built to last.
Pro quality for amateur users. The Popular Mechanics blog uses this model as a benchmark when contrasting gas and battery-powered machines, and users confirm the Husqvarna 122HD45 is a high-grade hedge trimmer. Users say this trimmer cuts shrubs superbly without leaving a choppy finish. On Lowes.com, some professional landscapers even report using this model as a backup trimmer for their go-to trimming tools. The Husqvarna may have earned a higher spot in our rankings; unfortunately, there are few reviews available for the 122HD45 to make a definitive opinion. It has a two-year warranty from the manufacturer.
Easy setup and simple operation. Users say the Husqvarna 122HD45, despite being near professional quality, is easy to use. "Right out of the box I was pleased with the way it started and has worked since," a Lowes.com contributor states. Performance, with 4,050 cuts per minute and the capacity to chew through 4/5-inch branches, melds power with a relatively lightweight body that can easily be maneuvered to shape hedges.
As one user quips, "my shrubs do not look like they have been gnawed off." Some Lowes.com reviewers say the throttle is problematic and the gas exhaust sometimes blows in operators' faces. No users report any safety concerns.
Quieter than other gas models. A Lowes.com contributor who owns a landscaping business states that the Husqvarna 122HD45 "performs great (and) quiet." That said, like all gas-powered hedge trimmers, it does make some noise. Even when doing short trimming tasks, a user says "ear protection is not an option; it's required."
In this review, Evan Rothman records the reactions of two professional golf course groomers as they use the Stihl HSA 65, cordless, and the gas Husqvarna 122HD45. The cordless Stihl is easier to use but compares well in performance with the gas model, Rothman writes.
Review: Backyard Battle : Gas vs. Electric Lawn Tools, Evan Rothman, Not dated
Ten Lowes.com contributors give the Husqvarna 122HD45 mostly good reviews. They say the trimmer is quiet and easy to use, but the gas exhaust blows in the user's face. While some users say it works great right out of the box, others report problems with the throttle.
Review: Husqvarna 21.7cc 2-Cycle 18-in Dual Blade Gas Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of June 2013