The Poulan Pro PP2822 gas-powered hedge trimmer is powerful enough to mow through large quantities of small branches (1/2 inch or less) very quickly. If you have to work with it above waist level, however, this 15.8-pound trimmer may tax your upper body strength -- your shoulders and back will definitely get a workout. It also has an awkward design: The exhaust blows back on right-handed users; most get around that by using it left-handed.
Professional quality. Most users love the way the Poulan Pro PP2822's 22-inch blade and 28 cc motor mow through their dense shrubbery faster than most electric or cordless models can manage; you get about a half-hour of operation from each tank of gas. On the downside its blades tend to be relatively fragile, although at least one user making this complaint admits to using it for indiscriminate woodbrushing, and this trimmer's power might tempt others to do the same. In general, however, reviewers say it performs best when used on branches up to 1/2 inch thick instead of its advertised 3/4-inch capacity. It's also very noisy, so you definitely need ear protection while using it.
On the heavy side. A word to the wise: The Poulan Pro PP2822 is fairly hefty -- 15.8 pounds. That's usually not a problem when working at or below waist level, but as one Lowes.com reviewer warns, "If you have hedges over 5 feet tall it can be cumbersome, heavy and hard on the back, arms and shoulders." Also, many right-handed users are frustrated by a left-side exhaust that blows into your face if you use the Poulan Pro above waist level; if you can get around that by using the trimmer left-handed, it's still a great tool.
No trigger lock leads to noisy revving. Owners love the Poulan Pro PP2822's swivel handle which rotates to 45 or 90 degrees, making it easier to use the trimmer in tight spaces or at odd angles. However, rotating the handle doesn't always fix the exhaust problem -- and there's no trigger lock to make an already-heavy trimmer easier to manage on long jobs.
Poulan provides a two-year warranty on parts and labor, but you should check to make sure there is an authorized service center near you. Also, be aware that replacement blades cost about $45 each (there are separate blades on the top and bottom).
More than 90 Amazon.com reviewers give the Poulan Pro PP2822 an average score of 4.3 stars out of 5. While its heavy, powerful engine makes it harder to carry around the garden, reviewers say it shortens actual trimming time. Some complain about the exhaust venting in their face.
Review: Poulan Pro PP2822 22-Inch 28cc 2 Cycle Gas Powered Dual Sided Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
After more than 60 reviews at Lowes.com, the Poulan Pro PP2822 gets a score of 3.7 stars out of 5. It gets kudos for its smooth operation and ease of use. The most common complaints focus on the machine's weight and the location of its exhaust.
Review: Poulan Pro 28-cc 2-Cycle 22-in Dual-Blade Gas Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of April 2014
More than a dozen reviewers give the Poulan Pro PP2822 an average score of 3.5 stars out of 5 at this online retailer. Most of these reviews are transferred from the Poulan Pro website. Owners say it performs well in general, but there are some durability complaints. Only 57 percent would recommend it to a friend.
Review: Poulan Pro PP2822 Hedge Trimmer with 22 in. Dual Action Blade, Contributors to TractorSupply.com, As of April 2014