With 4 amps of power and a 22-inch blade, the Toro 51490 electric hedge trimmer is solid enough to handle small jobs with some frequency. It weighs 6.1 pounds -- light enough to move around easily, although a few owners say it starts to feel heavy during long jobs. Others wish for an on-lock trigger feature.
Plenty of power for small jobs. The 4-amp Toro 51490 electric hedge trimmer has plenty of power for cutting through modest-size branches. Its 22-inch, hardened-steel blade offers plenty of reach, and owners say it'll cut through anything that fits between the teeth -- although it can take a little time, and leave a less-than-perfect cut as it approaches its 1/2-inch maximum capacity. Still, for smallish jobs there are absolutely no complaints; most reviewers are thrilled with getting a solid, basic tool at a good value.
A modest weight. At 6.1 pounds, the Toro 51490 electric trimmer is plenty light enough for just about anybody, including petite women -- and users say it produces very little vibration. However, it can get heavy if you use it for an extended period. A loop-style handle runs perpendicular to the axis of the hedge trimmer, making it easy for both left- and right-handed users to maneuver the Toro 51490 at various angles.
Lacks an on-lock trigger. Reviewers acknowledge that the Toro 51490 is a simple tool, but say it has good features where it counts -- including a handle that's equally friendly to left- and right-handed users, and a palm trigger that makes it relatively easy to maintain your grip while working, although a number of owners wish it had an on-lock trigger to make this even easier.
If the Toro 51490 has one weakness, it's a tendency for the extension cord to sometimes come unplugged -- even with the included cord lock. It comes with a two-year warranty.
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About a hundred Amazon.com users give the Toro 51490 electric hedge trimmer a 4.6-star rating out of 5. They say it's light and easy to use, and capable of chewing through anything that fits between the teeth of its blade -- although it may take a while for branches approaching the 1/2-inch max.
Review: Toro 51490 Corded 22-Inch Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
More than 80 HomeDepot.com reviewers give the Toro 51490 a 4.7-star score out of 5. They say it's great for small jobs and easy to lift and maneuver, even for petite women -- although it can start to feel heavy if used for an extended period.
Review: Toro 22 in. Corded Hedge Trimmer, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2014