A powerful and easy trimmer to use
I bought my Ryobi cordless hedge trimmer OHT 185 1R in 2017 from Bunnings. It is used intensively and has never let me down. It will cut through branches up to the size of the cutter bar. It is important to oil the cutter bar after every use, using SAE 30-40 engine oil. CRC or RP7 is to light!!. A great investment for the garden. My wife loves to use it on her box hedge.
Best hedge trimmer
I do my own hedges and also others in the family. This is such a great hedge trimmer.
The long blade ensures I can reach across and makes it easier to get a straight cut. It is not too heavy for me to handle. I have owned it a year and use it fortnightly and it is still cutting well. I am unsure of what to do if the blades dull, are they able to be sharpened? A question I didnt think to ask and get answered before I bought it.
Purchased in March 2018.
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Changed from petrol to battery after 15 years as a lot of my trimming is done on a ladder. Much lighter, quieter and easier to use. The twist grip is handy. Feels just as powerful as the petrol. I already had a 2.5amp battery and bought a 2nd one for this trimmer which I have needed due to the amount of hedges I have. The charge lasts a while so you may be happy with one.
Plenty of grunt
I was hesitant in buying a battery powered hedge trimmer. I convinced myself that I needed petrol or electric to get through my hedges. But the guy at bunnings suggested I try the ryobi one plus. The weight alone was enough to convince me to go with the ryobi. So much lighter than the petrol and electric. I still wasn’t sure it was going to power through the hedges but it more than handled it and battery life is great.
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Does the job very well.
This is the first hedge trimmer I have ever owned so I can't compare it to the competition. With that out of the way, I can honestly say that I wish I had bought one of these sooner! What would take me an hour with the sheers is over in 5 minutes with this trimmer. It even cuts the thicker branches with little effort. It feels sturdy in the hand, like it could take a bit of abuse.
It does have some weight to it once you plug in the battery (about 4kg) but the grips are comfortable enough to use without my hands getting tired. I chose this t...rimmer over the others in the same price range because the grips can be rotated to make it easier to cut vertically. The trimmer also has a safety feature that stops it from operating when you don’t have both hands on the grips. It instantly stops if it slips out of your hands! Saved my garden hose. One thing to note is that it doesn’t come with a battery or charger, but I used the same battery from my Ryobi line trimmer. The trimmer also does NOT come with the hedge sweep that it shown in the display picture, but I never felt like it needed one.
I have a big garden with much trimming required. When I bought the place I started with manual trimming, impossible task. I then tried a corded power trimmer, found this dangerous and inconvenient. Next step was motorised hedge trimmer - this worked well but was much too heavy for me. In desperation I bought this product - at last I found a solution, it cuts great, is lightweight and easy to adjust. I bought a 2.5 ah battery for it and find this lasts multiple uses, never have run out of juice when starting with a full battery.
Fantastic - A back saving device
We have plenty of hedges to trim, along with shrubs in a rather large garden. I bought this product in the hope that it would replace the heavy petrol hedge trimmers for at least some jobs and at the same time be kinder to body and back in particular.
Not only does this product weigh over 2 kilos less than our petrol shears, but it has equal power. Unbelievable, the 5 amp battery lasts the distance, and these shears have made light work of an otherwise arduous task. Would I buy them again? The answer is yes 10 times over.
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What a great piece of kit.
I purchased this yesterday after doing some research on the One + range. I was originally getting a standard trimmer and found the pole trimmer on the shelf next to it. The pole one suited me better so I took it home. It wasn't in kit form so I had to purchase the battery. After checking into it, it doesn't look to be cheaper getting a kit over separate purchases anyway. This gave me the opportunity to get a slightly larger, 2.5ah battery. I charged the battery and the next day, did a solid 30 minutes on a rough hedge. It easily handled everyth...ing up to 12mm and with a bit of fiddling, it lopped off larger ones up to maybe 16mm with ease as well. It gets a bit heavy at full extension. I'm a fairly solid (but unfit) bloke and my shoulders ached for a couple of hours afterwards. On the short setting it was easy to use. After 30 minutes the battery gauge still showed 3 out of 4 bars.
Massive step up from last model
I was given one of these by Bunnings as a warranty replacement for the last model which the handle broke on.
This thing is excellent. I go looking for things to hedge now. It has a protector on the end on the cutter that protects it when you get low along paths etc, it has a handle that rotates to different angles which makes it a lot easier to use and the switches to make it go (two points of contact) do not require herculean strength to keep it going.
Great product development and a 2yr warranty which has just restarted for me.
Questions & Answers
how to replace cutting blades
You don't say why you want to replace them? but if you did you would have to dismantle the whole body to split it apart to get to the whole cutter bar, and unscrew the bolts that hold the bar together. I have done this on a corded Bosh cutter, the principle is the same,just takes a little time and patience. All the best,
What is the difference between the ryobi 1851 and 1855 hedge trimmers?
Not sure, the 1851 is 18V, it may be the other being 1855 might have a power cord. I would check with Ryobi directly. The power models are normally cheaper but of course the whole idea is convenience and freedom of movement hence the battery models are so much better.
Hi, Bunnings told me today that the Ryobi OHT1851R does not come with the Hedge Sweep but this photo clearly shows it is availed. This would be very useful in cutting my Boganvillea hedge. In fact, it has held me back from purchasing this Ryobi hedge trimmer. Can you please tell me where I can obtain a Hedge Sweep for the Ryobi OHT1851R? Many thanks
Sorry. Mine is battery powered and different to the one you're after. I got mine from Bunnings and they're still on the shelf
Mine came with a hedge sweep, used it once and found it to be a waste of time. Quicker to use a plastic rake and a blower to clean up.
In theory it is a good idea but in practice it doesn't do much. If you really want one go into bunnings and have a look at the box it comes in, well meaning sales people sometimes get it wrong.
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