Bad service from Stihl
Stihl are really struggling to supply their battery equipment at the moment as it’s taken over 6 weeks to get an AP belt and harness to support using the hedgecutter as light weight piece of gear. A petrol one or an alternative battery brand would be better in my view and based upon my experience.
Purchased in May 2020 for $700.00.
I have just purchased the HSA86 and i'm totally wrapped ,first use was cutting 100 meters of box hedge then onto trimming 5 medium shrubs, after all that the battery is still showing 75% charge left. Amazing !
I was advised by the salesman to go for the big battery (AP 300 s) Might be a bit overboard but anyway very happy
Purchased in November 2019 for $720.00.
Wonderful product good power , nearly as good as petrol version , good battery life
Main benifit , no arm tingles or judder after use as you find with petrol version
Only quibble is support bar to blade broke at main pivot point after 18 months ,
Poor design , if you place product on floor carefully I don't think there would be
Any issues but if you treat it a little robustly it will crack at this pivot point
This is not the case with petrol models which is much robust
Purchased in March 2017 for $250.00.
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Space age equipment
Yeah, this tool is like something out of a science-fiction movie. Powerful, yet light and easy to use. Only had it for a week but been out there with it quite a bit and today I went over to a friend's place to cut back a badly over-grown hedge plant that was dreadfully tangled and messy. I only had to get the little chainsaw out a couple of times to cut off some woody branches.
I am amazed though that I have only charged the battery once. nd after all the work I've done with it, the battery still has 3 bars (out of 4) of charge. Frankly, I w...ish I had bought a cheaper battery, this bloody tool will not give me a break! ;-) Horrendously expensive though, but I could have bought a cheaper one. This one just looked more rugged and tool struggle to survive my careless handling, so I went for the better one.
Exceeded all expectations.
Hedges are time consuming to maintain and anything that makes it a little easier without any fuss is a blessing.
The Stihl HSA 85 is just that tool - it's powerful, quiet, no fumes, easy to clean, and a lot lighter than most of the petrol hedgers - although it's not light enough for a child to use.
Battery life is long - and by long I mean the user will run out of energy before the battery does.
I have around 50 x 3 x 3m of hedges and a lot of it consists of branches in the 15mm to 24mm range. I can get it all done on less than 20%,o...
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