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Stihl HSA 86 cordless hedge trimmer

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is the Stihl hsa86 cordless hedge trimmer good enough to be used for garden business use?

Would of thought so, just got to take in to account how long a battery will last, so take however many you think you will need, and you’ll need to have a means to charge them or any spares you take with you. Or its remembering to charge them every time you return to base.
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I would've thought if your doing gardening and wanted a cordless kit it might be worth buying the ar1000/2000 backpack battery couple of hundred quid on fr jones but will run for approx 450 mins fully charged and takes 2 hours to charge less stuff to forget when leaving a job and less charging time for batteries 

 

Just a suggestion 

Jack 

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Me being a clout head with spelling
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Don't overlook pellenc as a brand, I demoed their backpack battery hedge trimmer and was very impressed. They are far more involved in the actual development of batteries than others seem to be.

I would be inclined to say go for the backpack kit regardless of make, better balance, much better range between charges. 

Only if using a polesaw would I prefer to have the small battery fitted.

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Yes, depends on how much and what you are trimming. When I bought my HSA86 they were the largest set of standard cordless trimmers that Stihl made. I used them for light - medium trimming jobs, anything too large had to be tackled with the petrol HS81R. I have been very impressed with how light they were and the battery life, typically around 3 hours on AP300 battery, two fully charged batteries keep me going all day hedge trimming and take just over 1 hour to charge from flat with AL300 charger. I bought the telescopic long reach HLA85 trimmers too, and was equally impressed with the performance. However, I have trimmed hedge for 3 seasons with both sets and have started to experience a few major problems towards the end of 2018 season. The microswitch in the front handle on the HSA86 started to play up and became intermitant in its operation and had to bypass the switch and permanantly connect to two wires to get working again on the job site. The HLA85 failed around October last year when I still had of hedge cutting jobs booked, hey failed whilst on a job so had to use the petrol trimmers to finish off. The problem was the worn gears, although the trimmers have an overload protection, I believe when the gears begin to wear the overload protection didn't seem to work well. The motor has an helical shaft that drives a large gear that in turn works the blades. You have to replace the whole motor and large gear, Stihl dealer got me price it was going to cost around £150 for parts + fitting, quoted me £350 for new trimmers, so bought a new set and kept old ones for spares. The HSA86 have now started to experience similar problems with the drive shaft and gears. I'm tempted to invest in the HSA94 T, would expect they are more robust for Pro use, but a lot more money and not strictly cordless as you need to carry battery on belt or backpack. I do like the HSA86 because they battery fits in the trimmers and definitely buy another set. The Stihl MSA200 chainsaw is pretty good too.

Has anyone had similar problems with their cordless tools?

Hope this may help those are considering going cordless.

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