7 Best Pole Hedge Trimmers for Tall Hedges

Our top Pick: The Earthwise LPHT12022

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Get this model if you’re after the overall best pole hedge trimmer. We love how easy it is to operate even for the beginner. It’s also very low maintenance and one of the lightest weight options.

A pole hedge trimmer is needed when you have a hedge that is too tall to maintain simply by hand. With the need for precision and weight of a hedge trimmer, it can be very awkward to hold a hedge trimmer above your head. Telescoping poles help address this issue by allowing you to raise the trimmer with the pole. They can help you to trim hedges up to 9 Inches high.

We’ve provided a full buyers guide outlining our selection criteria at the end of this article. But for now, here’s a look at our top picks. 

The best pole hedge trimmers are:

  • Earthwise LPHT12022 – Our Top Pick (Cordless)
  • Worx WG252
  • Greenworks PH40B210
  • Garcare GPHT06 – Our Top Pick (Corded)
  • Dewalt DCPH820B
  • Sun Joe SJH902E
  • Black+Decker LPHT120

Best Pole Hedge Trimmers

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Top Pole Hedge Trimmers

Pole Length

Weight

Quick Review

Our Rating

1. Earthwise LPHT120228.8 Feet7.2 LbsGet this model if you’re after the overall best pole hedge trimmer. We love how easy it is to operate even for the beginner. It’s also very low maintenance and one of the lightest weight options.

9/10

2. Worx WG2527 Feet7.6 LbsGet this model if brand name matters – Worx is a well-known high quality brand in the hedge trimmer space. We like the light weight, ease of use, and great rotating handle on this model.

9/10

3. Greenworks PH40B2106.5 Feet9.25 LbsThis model is remarkably similar to the above Earthwise and Worx models but is a little heavier. Compare prices and pick the one that’s more affordable!

8.5/10

4. Garcare GPHT069 Feet~8 LbsGet this one if you don’t mind a corded model. We love that you can remove the pole entirely. It’s also got a great, large top handle for ease of use. The only reason it’s not top of our list is it’s corded.

8/10

5. Dewalt DCPH820B7 Feet7 LbsGet this one if power to cut through branches is your top priority. We rated this model high because of its excellent power, but you have to buy a battery separately, which does bother us.

8/10

6. Sun Joe SJH902E7.9 Feet8.8 LbsGet this one if you don’t mind being attached to an extension cord during the job. It’s got good specs and is strong, but it does have that pesky issue of being corded.

7/10

7. Black+Decker LPHT1206.5 Feet7.7 LbsGet this one if you’re a casual gardener who doesn’t need too much power. This is a small 18 Inch version that’s lightweight and gets the job done in a small garden or courtyard.

6.5/10

1. Earthwise LPHT12022 – Our Top Pick (Cordless)

Quick Review: Get this model if you’re after the overall best pole hedge trimmer. We love how easy it is to operate even for the beginner. It’s also very low maintenance – so lots of pros here!

  • Cut Capacity: 5/8 Inch
  • Weight: 7.2 Lbs
  • Blade Length: 20 Inches
  • Pole Extension Length: 8.8 Feet
  • Type: Battery Powered
  • Our Rating: 9/10

Get the Earthwise LPHT12022 if you want a comfortable-to-use hedge trimmer. The over-the shoulder strap helps you to hold it up for longer without getting exhausted. But even without the shoulder strap, at just 7.2 Lbs, it’s lighter than many competitors on this list.

As is standard, the pole is not detachable, but can be extended anywhere from 6.4 to 8.8 feet in length. While the brand claims it reaches over 9 feet, the pole itself reaches under 9 feet – so be conservative when looking at the length. You want to be able to bend the trimmer (it can bend to 90 degrees) and still have good reach.

The blade itself is a good length, although a little below average at 20 Inches (the average being 22 Inches). Most casual gardeners and landscapers would get away with a 20 Inch blade and be perfectly happy – but as a more professional gardener, you might find the shorter length a little frustrating. In terms of the blade’s strength, you’ll be able to cut through branches that are a little more than 1/2 an inch thick. This, again, is just a little below average.

Overall, this is a nice comfortable hedge trimmer for the casual gardener, but won’t satisfy the professional landscaper.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Comfortable to hold: With the shoulder strap and light weight, it’s a nice easy one to hold and operate.

Minimal Maintenance: Being battery powered, it’s also a lot easier to maintain than a gas powered model.

Great for Beginners: We’d recommend this to a casual gardener who just wants an easy to use, simple product.

Blade a Little Shorter than Average: At 20 Inches, the blade is 2 Inches less than our ‘minimum standard’ of 22 Inches – but that said, we go for more professional products, so a casual gardener may not worry as much.

Average Power: It can cut through 5/8 Inch diameter branches. This is less than, for example, the Dewalt reviewed on this list, but is still around the average you’d expect of a hedge trimmer.

2. Worx WG252

Quick Review: Get this model if brand name matters – Worx is a well-known high quality brand in the hedge trimmer space. We like the light weight, ease of use, and great rotating handle on this model.

  • Cut Capacity: 5/8 Inch
  • Weight: 7.6 Lbs
  • Blade Length: 20 Inches
  • Pole Extension Length: 7 Feet
  • Type: Cordless
  • Our Rating: 8.5/10

Worx has been one of our favorite garden tool brands. The WG252 model is their flagship pole hedge trimmer. As we’ve come to expect, Worx has again produced a high quality product with some appealing features. We love that the bottom handle is rotatable, which adds another layer of control and dexterity to your cutting. The top handle similarly has a tool-free adjustable head that rotates so you can do parallel and perpendicular (90 degree) cuts.

Something that bothered us – and has bothered many others – is Worx promotes “maximum reach” of 12 feet. While this is technically true, don’t expect the pole to be that long. They’re assuming you’re a 6-foot-tall person holding it up around your shoulders. The real maximum length is closer to 7 feet. We think this is something that should be more clearly stated on the product descriptions on the Worx website and on other product reviews we’ve seen around the web. So now you know!

 The blade length is 20 Inches – a little below our preference, but not too bad. The weight is 7.6 lbs, which is a little lighter than average.

Overall, we’re left with a generally positive impression of this product an in particular its ease of use.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

A Top Brand: Worx is an impressive brand that is known for its durability.

Minimal Maintenance: Being battery powered, it’s also a lot easier to maintain than a gas powered model.

Lightweight: It’s less than the average weight. At 7.6 Lbs, you can do much worse!

Great for Beginners: We’d recommend this to a casual gardener who just wants an easy to use, simple product.

Average Power: It can cut through 5/8 Inch diameter branches. This is less than, for example, the Dewalt reviewed on this list, but is still around the average you’d expect of a hedge trimmer.

Not Detachable: You can’t detach it and use it as a handheld model. It only works when on the pole because the battery is at the base of the pole.

 

3. Greenworks PH40B210

Quick Review: This model is remarkably similar to the above Earthwise model, but is a little heavier. However, it has the added benefit of being a well respected brand. Compare prices and pick the one that’s more affordable!

  • Cut Capacity: 5/8 Inch
  • Weight: 9.25 Lbs
  • Blade Length: 20 Inch
  • Pole Extension Length: 6.5 Feet
  • Type: Battery Powered
  • Our Rating: 8.8/10

Greenworks has really established itself as a premium brand in the hedge trimmer space – and we’re constantly rating it toward the top of our hedge trimmer reviews. This one’s no different. The large, simple switches and triggers for the 3-position pivoting head make it easy to use even for the amateur landscaper. Similarly, we always recommend cordless electric models for your everyday home user because it saves you all the trouble of having to mix your fuels, fight with the choke, etc. to get it to start. So, we give this one props for ease of use.

The pole extends up to 6.5 feet. But beware that you must use the pole to operate the trimmer. You can’t simply detach it and use it as a handheld model, because the battery is in the base part – and you can’t use the trimmer without the battery!

A blade length of 20 inches is slightly shorter than average (22 Inches is the industry average). This usually isn’t a huge issue but it might mean you’ll miss a few spots on thicker tall hedges that you might not miss with a 22 or 24 Inch blade.

This PH40B210 model is the second generation of hedge trimmers from Greenworks. We feel it is an improvement on their previous version for one simple reason: they removed the annoying dead man’s trigger on the pole. This means you only have to hold down one trigger to keep the machine running – which makes it so much easier to operate than the previous iteration.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Very Easy to Assemble: The clear, easy-to-use triggers are awesome for absolute beginners.

No Cords or Gas to Deal With: For your everyday gardener or casual home landscaper, we recommend cordless models. They’re more versatile, portable, and easier to use than gas or corded models.

Quality Battery & Interchangeable with Greenworks Products: The 40V battery is powerful, high quality and lasts a long time. But it’s also interchangeable with other Greenworks tools, so if you’re a Greenworks fan, you’ll like this!

Not Detachable: You can’t detach it and use it as a handheld model. It only works when on the pole because the battery is at the base of the pole.

4. Garcare GPHT06 – Our Top Pick (Corded)

Quick Review: We love this model – you can remove the pole entirely, or use the pole with the fantastic large top handle for ease of use. The only reason it’s not top of our list is it’s corded, and we’re not fans of being tethered to a power outlet. 

  • Cut Capacity: 3/4 Inches
  • Weight: ~8 Lbs
  • Blade Length: 20 Inches
  • Pole Extension Length: 9 Feet
  • Type: Corded
  • Our Rating: 8/10

The Garcare GPHT06 has one feature that makes it stand out from competitors: you can remove the pole! It still doesn’t turn into a true handheld version, but it gets close. You can see it in its shorter, pole-less position in the bottom part of the image above. You still have the longer handle, but not the pole itself. This is a really appealing feature of this particular model.

With poles, you can have it extending anywhere from 7.4 feet to 9 Feet. The poles are easy to insert and remove and you can do it without any tools at all. When the poles are inserted, we’d recommend using the included shoulder strap to make it less of a burden on your arm and shoulder muscles.

Another thing we really like about this model is its power. It has fantastic cut capacity of 3/4 Inch diameter branches – that’s a little above average in this category.

But there are still one or two things that turn us away a little. The first is that it is corded, so you have far less mobility and maneuverability. You’ll always be tethered to an extension cord, and the cords tend to snag and entangle as you move around the garden. The 20 Inch blade length is also a little below what we like to see.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Removable Poles for handheld use: Most models don’t have the option to remove the poles so it’s almost as short as a regular handheld version. This one does – and that is a huge plus in our books.

Quite Powerful: Its ability to cut 3/4 Inch diameter branches is great – and higher than most in this category.

You always need to be near a Power Outlet: You’ll be tethered to an extension cord and a nearby power outlet, so it’s not great if you want to be mobile. This is the one downside of this model, but it’s a huge downside.

5. Dewalt DCPH820B

Quick Review: Get this if power to cut through branches is your top priority. We rated this model high because of its excellent power, but you have to buy a battery separately, which does bother us.

  • Cut Capacity: 1 Inch Branches
  • Weight: 7.9 Lbs
  • Blade Length: 22 Inch
  • Pole Extension Length: 7 Feet
  • Type: Battery Powered (battery not included)
  • Our Rating: 8/10

Get this model if power to cut through thicker branches is an important factor for you. However, but we feel the ease of use of the Greenworks model puts it ahead. Furthermore, we are bothered that you have to buy your battery separately for this one.

The Dewalt DCPH820B has a slightly longer blade length than the Greenworks model above, and comes in at the average length for a hedge trimmer. It operates very similarly to the above Greenworks model, although we give Greenworks the edge for ease of use – the buttons are a little less intuitive on this one, but still fine.

We were impressed by the power of this Dewalt, which matched our expectations from when we reviewed their handheld models also. Dewalt’s reputation for quality and power carries over to this model. It can cut branches up to 1 inch thick, which is well above average in this class. They manage this at a much lighter weight than Greenworks, also – so props to Dewalt for quality of build.

The articulating head has many more potential positions than most competitors – fitting into 7 different angles spanning a full 180 degrees.

Be careful about the “12 feet reach” marketing on this one. The pole extension length is actually 7 feet. The “12 feet reach” claim is based on a 6 foot tall person holding the pole directly upward at shoulder height. This doesn’t make this pole any worse than others – it’s more that you need to understand the marketing before making an informed decision here. 

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Lighter than Many Competitors: At 7.9 Lbs, it’s lighter than the Greenworks model.

Relatively Powerful: With the capacity to cut 1 inch branches, this is one of the more powerful pole hedge trummers on the market today.

Very Flexible Head: The 180 degree articulating head provides a wide range of angles – and a much wider range than many competitors.

No Cords or Gas to Deal With: For your everyday gardener or casual home landscaper, we recommend cordless models. They’re more versatile, portable, and easier to use than gas or corded models.

Battery not Included: If you already own Dewalt batteries – no problems. If this is your first cordless Dewalt product, you’ll need to add some 20V Dewalt batteries & charging ports to your purchase.

Not Detachable: You can’t detach it and use it as a handheld model. It only works when on the pole because the battery is at the base of the pole.

6. Sun Joe SJH902E

Quick Review: Get this one if you don’t mind being attached to an extension cord during the job. It’s got good specs and is strong, but it does have that pesky issue of being corded.

  • Cut Capacity: 0.7 Inches
  • Weight: 8.8 Lbs
  • Blade Length: 21 Inches
  • Pole Extension Length: 7.9 Feet
  • Type: Corded
  • Our Rating: 7/10

The Sun Joe’s cutting capacity is somewhere between the Dewalt and Greenworks models above. But, it’s still one of the stronger items in this category and should be quite effective at trimming hedges and cutting through thin branches. 

But there are a few features about this model that drag it down our list a little. First, it doesn’t extend as far as several other items on this list. Its maximum extension length is 7.9 feet, and you can reduce that to 6.4 feet. Both the maximum length and the adjustable range are just too low to get us excited about this model.

The 21 Inch blades pass our test – just a tad below our preference of 22 Inches, but we think marking it down for being 1 inch shorter than our benchmark is probably splitting hairs a bit too much.

We don’t mind the rotation range: -90° to 60° gives you just about all the range of motion that you’d reasonably want for a pole hedge trimmer. We also found the adjustable head to be easy to adjust without tools, so there’s decent ease of use for beginners.

The two features that bother us most, however, are that it’s corded, and it’s still quite heavy. A corded model means you’ll have to always be tethered to a power outlet, and with a long extension cord, we find it gets entangled in trees and shrubs as you move around the garden. In terms of weight, 8.8 Lbs is well above average for this class.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Decent Power: It’s above average in terms of its ability to cut through branches. It’s designed to cut through branches up to 0.7 Inches thick in diameter.

Ease of Use: There isn’t much maintenance involved in this model (much less than gas models) and construction is pretty easy.

Too Heavy for our Liking: 8.8 Lbs is a bit too heavy for us, and you can get much lighter models.

You always need to be near a Power Outlet: You’ll be tethered to an extension cord and a nearby power outlet, so it’s not great if you want to be mobile. This is the one downside of this model, but it’s a huge downside.

7. Black+Decker LPHT120

Quick Review: Get this model if you’re a casual gardener who doesn’t need too much power. This is a small 18 Inch version that’s lightweight and gets the job done in a small garden or courtyard.

  • Cut Capacity: 7/16 Inches
  • Weight: 7.7 Lbs
  • Blade Length: 18 Inches
  • Pole Extension Length: 6.5 Feet
  • Type: Battery Powered
  • Our Rating: 6.5/10

The Black+Decker LPHT120 is a good choice for a smaller garden. It’s slightly smaller, shorter and less powerful than our top tier options. But it is still plenty for a casual gardener. The blade length is 18 inches which is toward the shorter end of the spectrum (note that currently the Amazon page has a misspelling – it’s 18 Inches, not 8 Inches).

The reason you might prefer to go for this one is it’s a little lighter than many, while still being from a good brand. If you’re particularly concerned about weight, you can rest assured this is one of the more lightweight options.

Another positive about this one is that you do get a decent battery and battery charger in the kit (make sure you buy the ‘kit’ option and not the ‘tool only’ option). And remember – chargers and batteries are interchangeable for all Black+Decker outdoor tools.

Our main concern is that the tool has poorer cutting capacity than most. So don’t get this one if you’re regularly coming across hedge branches that you want to cut through, and reserve this one only if you’re doing light trimming on bushy, flowery hedges.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Lightweight: If you’re concerned about weight, this one might be a better option than some of the heavier competitors.

Comes as Ready-to-Use Kit: Don’t worry about fiddling around or buying extra batteries. It comes with everything you need if you buy the ‘kit’ option.

Good for Small Gardens: While it’s smaller than many competitors, it might be good if you’ve just got a small garden and don’t need a heavy duty tool.

No Cords or Gas to Deal With: For your everyday gardener or casual home landscaper, we recommend cordless models. They’re more versatile, portable, and easier to use than gas or corded models.

Short Blade: The 18 Inch blade is significantly shorter than the average of 22 Inches.

Less Power than Competitors: Many competitors can cut up to 3/4 – 1 Inch thick branches. This one only cuts 7/16 Inch branches.

Pros and Cons of Telescoping Hedge Trimmers

A telescoping or ‘pole’ hedge trimmer is designed to get to branches in hard to reach places. They’re great for this purpose, but it’s worth remembering there are also a few downsides of selecting a pole version over a handheld version:

Pros

  • They can get to hard-to-reach places. They’re perfect for tall hedges that reach above your head. If you’ve got tall hedges in your yard, overgrown trees, or are a professional landscaper, it’s an important tool for your kit.
  • They usually come with shoulder straps which gives additional support and control. Handheld versions do not.
  • You can trim low-down hedges and branches from a distance. We often use a pole version even for lower-down areas because of this feature.

Cons

  • You usually can’t remove the pole. People often assume a pole hedge trimmer is a 2-in-1 tool. That’s not necessarily true. The battery tends to be down on the bottom handle (the bottom end of the pole), meaning you can’t just detach the pole and turn it into a handheld version.
  • There’s a little less control. We tend to find you can tackle thicker branches with a handheld version because you have more control and leverage over the tool. 

What to Look for in a Pole Hedge Trimmer

Pole Length

One of the most important considerations is, of course, the length of your pole! This ranges anywhere from 4 to 8 feet overall. Keep in mind that pole length and maximum reach are different. Brands often promote “maximum reach” because it looks more impressive. More than one product is promoted as having a “maximum length of 12 feet”. In reality, the pole is usually 7 feet long, but they’re factoring in the idea that the person holding it is 6 feet tall and they are holding the tool at shoulder height.

Another consideration when it comes to pole length is how much you can manipulate the length. Most can only be adjusted by about 4 to 2 feet in length. So, don’t expect to have maximum control over the pole length. Sometimes you have to step back and trim from a further distance to get the length right.

And lastly – remember that you usually can’t remove the pole, so it’s not a 2-in-1 tool. If you’re a professional landscaper, you’ll need to buy a handheld hedge trimmer, also.

Power (Maximum cutting diameter)

Maximum cutting diameter refers to the thickness of branches that you can cut with the trimmer blade. You can get hedge trimmers with power to cut branches anywhere from 1/2 and Inch to 1 Inch. There are also dedicated hedge trimmers for thick branches that can cut up to 1 1/2 inch branches in diameter. Unfortunately, pole hedge trimmers tend not to be as good at cutting thick branches. If this is a priority for you, we’d recommend the Dewalt pole hedge trimmer version – which has a maximum cutting diameter of 1 inch.

Blade Length

Hedge trimmers tend to have blades of length between 18 and 24 inches. As enthusiastic landscapers, 18-inch blades don’t cut it for us. They’re just too short and it makes the job a lot longer. For tall hedges, we often find it’s harder to get all of the top of hedges. We usually buy models with blades that are 22 or 24 inches long. But we’re also aware we’re a bit more hardcore about our gardening than others (maybe we should have named our blog “the hardcore gardener”?). But I digress – we recommend, in general, unless you have a small garden or courtyard, go for a blade length that’s minimum 20 Inches.

Weight

Weight is an incredibly important consideration. After you’ve been carrying your tool around and holding it up for 20-30 minutes, every little bit of extra weight can really be felt in your arms and shoulders. Most hedge trimmers weigh between 5 and 12 pounds. Pole versions are usually in the 7-8 lbs range. Obviously, the lighter the better.

A downside of a pole hedge trimmer is that the weight is usually unevenly distributed. There’s not much that can be done about that – but it’s one reason why the battery is usually at the base of the trimmer rather than the front. Fortunately, pole hedge trimmers usually come with a shoulder strap which helps significantly with redistributing the weight burden.

Fuel / Power Type

Lastly, you can choose between gas, corded, and cordless models. In our opinion, cordless models are best for the home gardener, and are even becoming good viable options for professional landscapers. They’re much lighter than gas models, but more portable than corded models. However, if you’ve got a small garden and a nice long extension cord, you might want to go corded. Corded models are cheaper. But, the cords also have a tendency to get twisted in hedges as you move around the garden so they’re a hassle. If you’re a professional landscape, you might want to take a look at a gas powered hedge trimmer which will be the most powerful type, but also much heavier (10 – 15 lbs dry weight). So, unless you’ve got a small garden or are a professional gardener, you’ll probably want a cordless model. We recommend them about 85% of the time.

Final Thoughts

Our pick for the best pole hedge trimmer is the Earthwise LPHT12022. Whether you’re a home gardener or small business landscaper, this remains our top pick. We love how easy it is to operate even for the beginner. It’s also very low maintenance and one of the lightest weight options.

The one exception is if you already own Worx or Greenworks battery powered tools. If this is the case, grab the Worx or Greenworks models that we’ve rated #2 and #3. They’re still great models, and you’ll have that huge added benefit of being able to swap out the batteries between tools.

We hope this review of the best pole hedge trimmers has been helpful for you.

Cheers,
Chris