The 20v Max DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer – It’s All Within Reach

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You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression “It’s a jungle out there” at some point. That expression has taken on new relevance for me as my wife and I attempt to overcome years of neglect on a piece of property purchased almost two years ago. We have tackled some of the worst deficiencies in that span in the house and buildings and are now looking to improve the overall property. We have fenced some pasture and have been clearing some of the more noxious invasive weeds and brush. This is where the new 20v Max DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer has been cutting a swath through the neglect. The 20v Max DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer is part of DeWalt’s line of 20v Max outdoor power equipment (OPE). Other tools in this line that I own and use are the DeWalt folding string trimmer and the Flexvolt blower. The pole hedge trimmer is the latest that DeWalt sent us to torture test and review. Join us as the we attempt to tame the farm with the DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer.

adjusting the dewalt pole hedge trimmer
The 7-position, 180 degree, articulating head allows you to customize cutting angles for hedges of any shape and size
Beating back the brush from the edges of the property is a full time battle.

The Long and Short of It

The DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer is designed to cut through a variety of landscape overgrowth. We are overrun with Multi Flora Rose on our property, which is pretty to look at for about 5 minutes out of the year, the rest of the time it’s downright dangerous. It has rapier-sharp thorns that almost seem capable of leaping vast distances to entangle clothing, hair and skin. It’s tough stuff, but the pole hedge trimmer has a high output motor and 22 in. hardened steel laser-cut blades engineered for clean, fast cuts on branches up to 1 in. thick. It was more than up to the task. The 7-position, 180 degree, articulating head allows you to customize cutting angles for hedges of any shape and size. When fully extended, the DeWalt pole hedge trimmer can be extended up to a 12 ft. max reach, allowing you to stay a relatively safe distance when tackling this most vile plant.

The dense Multi-Flora Rose was keeping us from getting into the woods and needed to be beat into submission.
The Dewalt 20v Max pole trimmer was the perfect tool to carve a path through the brush, allowing me to “socially distance” myself from the thorns.

Forging a Path With the DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer

The 20vMax DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer arrived at this branch of Home-Fixated during our extended upstate New York winter, so there really wasn’t much in the way of hedge to be trimmed. We were, however, in the process of cutting firewood. The property had been logged a couple of years prior to our acquiring it, and there was abundant firewood on the ground in the form of tops already toppled. The biggest challenge was getting to it. Much of the wood was behind screens of the aforementioned multi-flora rose, which may lose its leaves in the winter, but not its thorns.

We took the trimmer to a spot in the hedge on the edge of the woods and set the trimmer at a 90 degree angle and started cutting. Though it’s a little awkward to extend horizontally for any long spells, it was incredibly effective at slicing through the tangle of undergrowth. I would cut away the smaller diameter brush first then flip the trimmer around and take the remaining brush off at ground level. Here, the strap that is included proved to be helpful in supporting the unit by providing some counterbalance. In a relatively short time we had cleared a passage into the woods and got cutting.

I was able to trim the overgrowth from the back of the shrubbery right from the porch.

Spring Arrives in the Jungle

Once the snow finally retreated somewhere about mid-May we were able to resume some of the regular maintenance on the property that had been neglected for some time before we purchased it. The log home has a nice porch that wraps around three sides of the structure. There was lattice under a small portion of the porch, which dressed it out nicely. The previous fall we had finally cleaned out all the junk and firewood from under the back porch and put the lattice up on that portion. That left the front porch to do. The problem there was the foundation plantings of Yew and Arborvitae had grown out of control and were extending significant growth under the porch.

porch trim
The DeWalt pole hedge trimmer made short work of the overgrown shrubs, allowing me to neatly trim them flat and get the lattice installed under the porch.

Some of the branches were at least an inch thick, not to mention the heavy growth throughout. I set the 20vMax DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer with the cutting head straight out and got up on the porch. Once again, taking a layered approach to the job, I was able to trim the growth back to where we could fit the lattice panels behind the bushes. The cutter sliced easily through the outer growth that one would typically encounter when doing normal annual maintenance. It took a bit of doing to cut through the bigger branches, but anything that would fit in the space between the cutting teeth eventually fell.

I was able to clear the growth from around the pond in about a half hour with the 20v Max DeWalt pole hedge trimmer. Last year it was a 2 day project on my hands and knees.
The wild raspberries threaten to take over the edges of everything, the pole hedge trimmer says otherwise.

General Clearing Tasks

Other than the foundation plantings in front of the cabin, we really don’t have any formal hedges on the property. Where I have found this trimmer to be the most useful is in beating back the brush that is constantly trying to shrink the borders of our useable land. We have cleared a mountain of brush from the banks around the pond, from laneways and from the banks above the main drainage through the property.

I never felt I abused this tool, but feel I definitely took it close, yet the blades are as sharp as when it arrived and the trimmer seems no worse for the wear. I can see where the articulating head would be the tool’s best feature in use trimming tall border hedges. There is a little bit of play in the position of the head of the trimmer, but it certainly doesn’t detract from the overall utility of having multiple angles to work with. The support strap is also a nice feature, especially for the type of work I used it for, running the head parallel to the ground to clear brush.

The weeping willow was aptly named as it made me want to cry when mowing under it. Problem solved with the DeWalt pole hedge trimmer, in just a swipes.

No Crying in Landscaping – Trimming a Weeping Willow

There aren’t that many trees near the main house, but there is a weeping willow out on the side lawn. These trees, in addition to dropping copious debris, also tend to send their tendrils down toward the ground. After having the branches almost scrape me off the mower a few times, I thought perhaps it would be better not to have them so close to the ground. I broke out the DeWalt pole hedge trimmer, and in a few swipes the problem was solved. By setting the cutting head at 90 degrees it was a simple matter to trim the offending growth. It took longer to clean up the trim then it did to do the trimming. I suspect I will only need to do this once a year.

The Dewalt 20v Max pole hedge trimmer was useful throughout the entire property in helping to open areas up and to keep nature at bay.
The pole trimmer easily handles branches up to 1″ in diameter.

Conclusions on the 20v Max DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer

DeWalt has come up with a winner with the 20v Max pole hedge trimmer. I have been moving away from gasoline powered tools whenever practical, and this tool is the equal in terms of power and versatility to any gasoline powered trimmer I have seen. It has the added bonus of relatively quiet and oder-free operation. I have a number of DeWalt cordless tools in the collection, as I try more of their outdoor power equipment line, I continue to be impressed with the utility and quality. The 20v Max DeWalt Pole Hedge Trimmer is available where DeWalt tools are sold for about $149.00 (tool only).

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The Dewalt 20v Max Pole Hedge Trimmer keeping it neat.
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About Stephen

Stephen hails from a family of DIY’ers, the delusion that no job is too big or complex to tackle on your own originally instilled by his father and further reinforced by his brothers, who are equally afflicted. His first real project was the complete restoration of an old farmhouse in Upstate NY, which was followed by another, setting the pattern. After 40 years in the wine and spirits business (sounds far more glamorous than the reality) he recently retired to an 80 acre sheep farm, where he will continue to farm until his retirement savings are exhausted. As a co-owner of 30 something bicycles (a devotee of the N+ 1 theory of bicycle requirements, where N= the current number owned), he is typically found tinkering on his latest build or out testing said results. Stephen spends his spare time (face it, all of his time) drinking good coffee, currying homegrown produce or fixing whatever is currently non-operational. He also spends whatever time he can with an ever growing extended family. When his wife retired they planned to do as much cycle touring as their legs will allow, but the sheep are pretty demanding.

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  1. Hi, I’ve purchased the Dewalt pole hedge cutter, grass strimmer and the pole saw. I use 5ah batteries. Our 1/8 th acre garden in East Anglia, UK, is surrounded by a variety of trees, the pole saw soon effectively lopped off any invading branches. It’s a little heavy, but a technique I used was to almost hurl the saw onto the highest branch, and once hooked on, allowed the weight of the machine to do all the work. I had to be stopped by my wife from scalping the trees. I love it. The hedge trimmer is a joy to operate. It saves getting out the ladder. The grass trimmer is so very practical. My corded one never got used. It was troublesome having to plug it in, trail the lead, never long enough. As a keen amateur gardener I thoroughly recommend these tools. Thank you so very much for sharing your stories.


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