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HSE 52

HSE 52
A value-packed, 20" electric hedge trimmer that’s both powerful and quiet.

Product Description

Light, yet durable, the STIHL HSE 52 electric hedge trimmer is ideal for considerate homeowners who live in noise-sensitive areas. Nimble and well balanced, the trimmer features a 20" double-edged blade that cuts in both directions. This trimmer delivers easy, precise cutting. Its safety system features a two-handed control system, requiring hands be on the front handle and trigger lock for blade to operate. The cable-strain relief lever helps prevent the extension cord from becoming unplugged during use. The D-shaped handle allows easy cutting at different positions.

Model Features

  • Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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  • Built-In Cord Retainer
    The built-in cord retainer helps prevent the electrical power extension cord from becoming accidentally disconnected.

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3.1 kg (6.8 lbs.)
50.8 cm (20")
120 volt (60 Hz)
460 w (3.8 amps)

Important Information

WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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HSE 52 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Knife through butter. Great product, very well built. Bought it for my residential home, and the battery lasts longer than I'd ever care to be outside working. Love that you can just pick it up and go, nothing to maintain with an engine. There are cheaper solutions, but you get what you pay for and in my opinion, this one is worth it.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from To Many Switches I should have never bought this trimmer, there are two sets of safety switches. One trigger lock (which I get) and the other is for the upper handle. The trigger lock works as it should, however, if you do not have the upper handle pressed it will not run. For crying out loud the gas trimmer which has way more power than this hunk of junk doesn't have this safety! What was Stihl thinking when they said good, start production? I wish I never spent my money on this product.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked sharp blades I bought mine just to take care a few things around the house and these do not disappoint. Blades are still razor sharp after a year.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from difficult to operate This hedge trimmer safety handle/trigger system does not work well. Even gripping both safety handle and trigger the trimmer stops and I'ts hard to get it to start again. Tried two different extension cords, same thing so it's not the extension cord.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I have a Stihl gas powered trimmer, I'm 5'7', weigh 145lbs, and am 68 years old. As convenient as the gas type is the weight was getting to be too much so I bought this electric one. The weight difference is significant and the cut is better - probably because the blades are new :).The quality of the trimmer is typical stihl quality and if you are tired of lower back pain from a heavier trimmer this electric one may help.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependable product Very fair price, excellent quality, provides great results
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing will cut better than one would think. I bought this the other weekend because our old battery powered hedge trimmer went on the fritz. So having decided to limit my purchasing of yard power tools pretty much only to Stihl, I went to our local dealer. I had already decided based on the current product selection which model I wanted. They had one in stock ready to go. I did not want another battery powered hedge trimmer, as this is a device used just a few times a year, and dead batteries are very costly to replace. I did not want a gas one either, as they may not want to start after sitting most of the time. The good old electric model is the right choice for us. I can reach everything I need to trim using heavy duty extension cords. I don't have to worry about dead batteries or fouled plugs. It is quiet (relatively), and boy, will this thing cut good size stalks, too!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for homeowners My last trimmer was a pro model from another company and this one is far better and a fraction of the cost. I wanted a trimmer that was sharp and light weight and this one is exactly what I was looking for. I recommend it to anyone who needs to do precision trimming on small to medium size shrubs or hedges.
Date published: 2017-01-31
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