DEWALT DCHT860M1 Review, Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer


You might mistake it for a gas-powered hedge trimmer because of its tough-looking exterior, but the DEWALT DCHT860M1 runs on a 40V Li-ion battery. It weighs 11.9 lbs., which is lightweight for a gas but not for a cordless.

What are the pros and cons of this product? Let’s hear it from previous buyers in this DEWALT DCHT860M1 review.

Key Features of the DEWALT DCHT860M1

Let’s check out what this cordless hedge trimmer has to offer.

Blades. The DEWALT DCHT860M1 comes with blades that have the following characteristics or features. One, they measure 22 inches. They’re dual-action, so they’re more effective. Three, these blades can cut branches with a 3/4-inch thickness. Four, these blades are classified as “hooked-tooth,” and they’re designed for a long reach.

Housing. As advertised, this hedge trimmer comes with a Xenoy housing, a popular brand of plastic that is durable, yet light and high-impact.

Weight. It weighs 11.9 lbs. As mentioned earlier, it’s not the lightest battery-operated hedge trimmer.

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Pros and Cons of the DEWALT DCHT860M1

Here’s a summary of what previous buyers have to say about their unit.

Battery. The DEWALT DCHT860M1 is part of the 40V MAX* system. That said, if you already own a 40V Max battery, then you don’t have to make a separate purchase. This battery should be compatible with this hedge trimmer. You can interchange it with your other DEWALT tools such as the DEWALT DCBL790M1 leaf blower.

How long does the battery last?

Answers from previous buyers vary, but on a full charge, it should last about 2 hours, depending on the type of shrubs your working on. As one person has said, if you’re tackling heavy shrubbery, it may take 45 minutes before a recharge is required.

When the battery has no problems, it runs well. But when it does have some issues, one common downside as pointed out by several people is that it won’t take a charge.

Noise. It’s not as loud as an electric (or corded) hedge trimmer.

Performance. Overall, this hedge trimmer has enough power to cut a variety of shrubs. It’s also easy to use, and as a cordless tool, you won’t have to deal with extension cords and sockets. But there are a few types of shrubs that the DEWALT DCHT860M1 doesn’t cut fairly well.

Weight. It’s heavy for a cordless hedge trimmer, making it quite a challenge to trim bushes that are high. But if you’re like one person who likes the weight as it adds to your workout, then this is for you.

Limitations. One, the motor is not brushless. Two, if you’d like a garden tool that’s made in the US, this isn’t one of them. It’s made in China.

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Bottomline: DEWALT DCHT860M1 Review

The DEWALT DCHT860M1 does what it intends to do. It has enough power to cut through branches that measure up to 3/4-inches. But there are at least two things that you need to consider before you make a purchase.

One, it’s heavy. Two, make sure that you have a battery backup in case your previous one doesn’t hold a charge anymore.