Kobalt Hedge Trimmer/Kobalt Cordless Blower

by Gibblet11/25/17

Product reviews: Kobalt 40 Volt Hedge Trimmer with 24″ blade $149.  •  Kobalt 40 Volt Cordless Blower $89 on sale.

Kobalt 40 Volt Hedge Trimmer

I bought the Kobalt hedge trimmer in April of 2017, and have logged several hours clearing vegetation and pruning shrubbery. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to buy it!

I wanted a battery powered trimmer for convenience, having grown tired of dragging the cord around with my previous hedge trimmer. I have a large yard, so it required two long cords to reach all the shrubbery. Additionally, the cord attachment was poorly designed and would frequently detach from the trimmer, in spite of the Velcro straps I rigged up.

Now I just grab my Kobalt and head out into the wilds, untethered! It has plenty of power to cut through tall field grass, dense lavender plants, woody shrubs, and thick blackberry vines up to 3/4 inch. The handles are comfortable and the design makes it maneuverable, so it’s fun to shape plants and do precision work. It weighs just under 8 pounds with the battery, which is just fine for me. Sometimes I use it one-handed overhead to get high branches. I just have to be careful where I catch it coming down!

I can get about 45 minutes per charge working pretty consistently on lavender and boxwood, and about twenty-five minutes if I run non-stop clearing thick blackberries.

By odd coincidence, or perhaps inspired design, the battery power wears out about the same time I do. The battery is easily disengaged from the trimmer with one hand, but takes a little effort and two hands to plug into the charger (included). It takes about an hour to charge a fully drained battery, and when it’s ready to get back to working hard, so am I.

I highly recommend the Kobalt hedge trimmer. Being cordless, it is convenient and easy to use, and it doesn’t get dirty like a gas powered tool.

The only downside to the trimmer is the trimmings left on the ground. So I’ve had in mind to get my own leaf blower. I had to borrow my husband’s Stihl gas blower last week after I trimmed some shrubbery along my parent’s driveway. Fortunately it had enough fuel in it to do the job, and since he had used it that day, it started right up. But blowing off the driveway for 10 minutes was enough to give me a backache due to the excessive torque of the gas engine.

Kobalt 40 Volt Cordless Blower

We stopped by Lowe’s to check out the Kobalt Blower on the way to dinner that night. Even though it comes with a battery and charger, the $169 price was more than I was willing to part with. I was hoping it would be on sale for Christmas. And to my great delight, I found it in Lowe’s Black Friday ad for just $89! I was so excited, I got two!

This afternoon, I took it out for a test run with a partially charged battery and an ulterior motive. I cleared the leaves off my porch, sidewalk, and pathway. Then I blew past the neighbor to my parents driveway, where I covered the same area as I did the other day with the Stihl. Even though the Kobalt has considerably less power than the gas blower, it did the job just as well. Better, actually, considering that absence of the turbo-charged dust cloud and a backache.

The Kobalt is less noisy than the Stihl, but one should still wear earplugs. My Mom came out to see what the noise was, as I hoped she would, and wanted to give my new toy a try. She is wonderfully obsessive about keeping her steps swept and the driveway clean of leaf and needle, even at 81 years old. The blower weighs 6.6 pounds, but Mom was having fun chasing the leaves down her steps and across the driveway. As she handed it back to me, she mentioned wistfully that she would like one. I had to laugh to myself, knowing I already had bought her one for Christmas. Throw away the broom Ma, Santa’s on his way!

I’m pleased this lightweight blower works as well as it does. As a bonus, I now have two batteries which I can keep powered up to use in either tool. So now I can work until I’m thoroughly, blissfully exhausted.


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10 Responses to Kobalt Hedge Trimmer/Kobalt Cordless Blower

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Gibblet, I assume both of these tools share the same type of battery. And I wasn’t sure from your review if any or both of them came with a battery.

    I bought an electric blower a year or so ago when the gas one gave out. The cord is indeed a PITA….but nothing compared to the mess and trouble of a gas-operated blower. A battery-powered one has most of those benefits of an electric-corded one. The Toro has a vacuum function which I find really nice. I actually wouldn’t mind having one of these Kobalts just for a quick blow (shut up oh you out there with dirty minds) instead of having to unwind all that cord. But the Toro is a very powerful sucker…even more powerful than the gas blower was.

    And, of course, all of these things are noisy. Ear protection is recommended, as are eye goggles.

    By the way, the Toro is still going strong. I’ve found no downside other than the propensity for the cord to come unplugged from the unit when you’re hauling it around. I’ve sort of jerry-rigged something so it won’t do that.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It’s no longer relevant, but we had a rechargeable battery-powered trimmer (we didn’t use it much) and an electric lawn mower. The latter relied on a cord, and keeping it going could be a problem. There was also the potential (and it even happened once) of running over the cord, with very unfortunate effects. As I say, that’s all irrelevant now that we live in a hotel.

    • Gibblet says:

      Yes indeedie, Brad. They each come with a 40 volt battery and charger. Now I can keep one charger in my work van, and the other on the porch.

      The leaf lady across your street could clean the whole west side if you got her a Kobalt blower for Christmas! Can’t beat $89 bucks (while supplies last).

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I really would buy her one of those but it seems to me there would be little likelihood of her substituting it for her tried-and-true. I think I would be intruding on the order of her world as she sees it.

        • Gibblet says:

          I think you’re right.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          Where do all the blown leaves go?

          • Gibblet says:

            Our leaves go onto the compost pile in the woods, or blown into the “natural landscape”.

            Even if the piles need to be picked up, the advantage with the blower is not having to rake a large area, and it also moves the little bits that the rake would miss.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              Sounds good. I have a problem with all the Mexicans here who simply blow their grass clippings into the street or neighbor’s yard.

              That is why we have such a high particulate matter count around here from the spring through the fall.

              • Gibblet says:

                Oh, now I understand why you asked. Our surroundings are more rural than yours, even though we are within the city limits. But I’ve seen the activity you describe in higher density and commercial areas. Then the street sweeper comes around and cleans it up. It would be better if folks just cleaned up their own mess.

                Too bad about those particulates. I suppose they’re bigger there than here, besides. In Texas, they’re particulates. In Washington, we call them sticks and rocks. That would be very bad to breath all the time. Seriously though, I think the marine air around here keeps the dust down.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                It is so bad here in the summer that the weatherman mentions the grass pollen count in the air.

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