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Stihl cordless hedge trimmers and where to buy

I've been reading through threads from a few years ago and I just wondered what people's experiences are now, a couple seasons later, with the Stihl HLA 65's and 85's ?

Also, seperate but related question... buy online cheaper or in a dealership for a good £150-200 more? And why would you choose either?

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  • No Stihl dealer will charge you RRP. It is usually the pre-vat price but including vat on petrol gear. So if you look at the Stihl website you can choose to see prices with or without vat. Click on the excluding vat and this will be the real world price you will pay for petrol gear. The battery stuff has less margin on it so the dealer can't do as well as with the petrol equivalent.

    I would always recommend using the local dealer, but then mine is very good and really looks after me. It is better to have a good working relationship with the dealer as when things go wrong, there is someone there to sort things out. Not so easy with mail order.

  • PRO

    Go the local Stihl dealer and buy face to face - they tend to be very competitive.

    We run HLA85's aith AP300 batteries - good bits of kit.

    • PRO

      ..and this is the dealer we use.

      ...they have excellent customer service too and have happily let us demo their battery kit before purchasing.

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      • PRO

        Thanks Nick, they are only 35 minutes from me. Will give them a go!


    • PRO

      I also have a HLA85 with the 300 battery. It's a great bit of kit. My local dealer will normally price match any internet price, plus you get face to face service.

  • I was wondering the same thing yesterday myself. I asked my local dealer and he recommended husqvarnas cordless range over stihls (he sells both so should be impartial)

    Has anyone any experience on the husky cordless range? Thanks 

    • PRO

      Has your Dealer justified his preference ? 

      As long as it’s not based upon profit margins or sales incentives ......

      • Yea that was something I would be very dubious about! For what it's worth I would say he would make more from Husqvarna as over here in NI stihl is passed through so many hands before it gets to the end user.

        he said it was because Husqvarna have been doing battery powered machinery for  longer and so have more experience. He said that stihl are so fresh to it they have tried to buy out ergo to see how they do it...


    • PRO

      I dont personally have experience of the Huskies but on a visit to chatsworth house last week they were cutting the yew hedges and were using both Huskies and Stihl cordless, so I asked them if they had a preference and all 3 of them said it made no difference in using the handheld, it was just what they picked up at the time but all 3 said the Stihl hla85 was much better than Husqvarna equivalent. They let me compare them for weight and reach and ease of use and there was nothing in it to my mind. I went and purchased Stihl because that's what my local shops stock but I couldn't find any fault with the Husqvarna kit.

    • My dealer supplies Pellenc, husqvarna and Sthl. They rate them in that order. This would be in the backpack battery section. They only recently said that they expect Sthil to jump to the head of the que, with a newer range. When that comes out I'm not sure but they were certain the gap had already shrunk in terms of performance. From past experiences I have reason to doubt my supplier.

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