Toro 51494 Cordless 22-Inch 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer

Toro 51494 is a cordless hedge trimmer, powered by 20V lithium-ion battery, featuring 22 inches (~56 cm) long cutting bar with dual-action blades.

Toro 51494 cordless hedge trimmer features a lightweight and compact design, with soft-grip, rotating handle for easier and more comfortable vertical trimming.

Published: May 6, 2020.

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Toro 51494 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Features and Specifications

Toro 51494 cordless hedge trimmer physical dimensions are 11 x 8 x 42.5 inches (~28 x 20.3 x 108 cm) and it weighs 6.8 pounds (~3.1 kg).

Like other similar hedge trimmers, Toro 51494 features two handles for easier operation - auxiliary handle and the main handle with the battery, rotational lock button, and Power On/Of button.

The main handle features a rotating mechanism and is able to rotate 90° in each direction, making vertical trimming much easier and more comfortable.

The cutting bar is 22 inches (~56 cm) long and features hardened-steel dual-action blades. Toro 51494 is able to cut through branches up to 9/16 inches (~14 mm) thick.

toro 51494 rotating handle

Toro 51494 is very simple to use and maintain cordless hedge trimmer, but when it arrives, be sure to read the owner's manual thoroughly in order to get accustomed to your new tool.

Also, when the unit arrives, before the very first use, be sure to charge the battery - for safety reason, lithium-ion battery in general, are transported only-half charged.

toro 88502 battery

Toro 51494 is powered by a power fade-free Toro 88502 battery. Toro 88502 is a 5-cell lithium-ion battery with a maximum voltage of 20 volts, a nominal voltage of 18 volts, and a capacity of 2.6 Ah.

Toro 51494 comes with the battery and charger, however, the unit is also available as a bare tool - if you already have Toro 88502 battery (or batteries), getting a bare tool can be very cheap.

Toro 88502 battery fits Toro string trimmer (model 51484), sweeper (model 51701), and of course, this hedge trimmer (model 51494).

Toro 88502 battery features a LED charge indicator, allowing the user to easily check the remaining battery charge.

toro 88500 charger

Toro 51494 hedge trimmer comes with Toro 88500 lithium-ion battery charger that features two LED control/signal lights:

- top red, bottom red: the battery is charging,

- top red, bottom green: the battery is fully charged or no battery present,

- top red, bottom orange: battery is too warm, remove it for 30 minutes to cool down,

- top red blinking, bottom red blinking: defective battery.

Note: Toro 88502 battery should be charged only with Toro 88500 battery charger. Other battery chargers, even if they are intended for 20V lithium batteries may cause the battery to overheat, catch fire or even explode.

Maintaining Toro 51494 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Toro 51494 is very easy to maintain.

- keep the unit and especially the blade clean,

- periodically oil the trimmer blade,

- keep the blades sharp,

- charge the Toro 88502 battery using only Toro 88500 lithium-ion battery charger.

For exact maintenance procedures and their in-detail explanations, please, check the owner's manual.

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Toro 51494 comes with a 2-year warranty - for warranty terms, please, check the owner's manual.


Long Story Short: If you are looking for a lightweight and reasonably strong cordless hedge trimmer, consider Toro 51494 model.

It is powered by a strong and lightweight 20V lithium battery that can be used in other Toro's 20V tools as well. 22-inch cutting blade ensures long reach, while low weight and rotating main handle ensures comfortable operation.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Toro 51494 Cordless 22-Inch 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer Amazon link (link opens in the new window).