Gtech Hedge Trimmer Review

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The Gtech Hedge Trimmer HT3.0 allows you to trim hedges, bushes and trees without the need for a ladder.

We have reviewed the entire product range from Gtech in our overall Gtech review. However, in this review, we are going to focus solely on the Gtech hedge trimmer.

It’s cordless, offers a 60 minute run time from 4 hours of charge and is well balanced for ease of use and operator comfort will a reach of up to 10 feet.

What’s in the box?

The Gtech HT3.0 ships with the following equipment as standard:

  • Hedge trimmer main unit
  • Hedge trimmer head
  • Blade
  • Blade Cover
  • Battery
  • Battery charger
  • Safety harness

This is everything you need to get started with the HT3.0 

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Gtech HT30 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
  • Cordless
  • 60 minute run time
  • 10ft reach
  • Lightweight, balanced design
  • Safety switch

Last update on 2021-07-20 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API / As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

Assembly of the Gtech Hedge Trimmer

Assembly of the Gtech is simple with everything just snapping together – the one caveat is to make sure the shapes line up or they won’t fit together. Don’t force them, just rotate until everything lines up.

  1. Click the head and the pole together, the button will pop up once everything is in place.
  2. Make sure the blade cover is still on and connect the hedge trimmer blade to the head. This will then lock into place.
  3. Insert the battery – this will give an audible click when in place.

For more information and step by step picture please check out the manual.

Gtech HT3.0 Battery Power

The battery indicator which is built into the Gtech HT3.0 is great for keeping an eye on how much power is in the cordless hedge trimmer. 

4 hours of charging time allow for upto 60 minutes of run time, plenty of time to get even the most demanding jobs done in the average-sized garden. 

Extra batteries are available direct from Gtech.

We liked clearly visible battery indicator – allowing you to keep an eye on how much time you have left whilst going about your trimming.

The Competition

There is strong competition in the cordless hedge trimmer market, from models such as the VonHaus 20v hedge trimmer and the Bosch AHS 50-20. In the table below we look at a comparison of some of the features.

Bosch
Bosch Home and Garden 0600849F70 18 V Cutter That cuts Branches on First Sweep Through The Hedge, Green
Gtech
Gtech HT30 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
VonHaus
VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer - 12V MAX 2.0 Lithium-Ion Battery – Lightweight – Quick Charging – For Small Bushes/Branches up to 14mm Thick – Dual Blades - Part of the F-Series Range
Name
Bosch Home and Garden 0600849F70 18 V Cutter That cuts Branches on First Sweep Through The Hedge, Green
Gtech HT30 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer - 12V MAX 2.0 Lithium-Ion Battery – Lightweight – Quick Charging – For Small Bushes/Branches up to 14mm Thick – Dual Blades - Part of the F-Series Range
Weight
2.5Kg
2.47Kg
2.3Kg
Battery Included?
Run Time
40 Minutes
60 Minutes
30 Minutes
Charge Time
1 Hour
4 Hours
70 Minutes
Rating
Price
£129.00
£180.00
£64.99
Bosch
Bosch Home and Garden 0600849F70 18 V Cutter That cuts Branches on First Sweep Through The Hedge, Green
Name
Bosch Home and Garden 0600849F70 18 V Cutter That cuts Branches on First Sweep Through The Hedge, Green
Weight
2.5Kg
Battery Included?
Run Time
40 Minutes
Charge Time
1 Hour
Rating
Price
£129.00
Gtech
Gtech HT30 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Name
Gtech HT30 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Weight
2.47Kg
Battery Included?
Run Time
60 Minutes
Charge Time
4 Hours
Rating
Price
£180.00
VonHaus
VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer - 12V MAX 2.0 Lithium-Ion Battery – Lightweight – Quick Charging – For Small Bushes/Branches up to 14mm Thick – Dual Blades - Part of the F-Series Range
Name
VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer - 12V MAX 2.0 Lithium-Ion Battery – Lightweight – Quick Charging – For Small Bushes/Branches up to 14mm Thick – Dual Blades - Part of the F-Series Range
Weight
2.3Kg
Battery Included?
Run Time
30 Minutes
Charge Time
70 Minutes
Rating
Price
£64.99

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API / As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

How to use your HT3.0 Hedge Trimmer

We originally created a video about how to use the previous model, the Gtech HT20 hedge trimmer and the operation of this newer version is the same.

Moving down towards the head of the Gtech cordless hedge trimmer you find two release switches, as I highlight in the video below. There is one that when pressed allows you to rotate the head of the HT3.0 to a 90-degree angle. 

This is great for doing the top of a hedge or reaching over a hedge to do the other side. This again has various locking positions allowing you to be sure it won’t move whilst using it. 

Further down again there is another release switch that allows you to remove the cutting blades entirely. Make sure you leave the plastic blade guard on whilst you are doing this as it can be quite sharp. This then allows it to be changed for the branch cutting accessory.

Once you have selected your angle, decided between the Gtech branch cutter attachment or standard trimming blades, removed the safety guard and checked your battery is charged you are ready to go! 

To start the Gtech hedge trimmer up, there is a safety switch that must be held this has been designed to be pressed whether you are a right or left-handed person. It is accessible from both sides of the hedge trimmer. Once this is held in place the trigger can be pulled and you can let go of the safety lever.

Gtech Hedge Trimmer Ergonomics

One of the things you notice when using the Gtech hedge trimmer is that whilst the unit is around 2m long and weighs just under 2.5kg which held at length can feel a little heavy, it is very well balanced. 

This is something that is really important, if you are going to be holding a hedge trimmer at length for up to 60 minutes it really needs to be as comfortable as possible and not be putting any more strain than absolutely required on your body. Gtech has really done a good job of this.

Gtech BC3.0 Branch Cutter Attachment

We also took a look at the optional extra branch cutting attachment. When using the Gtech hedge trimmer you will find it cuts through leaves, bushes, and various tough and thick stems with ease. 

However, it isn’t designed for and won’t really cut it when it comes to anything remotely thicker than what you would expect on a bush or hedge. If you are trimming a tree back you will no doubt come across a small branch that you want to cut back. In steps the Gtech branch cutter attachment.

It is easy to exchange the standard cutter for the branch cutter and once the guard is removed it looks very similar to a pizza cutter. In testing, as you can see in the video, I tried a small branch perhaps 10-20mm thick and it cut it no problem at all. I then tried it on a branch that was over 40mm just to see how it would fair. 

After a few cuts each side it cut through no problem. I wouldn’t recommend you do this regularly as Gtech don’t recommend anything more than 40mm. It was nice however to see that should the situation arise it performed flawlessly.

Sale
Gtech HT30 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
78 Reviews
Gtech HT30 Cordless Hedge Trimmer
  • Cordless
  • 60 minute run time
  • 10ft reach
  • Lightweight, balanced design
  • Safety switch

Last update on 2021-07-20 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API / As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

Summary

We really did put the Gtech hedge trimmer through its paces with this review and we are happy to report it performed exceptionally. I would be happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a cordless hedge trimmer for their home. 

Obviously, this hedge trimmer from Gtech has been designed for the domestic market. If you have a business and use hedge trimmers, a petrol-powered one may be of more use so that you aren’t delayed by charging the batteries.

The Gtech 2 year warranty gives you peace of mind that the product will last and that you can depend on it for years to come.

If you liked this review, maybe you would like to take a look at one of our others, try our Bosch PSB 1800 review.

Gtech HT3.0 Hedge Trimmer Review
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Ergonomics
  • Value
4.1

Summary

The Gtech HT3.0 Hedge trimmer is a premium, great performing electric hedge trimmer with a long running time and reach.

About Mike Jones 191 Articles
I have been a keen DIY enthusiast for over 15 years, I’m constantly tinkering in my garage, taking things apart and building things. Along the way, I seem to have acquired a bit of a tool collection, as you do. The issue I found was that the information online when it comes to finding out what you need to know when buying new tools was somewhat limited. I didn’t necessarily need to know which tool to buy, but more what was important when making that buying decision. Also, a bit like a child in a sweet shop when I see new tools and things I can do with them I find it hard to resist. I started this blog back in 2017 to try and put together some buying guides, not really reviews but more what you may want to know before going and deciding on a new tool. I’m also a keen gardener and if there is a tool or gadget that helps me in the garden I’m going to let you know. I hope these musings and buyers guides are of use to you in some way. All the best, Mike.

8 Comments

  1. I have a Gtech telescopic hedge trimmer with a HT 12V battery, is this now obsolete.The battery is not charging? Thanks

    • Hi Jenny, sorry for the delay. You can buy the batteries still brand new from eBay from Gtech for around £55. But I have also seen a couple on there second hand going for around the £20 mark. I hope that helps.

  2. I have just opened up my GTech HT3.0 box and have an immediate problem – I simply cannot remove the blade cover!I feel absolutely foolish, but there you go. The thing simply will not pull away from the blade! Please help! Thanks in advance,
    BrianBrian Dodds

    • Hi Brian, have a look at some of the other comments on the post, a few people have had a similar issue as of late.

  3. Have just purchased G-tech hedge trimmer. Before I have used it I have had to ask for help because quite amazingly there are no instructions in the handbook on how to release the blade from the cover. A solution is shown on the internet showing force being used with a long handled screwdriver. One is very naturally very reluctant to try this as one would no doubt to be held responsible to any damage, which seemed likely. I used the help line, the chap was extremely helpful. Considerable force was used but that of course became the companies responsibility. All is well now and I look forward to using it without anymore problems.

  4. Hi, I’ve just this week bought one from GTec. Would you believe, the blade cover would not slide off. No matter how I tried it wouldn’t budge. It was loose, but no way would it slide off. After talking to their c/s GTec sent me another one the following day. Excellent service, but again exactly the same scenario. I was advised to prise it off with something blunt, no way, what if the sleeve cracked, “we’ll replace it because we suggested it” Still not willing to do that, I decided to gently tap the sleeve off with my rubber mallet. But, when re-instated the sleeve again would not slide of. But now I realise why. This is a design fault & I’ll be speaking to their tech boys about it, if I can find how to contact them without going through c/s.. I’m very surprised no-one else has had a problem. Apart from that glitch, the only con I’d say was that if cutting a hedge in a tightly confined garden, there’d be a problem with the overall length of the unit. A short extension when required would be the obvious solution, or for the battery to be able to slot in behind the cutting head.

    • We’ve heard of others having similar issues with the blade cover, but this seems to be a recent issue we’re coming across. I wonder if it is a bad batch? Hopefully you get through to their tech department and they can assist.

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