Best Cordless Grass Shears – Reviews 2018
Lawn edges are often the hardest parts to cut or shape, and this is where cordless grass shears come in handy.
We have selected and reviewed the 4 best cordless grass shears currently available on the market to help you with your research.
All of these machines are affordable, reliable and durable, but they come with different price tags.
What to Look for in a Cordless Grass Shear?
If you have a lawn, you know how hard it can be to maintain it. There’s always excess grass growing in and around places such as walkways and flower beds where you don’t want grass to grow. A good quality, powerful cordless grass shear gives you the flexibility and agility you need to keep your lawn nice and tidy without too much effort.
There are many factors you need to consider when selecting a cordless grass shear. And how important each of these factors are is often a personal choice. Some of the things you need to consider are durability, ease of use, grip, quality of battery and charger, weight, noise, safety, and much more. Let’s go through some of these factors:
1. Battery and Charger
Most cordless grass shears come with a battery (lithium-ion batteries are the norm), but some actually don’t. The type of battery required isn’t the cheapest so make sure that you know whether a battery is included in the purchase price.
You also need to consider how long the shear can run on a full battery. If you have a huge lawn, make sure the battery can go for quite some time (at least 45 minutes). This factor obviously becomes less important when you have a smaller sized lawn to look after.
Also check how the battery needs to be recharged. For example, some cordless grass shears come with an external charger, others have an inbuilt charger. If they are external, please verify that they are included in the box. A battery charge indicator is also very handy, as it tells you clearly how much battery you have left and when the battery is fully charged.
2. Weight, Size and Grip
While most top range cordless grass shears will have ergonomically designed handles, it’s still worth reading reviews and see if there are any issues with the handle, especially when using it for a long time. Alternatively, try one out in your local warehouse.
The size of the shear also needs to suit your needs, not too small but certainly not too big either. The same applies to the weight of the machine.
3. Quality of the Blades
It goes without saying that the blades need to be sharp, but they also need to be durable. Some machines also come with a set of different blades so you can change them depending on the task at hand. Also check how easy or difficult it is to change the blades. It’s also worth checking whether the blades are non-stick coated so that grass won’t stick.
When using cordless grass shears, it goes without saying that safety is an important factor. With their sharp blades, make sure you feel comfortable using and storing your new cordless grass shear. Does it have a safety locking button? Can you cover the blades when not in use? These are some of the things to consider regarding safety.
4 Best Cordless Grass Shears in 2018
Let’s have a closer look at the 4 best cordless grass shears currently available.
1. Gardena 8885-U Lithium-Ion Cordless Grass Shear – Classic Cut
Gardena has been an established and trusted brand for gardening tools for many years. The Gardena 8885-U Lithium-Ion Classic Cut model is an affordable, top quality grass shear able to take care of all your grass cutting jobs.
One of the first things you’ll notice when picking up this machine is how light-weight (1.21 pounds) it feels with a very comfortable grip. Delivering incredibly efficient results, the 8885-U is also living proof that cordless grass shears are a perfect investment if you have a lawn that you’re serious about and you don’t want to waste time cutting things manually.
The handle of the 8885-U is very ergonomically designed, giving you a natural holding position that won’t make your hands or arms feel sore or tired.
What we don’t like as much is the location of the charging port under the handle. It can be somewhat difficult to reach, especially when wearing gloves.
- Requires 1 Lithium-Ion Battery (included)
- Fully charged in 6 hours (runs 45 minutes)
- 90% Charged in 4 hours (runs 30 minutes)
- LED display of battery charging status
- Plug in to recharge; no need to take the battery out
- Power button with extra safety button
- Blades can easily and safely be changed
2. SereneLife PSLHTM20 Cordless Handheld Grass Cutter Shear
The main feature of the bright-green SereneLife PSLHTM20 is the 2-in-1 blade system allowing you to quickly change between a 70mm grass cutting blade and a 100mm x 215mm hedge trim blade.
At 1.9 pounds, this model, with comfortable handheld grip, is a touch heavier than the previous two shears in the list, but still conveniently light-weight.
The 3.6V lithium battery can easily be recharged with a wall charger – no need to take the battery out, simply plug the cord into the back of the unit.
- Simple 2-in-1 blade system
- Requires 1 lithium battery (included)
- Charge time: 4 hours (runs 30-45 minutes)
- Integrated Blade Guard for extra precision & control
- Safety power lock switch
- Easy-to-use Glide-Cut technology
- External wall charger (included)
3. MLG ET1205 3.6-Volt Lithium Cordless Compact Grass Shear
This MLG compact grass shear is the most affordable in the list, but it doesn’t sacrifice in quality. slightly heavier than the Gardena above, with 1.7 pounds this model is still considered very light-weight. The cushioned soft-grip is small and comfortable enough to not put your hand or arm under pressure, even after a long period of use.
Bear in mind that the unit contains a safety switch that must be continuously pressed in order to operate. This is great for safety, but can get tiring after some time.
The MLG features an interchangeable blade system allowing you to quickly change this machine from a grass shear to a detail shrubber. Be mindful that the blades are very sharp so be cautious and read the instructions before changing the blades. It’s also recommended, as an extra safety measure, to keep the battery unit detached when not in use especially when you have children playing around.
The 3.6 volt lithium-ion battery can easily be removed and placed in a separate charger to be charged (both the battery and charger are included). it takes approximately 4 hours to fully charge the battery, leaving you with 30 to 45 minutes of running time.
- Requires 1 Lithium-Ion Battery (included)
- Fully charged in 4 hours (runs 30-45 minutes)
- External charger (included)
- Extra safety switch
- Easy release button for switching between blades
4. Makita XMU02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Grass Shear
Makita is a trusted premium brand in the world of power tools, and as such the Makita XMU02Z grass shear does not disappoint. By far the most expensive, this model is also the most powerful (1,250 SPM) and most efficient unit in this list of best cordless grass shears.
With a weight of just under 4 pounds (including battery), this model is also heavier than the rest. Mind you, 3-4 pounds is still very comfortable. The compact and ergonomic design, with a rubberized soft-grip handle, is also a big plus.
What you’ll instantly notice is the Toboggan-style base frame which enables you to quickly adjust the height to allow for smooth and consistent cutting.
Please note that the battery and charger are not included, they need to be purchased separately and they aren’t exactly cheap. It must be said though that you get what you pay for, as the quality is superior. The Makita 18V lithium-ion battery has an incredibly fast charge time, so you can work longer and wait less. The Makita 18V Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger can charge batteries within 30 minutes
The Makita XMU02Z cordless grass shear is suitable for the more professional gardener who is willing to spend extra for more power and efficiency.
- Powerful with 1,250 SPM (strokes per minute)
- Efficient Toboggan-style base frame
- Requires 1 lithium-iom battery (not included)
- Requires external charger (not included)
- Charge time: 0.5 hours
- Dual blade action for better results
- Conveniently located safety button
Final Thoughts on Cordless Grass Shears
The above cordless grass shears are industry leading units that offer quality, efficiency and comfort. Each have their own pros and cons, depending on your personal requirements.
It’s worth mentioning that they all offer different types of warranty, so make sure you’re happy with the standard warranty provided. Depending on the product, it may be possible to purchase additional warranty, although with the current high quality standards, this isn’t really necessary.