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Stihl HLA 56 Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer

(50 customer reviews)

AK Battery System


£196.99£383.00 (inc VAT)

11% Off

SKU: 98927

The Stihl HLA 56 is a lightweight, well-balanced cordless long-reach hedge trimmer with double-edged, droplet-shaped blades to guide branches between the cutting teeth for a precise and even finish. The angle of the head can be changed from  -45° to +90° so you can easily trim all of those hard to reach areas in the garden.

With a detachable shaft for easy transport and a bracket included for neat storage, the HLA 56 is a great tool to add to your collection.

The HLA 56 is part of the AK System of tools, which includes grass trimmers, hedge trimmer, chainsaws and lawnmowers and uses interchangeable batteries that can be swapped between tools in the range.

Carrying length: 115 cm. Total length: 210 cm.

What’s Included?

  • Stihl HLA 56 Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer (Unit Only)
  • Kit Option 1 – Stihl HLA 56 Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer with 1 x AK 20 Battery and AL 101 Charger
  • Kit Option 2 – Stihl HLA 56 Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer with 2 x AK 20 Batteries and AL 101 Charger

High cutting performance
The cutting teeth are droplet-shaped with a large tooth spacing and integrated cut protection to ensure high cutting performance.

Simple operation
The HLA 56 has a locking lever (orange front), ERGO lever (black) and main trigger lever (orange below). The locking lever is self-resetting and prevents unintentional switching on of the device. When the ERGO lever and shift lever are pressed, you can work continuously with ease.

Simple head angle adjustment
With the help of the large angle adjustment button, the blade angle can be easily adjusted without tools from -45 ° to + 90 ° for cutting the top of the hedge and sides.

Split shaft
The shaft of the HLA 56 is easily separable thanks to the clamp with toggle screw. The tool can therefore be easily transported and stored.

Loop handle
The comfortable all-round handle ensures great freedom of movement and easy handling, even in more confined spaces.

Tip protection
The tip protector allows you to cut closer to the ground or along walls and helps protect the blades from damage.

Wall-mounted storage bracket
Thanks to the wall bracket, the individual shaft components can be stored off the ground helping to save space in your shed or garage.

Weight kg 1) 3.8
Vibration value, right m/s2 2) 1.5
Vibration value, left m/s2 2) 1.5
Sound power level dB(A) 3) 88
Working time with AK 10 min 4) 0
Recommended battery AK 20
Run time with AK 20 battery min 5) 0
Blade length cm 45
Total length cm 210
cutting capacity mm 16
Stroke rate rpm 2.800
Tooth spacing mm 30
Battery working time with AK 10 min 6) 0-50
Working time with AK 20 min 6) 0-100
Battery working time with AK 30 min 6) 0-120

1) With blade, with handle, without protection, without battery
2) K-factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2m / s ²
3) K-factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2.5 dB (A)
4) Battery life times are approximate and may vary depending on the application
5) Run times may vary depending on the application
6) Battery working times are approximate and may vary depending on the application

Weight 5.58 kg
Dimensions 119.5 × 25.0 × 16.0 cm

Power Type


Cutting Length

18" (45cm)


Unit Only, Kit (Unit inc. AK 20 Battery + AL 101 Charger), Kit (Unit inc. 2 x AK 20 Batteries + AL 101 Charger)

50 reviews for Stihl HLA 56 Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer

  1. Paul (verified owner)

    Good communication from Radmore and was delivered in quick time. Excellent hedge trimmer and superb battery life with AK20 battery. Also bought the fast charger which is excellent and worth the extra spend for a quick charge. Petrol trimmer is history.

  2. Tony Jones (verified owner)

    Excellent service & comms throughout. The hedge trimmer is excellent, very well balanced & easy to use & battery charges reasonably fast with the normal charger

  3. Kelvyn (verified owner)

    Great product with excellent engineering. Delivery and communications from Radmore first class – thank you.

  4. Andrew (verified owner)

    Really great product, great price and excellent service, communications and delivery. Good all round and many thanks to Radmore – first class

  5. Malcolm Adamson (verified owner)

    Great product and great service from Radmore.

  6. Jeff (verified owner)

    Good comms from Radmore.
    Trimmer is superb. Did the high wide hedges no bother.
    Very good battery life. I used the hk 10 battery from my hsa and it works fine, could probably get full perimeter done on one battery 80m approx. Imagine the 20 battery is even better. It is quite heavy at first but you soon get used to it and it’s length. Bought with the extension bar, which is a must for wider hedges and was a worthy purchase too and easy to set up.
    No point in petrol or electric, this does the job no problem.

  7. Tony Grove (verified owner)

    Excellent performance – miles better than previous rechargeable hedge trimmers I’ve tried. Prompt delivery and good value.

  8. PEGSY (verified owner)

    Very pleased with this hedge trimmer. The balabce of it is extremely good and it’s very easy to use. I bought the extension pole with it which makes it a bit unwieldy but it’s the only way to get the height.
    I love the ease with which the sections slot together, it’s beautifully designed and engineered.

  9. John (verified owner)

    Grand service

  10. Tim (verified owner)

    OK, it’s expensive, but this is a life-changing piece of kit. I’ve got some big, high hedges which I’ve been cutting with a cheaper, heavier, petrol-powered multi-tool (which has broken down) and that knackers me out very quickly. This is light enough, even with the extension in, to wield far enough and for long enough to get the job done without breaking your back. It’s well made, too, and the blade is a good size. I expect to be using it for years to come, which makes the extra cost well worth it.

  11. Fiona (verified owner)

    Fitst time buyer with Radomre and Tucker. Great price and great service. Website easy to use, good communication and item delivered on time. Will definiteli use again.

  12. Peter (verified owner)

    Excellent service from Radmore & Tucker. Only used the HLA 56 hedge trimmer once, so early days but it worked fine, only negative is the quoted weight of 3.8kg did not include the battery which was a further 1.2kg.

  13. Fiona (verified owner)

    Bought as a Christmas present (husband’s choice!) so can’t comment on the product itself yet but we were impressed by the speed and efficiency of the service. Delivered quickly and communication was good.

  14. Keith (verified owner)

    Reviewed on dispatch & delivery at present, which was within 24hrs. Cannot fault. Bought as gift for December birthday. Need to wait until next year to try out and review on its use.

  15. Nick (verified owner)

    Delivery and service was impressive which was within 24 hours. Everything is in pristine condition and will be put to the test next Spring.

  16. John (verified owner)

    Very impressed with the service and speed of delivery. It feels good to handle, but I need some dry weather to try it out!

  17. Huw Edwards (verified owner)

    This is a good hedge trimmer and works well on high hedges with the extension pole. It is not the lightest device but it is quite well balanced. I personally cannot see me using this trimmer for a period longer than one battery charge at a time due to its weight but it has an incredible reach when used with the extension & so the time spent to cut some of the higher shrubs in my garden is much less. It is quiet in operation which gives an initial impression of being a bit underpowered but all such thoughts are dispelled as it carves through the twigs and leaves. Battery charges in about an hour or so, I’ll need that time to recover my arms! All in all, it’s going to make my life a lot easier! I’ve not used it when on a ladder yet and I’d imagine that it’ll be a bit more tricky as you definitely need two hands to operate this. Item was ordered and was out of stock but I still received the unit on backorder within a week, so that was fine for me.

  18. Tom Joyce (verified owner)

    This is a serious hedge trimmer and I am really pleased with it. I was looking at getting a petrol trimmer but having owned two before I am so glad I made the switch. It is comparatively light, delivers really good cutting and so far one battery charge has covered the whole garden. Wish I had more to trim. Radcliffe and Tucker offered great service and got it to me swiftly with good comms. Great tool, good company.

  19. Ronnie Grant (verified owner)

    Brilliant trimmer. Unbelievable the thickness of branches it can cut through. I bought the slow charger and battery and it does charge up reasonably quickly. Fantastic piece of equipment. Great buy.

  20. Peter Stephens (verified owner)

    We have a whopper hedge, consisting of different hedge types. This machine handles them all easily. It’s easy to hold and control. No ear defenders needed too. It gives a great cut and copes with branches well. The AK30 battery did one side of 25m long hedge 2.5m high and the top about 2.5m wide using the additional extension bar. (Then used it in the blower) It’s hard on the arms when stretched out fully, but a dream compared with the heavy rented petrol one I used to use.

  21. Graeme Harkness (verified owner)

    Outstanding service from the whole team, both by email and phone, customer care second to none. simply first class service at great price. The machine is fantastic, 75m of hedge cut using just over 1.5 battery charge, no problems, great finish. Normal charger works well and appears to recharge fast. Notification lights on battery are a good idea. Its well worth the price, now considering the normal hedge trimmer.

  22. David (verified owner)

    Great company to buy off, good communication, would definitely purchase from them again, found them to be the most competitively priced also.

  23. Steve Thompson (verified owner)

    This is an excellent piece of kit. We have about 100 metres of hedge and the HLA 56 is Just right for the high bits. It is well balanced with good battery life and even though after a while at stretched arm length it is tiring this is a very handy well designed cutter. The thicker branches need the petrol cutter so be aware of the capabilities of this cutter before you use it – if that makes sense! Good price from a very good dealer – will use again.

  24. Jonathan Baker

    Radmore and Tucker we good at communicating and letting you know when the item was dispatched once dispatched arrived quickly. Hedge trimmer is very good with the long reach being a real advantage for my high hedges – well balanced machine once the battery is in place and works a treat.
    excellent over all including service from R and T many thanks

  25. Bruce Saunders

    Great item , Service 110% Thank you.

  26. K.holderness (verified owner)

    If you like quality and good performance then this is for you.Contact Radmore and Tucker and treat yourself.

  27. Martin Keefe (verified owner)

    Delivery took a little while but Radmore & Tucker kept me informed so I have no complaints. The hedge trimmer is an absolute dream. It halved the time taken, mostly because the blades are super sharp and robust so should stay that way for a good while. Battery life is excellent. It’s heavier than the outgoing equipment so that is worth bearing in mind.

  28. Konstantin (verified owner)

    Yet another great product I have bought from Radmore & Tucker. The hedge trimmer is well built and easy to use. My hedges are quite high and wide, however I can reach everywhere without extension but using garden platform. The trimmer is well balanced, the cut is clean and battery life is long enough to have another tea break. Just remember to look after your tools and they will look after your garden.
    I am a returning customer due to choice, availability, price and the most importantly – customer service at Radmore & Tucker.

  29. Shelley (verified owner)

    Researched this as a really good tool and I wasn’t disappointed. Great price and delivery service from Radmore Tucker. The hedge trimmer is perfect for our front hedge and back garden small trees and bamboo fence. Charges power really well. Needed a ladder for taller trees but this was ok. And not too heavy – even for a girl!!!

  30. Charles Bishop (verified owner)

    Very quiet and powerful tool. As other reviewers have said it is well balanced but also a little heavy when doing overhead stuff. Not a deal breaker though as the machine is excellent to use and easy to adjust. Comfortably cut a yew hedge that hadn’t been attended to for a couple of years and dealt with branches thicker than the 16mm quoted max size admirably.
    Battery life is excellent (AK20). No regrets at all with the purchase – R&T were very good with communications, pricing and delivery. Mine came unboxed and ready to go due to a PDI from R&T. No massive boxes and polystyrene to get rid of!

  31. Mark P (verified owner)

    Was very surprised with the strength of the trimmer and longevity of the battery. After almost an hours use, I still have 3/4 bars left on the battery. It’s quiet and efficient, would definitely recommend

  32. Ian Scholefield (verified owner)

    Excellent piece of equipment. I did not add the optional extension piece. I thinik it would be difficult to manage the trimmer stretching out to the side if the weight of the head were further away so for me the basic length is right. I did wonder if the compact battery would give a powerfull enough cut but it did all I wanted without hesitation. It is a well made piece of kit as one would expect from Stihl.

  33. John Anderson (verified owner)

    Excellent service and price from Radmore and Tucker. I bought this to replace my old Flymo cordless hedge trimmer which had done a lot of work over many years. The Stihl is heavier in the hands (the old Flymo had a separate battery pack slung from a shoulder harness) but is better built and cuts more efficiently. Looks like the battery goes longer between charges and recharges more quickly. So far so good!

  34. Ian Dickson (verified owner)

    Excellent for the higher trimming.

  35. Ian Dickson (verified owner)

    Excellent for the higher trimming. Very helpful staff on the end of the phone.

  36. Peter (verified owner)

    Quick and efficient service from Radmore Tucker, the Stihl hedge cutter is in a different league to my old petrol cutter and 2kg lighter.

  37. Ken (verified owner)

    I bought this desirable piece of equpment because my Laurel hedge is too wide to reach with the normal version of the HLA 56–the shorter one.
    I wrote on my Order Form “as soon as possible please”. I needed it quickly. Amazingly , early the next morning I got a call saying the van was outside the house !! Best service ever. Couldn’t believe it. But its true ; not a dream. I later bought the extension.

  38. Matt (verified owner)

    Great product – lightweight, versatile, safe, low noise, efficient, half’s the time to cut my hedges and makes the whole process pretty enjoyable!
    Great customer service – was out of stock when I purchased it, got regular updates at every stage of the progress, delivered in a few days, competitively priced, trusted seller. Thanks again…

  39. Tracy Oldfield

    Good hedge cutter; easy to use, and with surprisingly long battery life.

  40. Vix (verified owner)

    Fab hedge trimmer, blades come nice and sharp and ready to go. I had a big privet hedge 10ft tall and 40ft long got the job done in half an hour. It gets heavy after a while but that’s garden work for you. Great delivery from the guys arrived within 24 hours, definitely will be back. Recommend buying the spray to keep the blades in top notch condition.

  41. Vix (verified owner)

    Fab hedge trimmer, blades come nice and sharp and ready to go. It gets heavy after a while but that’s garden work for you. Great delivery from the guys arrived within 24 hours, definitely will be back. Recommend buying the spray to keep the blades in top notch condition.

  42. Godfrey Phillips (verified owner)

    Very impressive, well balanced and well made. Cuts really well with very good battery life. Excellent service as usual from Radmore and Tucker

  43. Jo (verified owner)

    It is a good quality product. It does the job well. However, the weight is heavier than I expected, I guess mainly due to the battery, therefore a shoulder strap will help but it does not include this strap. I used my other garden tool strap as it is universal, just clip on, this helps holding this a lot easier.

  44. Brian Robson (verified owner)

    Great service at a great price. Communication excellent throughout the process. Used trimmer on a customers 12ft high conifer hedge row last week for first use. Customer impressed with finish and I found the trimmer not too heavy after using petrol for years, very easy to manage and of course the decibel level much better .

  45. M Parsons (verified owner)

    After a very long wait of 6 months, it has been delivered, and I have used it for the first time, and I am very impressed.
    Light and easy to use , will be able to write a better review next year ,when I use it for a whole season.

  46. Jim Murphy

    I was surprised at the power of the hedge trimmer and the longevity of the battery. I bought the 20 battery and it coped brilliantly with a long heavy day cutting thick hedges.
    Great bit of kit, the extension pole was a great addition. My only regret is not buying the harness.
    Radmore & Tucker as always hard to beat for service or price.

  47. Brian Buxton (verified owner)

    Still wedded to Stihl petrol hedgehutters for heavy stuff, but this has all the power I need for normal cutting. Not a vast difference in weight, as batteries are relatively heavy. Extension well worth having, as is the carrying bag. I cut hedges at my daughter’s house too!

    Very promp service and good price for traditional Stihl quality.

  48. shane spiers (verified owner)

    Excellent product,excellent delivery,would buy again.

  49. Oliver Flossmann (verified owner)

    Fast delivery and good price.

  50. S P Mead (verified owner)

    Excellent service and delivery. Ordered midday and received 2 pm the following day.
    Really pleased with the hedge cutter good quality from Stihl and well balanced with the weight of the battery.

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