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Advances in battery technology, especially in rechargeable nickel-cadmium and lead-acid batteries, add to the appeal of cordless tools. Units can be recharged more than 500 times.

Low voltage and a plastic housing protect the user from electrical shock, and safety switches prevent accidental starting.

You can choose from hand or long-handled models of cordless grass shears, and some units are convertible. Blades come in several sizes, and the larger the blade, the faster grass can be cut.

Blade life is usually longer than one season, especially since the majority of them can be re-sharpened. Replacement is required when they no longer cut cleanly after re-sharpening.

Like other cordless tools, cordless hedge trimmers eliminate the danger of slicing through a power cord. A cycle charge will usually last for about half an hour, while the cutting time on larger models may be as long as 45 minutes.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.