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HLA 56 Long-Reach Battery Hedge Trimmer
HLA 56 Long-Reach Battery Hedge Trimmer
HLA 56 Long-Reach Battery Hedge Trimmer
HLA 56 Long-Reach Battery Hedge Trimmer

HLA 56 Long-Reach Battery Hedge Trimmer

AK SYSTEM ICON Interchangeable Battery | View Range
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Please note, you need to purchase an installation kit in order to install your iMOW.
Please note, you need to purchase an installation kit in order to install your iMOW.

This is the perfect tool to trim taller hedges and shrubs.

Our lightweight and well-balanced battery-powered long-reach hedge trimmer has 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.

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. 

For even longer reach, add the 20"/ 50 cm extension shaft and for greater comfort.

  • Runtime on AK 20 battery: Up to 80 minutes
  • Runtime on AK 30 battery: Up to 120 minutes


Blade tip protectorBlade tip protector

The HLA 56 comes with a tip protector fitted as standard, which makes cutting near the ground or along walls easier, and helps to protect the blades from damage.

Neutral battery positionNeutral battery position for easy transport

There are two positions for the battery - in the first neutral position, the battery is secured in the machine but not connected to the contacts. This means you can carry the battery around easily without accidentally starting the trimmer. In the second position, the battery is fully pushed in and you can easily start the tool.

Wall BracketWall-mounting bracket included

There is a bracket included in the box, so you can easily mount your HLA 56 on the wall in your shed.

Double sided cutting bladesPrecision ground blades

The blades on the HLA 56 are diamond ground to help you achieve a precise cut.

Integrated cut protectionIntegrated cut protection

The HLA 56 has integrated cut protection which overlaps the working blades, to reduce the risk of them making contact with your leg.

Loop handleLoop handle

The HLA 56 has a loop handle on the shaft to help you manoeuver the hedge trimmer.

AL 101 charger

AL 101 charger

Charger for the STIHL AK Battery System. With operating mode indicator (LED) and cable tie with Velcro tape. The charger can be wall mounted if required.


Question: How long does the battery last?

A: The recommended AK 20 battery will last up to 80 minutes or enough time to trim up to 280 m² of hedges. This does depend on what is being cut and how the tool is being used.

Question: How long does it take to charge?

A: To fully charge the recommended AK 20 battery it takes 150 minutes, or to charge it up to 80%, it takes 105 minutes.

Question: What size property will it maintain?

A: The HLA 56 is great for medium to large city properties.

Question: What battery does it use?

A: The tool is powered by an interchangeable 36 V lithium-ion battery.

Question: Are the batteries interchangeable?

A: Yes, all of the tools in the AK System use the same style of battery. There are three different batteries in the range, which all have different capacities. For the HLA 56, we recommend the AK 20 battery which will mean the tool is perfectly balanced, but you can use the AK 10 or   AK 30 battery in this tool.

Question: How long is the blade on the HLA 56?

A: The blade is 18"/45 cm long.

Question: What should I wear when using this hedge trimmer?

A: We recommend that you wear snug-fitting clothes, eye protection, sturdy boots or shoes, and tie back long hair. When you are using the tool above head height and where there is a risk of falling objects, you should also wear a protective helmet with visor.

Question: What size branches can I cut with the HLA 56?

A: You can cut branches up to 0.6"/16 mm in diameter.

Question: How long is the HLA 56?

A: The total length of the machine when the head is straight is 83"/210 cm. When the shaft and head have been taken apart, the longest section (the shaft) is 45"/115 cm.

Question: Does the hedge trimmer come with a blade cover?

A: Yes, your hedge trimmer comes with a scabbard to cover the blades during transport or storage. On new machines, the scabbard will be quite tight so you may need to use some force to remove it for the first few times. Just hold the scabbard about half way down and pull it away from you so your hands or body cannot come into contact with the blades.


#1 Using the HLA 56 

You will get a straighter cut on your hedges, if you move the hedge trimmer in an upwards motion when trimming.

#2 Cleaning your HLA 56

When you have finished using the hedge trimmer, remove the battery. We suggest spraying a little resin solvent onto the blades to remove sap or resin, protect them from corrosion and stop them getting stuck together.

#3 Looking after your battery

Don't use a damp or wet battery in your HLA 56 and avoid using them in extreme temperatures (very hot or very cold.

#4 Storing your HLA 56

Store your HLA 56 in a clean and dry area and keep out of the reach of children at all times. The shaft and blade on the HLA 56 can also be easily separated, without tools, for compact storage or transport.

Technical data

Weight KG / LB  3.8 / 8.4
Blade length IN / CM 18 / 45
Rated voltage V 36
Max. cutting thickness IN / MM 0.6 / 16
Tooth spacing IN / MM 1 / 30

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