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EGO Carbon Fiber Hedge Trimmer Review HT2601

EGO Rolls Out Carbon Fiber On Newest Battery-Powered Hedge Trimmer

Just a glance at the name “EGO Carbon Fiber Rail 26-Inch Hedge Trimmer” immediately raises questions. We haven’t seen anyone apply carbon fiber to a hedge trimmer so far. How does it work? What are the advantages? Are there any negative consequences? We’re taking a closer to see what we can discover.

EGO Carbon Fiber Hedge Trimmer Performance

  • No-Load Speed: 3,400 SPM
  • Cut Capacity: 1.2 in.
  • Handle Rotation: 180°
  • Runtime: 60 minutes

For starters, this is EGO’s longest hedge trimmer at 26 inches. Its previous versions are 25 inches and 24 inches (two models), plus they have a 25-inch commercial model and one for the commercial pole system.

EGO Carbon Fiber Hedge Trimmer

The brushless motor powers the dual-blade system up to 3,400 strokes per minute to give you fast, clean cuts. The blade capacity is right at 1.2 inches which is great for the majority of the trimming tasks you’re likely to encounter. Plus, it’s strong enough to trim stalky shrubs like Screening Podocarpus or clearing out small branches and saplings.

EGO Carbon Fiber Hedge Trimmer Design

EGO Carbon Fiber Hedge Trimmer
  • Model: EGO HT2601
  • Power Source: EGO 56V battery
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs (bare), 10.5 lbs(with 2.5Ah battery)
  • Tool Length: 46.5 in.
  • Bar Length: 26 in.
  • Rail Material: Carbon fiber

The major draw for this hedge trimmer is the fact that the rail is made of carbon fiber. This is an industry first, and EGO tells us that the carbon fiber design makes it lighter but still durable enough to stand the test of time. EGO even backs the rail with a lifetime warranty, so there’s some confidence behind the build. At just 10.5 pounds with the kitted 2.5Ah battery, your arms are definitely going to thank you!

EGO Carbon Fiber Hedge Trimmer

One big advantage this trimmer has over others in its class is the 180-degree handle rotation. Simply pull up on the lower trigger to rotate the handle 90 degrees left and right to any one of the five available positions. This allows you to orient the bar and handle in an optimal position for trimming vertically and horizontally with ease.

EGO Hedge Trimmer Quick Comparison

Here’s a look at some of the features offered by the three most recent models side by side.

HT2411 HT2501 HT2601 (new)
Length 24 inches 25 inches 26 inches
Motor Brushless Brushless Brushless
No-Load Speed 3000 SPM 3200 SPM 3400 SPM
Handle Positions 1 5 5
Handle Rotation None 180° 180°
Cut Capacity 1 inch 1 1/4 inches TBA
Rail Metal Metal Carbon Fiber

Additional Features

  • IPX4 weather resistant
  • Plastic scabbard

EGO Carbon Fiber Rail 26-Inch Hedge Trimmer Price

This carbon fiber hedge trimmer retails for $249 as a kit that includes a 2.5Ah battery and charger. EGO offers a five-year warranty on all of its outdoor power equipment.

The Bottom Line

The EGO 56V 26-Inch Carbon Fiber Hedge Trimmer has plenty of power, cut capacity, and blade length to tackle extensive trimming quickly and efficiently. With its larger capacity, excellent top speed, and lightweight profile, it cuts more like a professional-grade trimmer without the Pro-level price tag.