UNBOXING: Stihl HSA 26 (S2E15)

As with most Stihl products, the HSA 26 was a very clean, well built little tool. From the moment of unboxing I knew it was Stihl quality. As a result, I was excited to unbox this little tool and put it to work.

However, It made quick work of my little shrubs. Struggled a bit on my larger shrubs, but that was expected for a small tool.

Stihl HSA 26

Here is some information from their web site:

  • Whether it is precise trimming of ornamental plants or pruning and cutting small shrubs and grasses, the HSA 26 battery-powered garden shears deliver unparalleled precision and power for the discerning gardener. Ideal for urban or suburban homeowners living in noise-sensitive areas. With proven blade geometry from STIHL and cutting speeds faster than the previous model, the HSA 26 provides more precise and cleaner cuts, improving plant appearance. And with its lightweight construction, ergonomic design, rubberized grips, and two easily interchangeable blades, gardeners and nursery pros get the comfort, control and flexibility they need. The HSA 26 joins a growing family of battery-powered tools operating on the AS battery platform and puts a new level of power and performance in the palm of your hand.

In conclusion, I really enjoy using the small trimmer. It was quiet, and very easy to use. The only downside was that it took quite a while to trim an overgrown shrub. As a result, I had to do several passes causing more debris to cleanup.


  • Quiet
  • Compact
  • Clean design
  • Price was fair ($99-$129)


  • Slow on large shrubs
  • Took 10 minutes to trim 1 bushy shrub
  • Plastic safety switch appeared flimsy

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