The machine bends saplings and then gives an almighty shudder; chips fly and the saplings topple. Clearly the manufacturers recognised a machine like the Outback is going to be abused and have built the machine to cope. It has clutch belt drive so if it doesn't like what it's doing it simply stops.
It doesn't break.
One tester takes the high-speed approach to testing the Outback. He's straight into dense vegetation among which lies the evidence of a long-forgotten chainsaw class. The blades hit the logs. The noise is chilling but the machine lives on and emerges from the brambles unscathed.
"This is a bit of kit and a half," he shouts, tears of laughter in his eyes. "It's brilliant. Indestructible."
What sets the Outback apart from other brushcutters is that it has no wheels at the front. Instead the cutting deck is mounted on skids and this means the machine rides out the undulations like a skier. The drive wheels at the rear of the unit are pre-filled with puncture sealant so even thorns and nails won't stop this monster. And it is a monster. With a beefy 13hp Honda engine and Kevlar drive belts, we can find nothing to stop the Outback.
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