Designed in the UK, this wheeled trimmer claims to cater for the changing conditions of the British garden. We certainly have changing conditions this week and it copes as well in the wet as it does in the dry.
Powered by a Briggs & Stratton 750Ex Series engine and incorporating a 22in cutting width, the WT56B can make light work of those hard-to-reach places. Having a Direct Overhead Valve engine, it really talks torque, but it is also quiet.
The heavy-duty 350mm-diameter wheels have thick rubber tyres and are spoked for strength. Ekin has no trouble manoeuvring the machine up and down bumpy verges near the college. "It is very easy to start and couldn't be simpler to use - there's a throttle and a lever to engage the cutter head," he notes. "The balance is good and the large wheels make it easy to push and turn."
With a 4mm-thick heavy-duty cutting line, it ploughs its way through thick grass. We reckon this is a great machine for anyone who needs to trim areas such as verges and the edges of rides or perhaps cut a pathway through a meadow.
Engine Briggs & Stratton 750Ex Series
Cutting head Adjustable
Cutting width 22in (56cm)
Cutting height 38-76mm
Rotating speed 3,600rpm
List price £379.99 including VAT
Tel Cobra Garden from Henton & Chattell - 0115 986 6646
Should you work in the green landscape, the trimmer and brushcutter are indispensable. Available in a variety of formats and sizes, there is one for every type of application. Some are ideal as grab-and-use machines for trimming up around trees and obstacles once the mowers have passed. There are larger, more powerful units for mowing swathes of long grass and weedy vegetation.
Choose one with an engine mounted in a backpack and you have a machine that is easy to carry and to operate on slopes. Those on wheels are perfect for extensive areas such as verges or on sites such as cemeteries. Where a quiet, fume-free environment is needed, battery powered brushcutters will give you performance with little noise and no emissions.
In this test we look at handheld trimmers and brushcutters - petrol and battery units - plus a wheeled trimmer. Conditions were less than perfect. Heavy rain on day one was followed by more rain on days two and three. A brief lull in the weather still provided difficult conditions on day four so it was necessary to look at some models several weeks later in drier but much colder conditions.
Tested This Issue
- Mitox 4500UK PRO
- Mitox 430UX-a
- Mitox 240LX
- Mitox 2700LK PRO
- EGO ST1500E string trimmer
- Makita DUR365UZ twin 18V cordless
- Cobra WT56B wheeled trimmer
- MTD 1035K
Mike Baldwin, director of horticulture, Derby College, Broomfield Hall Campus
Mark Ekin, agriculture and countryside co-ordinator, Derby College, Broomfield Hall Campus