Like the Efco, the Echo 2400 is a telescopic pruner and again, it shows that designers are thinking “innovation”.
It is powered by a 23.6cc two-stroke engine with Pro-Fire electronic ignition, has a rigid shaft that does not flex and carries a 30cm chainsaw head. The innovative part comes in the control handle. It’s a great idea but we reckon it needs just a little refining.
“It’s good that people are coming up with new styles and this one is an excellent attempt at something useful,” says our tester. “It does improve the balance of the machine — the only problem is that my gloved hand is tending to slip on the curve, allowing the release of the operator presence control. The handle either needs to be a slightly different shape or perhaps made of a grippier material.”
His left hand has no trouble holding the shaft. It has a splined fibreglass cover of just the right size to fit the hand.
With a standard start-up procedure — choke lever on, pinch the primer, hold the throttle and pull — the engine fires up immediately. After a few revs, the tester is severing branches quickly and neatly.
It’s when he stops the machine that we discover that, while the stop button is accessible, the Echo 2400 is the only pole saw with a button that has to be pulled down towards the operator. The tester says he personally doesn’t mind this, but admits that it is probably easier and quicker to flick a button upwards with the thumb.
A hand nut locks and unlocks the clamp to allow extension and retraction of the second section of shaft. “It’s very easy to fold in and extend out,” says the tester. “The harness is good, too — I have hardly noticed I am wearing it.”
Have you registered with us yet?
Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletinsSign up now