Echo HC30ES

The HC30ES is built for professionals and it has a lot going for it. This machine is Echo’s lightest hedgetrimmer, making it ideal for extended use, but it’s also the toughest so this is going to be good machine for the contractor racing to visit as many sites as possible in one day. And as far as two-stroke machines go, this one is quiet as well — making it a potential buy for use in public gardens and on housing estates.
The HC30ES is fitted with Echo’s ES easy-starting system. The 21.1cc engine provides a surprising amount of power and the precision ground cutters are a good length and razor sharp. Another feature that is certainly useful is the leaf collector.
Clearly Echo realises that when you are working long hours on a single job, it is important to be able to carry out basic maintenance procedures in the field. We find the HC30ES sits nicely and is stable for re-fuelling and, should you need to tap it out, there is tool-free access to the commercial-grade air filter.
The controls are straightforward and are grouped on an oversized grip. For the smaller hands it can mean a bit of a stretch to connect with the throttle. Vector sum is low for hedgetrimmers — just 5.5m/s2. If you’re looking for a double reciprocating cutter for a manicured finish, add this one to your list.

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