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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