The head on this double-sided double-reciprocating trimmer adjusts through eight different cutting angles - a total of 200 degs - to provide the right angle to cut the sides and the top of the hedge. The length of the shaft (212cm) is intended to make high work even easier, but we find that it takes a little getting used to.
We like the grouped controls, but some vibration can be felt through the lower handle and the one on the shaft.
All the testers think the HCA-265ES is an excellent idea but the machine felt underpowered on an Escallonia hedge, despite having a 25.4cc engine. We think it would probably be adequate for privet and could certainly cope with leylandii and yew.
Engine 25.4cc two-stroke
Blades 450mm double-sided
Articulation Eight positions through 200 degs
List price (ex VAT) £429
Contact Echo Tools, 01844 278800
The test was conducted in December so there was no fear of disturbing nesting birds. Conditions were cold with heavy downpours of rain; material cut included an Escallonia hedge.
THE REVIEW PANEL
Andre Gardner, grounds manager, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus
Faith Ayrey, gardener, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus
Graham Bell, senior gardener, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus