Echo HCA2400 articulating reach clipper

This is the largest of Echo's dedicated double-sided hedgetrimmers. It has a 64cm blade, a robust gearbox with centrifugal clutch and an excellent anti-vibration system to isolate the handle. Our testers could not believe how lightweight it feels. It's a good machine for extended periods of use.

The HCA2400 is a compact, robust and well-engineered professional machine. The wiring is tidy, the filler on the tank is well positioned and access for servicing plugs and filters is easy.
It was Echo that invented the long-reach articulating trimmer and in some aspects of its design it remains ahead of the rest — particularly in its balance. This unit weighs 6.2kg. “I can’t get over how light this machine feels. It is a very manoeuvrable trimmer,” says the tester.
Under test, the HCA2400 presents no problems starting, except for getting used to holding the operator presence control at the same time as pulling the recoil.
The testers find it tricky at first because the OPC is so sensitive and it takes only the slightest release of pressure to cut the engine. The 23.6cc commercial-grade, two-stroke engine is a smooth runner. It has plenty of punch in its 45cm hardened-steel, double-sided, double-action cutter blades and the quality of cut cannot be faulted.
 “The lightness of this trimmer is a huge advantage but it has also got good power delivery and is nice and compact,” says one tester.
Although he misses the D-bar handle on this machine, the other testers find the pole design a joy to use. It’s easy to use left- or right-handed and the soft sheath grip is very comfortable. None of testers report any vibration.
The cutting angle of this trimmer can be changed in seconds. The blade pivots from 0° to 90° and locks into place with a lever. But there are only seven different working positions.

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