ECHO SRM-510ES AND SRM-335ES
With a 51.7cc engine producing 1.9kW output, the SRM-510ES is one of the largest and most powerful brushcutters from Echo. It really packs a punch and it is well built.
It is a commercial machine and has the appetite to clear difficult vegetation, including heavy grass, weeds and brash. Above all, it represents good value for money.
Fitted with Echo's E-Start system, the 510ES is effortless to start and in use this brushcutter is manoeuvrable - though Walrond and Gardiner both find the machine a little unbalanced.
"It's easy to start and the vibration seems low. I like the soft rubber handles and there is plenty of power but it feels a bit back-heavy when you're mowing with it," says Walrond. Gardiner agrees that the balance does not seem right. "It's a good bit of kit but seems back-heavy and pulls over to one side," he notes.
Adjusting the position of the brushcutter doesn't solve the problem, but in all other respects this machine is comfortable in operation and is quiet considering the tremendous power available. The 510ES should appeal to local authorities and contractors needing to clear dense and overgrown sites.
Much smaller, the SRM-335ES makes a good machine for trimming up after grass-cutting operations and is more likely to appeal to landscapers and professional gardeners. It is lightweight and the testers appreciate the low vibration levels associated with it. Again fitted with E-Start, little effort is needed to fire up the engine.
Output: 1.9kW/1kW?Weight: 9.2kg/7.5kg
Handle design: Bike?
Standard head: Blade (nylon line option)
List price ex VAT: £629/£499
Contact: Echo on 01844 263886
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THE REVIEW PANEL
- Mark Creber, senior head gardener, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Brookwood Military Cemetery.
- Brendon Gardiner, skilled maintenance craftsman, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Brookwood Military Cemetery
- Danny Walrond, skilled maintenance craftsman, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Brookwood Military Cemetery
The day started dull and cold but became warm and sunny during the morning. Grass in an area of woodland was tackled with all the machines.