Echo SRM5000U

How do they do it for that price? This is a professional unit with a price more fitting to a top-of-the-range petrol-powered domestic brushcutter. But Echo hasn't taken any short cuts or reduced the specification in any way.

In fact, with a gutsy 51.7cc engine, this machine has power to spare. And, once we put the handles on the right way round and adjusted them to suit our tester’s stance, it sliced through the sapling with an insatiable appetite.
Echo has paid its usual attention to making this unit fit for life in the commercial market. The SRM500OU is fitted with a heavy-duty gearbox that, in combination with the high-torque Echo engine, ensures that it has a lively performance and the capability to clear tough undergrowth.
This unit is also equipped with Pro-Fire electronic ignition, a semi-automatic decompressor for easy starting and has a large-surface, commercial-duty air filter that is accessed via a “one-touch” clip-on filter cover. The spark-plug is easy to access and it is just possible to see the level of fuel in the tank.
“It’s easy enough to fill, easy to operate and comfortable to use,” comments our tester. He notes that the throttle is responsive and the soft-grip handles are a bonus. The downside is that there are places for briars to catch when working in dense vegetation.

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