EFCO DS4200T AND DS2600 4S
"It's really smooth - I could use this all day." Clearly Gardiner likes the DS4200T from Efco. "It's got perfect balance and is very manoeuvrable. The harness is good too," he adds.
At the heart of this unit is a 40.2cc emissions-compliant engine delivering 1.6kW of power. It boasts a professional-grade diamond-machined piston and a nickel-plated cylinder for durability and it provides high torque at all crankshaft speeds.
With a digital coil and electronic control, starting is easy. A decompression system is housed in the cylinder.
Everything is easy to grip on the DS4200T. There's a knob enabling handling adjustment and the dual-grip filler cap makes fuelling up simple - not that you need to do that too often. You should get 50 minutes uninterrupted operation from the 0.75-litre tank.
With its tool-free filter cover and paper filter element, maintenance should not be a problem. We are also impressed with
the harness. There is plenty of adjustment in the straps and belt to give the required freedom of movement and it provides even weight distribution. This machine should appeal to groundsmen, professional gardeners and maintenance contractors alike.
By contrast, the DS2600 4S is a four-stroke Burn Right machine and you have to remember: separate oil and fuel - just like the lawnmower. But the engine does eliminate the normally odorous fumes.
Gardiner also likes this one. It is quieter running and vibration is low thanks to five self-lubricating bushes located in the shaft arm and A-V mounts within the engine housing. Creber, however, is not keen on the loop handles and he finds the harness "primitive".
Model: DS4200T/DS2600 4S
Power output: 1.6kW/0.8kW?
Weight: Excluding head: 7.9kg/5.6kg
Handle design: Bike/loop
Fuel tank: 0.75litres/0.6litres
Standard head: Blade or Tap n Go line
List price ex VAT: £485/£330
Contact: Emak UK on 01543 687660
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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.