Efco PTX2500

Full marks to Efco for the new thinking behind this 2006 edition telescopic pole saw. It has the grip-lock 38mm-diameter telescopic aluminium pole extension you would expect, plus a cutting head driven by an internal aluminium drive-shaft that is carried by bearings to reduce vibration. But what we didn’t expect was the articulating head. It’s a novel idea — and it works.
Our tester loosens the head with the tool supplied and clicks it through the five stepped angles from straight to 90?. “This makes it so much more useful,” he says. “It means you can always angle the head to give maximum visibility for a safe and precise cut.”
It takes a couple of minutes for the tester to refit the chain the right way round before we inspect the power end of the machine. Again, we find examples of how serious Efco is taking the commercial market. The shaft and cutting head are sturdy and the power unit is tidy, with no dangling wires or cables to snag on the operator or in vegetation.
The primer bulb is tucked away where it is unlikely to be damaged or punctured. And the choke lever is unlikely to break — it is almost hidden and is difficult to flick on when you are wearing gloves. The good news is that you are likely to only need it once. This is a semi-automatic choke — simply fire up the engine, let it idle for a couple of seconds and then, as you rev the engine, the choke automatically switches off.
The PTX2500 is fitted with a high torque, 25.4cc two-stroke engine. It’s the same engine as on Efco’s brushcutter range but with an aluminium front cover to provide strength without weight. There’s plenty of power. This machine slices through 250mm diameter branches with ease. Other features include chip expulsion to prevent jamming, an automatic oil pump mounted on the head to lubricate the chain and drive shaft continuously, plus a fine-tooth cutting chain that protects against kickback.
Telescopic pruners tend to weigh more than those of the same, but fixed, length. The PTX2500 is no exception. The tester admits he can feel the extra weight but is able to use it to make cutting easier. “It is definitely heavier than, say, the Husky. But you can almost release the weight to cut through the branch — although you do have to be ready to take up the weight when the cut is through,” he says. The trigger is good. The stop button is not so good: “With gloves on, my thumb tends to slip over the top of the button when I am trying to push it on,” explains our tester.
As pole saws have no chain brake, it is particularly important that the stop button is quick and easy to operate.

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