The machines are powered by 25.4cc engines, complying with Euro 1 standards and featuring generous torque output with a linear power curve even at low revs. Model 2750XP has a 75cm blade; the other is fitted with a 60cm cutter.
Both machines are rugged. Improved features include the diecast cylinder with chromium plating, forged connecting rod and crankshaft. The piston with two rings should give constant efficiency over time, even in conditions of prolonged operation.
A new aluminium gearbox, drive train with pinion mounted on bearing and connecting rod with roller bearings are intended to give low noise, reduced vibration and longer life. The blades are made from high-quality steel with end cutting edges for accuracy.
We like the simplified starting. The system inhibits the choke when the throttle is opened fully, eliminating the risk of flooding the carburettor. The rotating handle - 90 degs either way - makes these cutters comfortable to use and enables work in awkward spaces. And the snap-on filter cover should aid in-field maintenance.
Ayrey concluded: "Both machines get the job done quickly, they are very effective and cut really well. The vibration levels are low." However, there were some complaints of exhaust fumes.
Models Efco TG2600XP, Efco TG2750XP
Engine 25.4cc two-stroke, 25.4cc two-stroke
Power output 1.2hp, 1.2hp
Blades 60cm double-sided, 75cm double-sided
Pitch 35mm, 35mm
Weight 5.3kg, 5.5kg
Fuel tanks 0.6 litres, 0.6 litres
List price (ex VAT) £289.35, £319.14
Contact Emak UK, 01543 687660
The test was conducted in December so there was no fear of disturbing nesting birds. Conditions were cold with heavy downpours of rain; material cut included an Escallonia hedge.
THE REVIEW PANEL
Andre Gardner, grounds manager, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus
Faith Ayrey, gardener, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus
Graham Bell, senior gardener, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus