Efco TS 327

It weighs a little more than the Tanaka but this Italian-made Efco trimmer shares the title for best-in-test power-to-weight ratio.

It’s powered by a 25.4cc engine — a torquey mid-range engine, not very revvy but with plenty of grunt.
This machine has both a primer and a Lift Start mechanism to aid firing up from cold. It has a rear handle that rotates through 90? to left or right to ensure perfect balance at all cutting angles. We also like the controls, especially the throttle lock. The blades stop within a second of throttle release.
“I’m impressed,” admits our tester. “It’s a very neat and compact trimmer, light and versatile.”
The precision-ground 60cm, double-sided, dual-action blades are sharpened on all sides. They provide a fast and clean cut on both privet and beech. But it’s the attention to detail that surprises us — things like the long exhaust to ensure emissions are blown clear of the operator and the tool-free, snap-fit access to the spark plug and air filter.
We would say that, at the normal recommended retail price this machine represents value for money.

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