Etesia AV51

What a little gem. This machine is small but has oodles of power and isn't afraid to take on overgrown grass, thistles, brambles and scrub.

Clearly, a lot of thought has gone into the design of this pedestrian brushcutter. The AV51 is a tough unit with a high spec and loads of features that make using it a pleasure.
For starters it’s got a six-horsepower Kawasaki engine, so not much to go wrong there. Then there’s the gearbox. We love the gearbox. Okay, so hydrostatic transmission is easy to use and requires less thought, but sometimes that old “one-two-three” is what you need to get the work done. And this has reverse.
“It’s a very manoeuvrable machine and it’s good to see a reverse gear on a unit this small,” says our first tester. The second agrees: “There’s no need to drag the machine backwards. If you get into a situation or find yourself stuck in a corner, you just stick it into reverse. It’s so much quicker and effortless.”
A device on the gear selector ensures that once the machine is in drive, it is locked in gear. The lever has to be held when reversing; this kit is not going to push you backwards and trap you against a wall. There’s a diff lock to help out in sticky situations or on slopes.
There’s no doubt the AV51 has been built to stay the course. It’s got a square sectioned chassis for extra durability and the five-millimetre thick, heavy-duty, solid steel cutterbar has sheer bolt protection and blade brake clutch. The cutterbar is mounted off-centre to aid ejection of the cut material. Central cable protection prevents snagging on bushes and under low branches, and the handlebars are strengthened. The handlebars are easy to twist and fold for transport and they can be offset for working close to walls and fences or around trees.
For a rough-cut machine, it cuts very well. Adjustments to the cutting height can be made from 35mm to 120mm.

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