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Independent tests & reviews of equipment and machinery used by horticultural business and professionals, including grass cutting, hedge cutting, tree care, turf care, grounds maintenance equipment.

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Echo CS-620SX

Echo CS-620SX

25 July 2014

A replacement for Echo's CS-610, the new 620SX professional chainsaw has the same size engine (59.8cc) but it is a premium-grade engine and delivers an additional 320W. As a result, this saw has the cutting performance of higher-capacity machines, ...

 
 
Echo CS-550

Echo CS-550

25 July 2014

A professional saw ideal for felling, the CS-550 features a powerful 54.1cc long-stroke engine with remarkable torque. Features include clutch-related oil pump, side-adjust chain tensioner, a newly designed air-cleaner system with a split back plate ...

 
 
Makita EA3500S

Makita EA3500S

25 July 2014

Hunt associates Makita with power drills and builders' tools, so what will he make of its range of chainsaws? The company has done much in recent years to challenge the top two brands - and that is in all categories. The EA3500S is classified as a ...

 
 
Makita EA6100P

Makita EA6100P

25 July 2014

A brand new, full professional machine, built from the ground up, Makita's 61cc 6100P features easy start, the "like it very much" dab-stop switch, metal chassis, adjustable oil, full AV and metal chain catcher. This saw has a two-stroke engine but...

 
 

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Makita Twin 18V LXT

Makita Twin 18V LXT

25 July 2014

Another battery chainsaw, but this one is fitted with two 18V Lithium-ion batteries to give 36V. By having two batteries, more power and run time are achieved. However, you can still use the batteries to power other equipment, such as Makita's blow...

 
 
Stihl MSA 160 T

Stihl MSA 160 T

25 July 2014

Quiet and simple - that is the promise from Stihl. It is a promise on which it delivers. Just squeeze the throttle and the chainsaw is set to work. It is swift in acceleration and, being narrow, this should make the perfect saw for pruning and remedi...

 
 
Stihl MS 261 C-M

Stihl MS 261 C-M

25 July 2014

Without a doubt, the 261 is a popular saw. In fact, some would say it is a legend. Thanks to its cutting precision and powerful torque, it is Stihl's top-selling all rounder. It already includes the Stihl 2-MIX eco and fuel-efficient engine, a long...

 
 

How to buy...

Buyers' guide - tractors Vibration levels, implements and working conditions are key considerations, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Chainsaws Your experience and training are key factors when it comes to choosing a chainsaw, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Brushcutters The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Woodchippers Arborists, landscapers and grounds-maintenance teams can put chippers to good use, says, Sally Drury.

Buyers' Guide - Horticultural fabrics From crop protection to insulation, there is a material to meet every horticultural need, says Sally Drury.

Buyers' Guide - Blowers and sweepers Sally Drury looks at blowers and sweepers that can be handheld, pushed, vehicle-mounted or towed.


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Horticulture Week - 25 July 2014

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GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation

KIT TEST: Echo, Makita and Stihl submit their latest chainsaw models for testing at Derby College

PLANT FOCUS: Ligularia

PEST & DISEASE FACTSHEET: Spider mites

UK GROWER AWARDS 2015: Entries now open