Hayter AHT230D-L extended hedgetrimmer

Hayter is normally associated with mowers, but the maker of the Condor and the Harrier has also introduced a range of brushcutters and hedgecutters. Included in that range are two extended hedgetrimmers, of which the AHT230D-L is the longer. Designed and built to a high specification, the equipment is aimed at the commercial user.

One of our testers says: “It’s really lightweight and easy to manoeuvre around the hedge. The handles are well positioned, so the unit is comfortable to use. A professional gardener should be able get quite a bit of trimming done without it tiring the arms and back.”
Starting the extended hedgetrimmer is easy. It has what Hayter calls Assisted Start. This is a system that fires up the engine when the rope is pulled — like a conventional starter system — but requires only about one-third the effort of a conventional system.
A 22.5cc two-stroke engine from Maruyama powers the hedgetrimmer. We are not familiar with the name Maruyama but we can say that, for such a small engine, there’s a lot of power. At full revs the noise is remarkably low. “It has cut through some chunky branches with very little effort,” confirms our main tester.
The cutter head features hardened chrome steel, polish-ground and sharpened on all three cutting surfaces to give an excellent cutting performance.
The 40cm double-bladed cutter bar may be a bit on the short side for some commercial users, but it does help keep the weight down and it takes just seconds to convert the angle from –45° for low work to +90° for cutting across the top of hedges.
If colour matters, the hedgetrimmer and other handheld products from Hayter come in the same dark green livery as the company’s mowers.

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