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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