And, before you ask, yes they have power and speed. Maximum engine speed is 11,500rpm. Engine acceleration to full speed is 0.7 seconds — a feature made possible by weight reduction in the rotating parts such as the flywheel, plus the inclusion of Honda’s carburetter — equipped with acceleration pump. A good finish is achieved on both the privet hedges in the test.
Starting is easy. These machines have an exhaust-side decompression mechanism to keep the energy needed to start the motor to a minimum. We also like the idea that they run on unleaded petrol.
But what about the weight associated with four-strokes? It’s true these models weigh more than the others in the test. It’s not a huge amount, although that little extra weight is noticeable after a while. Offsetting the weight, of course, is the extremely small amount of pollutants — Honda claims 90 per cent less than conventional two-strokes — lower noise and low vibration levels. Good for the private gardens.
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