Husqvarna 323LD

The Husqvarna 323LD and 325LDx, like the Makita machine, start life as lightweight trimmers and, thanks to their split shafts, offer a range of options. The detachable shaft makes for easy storage and transport, while the range of attachments includes two hedgetrimmers (one gives extra reach), a pole pruner, a cultivator, a brush and an attachment for edging lawns.
The 323LD and 325LDx share the same attachments; the only difference is the engine. Both are 24.5cc and boast Husqvarna’s SmartStart system — where resistance in the starter cord is reduced by up to 40 per cent for quicker, minimum-effort starting — but the 325LDx has the advantage of an E-Tech engine, designed for reduced exhaust emissions and with a superior power-to-weight ratio. We use the 323LD and find it has plenty of power.
It’s an easy starter. A fuel pump, tucked away for protection, increases the chances of first-time starting, so it’s down to work straight away. Re-starting is also easy because the “stop” switch resets to the “on” position.
Lightweight and comfortable to use, the line trimmer gives a true Husky performance. But we are also interested in seeing how the heads can be swapped.
Although changing attachments is simple and only takes a matter of seconds, it is not as fast as the Stihl. With the 323LD, it is necessary to loosen the wing nut, pull the tab and lift to separate the shafts. Then the new shaft is inserted, the tab pulled, the shafts twisted to locate the slot and the nut tightened.
We are impressed with the long-reach hedgetrimmer attachment. The head can be angled to a useful 90? for topping, and the finish is smooth. But again it’s the sweeper that surprises our tester.
“This one is really lapping it up. It’s clearing the moss, ripping out the weeds and lifting the dust and dirt from the tarmac,” he notes. “I’m amazed by the amount of resistance offered by the sweeper — and the harder you push, the greater the resistance.”

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