Husqvarna 325HDA55x and Husqvarna 325HE4x

These machines look very different from each other and clearly demonstrate Husqvarna's commitment to providing the right machine for the job.

The 325HE4x is a pole hedgetrimmer, gives a long reach and is designed for use on high hedges. The 325HDA55x is compact and lightweight and is intended for hedges of medium height but where an angled head would be a bonus. Its short shaft — just 55cm — gives it an odd appearance but in situations where a long reach is not the priority, users should find the machine less cumbersome than the long-pole version. And you can still cut the tops of bushes with ease.
Husqvarna’s E-Tech engines power both machines. They are fitted with catalytic converters for improved performance and reduced emissions. We think they sound just like Husky chainsaws. Fumes are not a problem and none of the testers reports significant vibration.
With air purge fuel pumps, starting is not a problem. The 24.5cc engines provide plenty of power for the job and both trimmers slice through tough material up to two centimetres in diameter.
Both machines are comfortable to use. The D-handle on the 325HDA55x, combined with its strong hand-guard, should inspire confidence in first-time users, although our tester finds it awkward to use. “The hand-guard seems a good idea but there’s just not enough room between it and the handle if you have large hands,” he says.
Adjustment of the head varies according to model. The shorter 325HDA55x has a 55cm double-sided, double reciprocating cutter bar that can be set at –10° for work on low hedges and at +55° for tall hedges.
The pole version, with its total length of 2.34m, also has a 55cm cutter bar but gives a remarkable range of working positions from –45° to +85°.
There’s no D-handle on this model. The good balance plus a low weight of just 5.8kg are distinct benefits for those who need to use a hedgetrimmer for several hours at a time.
The machines are robust, compact and tidy with no wires or parts to catch on branches. Access to the spark plugs and filters is convenient, so servicing should not be a problem. We especially like the see-through fuel tank.

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