If you need to mow or trim for long hours, be sure to look at these Huskies. The first thing that we notice about the 345Rx is the lack of vibration. This brushcutter has tonnes of power and it is a dream to use.
"It feels lightweight, is nicely balanced and is very comfortable to use," says Creber. The 345Rx has a good shaft length and a bevel gear angled at 35 degs. The handlebar is angled 7 degs in relation to the shaft and the post holding the handlebar is higher than any we have seen.
It all combines to give a brushcutter with first-class ergonomics. Gardiner agrees: "Out of all the machines, this is the best for balance - I really could use this one all day - and I can't feel even the slightest vibration."
Fitted with Husqvarna's X-Torq engine, this mowing machine has raw power to spare. Controls are positive and acceleration is rapid. Starting is also easy. The 345Rx boasts the Smart Start design to reduce resistance in the cord. A gentle tug is all that is needed.
We find the 143RII is also a workhorse. "Great machine," confirms Gardiner. If there is a downside, it is that some material was flicked back under the guards on both machines - it being worse with the 143RII.
Attaching the 345Rx to the harness also proved a bit fiddly. However, the harness, a Balance X, has so many adjustments that there should be no excuse for being uncomfortable or feeling that movement is restricted and the quick release mechanism is one of the fastest we have seen.
Power output: 2kW (2.7hp)/1.5kW (2hp)
Weight: 7.9kg (excluding head)/7.6kg
Handle design: Bike
Fuel tank: 0.9litres/0.95litres
Standard head: Nylon line or blade?
List price ex VAT: £655.31/£425.52?
Contact: Husqvarna on 0844 844567
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Stihl Backpack FR480C-F
Makita BBC 231U RD
Makita EBH 341U
Echo SRM-510ES and SRM-335ES
Efco DS4200T and DS2600 4S?
Husqvarna 345Rx and 143RII
Solo 142 and 137
THE REVIEW PANEL
- Mark Creber, senior head gardener, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Brookwood Military Cemetery.
- Brendon Gardiner, skilled maintenance craftsman, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Brookwood Military Cemetery
- Danny Walrond, skilled maintenance craftsman, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Brookwood Military Cemetery
The day started dull and cold but became warm and sunny during the morning. Grass in an area of woodland was tackled with all the machines.