When we tested the Hyundai HYT2622-II [picture 1] at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens last year (HW, 27 September 2013), we thought the weight was an issue. Today, with different testers at Cannington Walled Garden, it is still an issue.
This is a robustly built machine, intended for wilder hedges than we have at Cannington. The engine is a 26cc two-stroke producing 1.1hp. It is powerful. The 72cm double-reciprocating bar will tackle woody growth up to 28mm in diameter. But it is a well-balanced machine and is easy to start. The rotating handle is also easy to use. The wiring is fairly well protected but we don’t like the weight and, perhaps because it was new out of the box, it did produce a lot of white smoke.
We decide this would be suitable as an entry level saw, providing you do not need to use it all day. But we love the price.
We move on to its little brother, the HYT2318 [picture 2]. This is more like it. It has a smaller engine and smaller blades, so is a lot lighter. In fact, at 4.2kg it is one of the lightest petrol-powered hedge trimmers on the UK market. Like its big brother, it is soundly built with good shock absorbers to reduce vibration.
"If I had the choice, I would take the little one," says Prangley. "There is a marked difference.
This one is so much lighter. The longer blade on the HYT2622-II cuts quicker but you end up cutting slowly because you tire with the weight."
With the primer and choke, starting was easy. But then, as with the HYT2622-II, our testers are enveloped in a cloud of white smoke. After five minutes of hard running, the smoke starts to lessen. Hopefully it is just "new machine syndrome".
Handy notes that the wiring is ducted and well protected, and that all signage is clear and well positioned. "I like the weight of this one and it cuts really neatly," he adds. We reckon as an entry-level model this machine is ideal — even more so for the infrequent user who has yet to build hedge trimmer muscles. A great budget-priced machine.
Engine 26cc two-stroke/23cc two-stroke
Output power 0.75kW/0.6kW
Blade length 72cm/45cm
Blade type Double-sided
List price £174.17 + VAT/£159 + VAT
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Tested this issue
Hyundai HYT2622-II & HYT2318
Stihl HS 82 RC & HS 82 T
Makita EH7500S & EH7500W
Makita DUH551Z Twin 18V
Makita UH5570 & Makita
Stihl HS 87 R
The Review Panel
Matt Handy, senior gardener, Cannington Walled Gardens, Somerset
Claire Prangley, gardener, Cannington Walled Gardens, Somerset
Cannington Walled Gardens are looking superb. Lying within the grounds of a medieval priory, there is tremendous atmosphere at this site, complemented by classic and contemporary features such as the "hot" herbaceous border, blue garden, subtropical walk and Victorian-style fernery. There is also a botanical glasshouse.
The gardens have a long history, but what we see on the ground today has been developed since 2004 and was officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 2009.
In the gardens, both separating and linking the various spaces, yew hedges are now ready for a trim. What will be best for these young hedges? We ask the gardening team to test out some of the newest hedge trimmers available on the UK market, including battery, electric and petrol-powered models. Conditions on the day of the test were hot and sunny.