Our tester quickly masters the controls. There is a finger throttle and a lock out lever so the blades cannot be inadvertently engaged. The centrifugal clutch only engages the blades when the engine goes above idle. Our testers also like the hand-straightened, hardened-steel blades — they can cut material up to 2.5cm in diameter and can be re-sharpened.
“It’s a very nice machine to use, well balanced, has a reasonably quiet engine and the AV-mounts are good so there is hardly any vibration,” says the tester. “The handles are comfortable but what I particularly like is the cutting action. It has coped with this mixed hedge very well. It has even seen off the tough bits of elder and shrubs.”
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