MAKITA EBH 341U
This is a four-stroke brushcutter so we expect it to be quiet, and it is. We also expect it to be heavy, but it is not. It weighs in at just 7.1kg, yet it's not short on power.
The EBH 341U has a 33.5cc wet sump engine with pressure lubrication. With primer bulb and electronic ignition, it is easy to start. Acceleration is rapid and the controls are comfortable to use.
"It's light, balanced and comfortable," notes Walrond. But Creber adds: "There is some vibration on the trigger hand." Vibration levels on the left are 3.26m/s2 while the right is 4.39m/s2.
Inspection shows that in-field maintenance should be trouble-free. There is easy access to the air cleaner and easy access to the plug. The fuel tank is well designed and the brushcutter sits nicely on the ground for fuelling up.
We are also impressed with the harness. Well padded and easy to adjust, it has a quick-release mechanism in the middle to allow the operator to "dump" the entire unit quickly in the event of an emergency. Just step out of the harness and walk away.
Engine: 33.5cc four-stroke
Power output: 1.07kW
Weight: 8.3kg (exc head and fuel)
Handle design: Bike?Fuel tank: 0.65 litres
Standard head: Blade (nylon line head option)
List price ex VAT: £510
Contact: Makita UK on 01908 211678
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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
Testing the equipment is a team of gardeners at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey. 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.