“It’s a compact machine — ideal if you need to transport kit in a small vehicle or trailer — and it’s got some power. But like most scarifiers of this size, the collector fills quickly,” he says.
Having established itself in the premier leagues of the chainsaw and brushcutter markets, Makita is now focusing on the lawncare sector. The EUV400 was introduced six months ago and shows the company’s usual attention to detail and safety — including a button to enable the operation of the operator-presence control. Power is supplied by a 3.1hp four-stroke Briggs & Stratton engine. Working depth is easy to adjust via a hand nut. “It’s got what it takes to do the job and it’s certainly giving the lawn a vigorous pruning,” says the tester, returning to the trailer once more.
The EUV400 is easy to start and operate. A little choke and a tug on the rope fires the machine into life. A lever brings the blades into play. Then it’s just a matter of pushing the unit. It’s no effort — this scarifier is very lightweight.
“This is a very quiet machine and it’s ideal for a small contractor looking after private lawns and gardens. The blades are fetching out a lot of debris,” says the tester, checking the bag again. He decides to remove it. We’ll clean up with a vacuum later.
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