Makita HTR4900 and HTB7600

It's full marks to Makita for a new design of hedgetrimmer that we reckon will become a popular choice with municipal and commercial grounds care contractors. We are talking about the HTB7600. It's high-powered and "low vibed".

The HTB7600, with its mighty 28.3cc two-stroke engine, is capable of powering its way through the toughest of hedges. At six kilograms, it is one of the heaviest units we test but it’s well balanced and, while it doesn’t give the best-in-test power-to-weight ratio, it certainly scores on smoothness of action and lack of vibration.
“I can feel no vibration whatsoever, and engine pickup is really good,” states our tester. “The engine is almost in a crib and there is so much movement of the springs in the AV system that, if it wasn’t for the noise of the engine, you don’t really sense that it is working at all. I feel I could use it for a long time.”
The HTB7600 has a swivel rear handle for versatility. The tester notes the good hand protection at the front but points to a few wires that might snag with rough handling. This hedgetrimmer comes with blade guard, screwdriver and tool kit.
At the other end of the range is the HTR4900. With a 21cc engine, this is an entry-level machine. It’s not so heavy-duty but we suggest it would suit garden maintenance teams and especially the one-man bands looking for a lightweight trimmer that is effortless to use.
“I can’t get over how light this trimmer feels, yet it still has the benefits of a 180? swivel rear-handle and an easy pull starting mechanism,” says the tester. “The only drawback is the shortness of the bar.” The bar is just 49cm but it is fast.
Our man is also impressed with the comfort of the low-vibration soft-grip handles and the responsive, wide trigger control.

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