The RBC2510 is stable on the ground for fuelling up, and starting it is a doddle. Is it spring-loaded? Surprisingly, no. But this is a “green” machine and we are advised it already meets the forthcoming emissions regulations.
We test the machine on some nettles. It gives the performance we have come to expect from Makita — the engine may be small but has bags of grunt. There is plenty of control, too. It has the advantage of being lightweight, yet leaves nothing standing.
“It certainly is very light and manoeuvrable — I don’t feel as though I am fighting with it,” says the tester. “The strap helps, it’s nice and comfortable, and I can’t feel any vibration through the handle. I’d be happy to use it for some time, all day, even.”
Fitting the hedgetrimmer is straightforward, but requires an Allen key for two screws that clamp the shaft. Our tester tackles the beech hedge but looks uncomfortable. It’s a problem easily solved by removing the locator pin and spinning the head round. The angle is now more comfortable and the controls more user-friendly.
The cut is good and the extra reach afforded by the long shaft means the cutting head is easy to line up and topping the hedge is a breeze.
Keeping your feet on the ground is the safest way to cut tall hedges — the same goes for pruning deadwood from trees. With the pole pruner attachment in place, we head for the trees, where some overcrowded branches need removing. Some are 100mm thick, but they are no problem for the Makita.
There’s still the mini cultivator to test. Now, let’s be honest, who hasn’t looked at these tiny implements and thought: “What’s the point?” That gives us even more reason to try it out.
This mini cultivator is surprisingly vigorous and removes the backache of digging in small or awkward areas. Overall, we are impressed with the Makita multi-tool system. Our tester sums up: “It’s very enjoyable to use. Once you are happy to change the heads you can just take what you need to cope with a day’s work. It saves having a dozen separate machines, each with an engine to service. And let’s face it, space is an issue for many people these days.”
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