Makita RPT250 pole hedgetrimmer

It's got the reach, it's got a remarkable variation in angles and it's got the looks as well. What's more, it goes through thick elder, no problem.

A combination of 56cm double-sided, double-action blades and a decent length of shaft gives the RPT250 an overall length of 2.4m. But despite the length of this unit, the machine is highly manoeuvrable.
“You are getting a lot of reach with this machine but it’s so well balanced, it doesn’t feel all that heavy. The extra handle is also useful because it makes the unit more manoeuvrable,” says one tester.
He has no problem starting the machine. There is a primer on the bottom of the carburettor and the choke goes off automatically as soon as the throttle is opened. Our other tester finds no power problems with the 25cc Robin engine.
“This one has a lot of power. It’s two-stroke but it’s not too noisy and it’s not too smelly either. It certainly never seems to struggle,” he says.
Overall, the RPT250 is a very sleek-looking machine. The engine is fully enclosed and there are no exposed wires or other components that could potentially catch on branches.
A tester also likes the big, bold control buttons because they are easy to recognise and easy to use when working.
He adds: “The handles are also really comfortable — and comfort is everything when you are working for long hours. With the excellent balance and power,
I don’t think this machine would be too tiring to operate.”
But what most impresses the testers is the cutting head. It is commercial grade steel with high-quality, heavy-duty, laser-cut blades. The head angles a total of 135°, from –145° to +90°, and it’s not a stepped adjustment.
“There is a wide range of angles — infinitely variable — and it is so simple to adjust,” comments an observer.

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