Another grab-and-go loop-handled trimmer from the Mitox brand, but this one is distinctly commercial - check out the quality of the trigger mechanism. It is chunky and sturdy, built to last the bangs and knocks of life in the commercial market.
With a Kawasaki engine and made in Japan, the 2700LK benefits from Kawasaki Advanced Recoil (KAR) starting. We love the recoil on this, the most recent addition to the Mitox family.
"I wasn't prepared for that," says Ekin. "It's no effort at all to turn the engine over." Grass starts flying immediately he puts the head to the ground. It is a bump feed, but a four-toothed metal blade is also available for denser vegetation.
In use we find the 2700LK is lightweight but powerful. It has a 26.3cc two-stroke engine delivering 0.77kW. It is also well-balanced - there is no struggle to hold it at the right working angle - and for a two-stroke it is not that noisy. Vibrations are recorded at 5.0m/s2 left and 5.2m/s2 right.
While we reckon this trimmer is suitable for the contractor, we have to point out that wire exposure is a concern. Get it caught and you may find your day grinding to a sudden halt. Hey, but look, it has three-year warranty for commercial operators.
Engine 26.3cc two-stroke
Fuel tank capacity 0.5 litres
Handle type loop
Dry weight 5.4kg
Cutting heads bump-feed nylon line and four-tooth metal blade
List price £389 including VAT
Tel Rochford Garden Machinery - 01963 828000
Should you work in the green landscape, the trimmer and brushcutter are indispensable. Available in a variety of formats and sizes, there is one for every type of application. Some are ideal as grab-and-use machines for trimming up around trees and obstacles once the mowers have passed. There are larger, more powerful units for mowing swathes of long grass and weedy vegetation.
Choose one with an engine mounted in a backpack and you have a machine that is easy to carry and to operate on slopes. Those on wheels are perfect for extensive areas such as verges or on sites such as cemeteries. Where a quiet, fume-free environment is needed, battery powered brushcutters will give you performance with little noise and no emissions.
In this test we look at handheld trimmers and brushcutters - petrol and battery units - plus a wheeled trimmer. Conditions were less than perfect. Heavy rain on day one was followed by more rain on days two and three. A brief lull in the weather still provided difficult conditions on day four so it was necessary to look at some models several weeks later in drier but much colder conditions.
Tested This Issue
- Mitox 4500UK PRO
- Mitox 430UX-a
- Mitox 240LX
- Mitox 2700LK PRO
- EGO ST1500E string trimmer
- Makita DUR365UZ twin 18V cordless
- Cobra WT56B wheeled trimmer
- MTD 1035K
Mike Baldwin, director of horticulture, Derby College, Broomfield Hall Campus
Mark Ekin, agriculture and countryside co-ordinator, Derby College, Broomfield Hall Campus