From the Mitox Premium range, this high-end, heavy-duty domestic unit could provide garden contractors with a trimming and mowing machine at a very reasonable price. What we especially like about this model is the full-enclosed engine - great when you are working near shrubs and brambles - and the quick-adjust handles.
A huge wing nut allows precise adjustment of the operating angle, making the 430UX-a ideal for situations where several people of varying heights may need to share the same unit. Where operators might be occasional users, starting instructions are clearly printed on the machine.
One of the most powerful brushcutters in the Mitox range, it develops a not-to-be-sneezed-at 1.25kW (1.7hp). The machine's 42.7cc two-stroke, air-cooled engine is a smooth runner and there is the option of working with a 2.4mm- diameter line or an aggressive three-tooth blade.
As with the 240LX (p66), this brushcutter features the stress-free Auto-Choke system that provides set positions for cold and hot starting and then automatically returns to idle when the throttle is pulled. The generous 1.2-litre fuel tank reduces downtime by minimising interruptions for refuelling. It requires a 40:1 mix.
Engine 42.7cc air-cooled two-stroke
Fuel tank capacity 1.25 litres
Fuel mix 40:1
Handle type Cowhorn
Dry weight 7.9kg
Cutting heads 2.4mm diameter nylon line and 255mm three-tooth metal blade
List price £279 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