Top of the Mitox range, this cowhorned machine is for experienced users. It is a heavy-duty unit designed for work in the commercial environment. It has aggression and is seriously powerful, delivering 1.42kW (1.9hp).
Suitable for forestry applications as well as clearing long-established vegetation, the 4500UK is powered by a Kawasaki engine that automatically tunes itself to match conditions and so minimise emissions. Oodles of torque is delivered to the cutting head thanks to the use of a sintered clutch and an extra-large bevel-type transmission.
The 4500UK features the same Kawasaki Advanced Recoil (KAR) starting system as the 2700 PRO (p66), so just a light pull is all that is needed to fire the machine into life. When it is up and running, the 0.9-litre fuel tank means you can keep it running for up to an hour-and-a-half.
Coming as standard with a three-toothed metal blade and 2.4mm-diameter cord, plus full harness, it gives a lively performance but also has a soft side. It is easy to adjust for balance. The handles are comfortable, all controls (including stop/start) are within easy reach of the grip and vibrations register at 2.6m/s2 left and 3m/s2 right. Three-year commercial warranty applies.
Engine Kawasaki 45.4cc two-stroke
Fuel tank capacity 0.9 litres
Handle type Cowhorn, in-line for transport
Dry weight 8.6kg
Cutting heads Bump-feed nylon line and three-tooth metal blade
List price £599 including VAT
Tel Rochford Garden Machinery - 01963 828000Should 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