Designed in America, built like a rock and with comfort, this brushcutter is ideal for professional gardeners working in demanding landscapes. For starters, it is well balanced with loads of adjustment.
There is a big hand nut to give adjustment to the cowhorn handles and there is a choice of five holes to attach the padded double shoulder harness that is supplied with the machine. There is simply no excuse for being uncomfortable.
Core to this unit is the 34.4cc two-stroke Kawasaki engine. It develops ample power for our needs (1.34kW) and has a full crank for low-vibration operation, reduced wear and longer life between services. It has an Easy-Start engine, so you should not strain a muscle getting this one started. In fact, all it takes is a gentle pull - and with a 0.7-litre fuel tank you should not need to stop and refuel too often.
A 42cm bump-feed line is supplied as standard and it perhaps benefits from a new design as we seem not to have the drag problems it caused when we tested it a year ago. We find it copes well with tough weeds and grass clearance. A 25.5cm metal brush blade is also supplied. It has got everything going for it, but look at the price. It is excellent value at £389 including VAT.
Engine Kawasaki 34.4cc two-stroke
Fuel tank capacity 0.7 litres
Handle type Cowhorn
Dry weight 7.4kg
Cutting heads Bump-feed 3mm nylon line and 25.5cm metal blade
List price £389 including VAT
Tel Barrus - 01869 363636
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