With the levers mastered, our tester takes the machine to cut a beech hedge that has been neglected for a year or two. The hedge is challenging, but the machine comes through. A removable front cover on the cutting head means he has no trouble getting the bigger material straight into the flail.
“It’s got a lot of reach, but what impresses me is the amount of hedge this machine will cut in one pass,” notes the tester. “This is a difficult hedge to cut, but with this machine you can cut it back hard and that should save quite a bit of time.”
The SL420 features the bi-directional rotor and twin-pump hydraulics that we have come to expect these days but we were particularly impressed with the robust construction. Thought has also been given to maintenance. All the main pivot points have grease nipples and they are easy to access.
Another good feature on this unit is the adjustable valves that allow the speed of the ram drop to be increased or decreased to suit individual users.
We reckon this makes it ideal for learners or infrequent users who may need a slower speed.
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