Shindaiwa HT230

This is a professional trimmer. Just look at the blades. All Shindaiwa hedge trimmers have Stay Sharp chrome-plated blades. We find they give an accurate and smart finish to our hedges. We also suspect that they will stay sharp for longer — but only time and hard work will tell.

Within the range there are 21.2cc and 22.5cc powered machines with a choice of single- or double-edged, double-reciprocating blades of 56cm, 60cm or 74cm. The engines are two-stroke, taking 50:1 ratio mix and the construction of the trimmer unit is sound.
In terms of the machines tested today, this is of average weight but is of excellent balance. Performance is in the premier league.
“It’s robust and cuts really well,” notes our man. “It seems to have an extra-fast tip-speed so cutting is no effort at all and the result is very neat and tidy.”
He inspects the machine for snag points and finds that the cable is encased for protection. The pistol grip is comfortable and the controls are just where you need them. Single-sided trimmers have a metal deflector to fit the blade for sweeping trimmings off the hedge. And because this is a truly professional trimmer, the fuel tank with six-litre capacity is just what you need for long periods of use.

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