Vroom, vroom! Braund is in his element. We take a break from battery models to look at this petrol-powered Makita and Braund - I've nicknamed him Cylinder Sam - has a thing about engines. With 22.2cc engine and 75cm double-sided blades, we are expecting a cracking performance from this trimmer. We are not disappointed.
The EH7500W sits perfectly on the ground and is easy to fuel with two-stroke. A couple of short pulls on the starter cord and the engine fires into life - little effort required. A few revs and we put it to work.
"This is pretty good," yells Braund. "It's quite lightweight for the power it's got." It zips through the hedge, making mincemeat of thick branches - the long blades felling a large swathe of hedge in a single pass. The blades are precision-ground and dual-action, so leave a nice finish without fighting or tearing the foliage. The stroke rate is an amazing 4,390/min.
Hoare rotates the handle. It is a useful feature of this machine, with five positions to add comfort. There are no unnecessary vibrations and the 0.4-litre fuel tank gives time for plenty of work. "I could use this for long periods of time, including reaching high up over my head," Braund concludes.
Blade: 75cm precision-ground, double-sided
Maximum cutting thickness: 21.5mm
Stroke rate: 4,390/min
Engine: 22.2cc two-stroke
Weight: 5.2kg without battery
Fuel tank capacity: 0.4 litres
List: Price £574 + VAT
Tel: Makita UK - 01908 211678
Tested This Issue
- Stihl HLA 65
- Makita EH7500W
- Stihl HLA 85
- Makita DUH551Z
- Cobra LRH40E
- Makita EN4950H
- Hyundai HYHT36LI
Sam Braund, grounds worker, Bridgwater College, Cannington Campus
Keith Hoare, grounds supervisor, Bridgwater College
It is time for the last clip of the year and at Cannington, the land-based studies centre of Bridgwater College in Somerset, the grounds staff are tasked with trimming the cherry laurel hedge alongside the car park of the department of animal management.
Time then to ask grounds worker Sam Braund and supervisor Keith Hoare if they would use a selection of recently introduced hedge trimmers.
As battery technology continues to improve, we have two such models from Stihl, both long-reach units, to tackle the hedge, which is more than 3m high. We also have battery tools from Hyundai and Makita, both being standard format units for regular hedge-cutting work. Another long-reach unit is the electric powered Cobra, supplied by Henton & Chattel, and we have a four-stroke petrol cutter with a massive reach from Makita.
Finally, because Braund loves engines, we have a standard format, petrol engined machine from Makita. Which ones will impress our testers?
Conditions on the day of the test were hot with bright sunshine. The hedge presented a wide range of branch diameters up to 25mm in thickness.