0 A new handle on ECHO hedge cutters

Landscapers, arborists and gardeners not only depend on their power tools to be reliable, they need them to be comfortable and easy to work with

2014 ECH Location HCR 165ES InUse CloseUpAll qualities we have come to expect from ECHO and the ECHO HCR-185ES hedge cutter is no exception. You can see it's built for the professional, with integral features that ensure you'll get the maximum productivity. The powerful 0.57kW output and reliability of the ECHO 21.2cc two-stroke, Stage 2 compliant, low emission engine gets you quickly through the work. Naturally you also get the ECHO Easy Start® system for effortless starting and there's a throttle lock-out to prevent accidental throttle engagement.

Ease of use is a main consideration and the ECHO hedge cutter has a newly designed rear handle which locates the frame base higher than the blade. The five position rotating handle also increases manoeuvrability and comfort for the operator, allowing you to use the hedge cutter at different angles without having to twist the whole machine. A definite plus for ensuring the HCR-185ES runs smoothly across hedges with no bumping or snagging, making it the perfect tool for garden and ornamental hedges.

Using a hedge cutter over extended periods is tiring work and like all ECHO power tools the new machine has integrated, low vibration technology to help minimise fatigue. The speed and smoothness of cut will be high on your productivity list and the laser cut, precision ground, double reciprocating blades provide both while ensuring long lasting sharpness. The 35mm blade pitch is ideal for tackling a variety of hedges from thorn, privet and hornbeam to beech and yew. The hedge cutter has an effective cutter length of 744mm with and there's a half length blade guard to help protect you from accidental contact with the blades.

2014 ECH Studio HCR 185ES(1)The superior design of the exhaust system directs exhaust emissions away from you, while preventing scorching and discolouration of the hedge, and there's a fully enclosed cover to protect you from touching the hot exhaust. Other neat touches are the easy, tool-free access to the air filter, even when wearing gloves, and the vertical fuel filler neck for easier re-fuelling. Like all ECHO power tools, the HCR-185ES hedge cutter is built to endure tough, professional work and comes with a two-year warranty in professional use. You can find out more from your ECHO dealer.

For more information, visit www.echo-tools.co.uk.

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