ECHO SRM-2620 Review by NFU Countryside Magazine
We were delighted to be contacted by James Andrews, independent agricultural journalist doing a feature for NFU Countryside magazine on the best brushcutters to buy.
Brushcutter Buyer’s Guide
“Tackling sprawling patches of scrub with an underpowered grass trimmer is a soul-destroying pastime, best left to those with plenty of patience and time on their hands.
Bringing in the correct amount of firepower is the answer to making speedy progress, but it can be tricky to work out exactly how much poke is required. First of all, it’s important to start
looking at the correct category of machine. Grass trimmers are generally designed for light garden duties, while brushcutters are comfortable attacking the tougher stuff.
Some brands also sell clearing saws, which are essentially high powered brushcutters for professional use.
A small- to-medium-sized brushcutter is what many smallholders or homeowners with large gardens or a paddock or two will require. These can be used with a line trimming head
to cut thick grass and weeds, or teamed with a range of blade attachments for slicing through brambles and other woody undergrowth. Power outputs can vary considerably, but a machine with 1-2hp should suffice for most non-commercial users. Upping the power means faster and more efficient cutting, but the downside is additional cost and more weight to haul around.
The type of handle is another consideration. Bike-style bars (also known as cowhorn or U handles) need to be teamed with a harness and are generally the most comfortable for longer
cutting stints – this makes them the most common choice for more powerful machines. Loop or ring handles are the other option, where one hand holds a grip positioned near the engine and the other a loop mounted further down the driveshaft. These machines can be used freehand or in conjunction with a simple strap that goes over the neck. Vibration levels are another factor to consider if a machine is going to be used for long periods of time. These are measured in m/s2 and the lower the number, the less vibration the operator will experience.
ON TEST//REVIEW: ECHO SRM-2620TESU
ECHO has been producing petrol-powered landscaping equipment for more than 70 years and the Japanese brand has plenty of domestic and professional-grade brush cutters to choose from.
The SRM-2620TESU is one of the firm’s X-series machines, all of which feature a cutting head with reduction gearing. This gives the machines up to 50% more torque than standard models, which improves cutting ability, as it can maintain speed under heavy loads.
This model has a 25.44cc two-stroke petrol engine with a power output of 1.4hp and it comes with a two-stage foam and paper air filtration system to help keep it clean. The TESU version is fitted with bike handles and the TESL version has loop handles. Vibration levels are rated at 4.6m/s2 for both the bike and loop handle models and they weigh 6kg and 5.8kg respectively. Both come with a tap-and-go string cutting head, but blades can also be fitted.
Retail price for the SRM-2620TESU is £515 inc VAT. It comes with a five-year domestic warranty, which reduces to two years for professional users”.
As featured in NFU Countryside magazine
James is an agricultural journalist based in Shropshire who specialises in writing about farm machinery