Today we are looking at the Racing 26-PHT petrol hedge trimmer budget hedge trimmer. This is our cheapest hedge trimmer that offers value for money and a two-year warranty. The price for the Racing 26-PHT Petrol hedge trimmer is £139.95, including VAT.
Racing is a company that offers budget garden machinery designed for the home user. This is not a contractor’s machine; however, it does give value for money to the homeowner. The majority of homeowners only cut their hedges once or twice a year.
- A value for money domestic hedge trimmer.
- Two years warranty.
- Rotating rear handle.
- 56 cm cutting blade.
- Dual reciprocating blades for efficient cutting.
- Powerful two-stroke engine.
- Comfortable and lightweight (5.6 kg) to work with.
The Racing 26-PHT Petrol Hedge Trimmer
As I mentioned earlier, the Racing 26-PHT petrol hedge trimmer offers excellent specifications for the price and value for money. Racing manufacturers a range of budget garden machinery designed for the home user.
The Racing 26-PHT petrol hedge trimmer has a 56 cm double-sided, dual reciprocating cutting action for efficiency. A few hedge cutters only cut on one side; for most jobs, I would not recommend this type of hedge trimmer blade. Fortunately, the Racing 26-PHT petrol hedge trimmer has a double-sided blade.
A double reciprocating blade on both sides enables the user to cut using up and down strokes. Whereas a single-sided blade hedge trimmer will only cut one way, which considerably slows the cutting process down. Hedge cutting can be hard work on the arms, so it’s good to take advantage of every up-and-down cutting stroke.
The tooth gap is 28 mm, which is quite large for this type of hedge trimmer. Personally, with this type of hedge trimmer, I would not attempt to cut really thick wood. I would use this hedge trimmer for lite trimming or wood up to 1 cm in diameter. Continually cutting thick branches will put unnecessary pressure on the transmission.
Believe it or not, it doesn’t take huge amounts of power to cut a hedge. The Racing 26-PHT petrol hedge trimmer is equipped with a 26cc 2-stroke engine which develops 1 hp, this should be plenty of power. The 2-stroke engine has a traditional recoil start for starting the engine. The fuel tank capacity is 0.6 L.
Rotating Rear Handle
A useful feature on the Racing 26-PHT petrol hedge trimmer is a rotating rear handle. It may not sound like anything special; however, it certainly helps to make hedge cutting easier. When cutting hedges professionally, I always purchased a machine with a rotating rear handle.
We have a good range of petrol hedge cutters and hedge trimmers on our website. The Racing 26-PHT hedge trimmer comes with a two-year warranty for peace of mind. Another useful feature is the rotating rear handle, which I have mentioned in the previous paragraph. This is something that I would expect from more expensive models.
Despite improving battery technology, I would still go for a petrol hedge trimmer. If you are literally just trimming your hedge once or twice a year, the Racing 26-PHT hedge trimmer should be fine, especially for the price. However, if you have many hedges and shrubs to trim in your garden, it’s probably worth looking for a slightly heavier model. You can find more petrol hedge trimmers here.