Efco 8550 / DS 5500 BOSS Professional Brushcutter

  • Product Details

    In the American sitcom Who’s The Boss?, Tony Danza plays a former second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals who was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury and who subsequently takes a job as a live-in housekeeper for a divorced advertising executive. Whether Tony Danza’s housekeeping duties extended to the garden I do not know for sure, but if they did perhaps he would have had a use for a different kind of ‘boss’; Efco’s 8550 BOSS, a potent professional grade brushcutter designed to offer the power and precision needed for tackling heavy duty grass cutting work.

    In the show, Danza and company were always too busy with their semi-humorous shenanigans to engage in any serious landscaping work, but the 8550 BOSS’s hardworking 52.5cc two-stroke petrol engine is more than powerful enough to perform in even the toughest cutting conditions. Designed and built with only the highest quality components in order to withstand the rigours of demanding commercial work, the 8550 BOSS’s engine features a sturdy steel crankshaft, a diamond finished two-ringed piston, tough magnesium alloy engine casing and a professional quality air filter. All of these features offer exceptional reliability and a longer service life, helping the 8550 BOSS to perform to the highest level possible at all times.

    Versatility is also a virtue of the 8550 BOSS, with both a highly effective ‘Tap & Go’ dual nylon line trimmer head and a tempered steel grass blade supplied as standard. The 160mm diameter trimmer head is the largest available for any brushcutter in Efco’s range, making it easier to mow verges and other large areas of grass inaccessible to a conventional lawnmower. Moreover, for added efficiency the trimmer head also features a semi-automatic ‘Tap & Go’ line feed system, allowing you to advance the cutting line quickly and effortlessly by simply tapping the head against the ground. The brushcutter blade, meanwhile, is hardened for outstanding durability and potent enough to cut swathes through even the densest scrub and undergrowth.

    The inclusion of a tough plastic blade guard to deflect clippings, stones and other detritus while you work means that the 8550 BOSS is also always pleasingly safe and comfortable to operate, while a handy choke lever and primer bulb offer even greater convenience by ensuring quick and hassle-free starting time after time. Moreover, as this impressive machine also comes with an ergonomically designed dual-handlebar and a professional quality harness to help prevent strain, even protracted periods of operation are reassuringly stress free.

    I’m not entirely sure I’d recommend watching Who’s The Boss? if you haven’t already, as there are 196 episodes and to my mind the identity of ‘the boss’ was never properly established. However, this matters not, as when it comes to tough garden maintenance work there is definitely only one ‘BOSS’ that matters (and certainly it isn’t Tony Danza).

  • Tech Info

    Technical Specifications

    Engine/motor: 52.5cc 2-stroke    
    Power source: Petrol / oil mixture    
    Starting method: Recoil      
    Fuel tank capacity: 1.5-litres      
    Handlebars: Double-grip    
    Anti-vibration system: Yes      
    Harness:   N/a      
    Cutting System: Tap n' Go nylon line and metal blade
    Cutting width: N/a      
    Adjustable length: N/a      
    Weight:   8.5kg      
    Warranty:   2-year domestic    
    Weight 10 kg
  • Brand
    About Efco
    Giacomo Ferretti set the foundations of the Efco brand on the road to success back in 1978, spotting an opportunity to satisfy an Italian market beginning to demand high quality outdoor power tools. He responded by producing Efco lawnmowers, brush cutters, and chainsaws. Due to the high quality of the machinery made, the manufacturing of these products soon developed an enviable reputation amongst forestry and agricultural workers, users that demanded the best performance possible from their equipment. Sales of Efco lawnmowers began to soar during the intervening years and the Efco brand is now internationally recognised as a leader in the field of garden machinery manufacturing.

    They take their role very seriously though, and were the first company in this sector to achieve official certification in three crucial areas of business sustainability: the ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality in 1996, the SA 8000:2008 certificate for ethical processes of production in 2006 and the ISO 14001:2004, recognising Efco's efforts to reduce their impact on the environment with an ongoing commitment to become Carbon Neutral starting in 2010.
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