Consumer cars are often laden with all sorts of user-friendly features designed to make driving a little more luxurious, ranging from iPod docks to heated cushions to in-car entertainment systems. None of these, however, actually make the car go any faster and you are unlikely to find any of them in a car designed for speed, where performance is the be-all and end-all. In this respect, at least, Kawasaki’s KHT600S is to most commercially available hedgetrimmers what a Formula One car is to your average family estate; designed, engineered and built with pure performance in mind, the KHT600S is a powerful yet lightweight professional hedgetrimmer designed for the quick and efficient trimming, thinning and shaping of dense hedgerows, bushes and shrubs.
Similar to Kawasaki’s KHT600D but without many of the optional bells and whistles sported by that model, the KHT600S provides a more streamlined (and economical) method of keeping hedges and other dense vegetation suitably tidied and well trimmed. The principle advantage of this pared back design is that the overall weight of the KHT600S is only 4.8kg, making it the lightest hedgetrimmer in Kawasaki’s range. Along with the machine’s anti-vibration handles, which are soft enough to ensure comfort while retaining a high degree of rigidity to prevent unwanted lateral blade movement, this makes the KHT600S spectacularly easy to handle and thus ensures a pleasingly accurate cut. As such there are few hedgetrimmers more effective when cutting complicated or unusually shaped hedgerows than this little beast right here.
Equally impressive is the KHT600S’s hardworking 22.5cc Kawasaki TH23 two-stroke petrol engine, built with an auto-choke and a KAR (Kawasaki Advanced Recoil) starting system to help ensure that no time is lost with fiddly starting before you set to work. The KAR system is particularly handy, significantly reducing the effort required to use the recoil start, while a generously sized 0.5 litre fuel tank further saves time by reducing the frequency with which you will have to stop and refuel. Built to professional standards for a long working life and superb reliability, the KHT600S features only the highest quality components, including a one-piece forged clutch drum, needle bearings on the connecting rod, double ball bearings on the gears and camshafts, a heavy duty commercial gear case and a commercial grade air filter.
The pièce de résistance of this fine machine, however, is undoubtedly its potent 58.7cm double-sided reciprocating blade. Precision engineered with closely fitted upper and lower cutting edges for a truly immaculate finish, this blade runs closer and faster than those of most conventional hedgetrimmers. This further contributes to the superb accuracy of cut you can achieve with the KHT600S, and with either a three year professional warranty or a five year domestic warranty also offered as standard you can therefore be assured of complete satisfaction and magnificent results whether you are a serious home user or a gardening professional looking for a machine suited to the rigors of heavy duty landscaping work.