4.3.7.3 – Review of Honda 35cc Loop Handle Brush Cutter

PLEASE NOTE, THIS REVIEW IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING WRITTEN AND ADDED TO, ONLY WHEN I HAVE A MOMENT TO DO SO. THIS REVIEW IS A LONG WAY FROM BEING COMPLETE AND I HAVE ONLY PUT IT UP IN THIS STATE SO THAT IF YOU ARE THINKING OF ONE OF THESE MACHINES YOU CAN HAVE A MUCH CLOSER LOOK AT IT WITH THE PHOTOS THAT ARE UP NOW.

YOU SHOULD COME BACK AT A LATER DATE TO SEE THE COMPLETE REVIEW WHEN THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN REMOVED. I WILL GOING INTO MUCH GREATER DETAIL ON EVERY PART OF THIS MACHINE AND FINALLY GIVING FOR MY PERSONAL OPINION ON IT FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH.

MY PERSONAL OPINION, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A MACHINE IN THE 35cc CLASS, THIS IS A GREAT MACHINE, BUT NOT PERFECT.

In Australia, this model is called the UMK435U, it may go by other descriptions in other country.

Overview

Review Honda 35cc Weed Wacker

What is great about this brush cutter

 

Engine

 

Type;

 

Cooling;

The Cooling air is produced by a centrifugal fan, that is also a flywheel and clutch drive and like all brush cutter engines the cooling air is  directed by a cowling around the cylinder cooling veins and out past the muffler to help cool that as well. This design is pretty much typical to all small air cooled engines.

Muffler;

 

Carburettor & Air Filter;

 

Petrol Tank;

Honda in their wisdom, decided to cover up there mistake, by fitting a stiff plastic hose to their fuel pick up. The problem here is that the cross chamber between the two side chambers of the fuel tank is not big enough to allow the free movement of the fuel pick up.

So instead of modifying the mould, they decided to to attached a very stiff plastic hose, so that the fuel filter cannot move at all but just sit at the bottom of the tank. Of cause the suit that approved this, didn’t realise that the bottom of the tank changes when you use the brush cutter on its side,   which you would naturally do since the advertising says this engine can run anyway up.  Obviously, someone forgot to tell them that they do actually run these engines on its side and if the tank is less than half full, it starves of fuel.

Seems like faulse advertising to me. I first raised this problem with them in 2014 and on three other occasions since then, with no response.

Shaft;

In Australia this brush cutter comes with a 7mm diameter solid steel drive shaft with three bearing supports and yet for some reason, in the States it has a flexible shaft. I am not convinced that a flexible shaft is really up to the punishment, that is fed back up the shaft when pushing a metal blade hard and I am not really sure what a limited lifetime warranty means.

Below is what they say in their brochure  in the States.

Honda’s flex shaft design is lighter, stronger, and has a longer life than a solid type of shaft. In fact, it offers the strongest torsional strength in the industry, as well as longer life through the ability to absorb shock. It’s much easier to service. And the flex shaft offers all of these benefits without increasing vibration or operator fatigue. We’re so confident in the performance and durability of our flex shaft, we back it with a limited lifetime warranty.

Hitch;

 

Handles & Vibration Isolation;

 

Gear Head;

 

Cutting Options & Guards;

Harness;

 

Tools;

 

Manuel;

 

Warranty;

In Australia they come with a 4 year domestic warranty, a three year commercial engine warranty, but only give 1 year on the frame.

In the United States, it comes with a 2 year domestic warranty and a 1 year commercial warranty.

Price;

The recommended retail price in Australia is AU$789.00 and in the US it is US$379.00. That equals about AU$490.00 which makes it considerably cheaper to buy in the States than in Australia. I cannot quite see how the larger buying power of the US can make quite that difference, but perhaps the extra warranty adds to the price.

What is not so great about this brush cutter