After my professional grade Husqvarna 2 cycle weedwacker died (the cost for parts and labor to repair the motor was nearly as much as buying another one), I decided to try a 4 cycle weed trimmer. I first purchased a Husqvarna 224L from my local Lowes
store, and all the oil leaked out after the first use when stored engine up (same problem with engine down and horizontal). I returned it to Lowes and spent several hours researching other four cycle trimmers. Based on the large number of positive reviews
I selected the Honda HHT35SUKA 35.8cc straight shaft string trimmer and ordered it from Jacks, which had a competitive price, pleasant salespeople, and a reasonable delivery time (5 workdays). Jack's return policy sheet accompanying the shipment seem overly
restrictive, however--for example, if a machine does not work they will not accept it back unless it is still "new in the box".
The pros: The instructions are good and the trimmer was easy to set up. The oil and gas ports are accessible and easy to use. The motor started up on the first pull, and does so every time I use it. It is powerful, relatively quiet, and well-balanced. Except
for metal fencing, the string trimmer can cut down everything under about 1.5" diameter that I have encountered--I maintain 8 acres of pasture, coyote brush, poison oak and thick aggressive weeds (no, not that kind) in northern CA.
The cons: (1) As many reviewers have agreed, Honda's "manual head" is very poorly designed and is better at generating frustration than allowing continuous weed cutting. You have to turn the motor off, place the trimmer on the ground, walk around to the head,
lift it off the ground and manually rotate the bottom of the head to extract the string. Over half the time the string binds inside the head and actually retracts back into the head! Reviews for Honda's bump feed head were also generally negative, so after
more research I replaced the manual head with a Husqvarna T35X bump feed head (an excellent choice, easy to install and it works great with 0.105" string) for $26 at Lowes and on-line. (2) The trimmer is heavy. The two-shoulder harness supplied is satisfactory
except the metal clasp and "quick release" mechanism are difficult to use. Husqvarna and Stihl both make better and more comfortable harnesses.
Overall, a good choice: no gas-oil mixing; quiet and powerful; well-balanced. The "cons" listed above are annoying, and if Honda addressed them properly this machine would rate a "5".