I've only run two tanks of fuel through it, so it's much too soon to give a thorough review. I can, however, give some first impressions.
Others have commented on the trimmer head, so I haven't much more to say about it's shortcomings, and how inconvenient it is compared to a bump-feed head.
On BOTH, the trimmer head, and the brush cutter blade, I was truly underwhelmed with the power. I expected it to be at least as strong as my 27cc Husqvarna. I don't think it is. It takes much longer than I expected to spin-up either head. I didn't
time it, but I'm sure it takes at least 2 full seconds to spin the blade up to full speed from idle. Even with the trimmer head on it was not nearly as throttle responsive as I thought it should be.
I read somewhere that due to ... something or other ... this Honda engine could be stored in any position. Stupid me. I turned it upside down, and left it, and it promptly leaked fuel everywhere. I had the lid on tightly, but it didn't seal. It's definitely
leaking fuel out the fuel tank lid.
I used the brush cutter to trim some junipers back, and yes, it's quite capable. Other than the slow spin-up of the blade, it works really well. It cut through 2 inch thick juniper branches very quickly. It went through 1 inch thick branches instantly
-- like a string trimmer goes through grass.
I like the fact that when the machine is hooked onto me, there is almost no chance of getting any part of my body into that spinning blade. I am short, and a taller person *might* be able to get a foot into the blade, but I couldn't. The blade is just
too far away to reach me. This seems like a real good safety feature.
I've not used another trimmer than had bicycle handles, so I can't really compare. I can say it's a pain in the neck to use, compared to the kind you just pick up and use.
I *can* start it even when it's hooked up to me (with the motor warm), but it's not easy. If it wasn't so easy to start, I probably couldn't do it. Fortunately, it's super easy to start when warm. I don't know that I could start it cold while hooked
up to me, mostly because I'm not sure I could operate the choke, and because I can just barely reach the starter cord. To start it cold, I've only started it while not hooked to me. That way I can operate the choke lever, and I can really yank the starter
cord. It starts on first or second pull even when cold, and with only one easy pull when it's warm.