I bought one of these about a month ago, and I can only say positive things about it. It starts on the second pull when cold, and the first when warm; it has more than enough power for what I put it through (5 acres of hills with grass on average half a metre tall and very thick); it's very quiet, especially compared to my 14 year old Kawasaki 26 cc 2-stroke and produces absolutely no smoke; it's a bit heavier, but for the extra power, lower fuel consumption, no smoke, quietness and smoothness, it's well worth it.
Servicing is incredibly easy...
Awesome brush cutter
Love this baby, super small 4 stroke engine, light and powerful, heaps of power and runs like a dream. Starts first pull and never gives me any problems. Recently I tried a cheapy brushcutter as my first 425 was stolen from the back my ute, so I purchased a Dingo off eBay, what a mistake that was, damm thing seized on me mid job. Tossed it away and bought another 425. I dont understand how they can make a 4 stroke this small and powerful, its quite amazing
Reliable and smooth running, heaps of power
Not a thing
I wish I bought this sooner!
I purchased today this Honda Brush Cutter UMK425 Loop, together with a Honda Buffalo HRU19K1 and the Honda Blower HHB25 from my local mower place, Zillmere Mower Centre at Virginia, Qld.
What attracted me to this particular model was the new 4 stroke engine and the long shaft. Whilst initially reluctant to buy this due to its expensive price tag, I spent a couple of weekends doing the rounds at local mower shops and after considering how much easier owning a 4 stroke would be (to me at least), I decided to buy this without further hesitatio...n. The machine is great to hold, feels well balanced and after spending about 25 minutes using it this afternoon in varying positions, speeds and multiple stop / starts, it has not disappointed me at all. Having a very quiet engine, easy to replace the line when needed and it's 4 year domestic warranty, it's a no brainer for me and am happy I made the decision to purchase it. 4 stroke engine, length of shaft, quality and very quiet!
Not Suitable for Commercial or Large Residential
Having tested these Honda snippers repeatedly for Landscape Maintenance companies over the last 6-7 years, they are not suitable for anything but small residential use. Compared to the performance of 2 stroke models from companies such as Shindaiwa and Tanaka, Honda are not on the same page with their 4 stroke snippers. The weight of the Honda is greater and poorly balanced. Low head rotation speeds and general lack of power. The engine nearly cuts stops if it is put on certain angles. I would not recommend these to anyone, I'd rather teach them how to mix 2 stroke fuel.
I was able to get a refund.
Heavy, no power, poorly balanced.
Economical and reliable strimmer
I have owned the strimmer for 4 years, and change the oil regular, only holds a cupful so its not expensive, for the first 2 1/2 years strimming prior to lawn mowing, two gardens daily, some times a little under powered, so i changed to shindaiwi 260, and that saved me a little time. and now i just use it I'm my own garden, fortnightly !! must say i'm still quite impressed, it starts easily, is relatively quiet and is not too bad for power !!
Economical, easy to start relatively quiet
A little under powered for a gardening contractor
Best money I spent, after upgrading from a big engined 2 stroke which has been great, the Honda is a delight to use has more than ample power, well balanced and goes from long to edges easy. I had hesitated on buying one but definately think it was worth the money. Nice and quiet and easy to start. Certainly can't wait to get it out on the job and give it a real workout, I will be very keen to also use it with the hedger attachment.
Balanced, well built, extra weight certainly out weighed by its performance.
Slightly more maintenance than a 2stroke
Not as good as i expected- like a swiss army knife - does a bit of everything but does it all poorly
I have just bought the GX25 honda
The D handle is flexy and uncomfortable when trimming on edge.
The shoulder strap just doesn't seem to hold the machine in a comfortable position despite all the design work that has gone into it.
It seems to use a lot of fuel.
it vibrates, especially at part throttle.
The head spins anti-clockwise which i hate as i'm right handed and prefer to walk forward. if i do this with the honda it tends to pull itself into the grass which is less controlled.(think of a Power Saw, Grinder, Router etc as a...
Excellent Machine. Base on this.
I bought this Honda back in September 2012 Last Year and it was the best move I did. I did earlier bought another 4 Stroke Prior to this and was a Shocking Situation I did and I return it back to the Store. I went looking for other Models and this one Pops up on EBay. I went to the Central Coast Mower Shop and Bought a Near Liking UMK425 Brushcutter With a Genuine Honda Motor on it. The Person gave me a demo of it and I bought it on the day. As with all the other reviewers on here I agree, this came with a Cutting Tool Blade along side with a N...ylon Cutting Head and Tools with it, Plus a Shoulder Strap too. Although I was a little dissapointed with the Language Owners Manual I got, But am lucky enough to download it from the Honda Website to get it including how to install the Metal Cutting Tool Head too. I have Paid this Very Cheap and my father had to buy one too. It is light and Quiet and Fuel Efficient which I can do 4 Lawns on One Tank. (Depends on the Size of the Land and Acerage) I had a 27cc 2 Stroke before and it was also a Reliable Machine I ever own and this one is even more Better with Better Built Quality. I Love My Honda. Fuel Efficient, Reliablity, Quality, Easy to Use
An excellent machine.
I have eyed these Honda brush cutters off for a couple of years now and finally bought one.
What a ripper, It replaces a 26cc two stroke straight shaft cheap thing that is complete rubbish when compared to the Honda (as you would expect). The Honda's are dearer to buy initially but end up being cheaper to own in the long run. I was looking at the bent shaft model and it was suggested to me to in store to even consider the next model up with a straight shaft - some excellent advice.
This machine has a clutch that stops drive to the cutter h...
I've had this brushcutter for about 2 years now, and it is brilliant. I used it regularly to do my entire 600sq metre block, as it was really steep and my mower died and was too heavy to drag up and down.
It is a real pleasure to use, you feel so powerful and manly, nothing gets in your way. With the supplied strap adjusted properly is is able to be used for ages without fatiguing
Fantastic piece of machinery, go get one if you can afford it, if not then save up, it will be worth it!
Quietness, ease of use, no 2 stroke mixing. Oodles of torque so you don't need to run it full on for the most part. Unbelievably fuel efficient, much better than a 2 stroke.
Expensive to buy initially. Annoying to transport.
Has plenty of grunt behind it, takes unleaded petrol so dont worry about mixing. Instruction book is very straight forwarded and takes you step by step on how to change the oil and how to properly maintain it and keep it clean. The shoulder strap has a quick release tag as well which comes in handy.
One pull start even in cold start. Bump and go line, and easy to refill when your out of line. Comes with harness which goes over your shoulder to take the weight.
Even though its only 5kg or just under, you dont realise until you actually pick one up that it has some weight.
This is perfect should'a got one sooner
What a joy to use the new honda 4 strokes are light quiet and easy heaps of power only con is the steep price but you'll be happy with that after the 1st use and the long product life & guarantee.
reliable, energy efficient quiet
purchase price but that reflects its quality
Had a UMK422 for over 12 years with virtually no problems prior to purchasing this unit. Have recommended them to friends and family over the years without hesitation. Use a high quality synthetic engine oil and change it frequently.
Easy to start, light and powerful
If you need major engine parts they can be very expensive making them an almost throw away item when things go badly wrong.
I bought my Honda brush cutter in 2001. I had a look at the current(2009) new models and they feel lighter, but they were dry,(no oil or fuel), which is probably about 1/2 a kilo. All I have done in 8 years is change the oil(Mobil 1) and clean the air filter once a year. I have replaced the spark plug once. It still starts on the 2nd pull of the cord. The extra weight is offset by the lowdown extra torque of the 4 stroke, which greatly reduces the amount of time I have to use it. To give you an idea, using the line trimmer to do about 500 linea...r metres takes less than an hour. The other thing is, I dont feel any tingling sensation in the hands after using it for that long.I dont know how long it will last, but I do know that when it breaks, I'll juust buy a new one. After 8 years of reasonably hard work without dissappointment, this one has well and truly justified its initial purchase cost. I find it easy to start and very quiet compared to all the 2 stroke models being used by my neighbours. It is very clean running(98 octane).Tremendous cutting power at low revs. Definitely heavier than most two stroke models.
Got mine from the mowershop in springwood for $490. I like how quiet the engine is and very easy to start.
Starts easy. Powerful motor, quiet engine.
A bit heavy, but I'll get used to it.
A great improvement on the old hard-to-start 2 stroke. A pleasure to use. Comes with both line and blade heads.
Easy to start, much quieter than a 2 stroke, and far less pollution, don't have to breathe nauseating 2 stroke fumes.
One - you have to change the blade guard when you change from line to blade.
The initial purchase price may seem very expensive but you can be sure that the product will last twenty years plus if looked after properly and serviced once every 1-2 years. Although not as quiet as the electric ones it's a hell of a lot quieter than those lousy 2-strokes on the market. Will recommend this product to anyone. 11 stars out of 10.
Quality product you can rely on. 4 stroke engine, no petrol/oil mixing. Quiet. Straight shaft allows roughly equal weight distribution when carrying with two hands (with the bent shaft about 90% of the...
Questions & Answers
UMK425E. Engine will not stop after running for about 30 minutes. It is very difficult to stop. Have had this from new for quite a number of years and this is the first time I've had this issue. Is the engine stop switch at fault?
Sounds like your stop switch has faulty connection. Remove the red button and look underneath to check for debris. Mine stops the second it is pushed.
You could try turn the choke on and pump primer to flood the engine to stop it if desperate, but this is not recommended.
Is it save to tilt this unit on its side whilst running to do Edging like footpaths etc ?
Logic tells me if I do this to a 4 stroke and I will seize the motor. If this is true I'm regretting buying this and iI should have got a 2 stroke trimmer which does not matter if you tip it sideways or upside down whilst running because its lubricated by the petrol .
It’s designed to be used upside down, as is the fuel tank shape and its weighted strainer. The Honda website says “The UMK425 Loop Brushcutter features full 360 "any-side-up" operation, so you can use and store it in any position”
Thanks for the reply , I'm still confused as i thought if you run a 4 stroke motor upside down or sideways the motor it will starve the motor of oil and damage the motor . Whilst you say it can be used upside down , how will this not damage the motor from oil starvation ?
How to place cutting chord
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