Doesn't make much noise
Easy to use
Harness isn't very durable
$800 piece of rubbish.
Pathetic trigger mechanism
Pathetic line trimmer attachment that falls apart
Harness is … well… frankly, it’s pathetic too, if you compare it to a stihl.
Purchased in November 2015 for $800.00.
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Easy to use and start
recently purchased a Honda line trimer UMK425U for the garden, this trimer is very quite and easy to use as with most Honda's this comes with a easy start engine simply prime and pull the start cord, i have used this for a few weeks and normally starts first time, this is the quietest petrol trimer i have ever used and when you need more line the easy release cord supply makes it simple just tap the base of the cord despiser whilst running and the cord is feed from the spindle awesome machine
Purchased in June 2020 at Launceston Mower & Chainsaw Centre for $800.00.
Great machine cutting grass at 6 feet + very thick grass and lantana and all the weeds and all the things you can imagine. this thing gets the job done so quiet and so much power. I was almost not going to buy it because it didn’t sound loud and powerful But it prove me wrong. I changed the oil after every use not because I have to because I want to and it has no oil filter and the oil is cheap so why not. feels a little bit heavy but I moved the handlebars and pull them back to the motor more than that made me feel like I’ve got more control Over it and took the heaviness out of it. The bum Feed is easy to use. The Harness is pretty crap get a Stihl one. I paid about 820 for mine pretty sure I got ripped off found online for 699
very costly to repair
Bought quite few years ago, never had a problem with the motor. Used for light jobs (blade on grass), as it is definitely not a clearing saw (did not try on bush)
The gear head bellied up. Been told by local dealer that the cost of the replacement gear head is $380 NZD (paid about $800+ NZD for the whole new thing) and the gear head not avilable untill next year.
I also do not have an option to buy only replacement parts for the gear head.
Other complaints are - poor wiring from the motor to the handle bar (fixed broken wire couple times) ...and very thin (and weak) rider plate, that did not last long (been replaced). Also one rod of two that hold the silencer been broken from day one (did not know about it), then the second broke after a year, so no warranty. This been serious problem fixed in a workshop. Also, the fuel tank cap does not have a strap, so lost at some stage and needed to buy a new one.
Been using this for own residential lawn for more than 7 years. It is an excellent product!
Been using this very regularly on own residential lawn & serious brush on a vacant lot for more than 7 years. It is an excellent machine! No issues so far. Starts up easily every time ... I sound like a product add :) Wore out the first bump feed head now after 7 years.
Purchased in March 2012.
Works well until an early death
I've had 2 of these brush cutters, which is the bullhorn handle type with the GX35 4 stroke engine (also have 2 Honda pumps, which are great). They are heavy, but with the harness the weight is manageable. Our property has steep gullies and I can get to most places wearing it, but I'm fit and less agile people might struggle.
Both have died before the time I would have expected them to last to, given the price and reputation. The first one basically wore out and started burning loads of oil. The second one suddenly refused to start even though...there's a spark, seems the compression has disappeared, so kaput. I use a combination of line and blades, depending on the nature of the job and they'll chew through pretty much anything e.g. small trees with a heavy duty blade. When they were working properly, both always started easily and were fuel efficient. So in summary, they work well, but mine haven't lasted how I think they should have considering the premium price. For my next brush cutter, I've bought a Perla Barb 62cc 2 stroke from Jono and Johno. It's about a fifth of the price of the UMK435U, so my expectations are low, but all I need is to get 12 months out of it and I'm ahead. I'll review that when I've had it for 6 months.
Purchased in September 2016.
After years of using quality 2-strokes, I finally purchased a Honda and what a difference... So easy to start, very reliable, well built and a great machine to use. My only complaint (if I have to be picky) might be the extra weight, but that’s no real issue for me.
Honda, you’ve won me over for sure. I’ve replaced my Mower, Whipper, Hedger and Edger with Honda over the last few years whilst still keeping a Stihl blower and Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws.
Purchased in April 2016.
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Perfect commercial trimmer
Split shaft 35cc trimmer purchased online what can I say it cuts through the thickest grass and does not slow down even in extreme heat can get heavy but I'm used to it the best trimmer on the market
What a great addition to my yard tools.
I have lived on small acreage for 30 years and have thrown away quite a few 2 stroke brushcutters through hard to start problems and spare parts supply.
My Honda 35cc with bicycle handlebars and body harness a has been fantastic. It's now aprox 5 years old and I always marvel at its first or second pull start ability.
I am cursed with poor soil and rocky ground but the little Honda just cuts a swathe through paspalum and other stubborn clumps.
The line head is easy to load and with all of the rocks it bounces off they give me a couple of yea...
The problem doesn't seem to be vacuum
Mine is 10 years old now. When working it is a great machine, problem is it was always dying under full throttle when hot and then other times it wouldn't run from cold. Last year I had one last go a playing around with carby, pulled it apart and scratched out a bit of gum, didn't replace any diaphragms only main gasket onto cylinder. Replaced ignition coil and spark plug, no difference. Had spark so fuel had to be the issue. Put compressed air back through the pick up filter in the fuel tank. Like a new machine, not sure what was clogging it as it didn't look dirty but can say for certain that was the problem. Annoying as like many I have searched for answers for several years and cursed the pig of a thing for longer than that.
I have had many brands of trimmers, this one is THE BEST
Bought mine 2nd hand, it had not been serviced for over 6 months and the guy who sold it to me was upgrading to a new Honda, I have only cleaned the filter, replaced the fuel , this Honda starts 2nd pull from cold and 1st pull on hot, runs and cuts like a dream, less vibration then other brands, less engine noise , more power at lower revs, well built, what more can i say, its so good to have a nice piece of quality equipment that is reliable.
For the money, its fairly average
When you pay $700 for a whipper snipper you think that it will be absolutely bullet proof for many years to come. The bump feed on this whipper snipper has stopped working twice. The first time we took it back to the dealer and they were able to fix it, and now it doesn't work again. So I have to wait until I can make the trip to my honda dealer again to get the issue resolved. It's not a very reliable machine.
This is a great machine..
I have used it professionally for years.. Cant fault it.. 2 Strokes make no sense for this kind of work , I see my stupid council in Cairns using 2 strokes burning my rates money and laugh/cry. Thanks Honda for showing us how it is done...
Awsome Bit of Gear
I picked up a 2 yewr old second hand unit from our local Hon. da small engine dealer. I can only say I am impressed, it starts so easily and does not miss a beat. I have used both blade and cord on it in some very heavy going and it handles it with ease. The only downside I can see with this machine is that it is probably a bit too heavy for my wife to use.It would have to rate as a "big tractor" in the world of brush cutters.
Upgraded to one of these from a Ryobi straight shaft;
The pros for the Honda:
Low noise and vibration. This was the reason I had to leave the 2 stroke Ryobi; after an hour or so on the little Ryobi, my hands were tingling and my ears were ringing. My neighbours were probably sick of it as well.
But I can use the Honda all day without a worry. As it's a 4 stroke there's no need to have it screaming at high revs to get sufficient power for most jobs.
Quality. Honda parts and good service are readily available, in contrast to the Ryobi and ...
excellent, quick start one pull machine
lightweight and easy to carry. no awkward handle parts. Good on petrol it last me my full yard. That's new because I have had to refuel with my old whipper-snipper. Only downside is it was a little bit ore expensive. Guess you get what you pay for though with these machines.
whipper snipper is no match for my super sharp sithe :) . In open areas , anyway.
Otherwise this HondaWhipperSniper is a RIPPER ! ! ! !
3 in One: Mower( where I don't want to go with my mower), Best EDGER I can think of, Sweeps all minor growth of paths and bricks and Blows them away, Cuts minor bushes o.k. with provided blade. triples as a weeder. Perfect partner for my Honda Mower ( M19).
I bought it at our local friendly store: Gosford ChainsawsandMowers. Highly recommended. I would ( AND HOPE I WON"T HAVE TO) buy it again
After 2 years of commercial use 6 days a week I have nothing but praise for this machine.It consistently surprises customers how much work it can do.I call it 'The Gruntmaster'.Its typical Honda,A precision instrument.Awesome machine.I wouldn't consider any other machine when I have to replace it.I've also had very good service from Ashmore Mower Centre.
Keep losing top bolt/screw
I have owned this machine for about 4 years and find it is an excellent brush cutter around my 2 acre property. It easily manages anything I throw at it. However, I have just lost, for the second time, the top bolt/screw that holds the red plastic top cover in place. This is so very annoying. This screw obviously vibrates loose over time and needs to be constantly tightened. I don't think I should have to check all screws/bolts for tightness prior to every use... should I? Anyway, had to buy one of these screws about 12-18 months ago and now i...t seems I need to buy another one. I have searched and searched the area I have just cut but to no avail. Does Honda make metal detectors? Very, very annoying. May need to 'loctite' it in place I think!
This certain brushcutter lets me down.
This is the 3rd time i have purchased one of these has plenty of grunt but every year lets me down the carburetor ceases.
Litterally once a year this happens 3rd machine and sane problem,dealer says doesnt cover warranty at all which is upsetting due to buying these machines thinking they are durable and so on.
I wouldn't purchase one of these machines again.
Honda needs to fix this problem no one helps with these problems.
I love honda but when it comes to this certain machine never again.
Questions & Answers
What is the rod dimension ? Is it 26mm or 28mm size ? Can we fit Tiller Weeder attachment to it ?
Honda grass cutter 435T starts well but when I squeeze on the trigger for more power it increases speed and suddenly looses its power or dies out. If I pull the wire again it start and after a few seconds loose power and stops. any ideas?
I've found mine must be creating vacuum in tank.When it starts to die loosen fuel cap for a second then tighten again.And it works fine till it makes another vacuum.Not sure how to remedy this as yet.
Has anyone with a bike handle UMK435 or loop handle UMK435 used it to trim small shrubs like camellia, red robin photinia & dwarf bottle brush?
- Available in two designs; a bike handle to minimise fatigue when working for long stretches of time, and a loop handle for more accurate trimming.
- Mini 4-stroke engine delivers more torque/ power than a 2-stroke engine, while requiring less fuel to run - making Honda’s range of line trimmers energy efficient. Honda also claims that the UMK435 produces less smoke and noise than other brands’ brush cutters.
- Fitted with features that are friendly to garden contractors, such as a 4-tooth metal blade, heavy-duty tap-and-go nylon head, and a 360-degree operation, allowing you to use this unit in any position.
- Runs on Unleaded 91 petrol, with no fuel mixing required.
- Includes two guards and a full operator harness.
What reviewers liked about the Honda UMK435:
Overall, reviewers appreciated this whipper snipper’s powerful performance when it came to cutting thick brush, grass, as well as lantana and weeds. Along with this, the easy and quiet operation of this Honda model proved to be another plus point for gardeners, especially as it didn’t compromise the trimmer’s power.
Reviewers noted that the provided harness isn’t as solid quality as other brands’ harnesses, namely Stihl. A number of gardeners also observed that this line trimmer can become a bit heavy after extended periods of use.
|Category||Petrol Whipper Snippers||Petrol Whipper Snippers|
|Handle Type||Bike Handle||Loop Handle|
|Engine Displacement||35 cc||35 cc|
|Power||1,200 W||1,200 W|
|Cutting Head Type||Blade||Blade and Line|
|Features||Shoulder Strap and Vibration Damping||Shoulder Strap and Vibration Damping|
|Weight||7 kg||6.7 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||650 mL||650 mL|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)||4 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2008||Mar 2008|
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