ANOTHER SHINDAIWA EXCELLENT PRODUCT
I purchased the item a few weeks ago after using a similar one borrowed from a neighbour. I need to clear wild strawberries outgrowth, as well as wild mulberries, goldenrods and other invasive busches that border the pathways to the gardens and into the forest on a 7 acres plot of land, comprising about 20,000 sq ft of lawn.
I had previously done the job with hand tools and later on with a battery trimmer which was largely undepowered. I therefore neglected the task more than often and the wife complained.
With the HT232, the task is easily completed with very clean cut pathways. The tool weighs about the same as a 502s chainsaw. However, the continual up and down movement required by the task at hand proves quite demanding for my left harm. It is powerful, a bit loud and ear protection should be worn as well as eye protection for obvious reasons. Blades are very sharp and effective, even on flexible material such as wild raspberry outgrowths.
It runs on a 1:50 gas and oïl mix. Lubrication of the blades is to be performed at each refueling. Greasing of the gear box is needed every 20 hours of use through easily accessible ports. Rear handle rotate to 180° to accomodate your movements, depending on the task at hand.
I own other Shindaiwa tools and have always been very satisfied with reliability, performance, ease of use and comfort of operation, namely 502s chainsaw, 802 dorsal leaf blower and lawn trimmer.
I thus recommend the tool.
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