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It could have been so good....but....
on 28 August 2011
The item arrived in 2 days in a huge box with each item separately bubble-wrapped.
This is where it all goes downhill... Lets start with the instructions - these have to be the worst instructions I have seen...EVER! They are obviously originally Chinese, translated into English, but not only is the English particularly poor (eg, telling you to push, rather than pull the starter cord!), but it leaves almost everything to trial and error. For each of the 4 uses (see later), it shows a half-hearted photo, but really, you have to experiment with the bits to work out what goes where. Easy for the chainsaw/hedgetrimmer which pretty much need clicking together, but a challenge for the brush-cutter or strimmer.
Being a petrol tool and with a spinning sharp blade and the end of a metre long shaft, I felt particularly uncomfortable that the end might shoot off at any moment with a horror-movie style ending!
The poles click together reasonably well, but the `click-in' and `click-out' seem to be inconsistent. I struggle to get this right first time and find that the poles requires require some wiggling and choice words before attaching/separating.
Using the tools:
Starting was pretty simple. Again, useless instructions, but if you turned all the switches to on (3 of them) them, press the rubber button to feed through the petrol, my motor starts every time on one easy pull.
I started with the strimmer which started very well. As usual though with a strimmer, once I hit something hard, the cord broke. Not a problem I thought as the large button on the bottom should extend the cord...wrong. It required me shutting off the motor, dismantling the cord box (again without the use of instructions as there weren't any...). This took some time to master.
Shortly afterwards, the strimmer head literally exploded and thus followed a call to trushopping to get a new part. This arrived after the weekend (they are closed Sat/Sun) so had to pause my gardening for 4 days...
The chainsaw again, not so difficult to connect up and actually works well for small pruning. I'd suggest anything over 4 inches should be left to a proper chainsaw though. I got a lot of vibration when trying larger branches.
Hedge-trimmer was excellent, no complaints other than it is quite heavy to use for long. I'm a relatively strong chap and after 2 mins my arms were really aching. The shoulder strap is no good for hedge trimming.
The Brush cutter is just dangerous.... I daren't rev the engine at pull pelt as it felt as if the blade would shoot off from the vibration alone. I had visions of it flying off and hurtling towards my neighbour...
This is questionable. I can't tell whether vibtrations are due to my bad assembly or the tool itself. So far, I've only had it 2 weeks, and I've broken the strimmer head, but perhaps this was an unlucky start...
This could have been sooo good. It's a great idea, but was let down massively by the instructions. Now that I feel I've pretty much mastered it, I'm going to keep the tool, but you should be aware, it is NOT a pull out of box and off you go kind of tool.
NOTE: Trushopping tell me that the manufacturers of this item are working on improving the instructions following many complaints around their quality... For some, it might be worth waiting for this to be done before buying.
Check out youtube for some videos of the tool being used.
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