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Great Machine with Foibles!
21 March 2016
I read quite a few reviews and payed particular attention to the negative ones before embarking! I figured 90% of people were not wrong and 10% must have a point so ordered with some wariness. In summary this machine is good value for money if you buy in the knowledge that it has a few foibles!
The assembly is easy. The brackets for holding the Lance etc are poorly designed and don't hold it that well but equally you don't use it that often. Folk have talked about talked about melting the Lance hose, so just hitch it up with a cable tie from the off!
The filler cap is fiddly but you get used to it quickly.
The biggest issue is the 2 places yes 2 ( one of which is hardly mentioned in the instructions) where you put the oil. The engine oil fillers are poorly located hard to access and ideally would be at a more upright angle. Because of this its hard to FULLY fill the engine oil. The water pump also has to be filled with c 100 ml of oil by removing the large silver hexagonal bolt on top of the water pump.
If the engine is not full, you will find the auto cut out switches the petrol off after a few minutes of running. I spoke to a very nice helpful guy on the help desk (after a bit of a wait for a response, but then it was at the weekend) and with the assistance of some quite detailed instructions he had, we overcame these issues. Fill the engine oil to the very brim until it overspills a bit. Do it from both sides of the machine if you need too, or adjust the angle of the machine if it helps.
We were told to disconnect the cut out switch for the first 20 seconds of running and then reconnect, presumably to ensure that the oil fully coats all mechanical parts. This is achieved by pulling apart the thin yellow power cable on the side of the machine and then reconnecting again 20 secs later.
Once the machine has a while to warm up and run, it's brilliant. High power, great performance and as I said great value compared to others. What it really needs is a bit of redesign in a few fairly minor but important areas and it would get 5 stars from me rather than the 4 i have given it.