Great machine once you modify it
Would have been useful to know that you have to make sure the emergency button is not pushed in as it would not start however MowDirect support sorted this over the phone.
This machine is advertised as having a large hopper, it does but the manufacturers have fitted a restrictor plate so you have a 4inch letter box to feed it-impossible to get anything with foliage on it into the machine. Had to take this off but left the rubber flap in place as chips can fly back up the chute. They say this will invalidate the warranty so i have added a 3inch 75mm gauge on the outside to be sure i do not feed anything oversize into it.
Feeding hedge trimmings in is a problem as they are made up of small pieces and do not draw in so i have made up an all wood plunger, which i use to push these down the chute. The wood plate on the end of this plunger is larger than the bottom of the chute so it cannot get feed into the cutters.
The outlet grill has to be removed as this blocks too easily, as far as i can see it is only there to prevent anyone sticking their arm in.
When you have to clear blockages you MUST make sure the machine motor is switched OFF. The cutter is permanently connected to the motor so turning it by hand during clearing could kick start the motor.
In summary this is a powerful machine for domestic use, solidly built and sturdy. Would prefer some quick release fittings for the hoppers to clear blockages rather than having to undo bolts each time.