Excellent but one Potentially Awful Flaw!!
Well designed and built machine (German!!). Assembly is easy with decent tools provided.
Starts and runs well. Good balance, cow-horns offer excellent control and rapid advancement over a wide sweep. Tap line-feed works well, but the fatal flaw is that the line-cup is made of some incredibly brittle plastic!! On my very first use, by the time I had used up the line as supplied already wound onto the spool and opened the cup to replace the line, the two sprung clips had broken off and disappeared, and the cup itself had several small pieces missing and several cracks.
Having photographed the damaged item back to MowDirect, I have just received the replacement, but I really fear that it will be more of the same. In the meantime, I substituted the line head and bottom half of the shaft with that from my previous McCulloch - whilst the McC has failed me in some ways, at least this element has proved robust enough never to have required replacement, albeit that the bump / tap line-feed doesn't work that well. I'll further review the machine once the replacement line-spool has been fitted and we've used it again. It will be a real shame if I have to return the entire kit and caboodle if this fails again, as the rest of the machine is excellent.