A Pretty Good Machine for the Money
The machine was delivered promptly and well packaged. It was straightforward to unpack and mount the handles
Filled the engine with Briggs & Stratton straight SAE 30 oil and fresh petrol treated with Briggs & Stratton ‘Fuel Fit' which prevents small carbs gumming up with modern unleaded petrol if left in the machine during the season. Following the straightforward engine primer instructions displayed on the machine, the engine started on the 3rd pull of the cord.
Aerator/scarifier used first, using the bladed cassette already installed. Set the machine on its highest setting (position 1). You wouldn’t want to go any lower than this. The result was impressive as it removed a considerable amount of thatch and moss on one pass. (I didn’t bother attaching the collecting bag as I had an idea how much detritus would be removed). The machine bogged down on a few occasions and stalled which led me to conclude that the 1.3 kW motor is perhaps slightly underpowered. Nevertheless, it did the job I required it to do on my 300sq-meter lawn.
Switching to the lawn rake cassette with the finer tines was easy and straightforward using the Allen key provided. Again, using the highest setting (position 1) It romped away nicely over the lawn giving it a more ‘gentler’ rake than the aerator/scarifier and which could be used occasionally/judiciously throughout the growing season if required. No stalling this time as the motor faces less resistance and has to do less work.
Pleased with my purchase. The machine is nicely designed/engineered and of reasonably robust construction. The motor sits firmly on its plastic deck. This petrol aerator scarifier/rake benefits from the weight of its petrol engine in applying itself to the aerator/scarifying task in hand (which is probably why it stalled on occasions when using the aerator).
Sure, you can pick up a steel decked Brast or Hyundai on eBay costing more. No. This Einhell is good enough for me and for what I am asking it to do for a reasonably sized area of grass and not least it came at an exceptionally good price.