Congrats on the new reel!
I can say for anyone looking in the Raleigh NC area that there are not many options for used machines of type or any brand.
Yeah, there is not much of a market around here. I think I have been the market this year selling a few reels myself. Maybe I spoke to you at some point :? I have never seen a cal trimmer up for sale locally. I love the look and how simple they are compared to their competitors. I am just like everyone else wanting to know how you like it.
Thanks! Pretty sure I saw your ad on CL but never called about it. I figured for the money I would try the Trimmer, I like the way they look better anyway :lol:
I've only ever used rotary mowers so don't have anything to compare it to. But I worked in construction for over 15 years so pretty competent when it comes to tools and machinery, I can give my thoughts so far.
I ordered the 3" handle extension but I'm not sure I can use it, would have been nice if they would have installed it at the factory like they did with the front roller. The clutch cable doesn't seem to be long enough to use it and it didn't come with a longer one or instructions. I messaged trimmer about it so waiting for a response. I'm short, 5'9", the handles are pretty low for me, it could be the model I bought but it's almost uncomfortable with the hoc set at 2". Anyone over 6' would probably hate it. When it's set lower the handles are not as low and would be more comfortable.
The grip on the the tires and drum are great, I have big ditch in the front yard and it had no problem going up and down it and also long ways with out sliding down hill. I had to shorten the chain quite a bit in order get the drive drum up high enough off the ground to pull the mower backwards but I think that has to do with the hoc being set at 2". If the hoc was set at 1" or below and the ground was level it would be fine. My yard is no where near being smooth enough to be cut lower than 2" at the moment so with the mower set that high it feels a bit unbalanced meaning it's super easy to tip backwards.
The only thing I had to do to it out of the box was attach the top half of the handle and put oil and gas in it. Everything else was set up perfectly from the factory, can't say that about any other mower I have purchased so that's a huge plus. I didn't have to use the back lapping kit but the attachment for the sprocket was one of the reasons I went with it, should make it pretty easy to do the job. For the most part I'm pretty happy with it, have to see how it goes after I get the lawn smooth next spring and a whole season using it. :thumbup: