| If you are looking for a basic machine then it
is hard to go past the Hunkin
A genuine Rato RV170 (173cc) engine (called a
VIPER in the USA) powers the trimmer mower. The engine is an overhead
valve (OHV) design. Direct overhead valve engines, when compared
to side valve engines have more torque per cc and are more fuel
efficient due to improved gas flow inside the cylinder.
Please note the maximum
slope for operation is 20 degrees for the machine. Intermittant
25 degrees. To find out why click
here (PDF file).
machine weighs approximately 32kgs and the large 350mm wheels carry
nearly all this weight. This makes the machine very easy to push
and is a far better way to cut long grass than the smokey noisy
two-stroke hand held machines that are quite common. With a cutting
width of 460mm it is also gets the job done a lot faster. Please
note this is a push mower and is not self-propelled. Get fitter
and burn off those calories.
The steel mowball prevents scalping and sets the
height at which the grass will be cut. It can be set between 38
and 76mm so there is plenty of adjustment. The handlebars are
adjustable with all the controls in easy reach of the operator.
A safety bail bar / lever combination stops accidental starting
of the trimming head and stops it should you slip over.
line is a lot thicker (4mm) than thin standard trimmer line and
up to 4 times stronger so it lasts a lot longer in the machine
(this of course is dependent on the type of material being cut).
Changing the line is easy. No jamming line dispensers, just thread
the line through and you are done. No knots to weaken the line.
The cord retaining system is made of steel, not plastic. Bulk
line is available from Stihl shops.
have done quite a lot of testing on this machine, mowing down
weeds and grass on our neighbour's frontage and also taming our
own orchard. The weeds and grasses were about 300mm high (some
taller) with some really tough grasses and thick stalky weeds.
We expected the machine to struggle and thought we would have
lots of string breakages. To our surprise the machine just sliced
through the grass. We were really impressed and excited to find
a cheaper trimmer mower that could compete with the more expensive
|The following pictures show the machine with the
covers off. A large cast alloy bearing support is at the front of
the machine to support the trimmer head and it is bolted with 12mm
bolts to the pressed steel body. A heavy duty 16mm keyed shaft does
the driving. The idler pulleys are on roller bearings and act as
a clutch by tightening the belt. The steel mowball can be adjusted
up and down the shaft to alter the grass cutting height.
are holding an extensive range of spare parts for these mowers,
belts, wheels, pulleys etc.
All machines are checked over and started before
they leave Hunkin Garden Products. A small tool kit and engine
oil is supplied with the machine.
WARRANTY We are confident enough offer
our exclusive 1 month right of return and a 12 month warranty
for domestic use. 90 days warranty for commercial use. All
faulty items returned to us are at the customer's expense,
we will pay the return freight.
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Use the Hunkin Trimmer on your own property for a month and if
you are not happy then return it in good working order for a refund,
excluding freight. We expect it to be used (how else are
you going to be able to evaluate it) , but not abused. It must
be returned in a saleable condition with all manuals and packaging.
If you are tempted to purchase a "look alike" product,
make sure you get the same money back trial period to avoid disappointment.
Perhaps you can trial them side by side and then choose, that's
how confident we are.
With a truck being charged by the kilometre or at an hourly rate,
making a delivery for items out of town gets expensive, so we
offer a couple of delivery options. If you are not on a rural
address please use the town delivery option. If you are rural
and want a door to door service please call us for a quote. You
can save quite a bit of money if you can have the machine delivered
to a town location and pick the machine up yourself. You can get
a DR Trimmer machine with packaging into a 1989 Toyota Starlet
hatch with the back seats down for instance.
The dimensions of the machines are:
Machine including packaging 870mm(34.5") L x 530mm(20.5")
H x 520mm(21") W, approx. 32kg
Freight, packing and insurance:
NI freight to nearest town $90.00, NI freight rural delivery call
us for a quote.
SI freight to local town $120.00, SI freight rural delivery call
us for a quote.
Follow the link to find a depot
Specifications: Red body
||173cc RATO RV170 (VIPER) 4-stroke
|Oil sump capacity
||9.00Nm, @2500rpm (it is torque
that does the cutting, not horse power)
||350mm (14") ball bearing
||38mm to 76mm adjustable
|| up to 457mm (18"),
width of machine 500mm
|Cutting head speed
||approx 3,600 rpm
Cut through the
Please note we rate
our engines by torque (turning force) as this is what does the
cutting. The use of horsepower can make something look more powerful
than it is, as engine revs are part of the horsepower calculation.
For example; an engine rated a 7 ft lbs torque can be listed as
being 4.7Hp, if the power is measured at 3500 rpm. Exactly
the same engine is rated 4Hp at 3000rpm. So by rating your
engine at higher revs you can make the engine look better, so
always compare torque. To be honest, even though manufacturers
make all sorts of claims, most engines all have about the same
outputs for their cc rating, except when you compare side valve
to OHV designs. There might be small differences, but you would
be unlikey to notice.
Hunkin Trimmer (red body) with
RATO RV170 engine. Price $875.00 inc GST plus freight.
12 month warranty domestic use,
90 days commercial use.
If you prefer
to transfer funds to our bank account instead of using a credit
card please contact us with your name, address, phone number and
what you wish to purchase and we will email you an invoice with
our bank details.
Spare trimmer steel mowball
Spare steel mowball for the bottom of your
trimmer. The mowball is right hand thread, which means it
tightens in use. If you have hit a lot of objects then it
will be tight to get off.
Cost $12.50 plus $7.50 postage and packing.
Rural delivery an additional $4.00
Looking for cutting line. Stihl shops in
NZ have bulk 4mm line, but you might also like to try Nylsaw,
I think it is amazing. I can't find any wholesale, so I don't
sell it, but it is available on Ebay. Google Speed France Nylsaw
Ebay. Available in 4mm and 3.5mm. 4mm its a bit more difficult
to feed into the head, but being thicker it lasts longer. 4.5mm
We have just got back from Waihi where I spent a couple
of days getting used to my new mower. It is wonderful. I
certainly won't be giving it back after one month. I have
attached photos of the type of work I made it do on day
one and it handled it very well (me not so well - gained
a lot of new muscles). The close-up photo shows you how
swampy and bumpy and horrible it is. Most of it isn't even
grass either. It is really tough reeds and paspallum.
If you look over on the far side of the pond in the
other photo you will see that it actually does give a reasonably
manicured look on better, smoother soil with low grass,
so I am happy on all counts. I love the way it throws the
grass neatly to one side - makes it easy to pick up and
use for sheet mulching elsewhere.
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