Honda Trimmer - HHT35SLTA - Mini Review

dmanindfw

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DFW, TX
Bought one of these this past weekend after doing a ton of research on all the prosumer/commercial trimmers...Stihl, Echo, Shindaiwa, and Husqvarna. Previously used a Husky 125L (predecessor to the 128L). The Husky was total junk and I had continuous problems with it.

Yes the Honda was expensive but I still think it's a tremendous value and well worth the price. It is obvious that Honda put some serious engineering into this product. The motor has TONS of torque to power through some of the toughest weeds without breaking a sweat. It's extremely quiet and in fact, when running at higher rpms, the string makes more noise than the engine itself. At idle it will sit there for long periods of time without me needing to worry about it loading up with fuel/oil like a typical 2 stroke. It actually sounds like one of Honda's small generators.

As several had mentioned the head wasn't the greatest, I went ahead and got the high capacity Echo speed-feed head (do an internet search). This head in itself is amazing as it holds tons of string, and you don't have to take it apart or off of the trimmer to reload with string. Highly recommended!

Pros with this trimmer: tons of power, quiet, no gas/oil mixing, idles great, tons of torque, Honda reliability, great build quality, included shoulder strap and googles, 2 year warranty, can be fitted with brush blade, easy to start.

Cons: slightly heavier than others. This really didn't bother me at all since it's well balanced and comes with a shoulder harness/strap. In fact, I experienced less kickback with hitting rocks and fences, I think due in large part to the additional weight. I trimmed for about 4 straight hours and didn't get fatigued in the slightest. Seems to use more fuel than my old 2 stroke trimmer as I had to fill up about 3-4 times and my old one probably would have only been 2 times, however I'm not sure how the gas capacity of each compares and I expect this one to use less fuel once broken in. Also, the engine on the Honda is considerably larger than my old one (35cc versus 28cc).

If you want a very high quality trimmer that should last years and has less noise and headaches, then this is the trimmer for you. Well worth the premium paid for quality!
 

Alan0354

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
San Jose, Ca.
I don't know your model, but I know the normal 35cc trimmer is not that expensive, I had HHT31SUMBA with bike handle, that complain I have is the bike handle, it is too restrictive, I wish I had the regular handle. Yes, it is quiet, powerful. One pull start.

It is so smooth that when I first got the Shindaiwa 2 cycle, I thought something's wrong as it is like a vibrator.
 
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dmanindfw

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Location
DFW, TX
I don't know your model, but I know the normal 35cc trimmer is not that expensive, I had HHT31SUMBA with bike handle, that complain I have is the bike handle, it is too restrictive, I wish I had the regular handle. Yes, it is quiet, powerful. One pull start.

It is so smooth that when I first got the Shindaiwa 2 cycle, I thought something's wrong as it is like a vibrator.
Well I should have clarified that I'm just a regular old homeowner so $359 isn't small peanuts to me for a trimmer purchase. I'm only on about a 1/3rd of an acre but have a lot of trimming around flower beds, rocks, and bricks. The smaller 25cc would have likely been just fine for me, but for $30 more, I thought it was a no brainer to get a better grip (rubberized and better isolated), metal housing versus plastic housing under the engine, and more power. Downside was more weight, but with the harness it is just fine for me.

Since you have the 31cc, how much fuel are you burning? I was surprised on how much I went through yesterday...more than I expected but guessing it's due to such a large engine. No biggie though.
 
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dmanindfw

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Location
DFW, TX
BTW, the dealer swapped out the stock head for the high capacity Speed-Feed (Echo, Shindaiwa). Gave me $5 CREDIT as he said the stock head is more expensive than the Speed-Feed! Can't beat that deal...haha.
 

weeze

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i have the 25cc. it was $299 and it's lighter than the 35cc and it uses half as much gas as 2 stroke trimmers. i've had no issues with the stock head that came on it. the main reason i went with the 25cc was because of the weight. i don't use the strap at all. i use it like any other 2 stroke trimmer.
 

Alan0354

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
San Jose, Ca.
Well I should have clarified that I'm just a regular old homeowner so $359 isn't small peanuts to me for a trimmer purchase. I'm only on about a 1/3rd of an acre but have a lot of trimming around flower beds, rocks, and bricks. The smaller 25cc would have likely been just fine for me, but for $30 more, I thought it was a no brainer to get a better grip (rubberized and better isolated), metal housing versus plastic housing under the engine, and more power. Downside was more weight, but with the harness it is just fine for me.

Since you have the 31cc, how much fuel are you burning? I was surprised on how much I went through yesterday...more than I expected but guessing it's due to such a large engine. No biggie though.
The gas burning is not particular bad even though it has a bigger engine. I just never pay attention, but it does use gas, don't expect it to sip lightly!!!!
 

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