LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Honda Power Equipment has entered the split shaft trimmer market with its Honda VersAttach Multi-Purpose System. The company displayed the product at the GIE+EXPO. Featuring two powerhead options and six different attachments, the VersAttach System combines the power and reliability of Honda 4-stroke engines with tools to fit a wide range of lawn and garden needs.
The Honda VersAttach System offers two powerhead models, the UMC425, powered by a Honda GX25 Mini 4-Stroke engine, and the UMC435, powered by a GX35 Mini 4-Stroke engine. Each model can be paired with an optional interchangeable edger, line trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer, pruner and cultivator that fit quickly and securely into the attachment shaft by way of Honda’s SureLoc joint locking system, saving time and effort for the user.
With a Click and a Twist
Honda engineers designed the VersAttach System for maximum versatility, user convenience and the ultimate in ease and comfort in operation. The product includes a number of design innovations, including the SureLoc joint locking system. This two-position joint mechanism operates with a click and a twist, allowing the user to easily connect and disconnect attachments with no tools required. The SureLoc feature offers intuitive assembly and instant, secure engagement of attachments.
In addition, the anti-vibration system includes two rubber-mount shaft inserts between the shaft and clutch and the handle assembly, providing comfortable use, especially for long periods of operation.
The VersAttach UMC425 powerhead features the Honda ultra-lightweight GX25 Mini 4-Stroke engine, and the VersAttach UMC435 model offers the Honda ultra-lightweight GX35 Mini 4-Stroke engine. Both models provide tenacious power and torque with exceptional fuel efficiency, low maintenance and dependable performance.
In addition, 4-stroke engine technology eliminates the need to mix fuel and oil, saving the operator valuable time, money, and frustration of trying to get the right fuel/oil mixture. The innovative design of the Honda Mini 4-Stroke engine provides for full, 360 degree operation, allowing the VersAttach to be used—and stored—upright, sideways or even upside down.
Each VersAttach™ powerhead includes a pair of safety goggles and a single (GX25) or double harness (GX35) for added convenience and control. Both models carry a 36-month residential warranty and a 24-month commercial warranty.
Light-Weight but Powerful
The ultra-lightweight GX25 Mini 4-Stroke engine, the power behind the UMC425 powerhead, is the world’s lightest 4-Stroke overhead cam (OHC) engine, efficiently delivering the clean, powerful, quiet performance of a larger engine—but in a very compact package. The Honda GX35 Mini 4-Stroke engine powering the UMC435 powerhead is the company’s most powerful engine for handheld applications. Both engines are exceptionally easy to use and maintain, with easy starting, an easily accessible spark plug and easy access to drain and refill oil.
Efficient 4-stroke technology not only offers superior fuel economy, but also requires no mixing of oil in the fuel, substantially reducing oil consumption and the emission of unburned oil in the exhaust. The GX25 Mini 4-Stroke and the GX35 Mini 4-Stroke engines also feature an oil-immersed timing belt and OHC configuration, allowing the engines to be operated in any position. The belt-driven OHC design reduces mechanical noise, while the timing belt is designed to be maintenance-free over the life of the engine.
Unlike many two-stroke competitors, the Honda Mini 4-Stroke engines provide powerful output across a wide range of operating speeds with ample low-speed torque, which means that they do not always need to be operated at wide open throttle. This reduces noise and operator fatigue while substantially increasing fuel efficiency.