Honda Power Carrier HP400

With a staggering 400kg capacity on the flat, this unit is certainly going to help take the strain and risk of injury out of moving materials on to and around a site.

It’s narrow, so it is good for access, and has considerable hill climbing ability, although only when the load is reduced to 250kg.
The Honda Power Carrier is tracked. That makes it very sure-footed but, especially in comparison with the MuckTruck, it seems slow — and it’s very slow in reverse. However, the Power Carrier does have the advantage in load capacity on the flat. It really depends on what you need to shift and where.
With the garden centre business, our tester needs to move things quickly — either to get store deliveries out of the way or to restock depleted sales areas.
He explains: “This machine is too slow for our requirements. It would suit landscapers, especially in a sloping garden where working with a wheelbarrow would prove very strenuous, and the tracks make it good for travelling across sensitive sites.”
The HP400 has an adjustable-width bed to allow a variety of items to be loaded, while still fitting through a standard doorway. It is powered by a four-horsepower Honda OHV engine. There is no problem starting it and access for maintenance and servicing is a breeze.
Operation is also simple, says the tester: “Gripping the upper, dead-man’s handles on either side engages drive to the track and off you go. It’s really responsive. Releasing the handles will stop the machine — literally, in its tracks — but the engine keeps running. That’s good. And I like the emergency ‘kill’ switch as well. It’s handy and you can flick it either way.
“My only problem with the controls is the reach needed to the lower levers for turning the carrier. You need to grip the left lever to turn left and the right lever to turn right. It’s simple enough but is a really long stretch for your hand.”
In terms of build, the Power Carrier is robust and the fuel tank holds sufficient for over an hour’s continuous operation.


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