Kuiu Kuiu

It’s not only the name that is unusual — this backpack machine has lots of features that make it stand out from the crowd. It may be a struggle to get into a harness, but we reckon it is worthwhile — this is a special little machine.
The Kuiu Kuiu has a tiny engine but don’t worry, it packs a serious punch and cuts through the yew with ease. It is mounted in the frame like a gyroscope and twists this way and that, always maintaining the best position for the smooth running of the 26cc engine. What’s more, it’s a great little starter.
“The fact you can start it when it is on you back is a bonus,” says one tester. “And it’s so lightweight you don’t really notice it is there.” He’s equally pleased with the business end of this unit. “The cutting head is lightweight and it’s nice to hold. It all makes for very mobile and manoeuvrable machine.”
The engine is high revving but because it is in a frame on your back, neither the vibrations nor the noise levels perceived by the user are a problem. But there is a problem with the length of the flex pipe connecting the power pack to the trimmer. “When you try to stretch for a high bit of hedge, the pipe pulls you back,” the tester explains. “If the pipe was longer, it would be perfect.” But he is pleased with the finish. Perhaps we’ll hear this strange name more in future.

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