Due to this awful summer, I have just bought a Kaaz roller mower and want to let you all know that there is a common fault with them.
On the highest cutting setting the gearbox/drive shaft starts making a rattling noise, I took mine back to the dealer with this fault after only 30mins of work.
Apparently they all need a torque convertor on or instead of the drive shaft. I don't know details but the dealer said that when he phoned Kaaz they knew the fault and sent the part out that day.
Anyone who has a Kaaz/Danarm mower should get to their dealership asap while under warranty.
Sorry to vague!
p.s. model number of mine is - LM5360HXAR-PRO
I think you will find anybody who has a Kaaz has this problem ,i spent over £120 trying to sort mine to no avail it now sit in the shed only good for stacking things on.
Since I had mine fixed it seems fine so hopefully the problem is sorted now?!
Was yours not under warranty?
Hopefully, anybody who is thinking of getting one will read this discussion and may think twice before getting a Kaaz if they really are as bad as you say they are.
I only used mine for about 30 mins before the problem started so it must be a common fault, maybe you have been licky and had an older model? Perhaps you don't use yours on a high setting? Apparantly he's sold a lot and mine was the first back to him with any problems as most use the mower set very low.
Thanks for your replies,
I'm on my fourth, three Kaaz and a "proper" Honda. I've never had clicking from the driveshaft as a problem though, in many thousands of hours use. I'd be really interested to know the part and number though, as the solid drive does wear out. You NEED to get the mower pushed to it's running speed before engaging drive every time, or you will wear out the clutch. You also need to get the roller bearing done as soon as there's play; they aren't dear, but if you leave them the whole roller wears. Ask me how I know that one! Cleaning the roller out regularly does help, the muck accumulates and grit will accellerate bearing wear, but it's really a consumable service part.
One thing to mention, you shouldn't run it down slopes in gear. That does cause a clicking, and isn't a good thing. Other tips are to change the vented blade immediately if it came with one, they are much less efficient, and that you can speed the engine up after a running in period. There is a you-tube video on this I posted ages ago, they are set very slow from the factory. I change the oil every two weeks when busy, and keep the air filter clear.
I know some people don't like them, but then I tried a Hayter Pro and it was ridiculously unreliable, and the engine was shot in less than one season (with plenty of oil changes). People seem to get better life out of wheeled machines, but most of my work needs a decent rollered finish. I've found the Honda-type are the best, but using it, say, 20 hours per week you will likely need to do a few gearbox or roller repairs over it's life. I seem to get two years, then before it gets too worn it goes as a back-up machine and a new one replaces it. The oldest, worst machine gets PX'd. Less than a grand for a commercial mower that lasts two full seasons with a couple of hundred in repairs isn't that bad; my supplier reckons that a year's use in our line is equivalent to 100,000 miles on a car in one year!