Updated 21 Sep 2016

Makita

DUH523

Snapshot: The Makita DUH523SF is a battery hedge trimmer with a 52cm blade. But is it a cut above the rest?

DUH523
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$299

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Test results

Overall score
78
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good trimming performance.
  • Very good run time of 65 minutes.
  • Easy to use.
  • Well-balanced.
  • Has wrap-around front handle.
  • Hedge-trimming visibility is very good.

But

  • No rotating rear handle.

Extended review

Coming in at $100 cheaper than our next cheapest recommended battery-powered hedge trimmer, the DUH523SF earns first-equal in our cordless hedge trimmer test and represents a bargain, especially if you already own an 18V Makita LXT battery as you can pick up the skin for $169 from Bunnings. Its trimming performance is very good and it feels almost as powerful as a corded model, easily cutting thicker branches (up to 1.5cm in diameter). It’s also our lightest recommended cordless trimmer at 3.3kg, and runs for an hour of a single charge. The hand-guard’s design offers great visibility when trimming, a major bugbear with many trimmers. Its main weakness is the head doesn’t rotate, which would help the transition between different trimming angles.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (50 percent)
  • Ease of use (50 percent)

We test by cutting horizontally (levelling the top of a hedge) and vertically (trimming the sides of the hedge).

Trimming performance scores are based on how quickly and easily the blade cuts through the hedge and the sharpness of the final cut. Penalties apply for jagged edges and when we notice the trimmer struggling with thicker branches.

Ease of use looks at:

  • The general comfort and ergonomics of the hedge trimmer, including weight, balance, visibility, and the ease of using the controls.
  • The level of vibration.

Key data

Model

Type
Battery
Avg price
$299

Specifications

Motor power (W)
ns
Run time (min)
65
Charge time (mins)
60
Voltage (V)
18
Battery size tested (Ah)
3.0
Battery cost ($)
$129 (3.0Ah)
Blade length (cm)
52
Tooth gap (cm)
1.5
Noise (dBA)
82
Weight (kg)
3.3

Features

Wrap-around front handle
Rotating rear handle
×
Hand guard
Blade protecting teeth

More Info

Availability
Bunnings and Makita Specialist Dealers

Member reviews