Updated 26 Oct 2017

Stihl

RMA 510

Snapshot: This Stihl RMA 510 is a mulch & catch battery-electric mower that weighs 25.7kg and has a cutting width of 51cm. But is it a smooth operator?

RMA 510
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1225

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Test results

Overall score
85
Catcher cutting
?/10
Mulcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent catcher cutting.
  • Excellent mulching.
  • Very good long grass cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to manoeuvre.
  • Barely noticeable handle vibration.
  • Comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Easy height adjustment.
  • Engine starts easily.
  • Very good running time of 38 minutes.

But

  • Limited cutting height range: can only mow down to 35mm.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance scores are based on cutting:

Short (30mm) grass to 15mm
Medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm
Long (approx. 300-400mm) grass on the highest cut setting

We run the short and medium-length grass tests with the mower in both catcher and mulching modes where applicable. Neither the catcher nor the mulcher is used for the long grass test.

Ease of use is assessed on:

Vibration (20%)
Pushing/manoeuvring (20%)
Handle comfort (20%)
Controls (10%)
Cutting height adjustment (10%)
Catcher convenience (10%)
Ease of starting** (10%)

Key data

Model

Type
Mulch & catch
Avg price
$1225

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
58/76
Weight (kg)
25.7
Cutting height range (mm)
35-85
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
38
Charge time (minutes)
75
Cut width (cm)
51
Handle height (cm)
85/95/107
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
135/20/20
Chassis
Steel
Engine
n/a
Voltage
36
Battery size tested
6.0
Battery cost
$265 (AP300 6.3Ah)
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
$795
Self-propelled drive
×

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
Stihl shops

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