Updated 3 Oct 2017

EGO

ST1302E

Snapshot: The EGO ST1302E battery line trimmer has 2 cutting lines and weighs 4.1kg. But how effective and easy to use is it?

ST1302E
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$449

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Test results

Overall score
83
Cutting & trimming
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good vertical cutting.
  • Very good horizontal cutting.
  • Good long-grass cutting.
  • Reasonable run time of 30 minutes.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Excellent line feed.
  • Easy to re-spool.
  • Extremely easy to start.
  • Lightweight.

But

  • Slightly unbalanced.
  • No edging guide.

Review

The best cordless line trimmer we’ve seen, the EGO ST1302E returned very good lawn trimming and edging performance, but it really came into its own in thick, weedy grass. When I tackled a dense thicket, the cutting head ploughed straight through it, barely slowing at all. This is thanks to the 6500rpm brushless motor, which generates far more torque than traditional brushed motors found in most other cordless gear. As a result, the trimmer hardly ever stalled during our test. It also has a run-time of about 30 minutes’ continuous trimming under load, which works out at upwards of 45 minutes for most of us as you won’t be cutting all the time.

It’s easy to use: the bump line feed works well, and it’s relatively easy to re-spool. But it’s not without its drawbacks: the main one being its lack of a trigger latch meaning you have to constantly hold the throttle down, which gets tiring. It’s also weighted too much towards the cutting end, making it hard to wield after a while, and its cutting radius of 33cm is about 10cm less than petrol trimmers, meaning more sweeps to cut the same area.

How we test

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

Performance is based on horizontal and vertical trimming and long-grass cutting.

Ease of use is assessed on handle comfort, shaft length, weight, balance, cutting visibility, controls, vibration, starting, line-feed effectiveness and ease of re-spooling.

Price is from a September 2017 survey.

Our recommendation
We recommend petrol trimmers scoring above 85% overall. While the performance and ease-of-use of the best petrol trimmers in our tests has hovered at or above this level for a few years, battery-electric models continue to improve year on year.

We raised the bar for the performance of battery-powered trimmers to 80% after a batch of 7 cordless models returned impressive performance in our 2017 test.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$449

Specifications

Depth range (cm)
n/a
Motor location
Bottom
Shaft type
Straight
Motor type
Battery
Noise (dBA)
75
Depth positions
n/a
Telescopic handle
×
Length (cm)
173
Cutting diameter (cm)
33
Line-feed method
Bump
Run time (mins)
30
Charge time (mins)
50
Voltage (V)
56
Battery size tested (Ah)
2.5

More Info

Battery cost ($)
$285 (2.0Ah), $309 (2.5Ah)
Availability
Mitre 10 only.
Notes
-

Features

Cutting lines
2
Clutch
n/a
Edging guide
×
Shoulder harness
Yes

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