Updated 3 Oct 2017

Makita

DUR181SY

Snapshot: The Makita DUR181SY battery line trimmer has 1 cutting line and weighs 3.2kg. But how effective and easy to use is it?

DUR181SY
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$299

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Test results

Overall score
76
Cutting & trimming
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good vertical cutting.
  • Good horizontal cutting.
  • OK long-grass cutting.
  • Very good run time of 45 minutes.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Excellent line feed.
  • OK to re-spool.
  • Extremely easy to start.
  • Very well balanced.
  • Lightweight.
  • Has edging guide.

But

No obvious bad points.

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
$299

Specifications

Depth range (cm)
n/a
Motor location
Bottom
Shaft type
Straight
Motor type
Battery
Noise (dBA)
77
Weight (kg)
3.2
Depth positions
n/a
Telescopic handle
×
Length (cm)
145
Cutting diameter (cm)
26
Line-feed method
Bump
Run time (mins)
45
Charge time (mins)
60
Voltage (V)
18
Battery size tested (Ah)
3.0

More Info

Battery cost ($)
$129 (3.0Ah)
Availability
Bunnings and Makita Specialist Dealers.
Notes
-

Features

Cutting lines
1
Clutch
n/a
Edging guide
Shoulder harness
Yes