Updated 3 Oct 2017

Makita

ER2600L 25.7cc 2-Stroke

Snapshot: The Makita ER2600L 25.7cc 2-Stroke petrol line trimmer has 2 cutting lines and weighs 5kg. But how effective and easy to use is it?

ER2600L 25.7cc 2-Stroke
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$299

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Test results

Overall score
85
Cutting & trimming
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent vertical cutting.
  • Excellent horizontal cutting.
  • Excellent long-grass cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • Excellent line feed.
  • Easy to re-spool.
  • Easy to start.
  • Excellently balance.

But

  • Fairly heavy.
  • No edging guide.
  • Some vibration.
  • Noisy enough to need ear protection.

Recall

In September 2017, Makita recalled this product because the fuel tank could leak and pose a fire hazard. See our recall notice for more information.

Review

Better known for its drills and skill saws, Makita flies under the radar in the gardening aisle. But this year, it has offered up some exceptional outdoor power gear. The ER2600L is an impressive curved shaft two-stroke trimmer that returned excellent scores across our horizontal, vertical and long grass cutting tests. It’s also easy to start, though it takes a couple of pulls and the cord offers a fair bit of resistance. While re-spooling line is never an enjoyable job, especially with cold fingers, we found it relatively easy to wind the two lines on to the spool and pull them through the feeder slots.

The main downsides are its poorly labelled controls (though you get the knack of the starting sequence after going through it a few times) and that the fuel tank can be awkward to fill since the spout is located too near to the ground when you lie the trimmer down. As with all curved shaft trimmers, it’s not great for taller users or for jobs where you want a long reach and big sweep radius.

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
Top
Shaft type
Curved
Motor type
Petrol
Noise (dBA)
102
Weight (kg)
5.0
Depth positions
n/a
Telescopic handle
×
Length (cm)
170
Cutting diameter (cm)
41
Line-feed method
Bump
Run time (mins)
n/a
Charge time (mins)
n/a
Voltage (V)
n/a
Battery size tested (Ah)
n/a

More Info

Battery cost ($)
n/a
Availability
Bunnings and Makita Specialist Dealers.
Notes
-

Features

Cutting lines
2
Clutch
Yes
Edging guide
×
Shoulder harness
No