Updated 3 Oct 2017

Ryobi

ONE+ RLT1830LIX15

Snapshot: The ONE+ RLT1830LIX15 battery line trimmer has 1 cutting line and weighs 2.7kg. But how effective and easy to use is it?

ONE+ RLT1830LIX15
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$289

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Test results

Overall score
70
Cutting & trimming
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK vertical cutting.
  • OK horizontal cutting.
  • OK run time of 25 minutes.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Good line feed.
  • Easy to re-spool.
  • Extremely easy to start.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Has edging guide.

But

  • Just OK long-grass cutting.
  • Slightly unbalanced.

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
$289

Specifications

Depth range (cm)
n/a
Motor location
Bottom
Shaft type
Straight
Motor type
Battery
Noise (dBA)
78
Weight (kg)
2.7
Depth positions
n/a
Telescopic handle
×
Length (cm)
127
Cutting diameter (cm)
25
Line-feed method
Automatic
Run time (mins)
25
Charge time (mins)
60
Voltage (V)
18
Battery size tested (Ah)
1.5

More Info

Battery cost ($)
$79.50 (1.3Ah), $109 (2.5Ah), $169 (5.0Ah)
Availability
Bunnings only.
Notes
We tested earlier version of this model with a smaller battery. New model has much larger 5.0Ah battery but is otherwise unchanged. We'd expect its run time to be much longer.

Features

Cutting lines
1
Clutch
n/a
Edging guide
Shoulder harness
No

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