Updated 3 Oct 2017

Worx

WG168E

Snapshot: The Worx WG168E battery line trimmer has 1 cutting line and weighs 3.7kg. But how effective and easy to use is it?

WG168E
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$429

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Test results

Overall score
72
Cutting & trimming
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good vertical cutting.
  • Good horizontal cutting.
  • OK long-grass cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • Good line feed.
  • Easy to re-spool.
  • Extremely easy to start.
  • Light weight.
  • Has edging guide.

But

  • Short run time of 18 minutes.
  • Unbalanced.
  • Noisy enough to need ear protection.

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
$429

Specifications

Depth range (cm)
n/a
Motor location
Bottom
Shaft type
Curved
Motor type
Battery
Noise (dBA)
80
Weight (kg)
3.7
Depth positions
n/a
Telescopic handle
×
Length (cm)
174
Cutting diameter (cm)
32
Line-feed method
Automatic
Run time (mins)
18
Charge time (mins)
60
Voltage (V)
40
Battery size tested (Ah)
2.0

More Info

Battery cost ($)
$125 (2.5Ah)
Availability
-
Notes
-

Features

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