Updated 20 Jan 2017

Stihl

RE 109

Snapshot: Stihl's outdoor power equipment has a habit of scoring highly in our tests. Is this relatively expensive waterblaster an exception?

RE 109
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$495

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Test results

Overall score
81
Performance
?/10
Patio cleaner
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Manoeuvring
?/10
Vibration
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent cleaning performance.
  • Long hose (7.0m).
  • Less noisy than many other models we've tested.
  • Includes rotary and fan nozzles.

But

  • Loose hinge mechanism between patio cleaner attachment means the head drags and keeeps tilting when pushed forward or pulled backwards, exposing the rotating spray arm and spraying the user with water. Need to use side-to-side movement to avoid this.
  • Very heavy unit (16.8kg while most similar units weigh less than 10kg).
  • Fair amount of gun/lance vibration.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Performance (60%)
Ease of use (40%)

Ease of use assesses manoeuvring, vibration, trigger comfort and ease of cleaning with the blaster.

Key data

Model

Type
Mains-electric
Avg price
$495

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
77
Water use (L/min)
6.3
Pressure (Bar/Psi)
120/1740
Hose length (m)
7.0
Lance length (cm)
88
Weight (kg)
16.8

Features

Wheels
Variable-pressure jet nozzle
Fan nozzle
Fixed
Rotary nozzle
Detergent bottle
On-board tool storage
Telescopic/folding carry handle
Patio-cleaner head

More Info

Availability
Stihl shops.