Simple to operate
Great value for money
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Seems you have to have the cord no longer than 5cm for it to run when on the highest speed. Trying to slash thin, short grass and it stops the second it’s put under a little bit of load. I’m disappointed in its lack of power. I’m used to medium sized petrol machines and looks like I will go back to a petrol machine.
Purchased in January 2021 at Sydney Tools NSW, Castle Hill for $449.00.
I have just bought Makita DUR181Z from Bunnings driven by the good reputation of Makita products but in this particular case, it was a big and expensive mistake.
According to Bunning's specification:
The telescopic shaft is adjustable in length from 1,150mm to 1,330mm. (but the locking mechanism does not work!)
The nylon cord can be fed from the spool by bumping the bump feed button against the ground. This should be done when the revs are high. (It does not work)
The spool assembly is easy to attach & remove and easy to rewind and is equipped with a metal bump feed button for wear resistance. (Definition easy, it is impossible to remove the spool cup/holder without a screwdriver).
Overall poorly design and expensive product.
Purchased in December 2020 for $129.00.
The device cuts weeds in line with other reviews. My device does not lock when it is rotated. Took in for a service and was told it will not lock at full extensions (up and down) Unfortunately these are the only positions it will rotate in so after a short time it is no longer in the right position.
Purchased in February 2020 at Total Tools for $129.00.
Good whipper snipper
I've had this now over a year and it's a great tool. Great for smaller to medium yards, I wouldn't be taking on a jungle with it. The batteries last ages 5.0ah.
Purchased in January 2019 at Total Tools for $129.00.
So I did a little research on the makita 18v Dur181z cordless line trimmer, watched some positive you tube reviews and written reviews and thought this might be good enough to do the work around our townhouse. I brought the makita 18vDUR181Z at Bunnings $129 skin only, as we already have a makita drill set with 18v 3AH batteries which are compatible with this line trimmer. I was quite surprised by the power and cutting of this unit as it has a single line only. Did the yard and nature strip edging with ease. It struggles on tough weeds when bat...tery is getting flat but full battery it’s decent. I was going to mow the lawn with our 4 stroke mower but it wouldn’t start so I ended up cutting the small back yard and nature strip lawn with the line trimmer with a total use of 2 batteries. We’ve always used a 2 Stoke petrol line trimmer but I’m very happy with the makita 18v cordless line trimmer easy to set up and use, lite weight no mixing fuel oil ratios no fumes perfect for small-medium jobs.
Purchased in March 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $129.00.
Does quite well
For a small, single cord machine, it does a pretty decent job. It's light and a 3AH battery will last about an hour, but you will notice the power declining after 15-20 mins. I purchased mine as skin only as I have other Makita tools and plenty of batteries. If you've got lots of thick, tall grass, I recommend a petrol powered whipper snipper.
Purchased in November 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $129.00.
Great lightweight snipper
This is the perfect whipper snipper if you need a lightweight quiet machine. I bought it for my mother who uses it weekly for her large property. It doesn’t require any maintenance, no mixing of fuel, is very light but sturdy and is so quiet you could whipper snip at night in residential areas. The battery lasts over an hour and charges quickly. It is fantastic for people that can’t handle and maintain larger equipment.
Purchased in April 2019 at Cairns hardware for $299.00.
Line trimmer for edging lawn
Line needs to be heavier duty .
I have the single string head but feel the twin head is better for a large block.
l only use mine for lawn edging which it does very well. I thought Makita would have sold it with better quality nylon line.
You will load less line on a double head machine though. All good because my impact drills etc use same batteries. It is worth the money in this case. Line is easy to replace.
Purchased in March 2019 at Mitre 10 for $125.00.
Work very well, robust.
This cordless machine is nearly as powerful as my old plug-in unit, but much easier to use as no cable to lug around. It uses the same 18V Lithium battery as the Makita cordless vacuum cleaner DCL 180 that I bought at the same time, so no need to buy extra batteries and chargers. I bought one charger, two batteries and the vacuum and line trimmer, but on second thoughts I could have saved $116 by only having one battery. The line trimmer is only used every two weeks and the vacuum daily, so sharing one battery would have been easy and much more...cost effective. If after a few months you disagree, then go buy a second battery, but no urgency to buy two up front. Only gave it a 4 out of 5 star because line trimmers always put strain on my back, even though this one is fairly light and has a useful shoulder strap.
After doing my research - bought the promotional kit. (with battery). Came with strap and extra line. Line ok for now. Prefer colour type. Easy to see.
Easy to use, powerful and tackles some tough areas. Battery lasting around 45min with constant use and quick to charge.
Bumper feed was easy - once I got the hang of it.
There are no gimmicks with this model. No wasted time and little fuss to set up from the box.
Read all instructions for safety purposes prior to use. Promotion kit may not be around long. I would pay the extra for skin and battery separate. An extra 30 dollars at Bunnings Warehouse.
Check it out on YouTube.
Perfect for the price
Awesome product. Great for small to medium sized lawns. Has adjustable head for comfort also swivels 180° for path edges. Enough power for general use and a 4aha battery will last for a supprising amount of time. As usal with line trimmers the strap is useless and uncomfortable. Its light enough to not need this though.
Excellent battery powered trimmer
Was after a trimmer for general backyard use. Thought about a petrol trimmer for a while but was swayed to battery power by the chance to get the wife behind it.
Had other Makita 18v tools, but no charger so brought this from Bunnings as a package, with charger, 1.5amp battery, trimmer, some safety goggles and a sling for $399 NZD.
Have used it a few times now and it makes short work of the yard, trimming with no issue grass edges, some climbing creepers (jasmine) and a larger rough bank with kikuyu, black walnut seedlings, lilies and eve...rything else. It is very quiet, well balanced and simple to use. String self feeds, with a simple bump on the trimmer head if a longer section of line is needed. The protective head plate is useful to protect the trunks of small trees etc. I have a 5amp battery and using that I've only ever used about 1 bar of the battery, or about 20 minutes of use. The provided 1.5amp battery would be largely useless for any prolonged use. So, if you are thinking of getting this, get a larger capacity battery. Overall, satisfied with this purchase.
Great value for money
Looked for a decent line trimmer at a reasonable price and after some research I decided on the Makita DUR181Z. Its light, easy to use and does a good job for some tough jobs around the house. The battery (not supplied) it requires is also interchangeable with other Makita tools. My only complaint would be how fast it goes through 'line' but then again it comes with probably the thinnest line available and I worked it hard but it can be easily changed for a more durable one. Other than that I highly recommend buying one
Questions & Answers
will like information on the price of the battery and charger for Makita DUR181Z
What do these units weigh with the battery in and how long does the battery last for? Is the battery included in the price?
It weighs about 4kg with an 18v battery fitted. It lasts for about an hour from my experience snipping along the edge of concrete paths and driveways with grass 20cm or less high. You can buy the skin or with a battery and charger.
Very good unit compared with other cheap edgers having a spare battery is better and slightly larger dia cord. I always feed out more cord manually and cut it off with cutters to avoid damage to cutting head
A very practical unit for average size gardens I recommend.
Please Amanda, supply price of the unit and also the cost of the battery and the charger on the top of the price. Also do you sell the correct cord for this unit. Thanks. Do you have a phone number I could ring and discuss this machine please. Also the model DUR 189, can you tell me the weight of this when battery is on please.
Do you think this would be powerful enough for a 1acre block with some large weeds (approx 1metre)?
I don't think its ideal for doing a huge area and its only as powerful as the battery you use. You would be better off with a petrol one. In saying that, it could handle it I reckon as I've been clearing dense weeds in my yard with little problem but again i believe battery life is your bigger issue if doing a 1 acre block.
You might be better with a DUR189. at 279 dollars. You can get the charger and bty for 20 dollars more that is really a great deal as these items alone would cost you around $200 if you bought them separate. Uses thicker nylon and I have found it lasts a long time. I also purchased another spool so I would have a spool ready to go straight on when the nylon runs out rather than stuff around putting new nylon on during the job. This model has 2 nylon cutters as well so does the job a lot quicker and better over big area. I got mine from Toolmart but a quick google should give you a retailer. Also has speed adjustments for different conditions. Here is a link to have a look. This is the $299 version with charger and BTY. It is $279 without the charger and battery but for $20 you would be mad not to get the charger and bty even if you already have a Charger and Battery.
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- The Makita DUR181Z has a straight shaft, letting you complete all kinds of gardening tasks with ease.
- The machine produces 63 decibels of sound when running, making the noise level comparable to a dishwasher or traffic.
- It weights only 3.1 kg, so you can power through a large yard without working up a sweat.
- This whipper snipper has a cutting width of up to 260mm, making for a versatile garden tool that performs well in a variety of situations.
- With a built-in battery that gives you over 45 minutes of continuous runtime, this machine has the power to let you do domestic gardening without having to wait to recharge.
- An adjustable cutting head lets you do your yard work your way.
- This whipper snipper will cost you $129, making it cheaper than a lot of similar models on the market.
Points of praise:
- Reviewers appreciated the long life battery, saying that it let them do their gardening tasks quickly.
- The machine was easy to use according to reviewers, who said it was great for small to medium sized gardening jobs.
- They also liked how lightweight the whipper snipper was, saying that the shoulder strap helped improve the overall comfort and functionality of the machine.
|Category||Battery Whipper Snippers|
|Handle Type||Loop Handle|
|Power Source||Battery (Built-In)|
|Cutting Head Type||Line|
|Cutting Width||260 mm|
|Line Diameter||1.6 mm|
|Noise Level||63 dB|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
- MPN: DUR181Z
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