Dur 189RM Great Line Trimmer but has it's bump feed head problems
yes it is Makita 189RM or 189Z for australian trimmers
RM is with a charger and battery Z is skin only..
i have owed this for 1.5years now and although the 189rm has performed great and replaced my ryobi 2stroke of 20years, it does come with some problems, let me explain
my bump/feed spool pn 456642-2 or whole bump pn 198972-2 came with a LH and RH Arrow of how to spool wire and is extremely confusing as it will only work if done RH arrow so i scratched the LH out on spool after a few hit and misses..
bump feed head Tread is 8mm-1.25mm pit...
Purchased in October 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $299.00.
This is a bit crap
The box says" two hour running time 5 amp hr battery 4 amp hr supplied" so you would expect 80% of two hrs, that turns out to be 96 minutes(1 hr 36 minutes) I am lucky to get 45 minutes of cutting time. Seems like two hours running would be on a bench under no load. Not really honest advertising. This is not as powerful as my old 2 stroke Homelite the cutting circle is smaller and it struggles with Kikuyu grass. The spool has two arrows to indicate direction of winding, they point in opposite directions and are labeled LH and RH, so no confusion there. Yeah mine came with crap line as well.
Purchased in September 2020 for $366.00.
Adequate entry level trimmer
DUR189RM (is "189M" in the title correct?).
This is my first Line Trimmer and overall it does the job on my average size suburban block with it's share of challenges but perhaps not suitable for bigger heavy duty jobs.
Although it's no beast it does quite a good job on general grass and heavier weeds, so I really can't say I'm disappointed for what I'd expect at the price paid. It's powerful enough for my needs.
The handle grip can be adjusted along the shaft and rotates too, helping with edge trimming, which is doable with practice but one ...feels that other trimmers (perhaps straight shaft) would be more suitable. The battery charge is more than adequate to cover my block. The wire guard seems a little gimmicky and like me, you will probably rarely or never use. The variable RPM settings is a useful and excellent feature.
Purchased in September 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $299.00.
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Doesn't do the job, hard to work with
I had the similar issue, only used it 3 times with grief! Went to bunnings to refund or exchange, but they didn't accept refund, not even exchange! They said Makita device doesn't have an exchange policy unless something mechanically wrong with it. But they mentioned Ryobi would have had!!! Now i am stuck with it and probably need to sell it online somewhere!
Purchased in November 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $299.00.
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Makita lost the plot.
I bought a brand new unit, $299 at a Bunnings near me. Had great expectations after reading glowing reviews from punters. I was greatly disappointed when I found what probably was a good unit had line that disintegrated under its own weight or at the sight of a fledgling blade of grass. Some clever person at Makita China thought it a good idea to put crap line in the cutting head. If you pay $300 for a unit, u expect to get something better than rubbish. I have returned the unit and got a refund. I needed the unit to do a job, it failed, it got returned. This review may cost Makita sales, someone should have thought of that b4 they put crap line in their units.
Purchased in November 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $299.00.
Ticks All the Boxes
Having spent a couple of days reading specifications for various battery-operated whipper snippers and reading variable reviews for many brands, I settled on the Makita DUR189 Cordless Grass Trimmer. I bought it from Bunnings yesterday for $299, put it together last night (a relatively easy job) and used it for forty minutes this morning. Obviously it hasn't been tested for durability, but it ticks the boxes in all other aspects - which has prompted me to express my enthusiasm here.
Firstly, it is under 4kg and has an adjustable shoulder s...trap, a telescopic shaft and overall ergodynamic design, making it a pleasure to use - it is not tiring to use. As the specifications indicate, it is quiet compared to petrol machines (65db ?). The line is 2 mm, which is sturdy enough to cut well. An excellent (and unique?) feature is the wire guard. I could move along walls at a good rate with the wire guard sliding along the walls at the right distance so that the cutting twine wasn't damaging the walls or being worn down from hitting them. I was surprised at what a good feature this is. There is a simple press button on/off switch and a trigger and there are three speeds. I decided on this first use to leave it on the maximum speed. That gave me 40 minutes which included doing garden edges, along retaining walls and a bank with tall weeds (which it cut without any problems). I imagine in future I will be able to use the slower speeds for some areas, giving a longer battery life. Incidentally, the kit comes with an 18V 4.0 Ah battery and rapid charger. It takes about 40 mts to charge. I should also mention that the spool is very easy to remove so rethreading it will not be difficult when the time comes.
Questions & Answers
Mikita DUR 189. I have problems with the cutting line retreating into the housing after only a few metres of cutting. This happens again and again. I am totally frustrated. The Trouble Shooting section in the manual does not address this problem.
Can anyone please help.
sounds like poor quality line is breaking at the contact point with the reel, you can tell the sound, feel and spin speed all change. If your using the line that came with the unit, then that's the problem. A good quality line should work better.
Thanks for your answer. This could very well be the cause. I will try a different line next time.
How to record the whippersnipper
The housing has press tabs, so easy to take off and on again - spool sits loosely inside the housing, so it too pops straight out. Instructions state to prepare approx 3meters of chord, then need to self wind into the spool. It proved an easy straight forward process, although instructions weren't fully thorough and I had to guess what one particular notch was for.
sorry, can't help. I returned it to the store and received a refund as it was sold to me with inferior cutting line.
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- MPN: DUR189M
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