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.
What is the part number for a replacement bump head?
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- MPN: DUR189M
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