Extremely disappointed, Line feed bumper
so...a couple of months ago bought this model... he said ...easy to start, easy to use, quicker overall, line feed bumper blah blah blah.
Only just started using it ( 3times) and bump line feeder ceases, line breaks, head won’t spin and seems to cease up, all use is as recommended but it’s very frustrating as I need to use it regularly because of the work I do. Today it did all of the above Again... but this time ...while my client was watching, NOT acceptable at all... I looked like a fool and the fact that it took triple the time to complete the job has me seeing red! I’ll be going back to Bunnings and asking for a refund!
Purchased in April 2019.
4 Stroke Home Line Lawn Edger /Trimmer
Great machine really.
You ask yourself should I pay an extra $100 over a comparable 2 stroke ? My answer was yes eventually.
I read all the positive reviews of 4 stroke motors being first pull start (true indeed) against fickle 2 strokes like my old one, though it had a faulty spark plug HT winding open circuit, I think from new 40 years ago.
This no name has been why my right arm has twice the muscle of the left arm (sad joke).
The Makita motor is a product of Subaru and has a universally used carby made by Wabco, so parts are readily ...available from the Mower repair shops if you ever want a rebuild kit. Negative reports found on this site seem to revolve around the line spool wearing away from contact with the ground. This was why I is humming and haring over several months before giving up on 'fixing' the old girl (coil parts non existent, and the line spool wore down to zero and no replacement parts would fit today's bolt thread size). There are several replacement spool heads at Bunnings but not under Makita's name. A replace spool part for this Makita is available at Bunnings and elsewhere under a non Makita name for around $50 and they said that part sells well, so that me more worried !!! Anyway, Bunnings sold me the trimmer for $100 off as damaged stock (water damage to the cardboard box only), so that was 2 replacement tap & go line spools paid for, heh?
Great Line Trimmer! Starts very easy!
Starts very easily. Its a little bit heavier and a bit slower than other 2 stroke line trimmers I've used although it runs well and is extremely quite. I haven't experienced any bump feed issues as of yet. Would highly recommend as its about half the cost of a Honda.
4 years no problem
Like I said 4 years no problem. Bump feed still operating as it should. Starts easily . Can be used in any position. Four stroke . Quiet , fuel efficient . I use the trimmer for domestic purposes only but in saying that I am a carpenter by trade and I have always used and trusted Makita products . Like most of those in the know I would still prefer 'made in Japan' however I cannot fault this trimmer to date. I would recommend .
2 years of use and still awesome.
This whipper snipper is a revelation. It starts first go, it's quiet, is easy to use and just works.
I originally went out to purchase a Honda 4 stroke snipper, which was on special at the time for $499. I was talked out of the Honda by the local mower shop as the cheaper Honda is not able to be put on it's side for more then 8 sec to do edging (something to do valves and injection system not working when the snipper is on the side and the whipper snipper cuts out). Not willing to stump up the $690 for the Honda that will do edging, I went bac...
Bump feed issue
After 3 turns trimming grass at the edge of my property the bump head broke. This was under very light use. Disappointing as there were alot of options in this price range. Not covered under warranty according to bunnings. The line trimmer motor starts first time every time, but the bumper? An additional $50 every three options seems very uneconomical
Simply, a good line trimmer
After an ozito battery line trimmer which carked it after about 5sm, the makita ER2650LH was a dream.
The 4 stroke feature is neat, as being able to use unleaded straight up is quite convenient.
This has a lot of power and starts quite consistently.
I dont know if it's excellent, however, I cannot fault it for anything after 1.5 years of use - so, I guess a 5 is fair.
== EDIT 05-Feb-17 ==
After losing the bump head spring, it turns out that you can order small parts from Makita (they'll email you a pdf of the parts list), or you can make a special order from Bunnings and they'll track it down for you. Replacement cost of $9.40. Pretty good value after 2 years use.
Failed after only 2 uses
I bought this from Bunnings for $298, used it twice with no problem. When I tried it next, I couldn't pull the starter rope further than 100mm - it couldn't be pulled further, so couldn't start it. It's almost brand new ! No mention of this in the troubleshooting page of the instruction manual.
Hopefully Bunnings will give me my money back, so that I can buy something that works !
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Bump head FAIL...
We purchased this particular line trimmer after checking the Choice reviews and because Makita usually has very reliable products. This purchase was to replace our old electric Ozito line trimmer that lasted us for many many years but was temperamental. Unfortunately on only our second time using the trimmer on our suburban backyard the nylon bump head tore. Customer Service was quite prompt in advising that the bump head was a consumable, but gave us the contact details of two warranty agents near us, one of which also advised that this was a ...consumable. As we just paid $329 at Bunnings for our new 'toy', you can understand our disappointment at its failure less than three weeks after purchase, compared to our cheap Ozito trimmer that had the same bump head till retirement. We now have to pay an additional $40-$50 for a new bump head - how long will this one last?
Questions & Answers
Can you fit alloy head onto makita 2650?
No idea. The original seems to be long lasting if you keep the spinning bottom bit away from concrete which is not difficult at all. Bunnings sell a non Makita head (like original for $50. Have a look, it says it fits makita, and see the connection end so you have a vague idea of what is it.
I seriously doubt I will need a replacement for many many years. The last 2 stroke no name trimmer from 30 years still had it's own head till I scrapped it for this makita 4 stroke.
So don't let that lack of any metal head option be a problem for you, as everything can be modified to fit if you throw money at it making an adapter between the head and the trimmer, by that's not going to happen is it?
How do you replace the cord ?
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