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Easy to use
Good for small yards a little jobs. Not a big catcher so I have to empty quite frequently. It is ideal for me as I am a small framed you woman who does not have a lot of strength and can’t not start a petrol mower. It starts very easily and the batteries (we had to buy separately ) charge very quickly. Overall, it was quite expensive for what we got but it does the job.
Cuts ok, quiet but built like a toy and only lasted 8 uses before we had to ship it off for repair. At our cost. Not fit for purpose. Buy something cheaper and it will do the same job and can’t last any less time! Marital also never responded to correspondence.
Don’t waste your time or money on this
I use all of Makita tools and this is really el cheapo and not up to standard. The wheels are flimsy and bend around as you push it. They remind me of a toy mower we had as kids. This thing is $400, you can buy mowers with alloy base and ball bearing wheels for less. There are other battery mowers out there so save your money on this one and buy another brand
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Disappointing from Makita, rear wheels keep failing
Makita is usually a solid brand, and I bought the DLM380Z (upgraded from an old Victa cordless with lead-acid battery) because I have some of their cordless tools and batteries, however I have had a lot of problem with the rear wheels keep failing.
The first time I got it home and mowed the lawn, I had done only a bit when I noticed the rear wheel was failing, with the plastic buckling. I thought it had been damaged in the box (e.g. dropped on that wheel), so took it back and exchanged -- Bunnings has a very good policy.
About 7-8 months late...r another rear wheel failed with similar issue, which I got replaced under warranty. About 16 months in now and another wheel has failed. Going to look on the Internet if I can get spare parts. I've never had any similar issues with the last 3 mowers, each lasting 5-10 years. Apart from the wheel issue, the motor is good. The convenience of battery is much better than petrol (provided you remember to charge). Due to the rear wheel issues it is difficult to manoeuvre, but usually okay as it is small and light. I have about 200 m^2 of lawn, the front on a slight slope. I have two 5.0 Ah batteries that easily last the whole lawn. It is a new house, grass is Zoysia, the front from turf and the rear from seed.
- DLM461PG2 36V Cordless Mower
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Overall Great Mower
Mower is used for medium sized lawn approximately 125 square metres. Two 6ah batteries never go under half charge. Very easy to use and cuts grass better than petrol mower. I have RTF tall Fescue grass which probably suits electric mower. Never going back to petrol. So easy to put batteries in and give the grass a quick cut. Low noise means can cut early morning and not annoy neighbours. Only downside is the handle does not easily fold down for storage. I'm now a convert with the blower and trimmer. Pay a little extra for top range and you won't be disappointed.
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Very quiet, was sceptical that it could work as well being a battery operated mower but very impressed. Batteries last a decent amount of time to get the job done. The ease of starting it is worth the purchase itself, no more mixing fuel so I’m happy.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Made mowing enjoyable.
Manoeuvrability - Light and easy to turn/ push into awkward positions.
Battery life (5 amp) - 30 mins on long wet grass.
Catcher - Average size, has problems filling, grass needs to be pushed deeper in by hand occasionally.
Terrain - Perfect on my suburban block. Also works well beyond my expectations on my rough rural acrage.
This mower may look and feel flimsy but has put up with rough terrain without issue. If you are looking for a quiet, light, easy to use and clean mower for a regular lawn than this one will be perfect.
Greatest waste of money no guts useless not worth a pinch
Can’t mow a lawn with it jams up not a tool it’s a toy not buy one especially from Sydney tools greasiest waste of money
Plastic cheap useless
Cheaply made, but i still love makita
Chassis is a bit flimsy. Front wheels bend easily if bumped. Catcher holds a decent amount of clippings, however, can be tricky to mount.
Mower struggles with thicker grass.
I'm now hunting a replacement set of blades as they bent when they bent.
I love Makita, but this mower is poorly built for anything other than a hobby lawn.
Quiet and clean
Good if your yard is small and not overgrown. Struggles with some types of grass(even when it is short) but if you have the right grass it is quiet and literally vacuums up all the mess. No good if you have a big project. You need lots of batteries to do a whole yard but two 6ah should be ok.
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Only for very light conditions and small cottage garden lawns
Construction is light - almost toy-like as per earlier criticism and the steel struts for the wheels bend very easily - not sturdy at all. Cuts well and with Makita stable I have lots of batteries to keep going.
The catcher has poor mounting ability and is difficult to position - and is small.
Looking at a changeover deal from Makita for the larger cut width (460) and sturdier - better engineered? DLM460 steel chassis and thicker struts for the wheels.
Still waiting for Makita
I love my Makita
I had to choose a mower that I could rely on and after 6 months; I do feel that I made the right choice!
I never use a mower before and it was easy to understand and use it after a basic info got from the seller.
I have not yet made any maintenance and use it in a regular base - I highly recommend it.
i am very much happy with the mowers cutting results it i easy to maneuver the mower easy to operate and maintain is has 5 different heights for cutting easy to handle just one thing in any heavy cutting it turns off for sometime may be it get warm or take sometime
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A good product but may not be for all. Read for detail
Hi after looking at many reviews of this product and opinions of other owners of cordless lawn mowers I took the plunge and got this one for $320 from bunnings with no extra batteries. Missed the promo so the assistant offered me $75 off the retail $395 which I took.
I chose the DLM380Z for 2 main reasons:
1 - I already own makita cordless tools so no need to purchase batteries and charger which would roughly be $500 for 2 x bl1850 and a dc18rd
2 - my lawn is roughly 200m2 and relatively flat and well kept
Otherwise I would've looked a...t other models offered by other brands. Now, I've used many types of mowers from push, self propelled ride on's(from working with my dad who does lawn mowing when I was younger so I think I have pretty good experience when it comes to mowing. From this experience, I keep my lawn pretty high. I believe keeps it healthy and hinders weeds coming through so at the max height setting from this mower its fine. Its no manicured lawn but I'm happy with it. I was looking forward to purchasing one of these since I bought the cordless makita DUR182LZ line trimmer a year ago. Slowly changing over from petrol driven garden tools since its only for my small yard.
Amazing mower and petrol free!
Incredible mower and so easy to use... perfect for anyone who's sick of having to mix oils, petrols and deal with their smell too.
Makita have done a great job brining this out, it's a lot quieter compared to petrol mowers too.
Great buy and lookout for the deals that come with batteries as it usually aren't included...
Easy as, love it
I couldn't start the old petrol mower anymore, even after the hubby serviced it, we live in a quiet neighbourhood and had downsized our lawn, very nervous after reading the reviews on battery mowers. However, we are long time Makita fans, we have batteries and charges (and about 10 skins of various tools) I knew the quality of Makita was good. I tried it out as soon as I got home, easy to set up, our Makita batteries were not fully charged so I didn't expect much. It cut through wet thick buffalo grass really well, better than any petrol mower..., so quiet, the catcher so easy to put on and off. was surprised how perfect the lawns was afterwards. Doesn't like bits of palm fronds,(makes a racket) but not many mowers do. We get 3 -4 years from our batteries.
Just not what it should be
Batteries don't last long.
It hasn't got enough to Grint to mow.
You won be able to do your whole lawn in one hit.
Love Makita but this is just not up to par with the price 160 dollars max you should pay for this, I also think you need to maintenance it quite a bit.
Fantastic for us . . . but probably not everybody
Having read other reviews I know why some users would mark this mower down especially on cost. So straight away let me say we already had a charger with the tool kit that I inherited from my carpenter son. His batteries, which were pretty well-flogged, plus two new ones, are all working perfectly with the mower, plus two tools and a leaf blower. With 4 fully charged batteries we can complete a rough, Blue Mountains lawn provided it is not too damp or long. The Makita follows a Chinese on-line petrol monstrosity which was quickly sent to mow...er hell (see elsewhere) so for two ageing humans with breathing difficulties the Makita is a blessed relief. No it is not "beefy", but for us it does the job. Mitre10 in Blackheath were terrific. They arranged with the Makita rep to deliver a demo mower to try out and they did us a great deal on batteries which more than matched Sydney outlets. After nearly a year of use our advice would be, if you have a "boutique" lawn, this mower is perfect and quiet enough not to annoy the people next door. If you have something that Mad Max would ride over, forget it. If you are in-between and undecided, try and get your hands on a demo unit first. We would hate to go back to petrol, though we would have been reticent but for the free charger and we do have to be prompt before the grass gets too long.
Before I decided to purchase it , I discovered , you would need 2 batteries, at a cost of $ 300 when you buy it and every year because the batteries dont last . you then have to charge it regularly even you are not using it because it can not stay in the shelf flat, so expenses there and time consuming. Wonder why 2 batteries? i believe no much power with one. Is all cheap poor quality plastic, which unlike others are stronger. The blades are of poor quality , very thin , so another wear much faster. iT reminds me of toy mower the , a pretend mower, of the quality . another reason that is why is so light , everything is poor quality materials. money down the pit.
not up to scratch
I have a couch lawn this mower will not mow on the lowest setting, it gets stuck and because the construction of the mower is so flimsy it will break. On next setting it will cut but very slowly. I have many Makita tools including a line trimmer. Afraid im very disappointed with this product but must stress that this is the only Makita product that I have been unhappy with. Glorified toy!
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