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Makita RST210

Makita RST210

3.8 from 11 reviews


  • Build Quality
    1.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (1)
  • Product is used:
    • Occasionally (1)
  • Grass Type
    • Short grass (1)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (1)
  • Safety
    3.0 (1)



  • 2 reviews

Really poor quality


Worked for the first four times soon after the warranty period it started playing up starts up without any problems and as soon as I try to rev it up it dies
I took it to the local repair guy and he wanted $120 to service it
I will never but another Makita product again

Purchased in September 2015 at Bunnings Warehouse for $239.00.

Build Quality
Ease of Use
Cleaning & Maintenance
Noise Level
Value for Money
Product is used: Occasionally
Grass Type Short grass
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  • 4 reviews



I have had my RST 210 for about 3 years, it has never let me down. Great Jap quality in a superb brush cutter. I told a mate to grab one from Bunning's but they don't sell them anymore, he got a China Makita EM2600L disaster, first time he used it the fuel lines leaked petrol all over him, it was also difficult to start and idled on the ground like a goat. He ended up trowing it away and purchased a Ryobi which seams ok .
Ah well I suppose Makita quality is no more just the same as all the China junk.

Date PurchasedAug 2014

martian_robHarbour City

  • 5 reviews

Japanese built quality and reliability


Very happy after two years use, starts first time and dead reliable. With one tank I can continuously cut for about an hour, fill tank again and it just keeps going - the Makita never complains. No oil leaks or overheating and zero maintenance required so far. I have previously owned two Ryobi units built in PRC and poor cutting ability unless revving the hell out of them. Both failed prematurely, last one after a couple of hours - drive shaft detached from motor. Would definitely recommend a Makita.

Date PurchasedApr 2015

JimSydney Surrounds, NSW

  • 4 reviews
  • Verified purchase

Light and reliable

Date PurchasedApr 2017

Worst whipper snipper I have encountered


First one bought I had to take back because it was leaking petrol. Dripping onto my legs not from the cap but from the fuel line.
Second one I had so much trouble starting it...once started it kept conking out...after three times of use I am now on my way back to Bunnings to get my money back. Also bump feed did not work in either one.

Date PurchasedDec 2016



  • 6 reviews

Makita cuts all the edge grass in my yard, damn right, it's better than yours!


easy to start.
easy on fuel.
feels right, solid, like a proper tool, not a plastic toy.
a bit heavy on big jobs, just make sure you have a shoulder strap setup.
This is a line trimmer / whipper snipper, not a brush cutter, not suitable for heavy duty jobs. big jobs yes, taming the wilderness, no!

Date PurchasedAug 2016


JohnHunter Region, NSW

  • 14 reviews

Great light weight reliable whipper snipper.




  • 7 reviews

Great Product But Flawed For Semi-Heavy (Marginally) Rural Work


This is a brilliant product for city/suburban environments in Australia but suffers 'clogging' of the head area whenever you confront long grass/spinifex which is abundant in the Hunter Valley and most semi-rural environments.
You cannot dismantle the metallic head (which you attach the spinning plastic cutter reel to) so you wind up with a machine that the whole cutting head fails to spin on, even when flattening the engine. You can remove the problem material but it is a slow painstaking process to get your machine running again but it does run again and well, so long as you steer clear of the danger spinifex stuff.
Good Japanese engine & quality machine for the price (<$200 at Bunnings) but flawed.


TonyBrisbane, Queensland

  • 17 reviews

Quality at reasonable cost. Customer feedback ignored by Makita Australia


Phillip00Hunter Region, NSW

  • 11 reviews

End of choke button broke off, lost spring


One problem I found was the choke button, called Starter Leaver end broke off and I lost the spring, called starter spring. A bit expensive to replace, starter leaver $21.00 and starter spring $8.00. So far managed starting without using the choke. A bit reluctant to pay that price to fix it.

tom kinkel

tom kinkelMelbourne

  • 16 reviews

Great value


Great value domestic line trimmer overall great value but do yourself a favour and change the bump feed mechanism . Starts easily everytime and is light enough for most women to use but the line feeder spool is impossible to load and I changed it for a fixed mechanism that doesn't bump feed .It is easily a machine that I would recommend to the average person for non commercial work .
Light and easy to start
Bump feed spool not easy to load

El Kentosa
El Kentosa

Can you let me know what "fixed mechanism" you put on. I too am having trouble withe the feed

El Kentosa
El Kentosa

What fixed mechanism did you put on? having trouble as well

Questions & Answers

Godfrey Mills

Godfrey Millsasked

What is the best diameter line trimmer to use in a Makita RST 210

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Godfrey Mills

Godfrey Millsasked

What is the best diameter line trimmer to use in a Makita gst -210

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Godfrey Mills

Godfrey Millsasked

What is the the best diameter line trimmer to use?

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1.6 mm

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