This thing is diabolical!
Reloading the head is a nightmare ! I have worn my fingernails to a stub removing the cover of the head and reloading the line is a convoluted process. Zero score.
Best line trimmer
I've owned many line trimmers before (mains powered, petrol powered and battery powered), and found them all lacking. But this 82v Victa is the best, I have no complaints. Plenty of power, well built, comfortable, quiet, long run time and with a good bump line feed system. I can work for over an hour on a single charge of the standard smaller battery, destroying knee high weeds with ease (it's actually kinda fun to do while listening to music and podcasts). I've swapped out the standard 2mm line for 2.7mm line without modifications, and it's no...w even better. Small tip... make strap height adjustments after you initially start using it (it only becomes obvious once you've used it for a while and you pay attention to how you're compensating for an incorrect set up), when you take the time to adjust it properly you'll find it far more comfortable to use for extended periods.
Purchased in March 2020.
The best thing since sliced bread.
I have had this victa 82v line trimmer for a nearly two years now, it replaced my electric corded line trimmer. This trimmer is a game changer, I love it. The idea of battery power garden tools started with this item. It is heavy, but I like that, it shows good build quality. The battery lasts about 40 minutes when using that battery for the line trimmer only. I have other 82v tools. 40 minutes in line trimming mode is about three complete yard cuts of lawn edging and back yard trimming, places where I do not mow. The batteries do take 30 minut...es to charge as advertised. The normal power mode and turbo mode are all I need. It seems very powerful. It is very quiet, not like the petrol versions. The trimmer does have some weight to it, I do not mind this but for others this could be a problem. Replacing the trimming line is easy, but do not try to wind too much line on, otherwise it will jam. I have had zero problems with it, so far.
Purchased in February 2018.
Powerful, quiet and no starting issues
I have owned several whipper snippers and have been regularly frustrated at their unreliable starting. However this cordless beauty is superbly quiet, is powerful enough for any job around our half acre property and I never have to pull a cord in vain again. I suspect that there maybe better line delivery systems out there but it is a massive improvement over my previous petrol trimmer. I note others complain that the pole is too long but I don’t find this an issue.
Good trimmer, but understand how to get the best out of it
Top marks for the Victa’s low vibration. This is the first line trimmer that I have used were my hands are NOT numb after using. Its low noise is also a big plus. The noise is so low that I don’t bother wearing ear muffs when using it. For heavy use (in turbo mode and full throttle), I only get around 40 minutes out of a single charge. The trick to extending battery life is that edging and cutting of a maintained garden can be done a low speed / light throttle. It is surprising how much can be cut at partial throttle. It takes me around ...30 minutes to do my lawns, and using light throttle most of the time, the battery shows ¾ charge at the end. While the charger does make fan noises when charging, I prefer this as it keeps the electronics cool for extended life. I also like the process for reloading the plastic line, it is the easiest I have come across. On the negative side, as others have noted, it does seem to be designed for a very tall person (deduct ½ a star in its rating). And I am unfussed about the interlock switch on the throttle. It requires the operator to push a plastic button on the side to activate the throttle (deduct another ½ star). The interlock is awkward to operate when using the trimmer on its side for edging. After using a battery powered line trimmer, I am never going back to a petrol unit again. I am happy with the purchase.
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Great line trimmer for a long-term investment
This line trimmer is really great for quiet and reliable operation. The line trimmer is not light and it is really suitable for taller people. The battery charger is rapid so noisier than standard charger. I wish the device had 4amp battery instead of 2amp battery. The 2amp battery can go for a long while at 1 hour or more if you don't need turbo mode.
Cordless is a great idea when the product works the way its intended
Made for taller people than me 170cm. The pole needs to be 1 foot shorter. Maybe 1/2 a foot. Seems to long. Needs 4ah battery standard to do the whole yard
Still using it and no matter what i try. Cant get it to last long enough on 1x 82v 2ah battery to finish my yard. Even running on the lowest speed it can go most the way. The safety switch isnt in the correct place to make easy to push and use the trigger either
A must for lawn maintenance
Bought this from Bunnings after reading reviews and specs as I normally do before buying. This is a lot dearer than the equivalent petrol version. But you get what you paid for: easy to use, low noise per power it produces and the built quality is excellent. The weight is just a tad bit heavy than the petrol version. This is due to its higher voltage (82v )battery compare to other battery operated brands. But this gives the unit, plenty of power for thicker lawns. The bump head is a plus, this avoid the hassles of always changing the worn out nylon. All in all, it is good product and highly recommended.
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Easier to use than my Honda
You may have read my review of the Victa 82V Power Cut mower.
I wasnt sure if I wanted to ditch my Honda 4 stroke stuff in favour of cordless, but moving to a smaller land size meant petrol equipment was taking longer to get going than it was to mow the lawn.
I bought the trimmer at the same time as I bought the mower as a "skin" only. The trimmer in a kit is $210 more for an extra battery and charger whereas the blower kit is only $200 extra. Ok, its only $10, but better in my pocket than Bunnings.
Quiet. Really quiet.
Very happy with this purchase. I got the ‘skin’ only because I’d also bought the mower kit which had charger and batteries.
It’s very quiet - crazy quiet- and strong enough for everything I’ve thrown at it so far. The battery lasts 45m+ I’ve found but so far I’ve never exhausted it by just using the trimmer. The cord seems to last a very long time.
It’s a more expensive option initially but will feel like a smart purchase and the right decision. Victa have made a good product here.
Excellent trimmer although a little heavy
I have all of the 82v range (bar the hedge trimmer). This is a nicely made trimmer with good power and an effective bump-feed head. The supplied line is also hard wearing and I've yet to have any broken line, which I think is partly due to a good head design as I've had no issues with replacement line. Power is very good. I trim garden edges, paths and some rugged areas where a mower can't access (thick grass and weeds) and its never shutdown due to overloading. 30-40 minutes runtime is plenty.
This is also a split -shaft trimmer and will ta...ke Ryobi Expand-it tools (not something I need though). There are very few negatives. The safety switch is a little hard to operate but not a big issue. Weight and balance is not fantastic. Better balanced machines have the motor in the head and tend to be very expensive (like Echo). I'd like to eventually replace the head with one of my after-market ones but I'm not sure if this is possible.
This is a fantastic grass trimmer.
I did my first grass trimming job without any problems. For about 2 hours of trimming (after changing batteries), NOT ONCE did the string break. That was unbelievable.
I had a RYOBI electric 1000w grass trimmer in which the string broke after 3 min of trimming. I tried different heads, different strings but all of them broke. I tried Speed-feed, Joey head, fixed line heads, string diameter upto 3.1mm, but each time, after about 3-5 min of trimming, the string would break. I was nearly contemplating on buyi...
I made the mistake of buying the 4.0 ah battery, 7.3 kg total weight didn't sound a lot, but I found it heavy and tiring, and probably couldn't make use of the battery life anyway. The 2.0 ah battery will save you 1.2 kg, which brings it down to about the same weight as a 2 stroke trimmer. I bought the 18V Ryobi trimmer for my 98 year old father, who found it easy to use, as it is nice and light. I found it a bit ineffectual, taking more than twice as long to do a job as a petrol trimmer, and not worth my time. The Victa seems to have more powe...r than the petrol trimmer, which is probably not a fair comparison as the petrol trimmer is quite old. The Victa had no trouble with anything I threw at it. There are two power settings, the slower one still being more than adequate. Cons: I found the safety button awkward to operate because of it's position, (it may be just a case of using a better technique), although the throttle itself was excellent. You do have to push quite hard on the battery eject button.
Questions & Answers
I just bought a Victa cordless line trimmer model 1696788. Why does its bump head falls off a couple of seconds after I pull the trigger?
how to wind the trimmer cord on?
To replace the cord when it is finished and wind a new cord on,
1. Line up the slots on the spool cap with the slots on the string head.
2. Insert line through the string head hole. Push line until it exits the opposite string head hole
3. Pull the line through until there is an equal amount of line on each side.
4. Turn the spool cap clock-wise to begin winding the string into the string head.
Leave approximately 5 inches of string protruding out of each side of the head.
I have copied these texts from the manual.
What i find is that to prolong the life of the string, when u are using it near edges of bricks and walls, reduce speed.
If u only have grass to cut, use higher speeds.
You can see more details about this product by downloading the Victa manual.
1. Go to https://www.victa.com/au/en_au/support/manuals.html?
2. Click on "Lithium Ion "
3. Enter Model Number as 1696788
4. Download the manuals.
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