I absolutely love this machine. It suits my requirements down to the ground. It is so lightweight that it turns a chore into a pleasure and it is so quiet that you can almost hear the grass cry. But it is the balance that does it for me - you have to experience it to believe it.
What makes the DUR365UZ different is having its motor in the head. That, plus the adjustable handles, makes the balance perfect and keeps vibration levels low. But this brushcutter also has three speed settings so you can adjust the revs to suit conditions and hence get more running time out of your charge.
When it comes to battery products, that is the first thing on everybody's mind - the runtime. The next is the charge time.
With two 5.0Ah lithium-ion batteries fitted in the DUR365UZ, you can expect 90 minutes running on low speed. That is sufficient for the normal trimming work around trees or between picnic benches. Set it on medium and you will get 52 minutes of medium-duty mowing. Where grass is dense or there are tough weeds such as docks and thistles, it is necessary to rack it up to the high setting, but you will still get 31 minutes out of a charge.
The choice of batteries includes 3.0Ah and 4.0Ah as well as the 5.0Ah. Recharging takes between 22 and 45 minutes depending on the battery used.
Handle type Cowhorn
Cutting width 35cm
Cutting head Bump-feed dual nylon line
No load speed 3,500-6,500rpm depending on setting
Weight 5.2kg excluding battery
Batteries Twin 5.0Ah 18V lithium-ion
Approximate runtimes (5.0Ah) 90 minutes on low speed/52 minutes on medium speed/31 minutes on high speed
Price £420 + VAT (body only but with goggles, hex wrench, blade cover and shoulder strap)
Tel Makita UK - 01908 211678
Should you work in the green landscape, the trimmer and brushcutter are indispensable. Available in a variety of formats and sizes, there is one for every type of application. Some are ideal as grab-and-use machines for trimming up around trees and obstacles once the mowers have passed. There are larger, more powerful units for mowing swathes of long grass and weedy vegetation.
Choose one with an engine mounted in a backpack and you have a machine that is easy to carry and to operate on slopes. Those on wheels are perfect for extensive areas such as verges or on sites such as cemeteries. Where a quiet, fume-free environment is needed, battery powered brushcutters will give you performance with little noise and no emissions.
In this test we look at handheld trimmers and brushcutters - petrol and battery units - plus a wheeled trimmer. Conditions were less than perfect. Heavy rain on day one was followed by more rain on days two and three. A brief lull in the weather still provided difficult conditions on day four so it was necessary to look at some models several weeks later in drier but much colder conditions.
Tested This Issue
- Mitox 4500UK PRO
- Mitox 430UX-a
- Mitox 240LX
- Mitox 2700LK PRO
- EGO ST1500E string trimmer
- Makita DUR365UZ twin 18V cordless
- Cobra WT56B wheeled trimmer
- MTD 1035K
Mike Baldwin, director of horticulture, Derby College, Broomfield Hall Campus
Mark Ekin, agriculture and countryside co-ordinator, Derby College, Broomfield Hall Campus