Makita DUR181Z 18V Review – Body Only Cordless Li-ion Line Trimmer


Makita DUR181Z In Use

While slightly more expensive than other 18V cordless grass trimmers, the Makita DUR181Z 18V cordless trimmer has a few unique features that make it a good investment. It allows for a wide range of batteries that will give you multiple run time options. They are interchangeable with other compatible Makita power, home and garden tools.

Key Features

  • Compatible with a wide range of batteries
  • Metal cap reinforced spool for strength and durability
  • Battery capacity warning lamp
  • 5 position pivoting head
  • Ergonomic design


There are many practical features on the Makita DUR181Z. The option to use a range of batteries (interchangeable with other Makita products) is a useful benefit. The spool end has metal reinforcement to make this often vulnerable area more durable. It uses a bump feed that works effectively.


Makita DUR181Z Review

The battery warning lamp is another practical feature that will give you advance warning when charging is needed. The head position can be adjusted and has a range of 5 positions for precision trimming and edging with reduced effort.


The additional features and sturdy design make this trimmer marginally heavier at 2.5 Kg. This is still relatively light and the adjustable height, pivoting head and adjustable spool handles make it comfortable to operate.


The Makita DUR181Z is an 18V trimmer. It works off a range of batteries – 1.5, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0Ah Lithium-ion batteries. The 3.0 battery, for example, will give you a good run time of 45 minutes.  This makes the trimmer highly versatile.

Charge time

This will depend on which of the batteries you elect to use but they are all relatively fast to charge.  The 3.0Ah Lithium-ion battery will charge in an hour.

String type

The Makita DUR181Z 18V Review trimmer uses a nylon cord.

Makita DUR181Z SpoolFeed type

The bump feed feature is used. Despite many people not liking this mechanism, Makita has designed it in such a way that it is highly effective and effortless. Assembly of the spool is quick and easy and the metal bump feed gives it strength.  There are no complaints in this regard.

Edge trimming

The design offers a range of positions including edge trimming.

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The 5 head positions on the Makita DUR181Z 18V Review make this trimmer highly versatile and the fact that you can use a range of interchangeable batteries gives you more freedom. Despite being an 18V trimmer you could effectively work on larger lawns with one of the larger batteries.

It is well designed for comfort and ease of use.  You can use a wide range of batteries to increase run time and as you would expect, the batteries are interchangeable with compatible Makita equipment.

Makita DUR181Z 18V Cordless Trimmer User Manual Download

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  • Multiple battery options
  • Extremely fast charge time
  • 5 Head adjustment options
  • Battery indicator
  • Metal protection on the spool end
  • Cordless trimmer


  • Sold as body only – no battery or charger included
  • Slightly more expensive than other trimmers in this class
  • Some users do not like the bump feed mechanism (although it works well)
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