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Husqvarna 115iL Review

The 115iL is a fantastic all-around string trimmer that just isn't quite as comfortable to use as the top products
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Price:   $230 List | $230 at Amazon
Pros:  Quiet, lightweight, easy to control
Cons:  Pricey, short reach
Manufacturer:   Husqvarna
By David Wise, Michelle Powell, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Sep 4, 2019
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  • Weed Eating - 30% 7
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6
  • Battery - 25% 9
  • Noise - 15% 7

Our Verdict

Just barely missing out on the top spot, the Husqvarna 115iL is an overall excellent cordless string trimmer that we didn't find all that much to complain about. It's one of the quieter trimmers that we have tested and lightweight and easy to control. It has plenty of power to slice through most things effortlessly — though it isn't the heaviest-duty weed eater that we have tested — and is extra maneuverable for making detailed cuts or edging along paths. The 115iL combines all that with great battery life, but we didn't think it was the most comfortable to use, mainly due to its short reach. It's a solid string trimmer if you already have other Husqvarna tools that use the same battery and you can get it cheap.


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Pros Quiet, lightweight, easy to controlCuts through weeds like a champ, convenient to operate, quietSuper convenient to use, runs on the quieter side, edges cleanlyFantastic at weed eating, easy to useExceptional battery life, fairly effective at weed eating
Cons Pricey, short reachPriceyGuard gets in the way, so-so battery lifeRequires additional motorized head, decently loudHigh-pitched, annoying, heavy
Bottom Line The 115iL is a fantastic all-around string trimmer that just isn’t quite as comfortable to use as the top productsIf you want the best of the best, the XRU09Z should be one of the first options you considerThe WG191 did quite well in almost all of our tests, falling just a bit short of the top productsThis is a great choice if you already have the EGO POWER+ Power HeadWe weren’t overly impressed with this string trimmer and didn’t enjoy using it
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Rating Categories Husqvarna 115iL Makita XRU09Z 36V WORX WG191 56V... EGO Power+ STA1500... Greenworks 14-inch...
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Specs Husqvarna 115iL Makita XRU09Z 36V WORX WG191 56V... EGO Power+ STA1500... Greenworks 14-inch...
Line Feed Mechanism bump bump button bump bump
Cutting Path (in.) 14 13.75 13 15 14
Shoulder Strap Attachment No Yes Yes No Yes
Measured Sound Level from 36" Away 95 dBa 88 dBa 88 dBa 104.6 dBa 103 dBa
Measured No-Load Runtime 92 min. 69 min. 36 min. 21 min. 95 min.
Measured Weight 10 lb 9.938 lb 9 lb 12.375 lb 14.375 lbs
Nominal Voltage 40 36 56 56 40
Tested Amp-hours 4 5 2 2.5 4

Our Analysis and Test Results

This string trimmer just narrowly missed out on claiming an award and the overall top spot, mainly precluded by its lack of reach. Most people found that you had to hunch over when making precise cuts and have to have the business end a little too close for comfort but is an overall excellent product despite that. This isn't as much of an issue for anyone with a shorter stature and we would totally recommend this cordless trimmer to anyone who falls into that category with moderate amounts of lawn care to do.

Performance Comparison


The Husqvarna's lightweight and compact design made it easy to use  especially for our smaller-statured testers.
The Husqvarna's lightweight and compact design made it easy to use, especially for our smaller-statured testers.

Likes


In particular, we found the versatility of this string trimmer to be quite an asset when weed eating. It's great for both precise work in small areas or around objects that you don't want to accidentally hit with the cutting string — things like the side of your house, lawn ornaments, birdbaths, yard lights, etc. We found the string guard to be perfectly matched to the power of the machine, providing both adequate shielding from freshly-cut weeds flying back at you and failing to get in the way when working in confined areas.

The small guard on the Husqvarna was surprisingly effective for its size.
The small guard on the Husqvarna was surprisingly effective for its size.

It can also cut through large swathes of tall grass quickly and easily and is great for regular yard maintenance or the occasional large project. The 115iL is lightweight and well-balanced, weighing just about 10 pounds and is easy to carry around one-handed.


Its battery lasted for over 90 minutes in our no-load test and it has both a low and high power setting. It is also one of the quieter models, only registering about 95 decibels on our meter at a distance of 36" and has our judges thought it had one of the least annoying tones out of all the products we have tested.

Dislikes


While the 115iL usually has more than enough power, it does struggle a little with particularly thick-stemmed plants. It gets through them eventually, just takes a bit more time than some of the more powerful machines. This also means that you might want to pick a more powerful model if you are routinely going to be undertaking large lawn maintenance projects with lots of dense vegetation.

The 115iL had plenty of power for most tasks  but took a little longer to cut through burlier items.
The 115iL had plenty of power for most tasks, but took a little longer to cut through burlier items.

It is fairly easy to install new string on the 115iL but the cover does tend to accumulate quite a bit of debris after being in use, so it usually requires thorough cleaning before you can put the new roll in.

The head of the Husqvarna 115iL comes apart easily for line replacement and maintenance.
The head of the Husqvarna 115iL comes apart easily for line replacement and maintenance.

The shorter reach on this trimmer can also make it quite hard to find an ergonomic position when using it — especially if you are on the taller side. The head doesn't extend very far and you will usually find yourself hunched over when making detailed cuts.


Additionally, the Husqvarna isn't super happy when held vertically for edging or other precision work, constantly fighting you and wanting to flip over. This is exacerbated by its hard plastic handle, which doesn't offer a ton of grip and isn't the most comfortable to hold.

The controls on the 115iL are easy to use  and switching between modes requires only the push of a button.
The controls on the 115iL are easy to use, and switching between modes requires only the push of a button.

While this cordless string trimmer does operate on the quieter side, it is exceptionally loud when it first revs up — as loud as the loudest models we have tested.

Value


This string trimmer isn't a great option when shopping on a budget, as it is one of the most expensive models that we have tested.

Conclusion


The Husqvarna 115iL is a great cordless string trimmer that scored above average in each of our testing metrics but just has a few flaws that precluded it from claiming the top spot. We wouldn't strongly dissuade someone from purchasing it unless they are exceptionally tall and have extremely heavy-duty trimming tasks, but there are better options out there for a comparable or slightly higher price.


David Wise, Michelle Powell, and Jenna Ammerman