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Husqvarna 115iL Review

This is a fantastic all-around string trimmer that just isn't quite as comfortable to use as the top products
Husqvarna 115iL
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Price:   $230 List
Pros:  Quiet, lightweight, easy to control
Cons:  Pricey, short reach
Manufacturer:   Husqvarna
By Michelle Powell and David Wise  ⋅  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 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 controlInexpensive, quietFantastic at weed eating, easy to useExceptional battery life, fairly effective at weed eatingRelatively inexpensive, exceptionally powerful
Cons Pricey, short reachNot the most powerfulRequires additional motorized head, decently loudHigh-pitched, annoying, heavyLoud, throws debris everywhere
Bottom Line This is a fantastic all-around string trimmer that just isn't quite as comfortable to use as the top productsIf you are shopping on a budget and don't need an extra powerful tool, then this is the string trimmer for youThis versatile tool takes out dense vegetation with easeWe weren't overly impressed with this string trimmer and didn't enjoy using itIf you don't mind sacrificing some comfort in order to save some cash, this is a good value option
Rating Categories Husqvarna 115iL Black+Decker LST136 EGO Power+ STA1500... Greenworks 14-inch 40V Ryobi 40V Expand-It
Weed Eating (30%)
7.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
Battery (25%)
9.0
7.0
4.0
9.0
5.0
Noise (15%)
7.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
Specs Husqvarna 115iL Black+Decker LST136 EGO Power+ STA1500... Greenworks 14-inch 40V Ryobi 40V Expand-It
Line Feed Mechanism bump auto bump bump bump
Cutting Path (in.) 14 13 15 14 13-15
Shoulder Strap Attachment No No No Yes No
Measured Sound Level from 36" Away 95 dBa 85.9 dBa 104.6 dBa 103 dBa 105 dBa
Measured No-Load Runtime 92 min. 43 min. 21 min. 95 min. 43 min.
Measured Weight 10 lb 7.812 lb 12.375 lb 14.375 lbs 12.063 lb
Nominal Voltage 40 36 56 40 40
Tested Amp-hours 4 2 2.5 4 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...
The Husqvarna's lightweight and compact design made it easy to use, especially for our smaller-statured testers.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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...
The small guard on the Husqvarna was surprisingly effective for its size.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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

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

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

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.

Michelle Powell and David Wise