Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 172
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RonR Ergonomically Awkward
First off the shaft end that connected the attachment was bent so I had to repair before I could use, no biggie but a sample of what was to come.
The product was awkward to maneuver so I need to return to Home Depot, good imagineering bad implementation!
September 20, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Not quite as good as the previous model, difficult actuator switch
I've been using the corded electric Ryobi system with Expand-It attachments for decades now, and I've really been happy with it. When my original power head eventually died, I bought a cheaper McCulloch one that would work with the attachments. I think it must have been lower amperage, because when I got this new Ryobi it was MUCH more powerful. It shreds through the string on my Rhino swivel head twice as fast. HOWEVER, they've made 2 unfortunate changes. There is now a small safety lever on top of the unit that has to be depressed with your palm before the power switch can me engaged. I don't understand it's purpose, unlike a mower's safety handle the trimmer won't keep running if it's unmanned. It's just an irritation and I've defeated it with a nylon zip tie. The other more important issue is the overly stiff power button. It's very hard to press and quickly causes hand fatigue. I've sometimes had to squeeze it 3 times to get it to actuate. I'm SERIOUSLY considering having a repair shop install a new switch, or changing it out myself. Even an on/off toggle would be better! Ryobi is trying to transition people who own Expand-It attachments to their new 40V cordless power head, which I rejected because it's twice the price. If I knew ahead of time about this button problem I might have reconsidered.
September 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Engineer21 Major Trigger Switch Problems With This Trimmer - Do Not Purchase It
This is my second purchase of this 10 amp trimmer. The first worked great for 15 years, so I assumed a new one would be even better. I was wrong. On the plus side, it is very powerful and will cut through just about anything with ease. On the minus side, the dual trigger switch assembly is absolutely deplorable and renders the trimmer essentially useless. It takes a considerable amount of fiddling to just get the trimmer to run, and then after running for about 10 seconds, it just shuts down. So then you get to fiddle with the stupid switches over and over and over again to get it to run for another 10 seconds. In the end you spend more time trying to get it to run than you actually get to trim anything. Unbelievably frustrating!!! Ryobi needs to either (1) immediately recall this trimmer for repair or replacement at its expense; (2) refund the full purchase price to all current owners; or (3) send owners a modification kit to fix the problem themselves, assuming the average owner could effect the repair.
September 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jman456 Double the power
Since receiving the Ryobi to replace my dead gas powered one, I have had no problems at all. It seems much more powerful than I expected an electric tool to have.
September 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mud best electric trimmer
My first Ryobi electric trimmer has lasted over twenty years, now I have more attachments available to use and a more powerful trimmer.
September 6, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by FS Trigger problems continue
I've had two of these and both have trigger problem. the trigger fails to function after a short length of time. Bad design.
August 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by skirmish Great Replacement for a gas power head, but
My gas powered head failed (fuel line fell apart) and I needed to get up and running fast, so I saw one of these and thought this will be quicker to get back up and running so I can repair the fuel line later.
Well, it certainly was quick to get up and running, plug it in, attach tool, and use the trigger, yeah. Use the trigger to start is shall we say not that simple. I found that while pressing the upper part of the trigger release mechanism, I had to find a painfully small finger to fit in the "v" part of the trigger area and apply an inconvenient amount of force to be able to get the trigger to engage. It's almost mechanically impossible to apply the required amount of force through such a dainty finger in order to engage such a mechanism and I found that humans with the required strength and finger dimensions are incredibly hard to come by, then when you do find one, they just don't have the stamina to hold the trigger for more than a few minutes at a time. This does mean that you have to have many start/stop cycles.
I don't know how many cycles of operation that the trigger is rated for, but I have found that after a total of 4 hours of use over a period of 2 weeks that the trigger mechanism has failed and now I am left with a useless lump of plastic and metal.
Overall though, while it worked, it certainly gave my fingers a workout and possibly caused early onset carpal tunnel syndrome and it did a great job. Certainly a powerful tool, but I think for myself, my fingers aren't powerful enough to keep the trigger pressed for more than 5 minutes and reliability just isn't even close to being in the ball park of being worth purchasing.
Also after having read other reviews, some of them pointing out the issues with the trigger mechanism, I thought maybe it isn't that bad. Well, yeah, it is worse than that bad. It is an experience that you can't fully appreciate until you have owned one of these powers heads and tried using it.
August 27, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer piece of junk
I bought ryobi because its home depots brand and I wanted to have easy access to replacement string and parts. what a waste home depot does not stock replacement string for their own product . I thought " oh well i'll order online but I cant seem to find any pre-wound replacement spools. I wasted my money trusting home depot
August 22, 2016