Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 120
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Sean Unfortunately, there are no better options for electric powerheads.
Based on what I can tell, the only two (that I know of) competing brands with 10 amp electric power heads both have the same design as this one. Just different color plastic.
The power on this is OK. If "10 amps" is as good as it gets with electric, then electric might just be a bad choice for this type of machine. I've never tried any other electric trimmer, so I shudder at how a 4 amp machine might run. This one was just powerful enough to do basic tasks, but obviously I was left wishing for more power.
No one seems to mention this in any of the reviews, but there is NO variable speed: it's ON or OFF. This is an absolutely HUGE issue to me, and I don't know why it isn't an issue to others.
I tested it with the trimmer head yesterday. This particular trimmer head has an after-market fixed-line head with 0.095 line (pretty heavy.) It was nearly impossible to trim grass that was in the middle of the lawn (i.e. not next to something solid like a fence.) This is because when I pulled the trigger the thing goes full blast and creates such a fan-effect that the air literally blows the grass down flat on its side. I don't know exactly what the issue is, but I know when I use high-end gas trimmers I don't have this problems. I also know that when I use those, I run about 20% throttle most of the time I trim, not 100% throttle.
This variable speed thing didn't seem to affect the edger, but it is kind of annoying that it would kick back when entering the sidewalk's edge. Edgers are typically run full-blast most of the time, but I probably do start slowly with variable speed units. I was creating the first edges of the year, and it took some time for sure, but it did OK for the circumstances.
The lack of variable speed might not cause problems with other attachments either, such as the pole saw or tiller. I'm not really sure. I do know the option of variable speed would be nice with ANY attachment though.
The trigger really is annoying, as others have mentioned. It has a tendency to click off and stop if you are not putting pretty heavy pressure on it. Just because you have the trigger pulled down doesn't mean it is on; it needs to "click" the internal mechanism. If you release the slightest pressure, it will "un-click." I think people are over-exerting their hand in an effort to make sure this doesn't happen because I noticed myself doing the same thing.
I bought this thing as kind of a backup anyway. I knew dragging a cord around the lawn was going to be annoying, but I didn't know just how annoying. That is not going to affect my review because some people don't mind dealing with this, and people should know what they're getting into as far as that goes. I prefer gas and cordless units, but I like to have a corded version of tools around because 10 years from now, I won't be worried about dead batteries, and gas units tend to have frequent issues (cheaper gas units). I know that my corded machines will still work - at least that is the case with higher-end corded tools. The motor on this might not make it that long even with infrequent use.
Overall, I guess I got what I expected. Furthermore, there are no real alternatives on the market for this product. However, the variable speed issue is a deal-breaker for now. I will most likely be returning it, but I doubt there is enough interest in these electric power heads for me to wait around for a better one to be produced.
May 13, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by GMII Trying one more time
The starting switch failed in less than a year. I am giving it a second try. If this one fails I will not be purchasing it again.
May 26, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by XrenwaldoX Trigger needs help.
I got this thing as a replacement for a gas one that died. I got so tired of fighting with the gas heads that I decided to go electric and just have an extension cord. Out of the box, I used the cultivator attachment and tilled up 2000 square feet of my yard with it. Worked like a champ. The only problem that I've noticed and one that many others have mentioned is the trigger. It has issues and needs to be redesigned. It takes quite a bit of pressure to keep it on and the slightest bit of release will shut it off. I took it apart to see if I could improve it and there really isn't any way to do that without making it worse so I did what I could. Your hand will hurt from having to hold down that trigger. I am going to keep it. I hope it lasts.
April 20, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ProctorSilex Poorly made
My 2-cycle head has a clogged carb and I do not have time to clean it thorougly. I messed with it too much already! Power cords are a pain, but I would rather deal with cords than exhaust that turns my nose black, carcinogens, and all the other maintenance issues with gas.
The electric head is great in concept and, when it functioned, it did pretty well. The trigger/switch, however, is awful. It will only turn on with great force and then only sometimes. It hurts my hand far too much to keep it on and, as such, it constantly turns off. I have to regrip and try forcefully squeezing the trigger multiple times before it clicks and turns on.
I only tried it with one Ryobi attachment and the fit is terrible. I had to press down hard to get the locking bolt of the attachment to pop through the hole in the head. Even after tightening the clamp, the locking bold compressed and the attachment shifted back out a little. I do not know whether to blame the head or the attachment yet.
It started to get warm after a few minutes of use. I wonder about its duty cycle, but I probably will not check the manual before returning it.
I really wanted this to work, but I cannot use something so frustrating and hurtful to my hands. Why could they not have made a good switch and charged a few dolars more? How about a few dollars more on top of that for a more robust motor? I would pay at least 25% more for something decent.
I briefly considered the battery equipment, but I do not want to buy yet another set of proprietary batteries just to be able to work long enough to get the jobs done.
July 5, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by studeedooo piece of junk
I have had two of these overheat and melt down during use since april 2014. Having owned the older model for years, I finally had to go get a new one. Well, they dont stock them in the store. So I ordered on line. Box was beat up, but it ran for one lap around the yard and wilted. Finally caved and got a 2nd one, same thing. a lap of the yard (acre) and it was smoking. Never again.
March 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandymanAl Great product !!!!
After my 3rd power head gummed up and spending hours trying to fix it, I was about to order another ryobi 30cc power head. I have almost all the attachments for the trimmer. (edger, brush cutter, straight shaft weeder, curved shaft weeder, pruning saw) Then I found this electric power head. I went straight away and bought it. I can say: WOW! It seems more powerful that the gas units, works perfectly with the attachments and It's quiet! Of course I have that extension cord tail, but it will work every time I take it out and not destroy my shoulder pulling rope starters. I am very very happy with this power head and recommend it highly.
September 8, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by idoitmyself Power, Speed, Power!
Bought this new electric motor head to replace my SECOND two-stroke head. These were trouble after a few weeks, probably because of the California emission restrictions. No adjustments I made worked for long, even after reading the blogs about them. So I purchased this electric model on-line.
When I fired it up, my dog took off running and a friendly neighbor had to bring him back! I am a former electrical apprentice, and I can tell you, the 10 Amp motor really goes! Hang on when ya' pull switch on this thing! I've used it twice so far and no problems, no bad smells, no overheating after edging both the back and front yards.
June 16, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JOSmi Buyer Beware!
You get what you pay for is exactly what you get with this product. If you want quality do not buy Ryobi plain and simple.
April 21, 2015