Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 222
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by xplorer Excellent Trimmer
I ordered this trimmer largely because of a favorable review in Consumer Reports, and I have found it to be of good quality. I had previously used an 18 volt battery trimmer, and after five years the batteries had lost their effectiveness. Since they are so expensive, I decided to just buy a new trimmer. The 24 volt battery on this one does a much better job. It took me awhile to assemble it, largely because I could not locate three screws that are used to attach the grass deflector. The instructions say to remove them from the motor housing with a Phillips screwdriver and then use them to attach the deflector back onto the housing. However they were not in the motor housing, but rather in a separate small package that I had misplaced when opening the carton. I like the edger feature and found it fairly easy to change from trimmer mode to edger mode, though it does require a slight nudge with the hand or foot to lock into place. I haven't used it long enough yet to determine how long it goes before needing a recharge, but indications are that after trimming my yard it still has plenty of juice left.
October 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anonymus Father's Day gift 4 years ago. No problems to date..
My family bought one of these 24v trimmers in a Home Depot store, on sale, as a gift for me for Father;s Day 4 years ago. Had a gas powered Homelite that was getting harder and harder to start and I was tired of breathing and tasting 2-cycle exhaust and my clothes smelling like it too. Several scary reviews back then mentioned problems with string feed, battery life, and screws coming loose, oh my, so I didn't expect the Ryobi to last long. Well I'm pleased to report there has not been a single problem with mine. The yard takes about 35 minutes to trim, once a week. Almost always, a single charge is enough. I decided to buy the 24v hedge trimmer also, no problems with that either, just keep the blades oiled. Both units came with a charger and one battery, and they are interchangeable. So if it does run out of charge there's always another battery ready to go. I always charge the battery when done using it, and alternate batteries every week. I don't store the trimmers with batteries in them, and only put a battery in when ready to use it..Also I try to remember to charge the batteries (any rechargeables really) maybe 1/month or so during winter when they're just sitting on the shelf. I almost never run the grass trimmer at full speed, its not necessary since it has a variable trigger, and also clean any grass from the vents around the motor when done trimming. I just trim grass not brush. Hint: when edging sidewalk, don't just run the wheel along the concrete and let the string dig a trench in the dirt like my oblivious neighbor does!. Lift a little so it just trims the grass.The trimmer is light and quieter than any trimmer any of my neighbors have. I think I've changed the string spool maybe 3 times in 4 years and its super easy. Nothing lasts forever so when it does stop working I'm definitely buying another one.
October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BILL so sick of gas operated, love this, just attach battery and go.
I LIVE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, DURING THE WINTER MONTHS I DO NOT HAVE TO DO YARD WORK BUT TWICE A MONTH. MY GAS POWER 2 STROKE EQUIPMENT WOULD GUM UP FROM SITTING IDLE, AND I WOULD HAVE TO CLEAN OUT THE CARBATRATORS AND GAS TANKS EVERY OTHER WEEK JUST TO GET THEM TO WORK. I HAVE 1/2 AN ACER, A LOT OF TREES, AND A LOT OF EDGING, I HAVE ALL THE ATACMENTS, WEED WACKER, POLE SAW AND EDGER. I JUST TOOK DOWN TWO BIG TREES THAT HAD TO GO WITH THE POLE SAW, YES THE BATTERY DID DIE, BUT, WHILE IT WAS CHARGEING I GOT A CHANCE TO REST AND CLEAN UP WHAT I CUT. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS PRODUCT. SORRY ABOUT THE SPELLING, STILL TRYING TO RECOUPE FROM ALL THE WORK I DID IN THE YARD THIS WEEKEND, WOULD POST PIC'S IF I COULLD.
March 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TWO48 This product is easy to use
This edger is easy to use and has the great feature where you can change the angle the string cuts, either flat or sideways. It can easily be changed by pushing down the handle with your foot. It performed well, however, I do wish it would have lasted longer with the battery life. I could not complete all of the edging around my home and then had to wait an hour for a recharge. The only other issue was one time the automatic feed of the string did not work and I had to take it apart and re-thread it so it would work.
May 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WeedwhackerIV Makes our 5 acres look like a well-maintained park
When we started landscaping the area around our new home, which had been an alfalfa field, we faced a challenge in getting trees to grow, especially since we were using seedlings for the large area. I like this light weight tool that does a heavyweight job. Since our old-school gas trimmer is too heavy and unwieldy, we were pulling weeds and trying to hand mow between our trees to keep the grass trimmed with less-than-satisfactory results. Now, while my husband mows the grass, I trim around all of the little tree seedlings and rock wall perimeters with this great tool. We found that trimming around the tree seedlings allowed them to grow taller each season, and love the results. We get many compliments on how beautiful our yard is now, and we give credit to having everything trimmed and manicured. The only issue is the battery life--about 30-45 minutes--which necessitated the purchase of an additional battery. We are thinking about getting a third battery, which would help in getting everything trimmed at once, although I don't mind the enforced resting period while the two batteries re-charge.
August 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SimplyEasy Better than most gas powered wackers/edgers
This tool does the job quite nicely. Quiet when in use and light. Easy to switch from wacker to edger in seconds. Battery life is great!
December 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by skipirin Nice combo purchase of edger and hedge trimmer
I bought this edger with a battery, and with a 24" hedge trimmer without a battery. I like that the battery from the edger, which is bigger, fits both, the edger and the trimmer (they are both 24V). The battery lasts to edge ~200 yards and ~6 big hedges. So it suffices to do my yard, even if the hedges and edges are overgrown and need lots of tending. I also like the edger rests on a roller when doing edging - it makes the edge job more accurate. Even if you run out of battery, you can recharge it for ~30 minutes while doing something else. These are more expensive than the corded or gas-driven tools. However, it's worth it, keeping in mind how cleanly they work, and hat you don't have to mix gas and oil, pull power cords, or pull cords to start the tools.
October 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by pw Great value
Light weight, versatile
December 8, 2015