Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 508
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by msih Ryobi string trimmer
This is the best trimmer I have ever used. It works well as an edger. It is light weight. The thing I like most is the easy start. The battery pack is a bit tricky to get off but once you get the hang of it it is fine. I would recommend this over a gas trimmer. I have .25 acres and the charge lasts into the next time I need to trim. It does have a lot of plastic on it which concerns me but the warranty is good. I have the .080 string trimmer and is a 40 volt. Great product.
June 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AlfieP Trimmer
Used it once. No problems so far
June 1, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tools burn out trimmer
Brought this uint back in june 2012 didnt really use it till 2013 and the motor burn out in mid july still on its original spool of string! Took it to a Home Depot recommended repair shop, that doesnt handle Ryobi gardening tools and they sent me to another shop, which is pretty far. The first thing they did was charge me $25.00 for diagnostics told them it was a burn motor but still had to pay it. The unit was sitting at their shop unit Nov before I got it back, guess I could get it ready for snow now, during this time I've been calling them and they kept telling me that its waiting for parts. This is my 2nd Ryobi trimmer first one had the same problem but it was a lower voltage unit, figure a 40V would be much better, Guess not! I would definitely not recomend this to anyone or any of the Ryobi warranties!
November 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vpelss A great product
I have too many toys that have gas engines. That is why I went electric.
I have 7 acres and that means a lot of edges. My first task was to clear our a 150 foot ditch out front.
I have had this trimmer for a month now and I have used it on, what I consider, heavy weeds and grass.
The battery does last 30 - 90 minutes depending on usage. It charges within 1.5 - 2 hours.
The string is only 9 ft long so it can run out fast. You may want a backup spool even if you rewind your own.
I now own two Ryobi products (the other a pressure washer) and I am very happy with the quality of engineering in these two products.
I am impressed with the 3 year warranty and you can buy an extra year through Home Depot for $15.
The plastic feels a little flimsy, but it has held up so far.
The biggest issue is battery replacement costs. $129. But the batteries should last if you take care of them.
July 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SSLFamilyDad Best string trimmer I have owned
I have owned quite a few other string trimmers in the past and this is by far the best one I have ever owned. The Ryobi 40 volt electric string trimmer is powerful, easy to use, lightweight, and has enough juice to trim our 3/4 acre lot. I have been able to use this product for almost two full seasons now and have been very impressed.
I also have the 40 volt electric chain saw that works with the same battery system and I have also reviewed that as well. I am normally not a huge fan of Ryobi as a brand but I have purchased a few other Ryobi products and have been impressed with the design and function. Only time will tell how well they hold up but after a couple of years of using these 2 Ryobi products I am starting to warm up to the brand.
I prefer to purchase electric and batter powered devices when I can as I prefer to own devices that I can produce my own energy for. With gas prices constantly on the rise it is a nice feeling to not have to worry about purchasing gas all the time for trimmers, chain saws, and other yard tools.
I do not receive any incentive to review these products, I do this to give others information so that they can make informed decisions.
August 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GulfCoastJT LOVE my 40 volt trimmer
I absolutely LOVE my new 40 volt trimmer, edger and leaf blower and I will never go back to using my gas or electric tools.
I have a 3/4 acre yard and two batteries is more than enough to complete all of the required tasks......without having to deal with fuel or cords.
VERY satisfied with these Ryobi tools.
April 10, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by unhappyWithRyobiTrimmer terrible trimmer head
The trimmer head is the most critical component of an edger, and the trimmer head here is terrible. You can not go more than a few feet before the line is heavily worn, and you have to flip the edger over and manually advance the line. Often the line just breaks. It's a very annoying and time consuming process.
The trimmer head is not replaceable. Usually you can put a third party head of your choice on an edger. It's not possible here because there is no bolt to the spindle.
This would otherwise be an awesome tool. The battery life is great, the motor is powerful, the edger is well balanced and feels right.
But if an edger can not edge, it's a poor product. If you buy this you will be disappointed.
February 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Texas Cut for cord, drop the can
I own a corded electric and a cordless gas trimmer. I tried this trimmer in an effort to combine the best of both trimmers (no gas to mess with, and no cord to drag around).
This trimmer fits a segment of the market where messing with gasoline is undesirable, and lugging power cords is unwieldy. Convenience and portability gains are at the cost of cutting performance.
Assembly was minimal and it took around 5 minutes to fully assemble.
I was surprised to find this trimmer uses just one line, rather than the conventional two lines. This tells in the cutting performance. It cannot compete with the electric corded or gas trimmers I own. Where it does excel is the lack of a power cord, and no gas to mix and store.
The unit is a bump free design. Which means you do not need to bump it to advance the trimming string. This has its advantages and disadvantages. Every time the unit is allowed to stop, then started again, the string advances 1/4". If the string breaks a few inches from the end, you have to stop the unit and wait for it to spin down and then start it again - each time advancing the string 1/4". This becomes tedious.
The unit does not have an on/off switch. You pull the trigger and it runs. As there is not power cord to unplug, this means, for safety, you need to remove the battery to unwind a line that has broken inside the head.
I set to work trimming around a lamp post at my front gate. Trimming at the gate normally requires I fuel up the gas trimmer, or use a 50 foot heavy extension cord from the nearest outlet near the gate. The convenience of throwing a trimmer in the bed of the pickup, and being able to instantly start cutting was very appealing. I did find the single line a shortcoming of this unit, and cutting took about 20% longer when cutting the heavily overgrown grass and comparable when cutting moderately overgrown grass. After breaking the line on a pipe fence, I found I had to stop and start the trimmer almost ten times to advance the string the couple of inches it had broken off (each stop/start advances 1/4" inch). I could have manually pulled out more string, but that would require I first remove the battery.
With the press of your foot, you can quickly convert the trimmer to an edger. At the time of writing this, there are pole pruner and hedge trimmer attachments available.
The 40v Lithium battery packs a lot of punch, charges quickly, and stores a lot of runtime given its size.
September 10, 2013