Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 112
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GulfCoastJT SOOOOO much better than dragging a cord around
This trimmer also connects to the 40 volt trimmer and I could not be happier with this purchase.
April 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BobC Battery powered yard tool
Ryobi Edger Attachment, Model RY40030A, SKU 203766198. Received through the Home Depot Seeds program.
The Ryobi RY40030A is an attachment tool that operates with either the Ryobi 24 volt, or 40 volt family of yard tools. The attachment connects to a “power control handle” that incorporates a variable speed control switch, and a battery holder. I currently have the control handle from the Ryobi 24 volt string trimmer (Model RY24021), which uses the 24 volt power handle (Model RY24001). Other “attachments” are available that operate with either 24 Volt or 40 Volt Power handles.
The edger attachment connects to the power handle with a quick screw-on coupling. This connects the power connections to the edger motor assembly at the base. This also provides the “mechanical connection” between the to assemblies. When “coupled” they be come one tool. The combined unit is a battery powered edger.
The tool is about 60 inches in total length, and weighs about 10 pounds with the battery attached. The supplied edger blade is 9 inches long, and is connected to the motor through a gear reduction set. This size edger blade is about the same size and type that I have on my gasoline edger. There are two plastic wheels that are attached to the blade guard’s motor side. The two support wheels, one of which is installed on a adjustment lever for blade depth setting, more on this below. This allows the rear most wheel to set the depth that the blade cuts below surface of the sidewalk. The two wheels ride on the sidewalk or driveway while you trim the grass at the edge. The rear adjustment wheel has four depth settings, that range from ~1.3 inches to 1.5 inches below the surface of the sidewalk or driveway surface. This is a very limited adjustment range over the 4 positions. I took two pictures of the measurement of the blade depth below the reference plane of the two wheels. One picture for the position-1 and one for the position-4 I used a rubber-band stretched between the two wheels to establish the reference of the rolling surface, and a ruler to measure the distance from this point to the tip of the edger blade. The manual for the edger seems to indicate that the depth of cut can be adjusted from ~1/2 inch to ~2 inches or more. Based on the simple measurements I made on this unit, about the shallowest depth I could set in position 4, was 1.3 inches. The deepest blade setting was about 1.5 inches. I would prefer a shallower setting to reduce the dirt removal while edging. There is no guide plate to keep the trimmer blade away from the edge of the sidewalk, you have to let the rotating blade scrape the edge of the sidewalk as it spins. This will produce more wear on the blade. (A replaceable guide plate would be nice to have on this edger)
The edger comes with a wrench, and a locking “pin” for use in changing blades. The locking pin is passed through a hole in the blade drive shaft, and rests in a slot in the metal collar of the gear box. The pin prevents the shaft from rotating while you loosen or tighten the nut on the blade shaft during blade changes, simple but effective.
Observations; I have been using both the Ryobi 18 volt and 24 volt string trimmers for several years now. Moving from a Gasoline powered string trimmer to a battery powered one about four or five years ago. The battery powered tools are not as powerful, but they are a lot more convent. Getting away from mixing gas and oil, changing oil, and the cranking and yanking on 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines is nice. For a typical average size yard, that is maintained, battery tools are nice. Install a charged battery and off you go ! No extension cords to deal with, and generally a couple of fully charged batteries will do most yards. I can generally edge my yard on one fully charged battery. The OP242, 24 Volt batteries are rated at 56 watt hours, or about 2.3 Ah @ 24 Vdc. The OP242 has a built in LED charge indicator to quickly check the charge level. The batteries seem to fully charge in about an hour.
Other advantages with battery tools are lower noise, lighter weight, easier handling, no exhaust fumes, and no fuel to store or mix. If you have a thick overgrown area to cut, or you do commercial work, they probably will not meet your needs. As to performance the edger seems to work reasonably well. It will throw up dirt and debris as will any edger of this type. It is advisable to use safety glasses when operating this type of tool, and keep bystanders some distance away. Small stones can really sting if you get hit by them. Yes, the edger is not a powerful as a gasoline powered one, but if you keep your yard trimmed on a regular basis, you don’t need as much power, and a battery tool will generally perform well, with less hassle.
As to durability, time will tell. The edger attachment as well as the power handle has a three year warranty. The edger attachment appears to be of similar construction as the string trimmer attachment. I hope this information has been useful.
May 19, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bob Returned
If you have a 24-Volt cordless power source do not waste your time or money on this purchase. 24V is NOT powerful enough for this attachment. It literally lasted for less than 40 feet of edging, on a FULL charge, before going dead.
September 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lakerman Makes Edging a Breeze
Bought this edger attachment to run with my 40 volt string trimmer as I was never satisfied with the results I got from string (not to mention the string breaking constantly). The edger attachment produced a nice, straight edge that looks like it was done by someone who knew what they were doing. Attachment snaps onto the main unit with ease. Very satisfied with purchase.
September 15, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Satisfactory Product
It works ok but if your lawn has not been edged before, the first time you edge will be laborious. Also it is quite a challenge for the 24 volt system. It still beats lugging 100 feet of extension cord around or fumbling with temperamental 2 cycle engines. Lithium technology is great but still is in need of more development to challenge the power of gas powered engines
April 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jimsc Great edger
This a great edger, easy to use, makes a beautiful finished job. As with all Ryobi's 40V equipment, the product is well made and delivers quality. The edger is easy on battery life, a snap to put on the power handle. I have been building my 40V Ryobi tool collection and currently includes: string trimmer, edger, blower, hedge trimmer, 12" chainsaw. My next purchase will be the pole saw attachment. I love this stuff!
August 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Duker quickly edged cleanly and easily hasn't been done in three years
charge battery for power head couple to edgeer and away you go
October 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JH Great Edger
Works great, easy to attach, great quality! Must have!
October 20, 2015