Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 122
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ABCritter Good Unit Overall
I was looking for an extended reach hedger for some of those hard to reach jobs. This was an inexpensive solution to the problem. As an expansion unit to the trimmer I already have it fit nicely.
The ony negative to the unit I have is the felt square that is at the base of the blade was gone with in moments after the first use.
This is not a crisis, but will require watching that area for debris getting into the mechanism.
March 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Alan289c Sturdy but can become heavy.
This attachment can be used on any brand that as the universal power head connection. It is durable as I am not one who is delicate when it comes to utilizing power tools. The one negative I have to mention is that after using it for a while it can become quite heavy. I have 5 acres in SE Arizona with 100+ Mesquite trees and I use this to trim trim the new growth after the monsoon starts and the trees begin growing. It has reduced my trimming time tremendously and I have had zero problems with it.
July 22, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Neal Very Disappointing
The hedger worked very well the first year of use. Trimmed everything with little issues. Then it seemed to lose power. Twigs started jamming the blades. Next, it seems the thing got very hot. I could tell the gears were slipping/stripping. I was only trimming simple bushes. I am very disappointed by the longevity of this unit. It will not last. I've had it for two years. It is basically inoperable now. Keep that in mind. I will say that it is very easy to use though... the only reason for 2 stars! Very handy for large and tall shrubs.
June 24, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Haztheman dont waste your money
Did not work out of the box - returned for a refund
March 14, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by builder454 Not so good...
I had read some reviews and noted that some people had problems with this attachment. I was hoping they were isolated incidents and that I would be one of the satisfied ones. Mine seemed to work OK when I installed it on my Craftsman motor, but stopped as soon as I started trimming some branches. This was similar to the experiences other reviewers reported. I disassembled it and was able to make it work, but it would have been much better to have it function correctly as purchased. The item I bought was refurbished, I don't think it was tested before being resold to me.
May 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Outdoorsman Wish I'd bought this sooner
I read the reviews of this hedge trimmer and was really torn whether buy it or not. I found a lot of reviews
having problems with reliability and I questioned the reliability of a refurbished unit but to my relief
I have had not any problems and right out of the box I tested its performance. I had to do some heavy trimming on some very old holly bushes at our church that had some limbs in half inch range and it performed above my expectations.While I don't recommend doing this all the time it will cut them as long as your trimmer head is powerful enough. I used this trimmer for over two hours straight without giving it or me a break. While it is somewhat awkward using because of being such a long piece of equipment after being attached to a power head and it does get heavy, it still beats dragging around a 100 foot extension cord .For just maintenance around your house, it is great. If you have to do much horizontal trimming above head high, I suggest you get an articulating trimmer but for $40.00 this one suits me just fine.
June 25, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by rond Useless tool-look elsewhere!!!
Out of the box the trimmer would operate only at a very slow speed but as soon as the speed is increased to a usable speed the trimmer blades stop moving completely. It appears that the cable is too short to engage the gas powered head completely and as soon as the speed is increased to a usable speed, the cable disconnects from the head. I'm using with a Craftsman gas powered head. Do not recommend not only from my experience but also there are scores of complaints about this unit on various internet sites. I have several other Ryobi Expand-it items and they all work perfectly but there must be an issue with the design of this hedge trimmer.
Unfortunately, I purchased this reconditioned hedge trimmer attachment in late October and received the 1st of November but due to some health issues didn't get a chance to try to use it until February (after the manufacturers and Home Depot's warranty ran out).
February 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by luvboating I like it
I bought this to attach to a Troy Bilt trimmer with a 4 cycle engine. It is isn't good for precision trimming. I finish up some shrubs with my handheld electric hedge trimmer for a more precision look. With my Troy Bilt, I need to make use of positioning the hedge trimmer attachment so that I don't stall the engine. I can position the attachment in all three position holes encompassing 270 degrees of travel. If I keep the carburator in the "normal" position or facing up, everything works ok. However, if I face the carburator down, I have stalling problems that can be painful to correct. Other than that, it sure beats dragging around and periodically cutting an electric cord with my other hedge trimmers. If a reconditioned item is available for any product, I always buy it instead of new. The money savings are great and have seldom had problems with reconditioned.
May 6, 2014