RYOBI 40v String Trimmer Review

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25 Comments to RYOBI 40v String Trimmer Review

  1. I loved this trimmer after I bought the plastic blade kit to replace string head. (The auto feed never kept me with enough string.) Then, after maybe a dozen uses, the trimmer head started smoking and died one day. Despite it being used so little, I am past my return period to get a refund. Not sure if I’ll take a chance on another Ryobi product after such a short life on this one.

  2. Gearloose

    I have owned the 40V one-string trimmer-edger about 1 1/2 years. I like it a lot, but the 0.65 string is not up tp heavier weeds. The inertial feed takes getting used to. I prefer bump feed, if not too sensitive. The lower handle broke off yesterday just outside the adjustment knob. I looked at a parts site and the handle is backordered. Definitely a weak spot that needs re-engineered. I thought I had no use for the trimmer and was going to cut the shield back, because it interferes with trimming to your right in tight spots. Then my wife spoke of a spot she wanted to use it, which means I will be using the trimmer after all. I’m looking forward to trying the two-string bump feed trimmer with heavier line. That’s what I would have gotten if it had been available two years ago.

  3. Just picked up a 40v string trimmer today. I had a 4 stroke Ryobi for 10 years, that just took its last breath yesterday and I went to replace it. The Ryobi Rep. was doing demo days at the local Home Depot and asked me to check it out the new 40v. I figured I could always bring it back, so I bought it. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised to see how well the tool works. I like Horsepower and torque and don’t usually go the electric route as I have an acre of land that is hilly and has lots of edging and weed eating to do. About 50 minutes a shot. I put my old attachments on the electric machine and it preformed perfectly. Only time will tell as my in laws give me grief about not buying a “proper” power tool. Like butter cup, I will have to suck it up and tell everyone I bought it for my wife. Truth be told, I like it too!
    Two Thumbs up!

  4. Becky Ann Luschei

    Hi! I bought this unit two years ago. It has been great and I’ve used it extensively. Yes, sometimes the string doesn’t advance as well as it used to (spring for advancing it is getting worn), but lately, I’ve noticed that after about 30 or so minutes of use, it starts to “cut out.” I don’t know if the control switches on the shaft are having problems or what, but it has started doing that and it is annoying. I do put it through its paces every growing season but I also clean it up after every use because if you take care of your things, they take care of you. Has anyone heard of this “cutting out” (power cuts out) sort of thing?

  5. Regarding the string thickness. The box says you can use .080 thickness single line. The instruction manual says .065 or .080 twisted line. Is this the way its always been or did something change. Am I best off with the .065 or .080 string?

    • I put the .095 string in mine..it works great… In Florida we have that heavy thick St. Augustine grass…the heavier string cuts it well..the thin stuff is a waste of time…also…when I put a new load of string on, I wet it down with motor oil or grease to keep it from welding itself and feeding properly…

  6. Are you using the two string model that “works with the attach-its” or the one string model that does not support attachments?

    I bought the two string model ($30 more) because the box claimed that it handled a full suite of attachments, only to get home and find that it only works with 4 attachments: a curved pole trimmer, a blower, and edger, and the included straight pole trimmer.

    I was p.o’d because it does not allow USEFUL attachments to fit like the pruner or hedge trimmer, and Ryobi dosent disclose this fact until you have read thru the manual inside the package. I do not like being misled. Blower?…sorry, i use a rake and broom. Curved pole trimmer?…oh yeah i’m gonna go and buy that tomorrow-NOT! and i suspect that the cultivator will only till the loosest of sandy soils. I probably wont buy one to find out.

    As far as trimming the weeds along the edge of the yard goes: it works good on my 1/4 acre yard-you can tell the motor is working hard, but it actually works well, and i look forward to not tuning up my gas trimmer 2x per season. Also much quieter than a gas model. I guess the capacity for thicker line over the one string model is a plus and may be the reason ii keep it. however:—RYOBI: please smarten up and make USEFUL attachments to fit this unit.—-

  7. You are not to be taken seriously as a reviewer if you honestly can not list a few cons about the Ryobi 40v trimmer. You come across as unknowledgeable or a shill for Ryobi. Here are a few cons I encountered during my first two uses of the Ryobi trimmer…

    1. Battery ceases to power unit if trimmer is held at certain angles.

    2. Cutting line supplied with unit is weak and breaks every 2-3 minutes.

    3. Line is supposed to self feed, but does not. I end up dismantling the spool to re-thread the line. This sucks to put it mildly.

    4. Tried to replace weak cutting line with a stronger .095 line to stop the constant line breakage and the .095 line diameter was too large to properly feed through the hole in the line spool although it would go through if forced.

    5. With the .095 line installed the trimmer’s motor quickly overheated. Now I see why Ryobi installed the lighter, thinner, weaker line on this unit. As so to not overheat the motor.

    Maybe there are a few more cons, but like I stated earlier, I have only used it twice.

    • EDIT>> 1. Battery ceases to power unit if trimmer is held at certain angles.

      Upon further use I discovered that the battery was not the problem, but the torque of the motor would rotate the shaft causing the motor to lose the power connection from the battery. This is an ongoing and constant problem! I spend more time replacing broken trimmer line and twisting the shaft to get an electrical connection from the battery to the motor than I do actually using the trimmer for its intended use. Would not recommend this trimmer.

      • I would not recommend it either, I spend more time re-feeding the line then I do actually trimming the lawn

  8. I wanted to like this trimmer when I bought it but the first time I used it, the line would not auto-feed. I had to stop every minute or two to open the spool housing, manually pull out some line and close it again. This is a common complaint it seems. The autofeed mechanism is not well designed.

    • There is a button on the spool an if you push it in you are able to manually feed line. In order to auto feed you need to hit the rpm up and let stop. You can feel a slight click, that click is the popping out a bit. It usually takes 3 or 4 times I this process to extend to the longer line setting. I agree not best system but isn’t to bad all considered when get use to.

  9. How does the one string 40v cordless compare to a two string trimmer? I’ve used a homelite two string for about 10 years. Do I have to compensate for using 1 string or does it turn faster?

  10. Bought this two days ago, got to use it for the first time today. It’s my first electric yard tool of any kind. I mow about 3/4 acre of my 5 acre wooded lot. I edged about 40 feet of walk, and trimmed around a couple dozen trees and under the deck, and the battery was still at 75%. I then cleaned up about half of my 300 feet of road frontage, the battery was still at 25%, but I was at 0%.. lol. So will finish later.

    The .065 string is not as robust as the heavier .095 on my gas trimmer, but did fine. I bought a bulk roll, and 3 extra spools, but I doubt I will need more than a spools worth every few uses, not much more than my gas trimmer uses.

    I believe this trimmer will do all that most home owners ask of it, and then some.

    • Anonymous

      Keith, I recently got to play with the 40V chainsaw and will say it is like cutting with a gas saw. Not sure how long the battery will last with constant cutting, but the brushless motor design is great. In our test, we were cutting 4×6 posts and you couldn’t feel any bog.

  11. Love love love this thing….it’s a beast!!!! Answer to most of you inquiry’s of compensation. most likely he is given the tool to review it. I think that’s usually what companies do to get reviews.

  12. Dparker45

    The string thickness is one con – it is only 0.065″.  I must admit that I have been spoiled using a commercial grade trimmer with much heavier line.  In all honesty the trimmer is more than enough for my 1/3 acre lot.  Another con is when using the trimmer for edging you have to stop the trimmer quite often to get it to feed line because the 0.065″ line wears quickly.  Other than that it edged very nicely – much better than I expected for a cordless model.

  13. Fdeldredge

    Is the trimmer line any thicker than the 24V model?
    I am glad to hear it last longer longer per charge, does it have greater power/cutdown ability than the 24 had?

    I notice we are still looking at single string.
    FYI I burned up the 24v motor in short order.

    (Black&Decker had a Nicad 36V double string that was was short lived but looked awesome.)

    Also dito on danielg comment, are you compensated for this review?

    • Shawn Kline

      Been out of town or I would have answered sooner:

      No, the line is still the same thickness
      Yes, it has greater power than the 24v had
      Yes, it is still a single string
      And no, I receive no compensation for reviews – the only reason for a lot of Ryobi things going up around the same time is because I got all of the products for review at the same time.

      FYI, my 24v trimmer still works like a champ after using it all last year – these things happen :)

  14. When will the leaf/grass-clippings blower become available?   This blower will attach to the upper shaft of the lawn trimmer/edger.  The significance of this is that the residential user will find the reduced price of the blower to be quite attractive.   The blower will be low priced  because it will make use of the battery pack/handle of the lawn trimmer/edger.

    Hopefully, Ryobi will sell a package that contains both the blower and the lawn trimmer/edger  for a price that is way below the shelf price of what a stand-alone blower and a stand-alone lawn trimmer/edger would cost (same concept as what Ryobi is doing for the 24volt equipment).

    Bradenton Florida Lawn Maintenance Specialist

  15. danielg666

    Very interesting, multiple Ryobi reviews recently have followed the same format. Are you in any way compensated for your review?

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