\r\n[rating:5\/5]\r\nI've used a big and bulky gas powered weed eater for years now, and while it gets the job done, I'm the only one that can get it started. If you need to use this to trim tall branches, this transforming chair that turns into a stepstool might be useful too. The kids and my girlfriend either don't understand the concept of "Choke", or they just can't pull the cord right - either way, it's me that ends up being the one running the trimmer. If you're job needs a bit more power, head on over to our RYOBI One+ 10" Lithium 18v chain saw review. This simple fact has always kept me looking for the best string trimmer. When the rep from Homelite sent me a battery operated RYOBI trimmer (Homelite actually makes the RYOBI branded outdoor tools), I didn't know what to expect. Compare this to the Mantis 9" electric tiller\/cultivator review. If sometimes you need to do yardwork as the sun's going down, check out our Quirky PowerShell folding work light review.\r\n\r\nI was understandably leery about using a battery operated trimmer - the main worry that I had was that the battery would die out mid way through doing the job.\u00a0 Well that fear was squashed during my first run with it - now I don't have acres upon acres of land, but for living in the city my front and back yard are considered quite large.\u00a0 I was able to trim my entire yard - roughly 45 minutes of run time - on one charge.\u00a0 When I pushed the button on the back of the battery, I had one bar left - so a normal charge lasts just over 45 minutes (maybe you could push an hour, but I didn't dry-run it to see). For cool technology for your bathroom, you should also read our review of the Dyson Airblade tap.\r\nThe fact that the battery is 24V is also really nice - I've used an 18V trimmer at a friend's house before, and it's torque was so low it was comical.\u00a0 With this 24V powerhouse, you don't have anything to worry about in that regard - there's a small area on the side of my house I always forget to do until it's really overgrown; I'm talking vines climbing up the house, and weeds that start to look like trees.\u00a0 Normally I have to get my large hedge shears to get some of the growth, but the RYOBI 24V Trimmer ripped through everything without fail.\r\n\r\nThe RYOBI 24V Trimmer also includes a very nice one hour charger, which is great if you have a larger yard.\u00a0 No more getting a job half done, and then waiting hours on your batter to get it's charge back.\u00a0 The only thing I don't like about the battery is that it's pretty heavy, and it throws the balance of the trimmer off a bit when it's on.\u00a0 That's par for the course though with big batteries, and that's not going to change anytime soon.\u00a0 While the balance might be a bit off when the battery is attached, it's not any worse than most gas trimmers with a full tank - maybe a small weight could be added to the front to help with that.\u00a0 After using it for a bit however, you won't even notice the weight.\r\nAnother nice little feature, is that by pulling a lever at the base, you can change it from a standard trimmer to an edged (complete with wheel!).\u00a0 While I never used an edger before (I could never justify paying for what was essentially a specialized trimmer), I find myself using it a good bit now that it's available.\u00a0 The handle in the middle of the trimmer is also completely adjustable, which is great because different people like to hold tools differently.\r\n\r\nStorage for the RYOBI 24V Trimmer is a breeze as well, as it splits into two pieces.\u00a0\u00a0 While it's not quite in the middle, it is enough to make sure that if you have limited storage space, this won't take up all of it.\u00a0 Something else that is a really great little feature, is the auto line feed.\u00a0 No more tapping a trimmer to get more line when it wears down, the RYOBI 24V Trimmer feeds it out on it's own so you don't have to worry about it.\r\nThe best part about it all to me though?\u00a0 The fact that now I have help with doing some of the yard work.\u00a0 It's so effortless to use that all the kids use it - and they don't mind because it really is SO easy.\u00a0 I give the RYOBI 24V Trimmer a score of five stars out of five - for larger yards you may want to stick with a gas trimmer, but for everything else this works great.\u00a0 If you've been looking for an excuse to get away from a gas trimmer (and with the price of gas being so high, who hasn't), this is a very affordable way to go.\r\n\r\nPros:\r\n\r\n \tAuto line feed is great\r\n \tOne hour battery charge\r\n \tBattery lasts long enough for small and medium sized yards\r\n\r\nCons:\r\n\r\n \tYou'll need to take a break to recharge with larger yards\r\n \tA bit out of balance with battery attached\r\n \tA little on the heavy side\r\n\r\nYou can pick up the RYOBI 24V Trimmer from The Home Depot for $159.00.