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Old 06-04-2016, 10:00 PM   #1
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http://m.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-40-Vo...0220/204589659

So to preface, this is an initial impression more than a full review, as I just bought it this afternoon. Also, I have a limited history with string trimmers, mostly corded models and borrowed gassers (which I hate, since 2-strokes and I don't get along).

The one I got was Expand-It string trimmer kit from Hombre Depot. It was $149 and comes with power head, trimmed attachment, 2.4aHr battery, charger, and some extra string. Expand-It means you can put a bunch of other stuff on the power head, like a brush cutter, pole saw, blower, even a roto-tiller. The same attachments also fit different brands, like Craftsman, Troy-Bilt, etc. Ryobi also has a gas powered head to run the same attachments if you prefer.

Assembly is straightforward. Tab A into slot B kind of thing. Charge the battery up the rest of the way and you're off to the races.

Battery life is somewhat disappointing. I only got about 15-20 minutes before it was completely dead. I was working it pretty hard (my yard doesn't get weed-ate nearly as often as it should), some of the stuff should've been cut with the brush cutter attachment. But still, at 90 minutes to charge it back up that's a lot of down time. If I get the lawn mower I'll probably spring for the one with the 5.0aHr battery and see how much better it is.

Power is advertised as "gas-like," and if they're exaggerating, it's not by much. It took a lot to bog it down.

It's a bit heavier than I expected, comparing unfavorably with a gasser in my unscientific in store comparison. It's well balanced though, so it isn't bad.

Fit and finish, well, it's a Ryobi. I don't normally buy homeowner grade equipment, but anything professional grade is gas powered and again, 2-strokes are the devil. The Ryobi stickers had bubbles in them, the front handle was pretty cheap feeling. The eGo is much nicer, but I thought I'd go mid-range since yard work is more my wife's thing.

Some annoyances:

- I don't know if it is poor design, abuse, or me not noticing before, but I was constantly having to stop and pull grass out of the spool.

- The soft-start motor takes some getting-used-to, but isn't bad. Feathering the throttle isn't something you do on this unit.

- It's priced right but I'd pay $20-30 more for a kit with 2 batteries.

- A brushless motor would be nice. Make that battery last a bit longer.

Would I buy it again? Maybe. Too soon to tell, I guess I'll have to put some more miles on it. I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll wish I ponied up the extra $50 for the eGo but that remains to be seen.
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To follow up (almost immediately), I had the battery on the charger for almost an hour and went to check on it. It was flashing alternately red and green, which means "defective battery." I unplugged it and reinstalled and it seems fine now, but that's not inspiring confidence in a battery that doesn't get stellar reviews on Home Depot's website.
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To follow up (almost immediately), I had the battery on the charger for almost an hour and went to check on it. It was flashing alternately red and green, which means "defective battery." I unplugged it and reinstalled and it seems fine now, but that's not inspiring confidence in a battery that doesn't get stellar reviews on Home Depot's website.

I've had the flashing red and green on my 18 volt+ system, and i think it was because the battery was still hot, as your supposed to let them cool down before charging, since then i let them cool before charging and have never had it happen again.
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Good to know. It was hot out last night and I worked it pretty hard.

After I unplugged it and reinserted, it charged up fine. Didn't get to use it today because I was helping my BiL side my in-laws house. In 96 degree weather. Ugh.
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I have a battery string trimmer. So nice to pull the trigger and it goes. Oh man. I love it. It does seem to clog up with grass something my gas ones never did. Waiting to see how those string spools hold up.
I remember tying stuff to the string trimmers when those spools were done. This is the first piece of new equipment I have ever really owned.
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Good to know. It was hot out last night and I worked it pretty hard.

After I unplugged it and reinserted, it charged up fine. Didn't get to use it today because I was helping my BiL side my in-laws house. In 96 degree weather. Ugh.
Black and Decker are the same way, if your battery is to hot it will flash red. the thing that gets you is it may not do it as soon as you put it in so you think everythig good and you come back to find it didnt charge. Dont worry, its not your battery, just heat.
B&D 40 volt trimmer works great, speed control to make the battery last longer but only about 45-60 minute charge time. Down side is no special attachments like the ryobi. If I wasnt already invested in batteries for my B&D stuff, I would love to go either ryobi or maybe the ego stuff.

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I have the ego trimmer. For what I have to do I will never go back to gas.
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I think something is up, I have the same trimmer and get more time with the brush blade attachment than you're getting with the string. I haven't bothered draining to zero and timing, but I've definitely passed 20 minutes

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I've only got the B&D 40V and a 20V (for some weird reason).
I haven't used a gas trimmer since my days working landscaping in HS, and I don't remember well enough to compare. That was commercial equip and I didn't give a ****.
 
I just assumed my B&D 40V is crap. With a 1 40V and 2 20V batteries, it takes me 3 charges to do my inner "lawn", and another 3 charges (with all three batteries) to do the rest of the property. I also assumed that a 2-stroke would provide a lot more power and unlimited run time. I just didn't want to store gas and oil in my attached garage, since I have no shed.
 
So, for those who have had both, am I not going to get much more power from a gas string trimmer?
 
I am planning on renting a commercial-grade brush cutter to do my property this year, but was thinking about buying, begging, or borrowing a residential gas string trimmer instead. If I'm not going to get much more power from a gas than my electrics, I won't bother thinking about that option any more.
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Oh, I also am lucky to go 20 minutes with my 40V, but I am mostly wading through very heavy grass and weeds. So I'm running at mid or high power all the time.
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