I also have a big problem with the line feed, even from the beginning the battery is great but the trimmer won’t cut thick and longer grass.
It is easy to start and hold but disappointed with the line feed and cutting
Purchased in December 2019 at The children bought it at Bunnings.
Give it a miss
I’m a big fan of the Ryobi 18v products but the line trimmer is a big disappointment.
Easy to start, light weight & quiet.
Small light grass areas can work, buffalo grass no good.
Ryobi OLT 1830. Really just a toy.
Important things first. Seriously struggles to edge through buffalo grass, even struggles to shred a single runner of buffalo grass if it is fresh and green. It is really only a toy. As with most things,your needs should be a significant factor when choosing.
This works surprisingly well
I bought this for $100 not expecting much, as i already owned some ryobi one products. My housemates laughed when i told them i'd bought an electric whipper snipper, they work in bush regen and use huge petrol powered ones.
I just unpacked it, threw a battery in it and away i went. It definitely isn't the most powerful, but for a normal yard, trimming, weeding and all the other normal things, it will do just fine. It's very quiet as far as whipper snippers go. Easy to replace the cord spool, you just buy another spool and plug it in. I've bee...n using it for about a year and a half and have not had any trouble with it. It works so well that my housemates are quite happy using it around the house now and do not have any complaints. I seem to get about 40-50 minutes out of a 4.0Ah battery, if you have a big yard you may want more than one battery. A great cheap whipper snipper.
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Use to Petrol, but will get use to battery
Having grown up using petrol line trimmers I do miss the power you get, now on a smaller house block, I won't miss the noise, the mixing of 2 stroke and the times when the thing just would not start.
Bought the combo for $199 that has battery, charger, blower vac and trimmer.
The 18v trimmer is suited to smaller yards and with the 4.0 size battery, I was able to do the front and back yard no issues.
-ease of setup
-easy to just get out and use...
Nice and light and good battery life
Love it as it starts easily and the battery seems to last long enough for my needs in a smallish garden . I have never had the battery die on me yet. The only downside is the useless line feed and the line is constantly breaking even with being careful not to hit concrete edges I am forever feeding the bloody line out
I have owned the One+ Line Trimmer for about 8 months and I'm ready to get rid of it.
Trimming my grass takes a lot longer than it should and that is because there is only one line that comes out of the head, it wears down quickly, and the line that comes out is not long enough. I also find it extremely difficult to remove and replace the battery as it gets stuck regularly.
I love the idea of battery powered tools but the Ryobi One+ Line Trimmer OLT1830 is one you should skip.
Don't Bother... it is rubbish
I bought this a couple of seasons ago and I use it with the blade heads: I have had to replace the recharger twice, once at no cost replacement, the second time I simply bought another, assuming it to be teeting problems: First season, it was a dream - efficient, reliable, easy to use: At the beginning of the second season, it wouldn't start, so I took the whole thing to a regstered tool repairer: Around $100 to repair some fault with the trigger switch. All good for the second season: I have just pulled it out again to trim grass clumps n...ear the fence, and it again failed to start. The battery is fine and works with the blower, but the trimmer.. nothing: I am not traipsing across town again to the approved repairer again - it is going into the rubbish. I has proven to be the most unreliable tool in my shed and this is a brand I will not buy again.
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No more Extension Leads
I have wanted to go battery on the mower and wipper snippet for a while.
The Ryobi was at a good price at Bunnings, so I invested in one. It's nice and light, has plenty of power for a normal sized block and has been reliable so far.
How good is this
At first I/we thought the trimmer was a toy.
For around the house etc magic tool compared with petrol driven stuff with much bigger line.
Its not a brush cutter but great for around fence lines shrubs etc.
My wife loves it and my daughter also(bought one too).
Battery lasts ages and can be used on many other tools.
It's ok, but...
It does a decent job cutting but the bump feed head leaves a lot to be desired. The trigger mechanism is weak. I've broken mine and unable to get a replacement so had to jury-rig.
Quiet and works with the rest of my Ryobi products however the actual whipper snipper Bump feed head is average-poor, and very hard to feed. We replaced our head completely to a better quality.
Very good domestic whipper snipper
I bought one fo these a couple of weeks ago to replace 30cc Ryobi petrol trimmer.
It has been great, no petrol or pull starts that don't work. It is perhaps a little less powerful but this has not impacted me for domestic use on my 800m2 block and easily handles the work I need it for. The bump head is very responsive and easy to reload. It is also a lot quieter and lighter making it easy to use.
The only downside I've found so far is that it is hungry on the batteries if run on 'high'. That said I've run it on low and had no dramas. The time I used a fully charged 105 aH battery it lastest barely 10mins, so now I make sure I've got the 4.5 aH battery ready to go before starting.
Helpful but not powerful
It is easy to use, to change line and it is not heavy.
I manage to get my concrete edges done but it prefers the lighter grass, certainly doesnt go through kikuyu grass runners and buffalo grass runners.
The line doesnt always feed through and some tug and war occurs feeding it through manually.
But so handy to have something light, that i can be mobile without having an electrical cord hanging behind me.
Purchased in December 2017.
Firstly I am only a short person so the adjustable handle height was great, but I still found the unit somewhat heavy for me as a female, not to mention it was noisy and the plastic line/cord kept breaking so it was a constant start stop to fix and feed the line through to get the job done, and it was difficult and was most frustrating and has since put me off buying another whipper snipper, no matter what brand it is, this one just gave me a bad feeling about all of them.
Easy to use no petrol mixing no cleaning up carb from old fuel. No zip starting just use recharge battery and put away. Battery life is plenty for average yard.
Purchased in December 2017 for $235.00.
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Has too many issues
Bought this as a package $229 with 5Ah battery - two years and 2 months ago. The auto line feed doesn't work very well as outlined many times in this thread. The battery only lasts 10 mins now - two months out of warranty. It does the job but only barely before the battery dies - still with 2 bars showing. I'm certain that it lasted longer initially. The main issue is with the hit-and-miss Ryobi batteries. Only the 4Ah that I bought 4 yrs ago to replace a 1.4Ah in a blower that died in a few months has performed well. Ryobi don't want to know and I'm sure as hell not spending $149 at bunnings on a new one that is likely to have the same problem.
The line auto-feed just does NOT work. The line is so thin and weak
that it breaks off very quickly, and does not auto-feed, so you have to stop
and press the feed button next to the spool, on the actual head - dangerous ...
and if the line breaks off altogether (as it does not auto-feed), you have to pull
the cover off the head and re-spool it. Also, the line seems to get caught on the spool,
so even the feed button won't work then.
Purchased in May 2018.
Good, lite, quiet.
Bought this trimmer (skin only) because I have already Ryobi One+ 18V batteries, 2.5A and 5.0A for my driver set.
So there was no need to get any additional separate batteries.
This trimmer is great for smaller and more delicate jobs around the house, but for bigger jobs I would of get definitely something much more powerful (higher voltage 36V or higher and brush-less, more expansive).
I did with it everything I wanted to do around the house, but it took me probably twice as long to what it took me with the much more powerful corded electr...
- Verified purchase
The trimmer is such a great product. Noise level is low, it's super light so makes it easy to cut my grass. It runs for a good time for me to finish my yard that's a reasonable size. I would buy this product over and over again. Would definitely recommend.
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