Great for small jobs
So far so good - i've used it maybe 10-15 times and haven't had to replace the line yet!
It's quite light as well - my girlfriend has no trouble using it.
It's suitable for trimming along footpath edges, fences, trees, paving and garden edges. I wouldn't use it for anything massively overgrown though.
This is so easy and light to use, the battery lasts for a long time cutting is very good, love that you can let out the line so easy, simple to use. The first time we have considered a battery whipper snipper and it’s wonderful. Would recommend this to the gardener who wants more time to spend on the important things, no more manual labour........
They have done it again
Yes they have done it again, another fantastic Riobi product. They just keep producing tools that are an invaluable asset and take the hard work out of work.
I have never used a whipper snipper before so it made sense already having the batteries to buy another Riobi product. Purchased at Bunnings for $109, brought it home, out of the box and off to work.
I have very large garden and at first was a little dubious that it might not do the job as not the same grunt as a petrol trimmer.
This is a real girl's tool, light weight which was i...
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This was my first Ryobi purchase in the collection, now called my Ryobi family, absolutely brilliant, very light weight and easy to manage. Does a great job and easy to extend the cutting wire and add new. I liked it so much that I now have the mower, blower, and hedge trimmer added to the collection. Highly recommend the Ryobi one plus products and also the fantastic 6 year warranty is brilliant, not to mention the ability to register the products online in your own Ryobi tool box, upload the receipt and serial numbers, brilliant idea. love it.
Light weight, easy to use.
I love this edger, we used to own a petrol own, but I didn’t like that we had fuel sitting around when not in use.
Since getting this, I can now easily do the edges and finish of my lawns as it’s very light weight and easy to use. Plus I live that it comes with a 6 year warranty as well.
My hubby bought this for me and it is awesome,we are on 1/2 acre with quite few trees to snip around and find I’ve still got enough battery charge left to go around what I’ve missed. It’s great at edging along the driveway as well.no messing around with petrol which is great. I love the fact you don’t have to bash it on ground to get more cord. Very happy with this product
Budget , but capable.
As long as you arent trying to mow the lawn with it, its pretty good. No More Petrol mixing and mess. I only have a small lawn, so its good for doing the naturestip and curb edging. Will push through thick dirt and grass if given time.
A bit hard to see where its cutting when you use it in Edging mode, with the Steel guide extended. I use the other ryobi 18v's so handy.
cheap low quality
Main issue is battery life, started off getting 15 min, after about 20 recharges lucky to get 5 min.. 2nd issue, only one line to cut with, makes those initial 15 min not very effective, now almost useless. Very disappointed considering going back to 2 stroke as the batteries are not cheap to replace. Ryobi once had a semi-decent reputation, I still have a Ryobi battery drill that I have been using for near on 15 years but now as they mostly supply Bunnings, they are becoming obsolete in quality. Will avoid in future.
Reasonably happy with this although the line often breaks
Happy with cutting ability, easy to maintain and charge. Only one problem is that I find that the line breaks at least twice in a edging session and its quite annoying. Vry good value for money though - next time I think I would probably spend a bit more and get a 36V
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Very Pleasantly Surprised
Bought this today at Bunning's, the kit complete with battery and charger on special for $149, originally only went in to look, but when I saw it at this price, couldn't resist buying. My powerful 4 stroke Makita sheered off at the shaft, making it useless, and I was worried this couldn't compare, especially after reading some of the negative reviews, however, I was surprised how well it worked, admittedly this was it's first use, and whether it stands the test of time remains to be seen, but first impressions are very positive, even the edging...side worked beautifully, not sure how long the battery lasts, as I was finished in 15 minutes and it was still going strong, just make sure you lower the cutting head to the correct angle and it'll cut like a dream, no problems with the line either, still the same length when I finished, so guess the mechanism worked? At the first trial, it's a 5 star review from me! Good one Ryobi.
Suites my needs
It's easy to use and suites a small back yard. As it's battery you don't need to worry about getting petrol, or having cans sitting in the garage with both 2 stroke and 4 stroke and potentially putting the wrong petrol in. That's what happened to my last whipper snipper. The battery doesn't take long to charge and is very powerful
Spoke Too Soon
Worked well for the first few months and I was impressed as this unit replaced a petrol trimmer. Kept telling everyone how good it was - Big mistake! Now I regret buying it. The biggest problem is the auto-feed. It keeps throwing out chord every minute and I have to replace the reel every time I use it. Later I have to pick up pieces of chord from the lawn.The battery also runs out so I have to recharge it before trimming the edges of my backyard. The unit is much easier to operate and use than a petrol whipper snipper and it's not heavy either. If the auto-feed defect can be solved, it would be a good tool. I'm thinking of returning it back to Bunnings.
One+ trimmer. Thought I'd be awful but...
So easy to use. No pulling to start. Just go! Battery will last about 45 minutes so I recommend two but as far as performance it's a ripper. I like how the line feeds and I don't have to 'bump' it to get line out. I was initially unsure of my purchase given I'd had a riobi petrol trimmer before (was awful) but to my surprise this thing works really well. As Molly used to say "do yourself a favour".
I bought the kit from Bunnings which came with a charger and 5 amp battery. Its surprisingly powerful and is really convenient to just whip out and go without needing to mess around with petrol and oil and plug starters. The edging has never been done on my lawn and it handled it with no problems at all. Seems to be well built but I will report back if it fails.
Good until it wasnt
Had about six months use out of mine and unit is light and easy to use. Suitable for smaller yards and light weeds. Had usual problem with line snapping constantly but after 6 months the motor in the end gave up a big puff of smoke and ceased to work. Looking at it it appears the bearing in the motor have collapsed as whole end of unit now moves around. Would not buy again.
Only good for small yard with soft grass
I have been using mine for 9 months now and it is not powerful enough for my buffalo grass edging. Had to use tree pruners to cut the edge grass runners. The auto-feed worked well when it was new out of the box, but as it was towards the end of the nylon roll, the auto-feed stopped working and had to be manually press. This would be required after ever few meters of edging. Very frustrating.
It works well as a light weed whacker but if you have left the weeds too long, you will need a petrol one with a thicker nylon.
Prefect for the small yard with regular maintence
I brought this line trimmer about 2 years ago now. I updated to it as I was sick of using our large petrol one we have had for years as my arms would die from the weight after just doing the front yard, so wanted something light and without a power cord. My yard is about 560m2 with a medium house on it and I do my fencing line, driveway, garden edges and footpath edging with it. I would use it about every second time I mow and I mow about every 2-3 weeks - so gives you an idea of how much grass I have growing up my edges.
When I first got it...I thought it did a terrible job, I couldn't get it to cut much and thought, great hubby going to say 'I told you so' when he found out. What I found was it took a couple goes before I worked out the best way to use a single line trimmer and upgraded the line from what it came with to something a little more tough. Now it works great and even my father in law can't believe the great job I get with it as he had the same issue when he once used my trimmer. It does take a few goes to get good at using it, so don't give up. I find if I use the smaller batteries I will go through at least 2 of them doing my whole yard, so I suggest getting and using a large battery with it. We have heaps here as we have other Ryobi tools so not a big deal, but annoying if your half way through the yard and the battery dies. I love the fact its self feeding, I hated the whole bump method, would forget to bump and then run out of line and have to rethread again wasting time. I wouldn't say its faultless though, I would say there are a few times it doesn't self feed and I have to pull the line out or re-thread it. Not sure why this happens but as its so light I can just turn it up while where I am and the head comes off so easy - no uni degree needed to pull it apart, so its not a big issue like on the large line trimmers. I would say doing my yard I have to do it maybe once or twice the whole time. However my hubby doesn't like how small it is and seems to account small to useless, so has his own huge petrol line trimmer which he uses about twice a year as I mainly do the yard. So for men they may feel its not 'manly' enough for them being so small and quiet - however for us wives its prefect - no more nagging the hubby to do the trimming - you can do it yourself.
Awesome line trimmer & blower set.
Perfect. I use it daily in our gardens in Ullyses Rainforrest Cafe. The battery lasts forever. Both the trimmer and blower are noiseless. Important in the rainforrest. Easy to replace line. It came with an awesome battery powered blower. Gone are the noisy 2 strokes for me. Thank you Ryobi.
Good but don't expect miracles
Bought the Ryobi 18V One + line trimmer after many years with the same Ryobi 2 stroke dual line weed trimmer. Compared to my old 2 stoke line trimmer it doesn't have anywhere near the same cutting power. Was attracted to a single line trimmer after years of having to stop and refeed the line as the bump style dual line feeders overlap each other and stop the line from feeding. So far I haven't had any line feed problems. No longer have starting problems and has nothing to maintain other than line and battery. Great for small gardens but...struggles with buffalo grass runners. Pros: Lightweight, reliable line feeder, no starting problems, no mixing 2 stroke, safe around pool, not as loud as petrol engine. Nearly maintenance free. Cons: Weak cutting, a bit short for tall people, battery doesn't last as long as petrol. Additional batteries are expensive. Edger guide is useless.
Questions & Answers
When the switch is released the automatic line feed is feeding out about 25mm of line. This seems too much as the line is being used too rapidly. Is this the way it is meant to work?
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