If ryobi spent few more dollars it would be great.
I should state from the beginning that i like ryobi (building 2nd house with our fav drills) which is why, when our previous line trimmer needed replacing we bought the ryobi straight shaft model. Pros - very easy to start. It takes a couple of steps but starts well. It comes with a variety of options like the Pro line and the heavy duty cord, and has a convenient line winder which did make the job easier than trying to deal with springs and holes and not having the line unravel, and it has a bump feed that actually works. Cons - doesn't tell y...ou how to deal with broken line in the head (obvious in old school line trimmer) and you get *seriously* covered in debris. I will be the first to admit that i don't often wear safety gear - basically just ear plugs - but i would not recommend anyone use this without the full spectrum of gear. (I pulled out a fragment of stone embedded in my finger and several small spears of weed from my eyes - lesson learned). I think the shape and size of the guard needs to be revisited or perhaps a new design offered as an additional product accessory. (We're using this on a rural property with head high grass and spinifex so maybe the standard guard is OK with domestic yards.) All in all, it does the job but a couple of tweaks could make it great.
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