Looking to get your hands on a Ryobi string trimmer? They simply cannot be beaten when it comes to electric tools.
A household brand with the vision for “gasless” tools, Ryobi has become the brand to go to for the latest and greatest innovation in electric tools, all with affordability in mind. While they are a consumer brand, many professionals also swear by their performance.
And you would too. So, let us take a dive into what they have to offer and find the best one for you from this Ryobi string trimmer review list.
Top 2 Ryobi String Trimmer Review
So, I will be introducing two of the best Ryobi Trimmers on offer. I simply compared the real-world use cases and filtered down to the best two. Have a read.
1. RYOBI 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless
First off, like all of the Ryobi string trimmers, the unit is electric. You do not get that mechanical feedback you would get from a gas-powered trimmer. No startup time required. What we do get, however, is instantaneous torque delivery. The motor is an electric one, so the power-up is instantaneous with negligible latency.
Taking it out of the box, the first thing I notice is the color. While it may be appalling to a lot of individuals, I quite like acid green, grey, and black colorway. To each their own, I suppose. The other thing that catches the eye is that the entire unit comes pre-assembled, very much unlike the next unit I will be talking about later on.
Next, I will discuss a little about the battery. Rated at 40v, it is quite an upgrade over its 24v predecessor. To understand the difference, it is not enough to just take a glance at the numbers on the spec sheet. In the real world, the 24v model will last me around 45 minutes of trimming in a single charge.
With this new 40v, however, expect to see around 90 minutes of trimming on a single charge. Impressed yet? I certainly was. They did not even double the capacity, yet I can see a double in the runtime.
Yes, it kind of does depend on how much weed you are trimming through, and runtimes are not a singular metric of performance, but hey, in electric tools, battery metric is everything. The weight distribution is a lot better over its predecessor model. Insert the battery and the and the unit has a very good distribution.
Since the battery is bigger, we would expect the weight to be more. A reasonable expectation. But it is the contrary. I would have my elbows resting on the battery holster, given its dimension. Although completely involuntary, perhaps on the part of the manufacturer, I am quite pleased with the little things.
- Lasts almost 90 minutes on a single charge
- The string is adjustable (13 to 15 inches)
- Comes with a variable speed trigger
- Compatible with other Ryobi attachments
- No shoulder straps included
2. Ryobi One ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion String Trimmer/Edger and Blower Combo Kit 2.0
Unlike the 40v RYOBI cordless trimmer I discussed, the One+ does not come pre-assembled from the factory. Like other gas-operated string trimmers, it requires a tiny bit of assembly, and that is installing the trimmer guard.
The shaft needs to be connected too, but hey, I am receiving a smaller box in terms of management as compensation. It is to be expected of most trimmers, so no cause for complaints there. The assembly is mostly toolless, it is just a matter of slipping the guard over the protruding metal bit. And then move on to tightening it down.
Next, a hex wrench is used to connect the shaft. While it felt like I might have to fumble around a bit, the shaft slipped into position effortlessly. And then a little tightening down is in order.
Now, coming to the adjustments. They are limited to the support handle. I am pleased to report that I did not find any issues with the positioning, given that the support handle simply pivots rather than just outright sliding across the shaft. Intuitive? Sure, but I prefer a little more control.
Also, the preinstalled cutter stands at 11 inches, but the swath can be easily altered to 12 inches by taking out the screws and turning it around. Now, coming to why I went on with this Ryobi 18v string trimmer review, you simply cannot match what this unit offers for the price.
I simply could not find a trimmer with so many high-low speed modes at this price bracket. That too, one that doubles up as a blower.
- 2-in-1 trimmer and blower
- Battery operated
- Adjustable swath
- Lots of speed modes
- The switch out mechanism can feel complicated to some
And that’s all from our Ryobi String Trimmer review guide. The best string trimmers that Ryobi has to offer. I hope you gained some knowledge as to why you should opt for Ryobi and what makes them stand out from an otherwise very competitive crowd.
And I recommend the RYOBI 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless if you have a very big lawn and cannot be bothered to plug in your trimmer midway through the trimming process. The RYOBI One+ is highly recommended if you want and need that awesome feature set in a very lucrative price bracket. See you in the next one.