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RYOBI 40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer with Expand-It edger

Posted by Keeping Portland Green on 06/04/2014 at 1:48 PM in Lawncare, Tutorials

One thing the Pacific Northwest is known for is rain. Many people believe it rains all the time here. Although it does rain a lot, it definitely does rain all the time. Generally from late October though April we have pretty steady rainfall, rarely a downpour, but more of a drizzle, but it is not everyday as many believe. This however does lead to a lot of plant growth, weeds, and grass getting very green in early spring. This requires a lot of spring cleaning of the yard. Having just acquired my new RYOBI 40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer with Expand-It edger attachment I was ready to give it a try, and get the yard looking great for spring.

Photo 1 - Trimmer and edger attachment, 40V Blower was used for cleanup when the job was done.

Photo 1 - Trimmer and edger attachment, 40V Blower was used for cleanup when the job was done.

Out of the box the battery must have been 80% charged because it took less than 20 minutes to charge up the supplied 40V Lithion Ion battery. The trimmer itself came in 3 pieces and was straight forward and easy setup, the safety shroud, attachment and then motor/handle end went together very quickly.

Despite the size of and weight of the battery the trimmer was really easy to handle, I set-off to trim along the flower beds, fence, and around the old oak in the front yard. The trimmer was quiet, smooth and very easy to use. Nearly as powerful as many gasoline trimmers I’ve used, but without the hassle of priming, and starting a gas engine. The fixed length trimmer cords were a cinch to use and did not have to be changed at all while using them.

For the driveway, and sidewalks I wanted to get a cleaner look. With just a simple loosening of the accessory knob I was able to detach the trimmer head and attach the edger fitting. I really liked that the edger was the same standard edger head you can use on any RYOBI gas, electric or battery powered trimmer. Nice to see they did not re-engineer a new attachment system for just the battery powered model. It’s also says a lot about how strong the battery powered trimmer is since it can adequately handle the same accessories originally designed for their gas and electric models.

Photo 3 - Connection point for trimmer and edger attachments to the head unit.

Photo 3 - Connection point for trimmer and edger attachments to the head unit.

I set off to edging the driveway, made quick work of that, so then I moved to edging around all the sidewalks. I live on a fairly busy street with lots of foot traffic, so I want to impress all the folks passing by with a nice crisp edge along the sidewalk. I managed to finish up the job quickly, which is good since it was starting to get dark and daylight was limited. I grabbed my RYOBI 40V blower and cleaned up all the leftovers from the edging. The job was done and time to enjoy the rest of my evening!

Photo 4 - Edging time!

Photo 4 - Edging time!

Photo 5 - Edging results, clean and neat, ready for spring!

Photo 5 - Edging results, clean and neat, ready for spring!


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