First Yard Bob

New Home! New Tool!

Posted by First Yard Bob on 06/03/2014 at 7:31 PM in Lawncare

As a long time fan of RYOBI’s power tools, and now as a new home homeowner with no HOA to take care of the yard, I decided to put their lawn tools to the test.

Now I’m not foreign to lawn work, as a kid my father had me mowing half an acre with a push mower, trimming around the house and sidewalks, and cutting down plenty of dead branches among other chores. So after years of getting “exercise” around the house I determined that I liked riding my bike as exercise a lot more. Hence, apartment living and town homes it was. That is until now with 1.3 acres of lawn maintenance.

Having had a few shoulder issues the concept of yanking a cord to get a little noisy gas engine to turn over after 5 minutes was not appealing to me or my rotator cuff. I figure if cars can run on battery power, why not lawn equipment.

To test the waters I started out with the RYOBI 40v String Trimmer and Brush Cutter extension. Out of the box it took only minutes to assemble, inserted the battery, grabbed the “go” trigger and I was on the move. Donning only my sunglasses for protection I began to conquer the yard.

The trimmer works flawlessly. It’s light, quiet and powerful, and my wife was able to handle it by herself versus a heavier gas powered trimmer we borrowed from a neighbor. She’s even able to use it one handed to reach those hard to get to spots under the shrubs.

Next on the list… clear the fence area. I don’t know the name for this type of weed, buy they are a good 3-5 feet tall and 1/2” to 1” in diameter. Without changing out the extension I hit them with the string trimmer, but the stalks proved to be too hard. In literally 5mins or less I unscrewed the lock ring, pulled the trimmer out, replaced it with the brush cutter extension, retightened the lock ring and was ready to go. Oh, I did have to recharge the battery since we trimmed the yard with the partially charged battery that came with the trimmer.

Once again, the trimmer went to work on the weeds and even some small saplings. The extension weighs a bit more than the string trimmer, but the extension comes with a shoulder strap and additional handle should you need it. I opted not to use them, but my wife would likely be more comfortable using them.

Lastly, if you’ve ever spilled gas in your vehicle you know how hard it is to get the smell out; worry no more. Tomorrow I’m returning my neighbors mower, then heading back to Home Depot to pick up the gas-less 40V mower. Stay tuned for my review.



Image: a home surrounded with a well-appointed lawn and ample planted shrubs, bushes, and ivory.

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