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40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer

Model: #RY40220 | Home Depot Sku #: 1000025222

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40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer is rated 4.764705882352941 out of 5 by 102.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to thread string I purchased this about a year ago, love it. Easy to use, reasonably light weight. The two issues I have, the batteries don't last as long 1 yr down the road. I purchased a blower and hedge trimmer to have extra batteries..and now the string is impossible to thread. Poor design. Trying to get warranty replacement, however unable to submit a trouble ticket online. I think they should give at least 2 batteries w/ the initial unit, and if the string head design is improved...this would be perfect..
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GreatTool!!! I bought this last summer and used it 5-6 times and now have started back this year and I am very happy with my purchase. I can trim and edge my front and back yard one one charge. When I'm done the battery is done also. The unit works great on regular grass and weeds. It has some issues with vines and big weeds if the battery is getting low but that's it. Heck my wife is using it also and likes it better than the gas machines due to the lighter weight and the controls are easier to use.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well balanced I bought this trimmer last summer along with the 20" 40V mower. This trimmer is a great compliment to the mower. I can do all the trimming around the house, flowerbeds and fence and then flip it sideways to edge the driveway and sidewalks. The edging does go through the string faster, but I've found that to be the case with all string trimmers used for edging. the bump action to advance the line can take a few hard hits, but that is the only "con" that I would have for this trimmer.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good trimmer to have around I worked for the city's park department and used a high end gas trimmer every day. This might not be as powerful as a big gas motor, but it still has the power to edge your yard or take out a patch of weeds. My dad has one and was chopping weeds with quarter to half inch diameter stock with out much trouble. I like that I don't need to mix gas, it's light weight and it doesn't get hot when you are using it. But it has good power.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good trimmer I got this for Mother's Day this year. Used it for the first time two days ago. Works great, love the fact that I don't have to mess with gas or cord. It is a bit heavy for me, so I could only spend about 30 minutes using it before my arms got tired. Overall, I am looking forward to using it in place of my small gas powered mower to trim. I have a riding mower to cut the yard. The battery used about half the charge in this time.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had for over a year and love it i use it to do full yard which is half acre fenced with trees seperate garage deck in middle of yard and lots of trees i need two charges to do it all if i wanted a second batter or replacment i would buy a nother implemet like blower or hedge trimmer ill never go back to gas this is two easy i do first half till dead charge while picking up sticks and mowing than do second half again to easy!
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this trimmer! I purchased this trimmer to replace my older gas powered trimmer that I was having some problems with. As I did some research while looking to purchase another gas powered trimmer I saw an advertisement for the Ryobi Battery powered trimmer. The idea of not having to deal with the problems that sometimes come with gas powered trimmers appealed to me as well as the ecological benefits of a rechargeable tool. I have a fairly large yard and I was a bit skeptical that I would be able to trim my yard with only a single charge but I was very surprised to find that I can do the whole yard on one charge and there is often charge still left over. I love the "fuel gauge" on the battery that tells you the level of charge left and the fact that it charges fairly quickly. I am looking forward to purchasing some of the attachments for this unit to allow me to use this tool for more than one task.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works like a charm! I was tired of gas trimmers that would take about 60 pulls to get started so I went elec. and since I'm a ryobi fan I went ahead and gave this a try. I must say I am so happy and love trimming the yard again!! I have used it about 7 time and haven't had a problem yet. And there is a full spool of string it comes with so straight out of the box you are ready to go. Extremely satisfied.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best weed eating tool ever I have had this tool for almost a year now. It is the best weed eating tool I have ever used, light weight, battery lasts for about an hour of hard use, much quieter than gas powered tools and just as powerful. Battery is expensive but well worth it, immediate starting and stoping at the finger squeeze of the switch. Looking forward to purchasing the expand it blower attachment next.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great everything! I bought this because I can't start a regular string trimmer. I am 67 and not very strong but I can use my Ryobi string trimmer all around my house and buildings. I bought an extra battery and have them charged when I am ready to start. It is lightweight and easy to handle but it is tough. I Love it! Also have the blower and hedge trimmer. Love the ease of using them.
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I was really tired of my gas trimmers and decided to give this a shot. I used it all last season and was impressed with the power and battery life. In addition, the noise level is a lot easier on the ears and I don't smell of exhaust. I have since moved to a larger property and may consider an extra battery. I have and will continue to recommend this trimmer.
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome trimmer I replaced my Ryobi gas trimmer with the new 40v Ryobi trimmer. Best purchase I have ever made. It's light weight and very easy to operate. The expand it tools I bought for the old trimmer work on this one. Seemed to have more power (torque) than the gas models. After I trimmed and edged the front and back yards, I still had two dots left on the battery!
Date published: 2016-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Job rated for my yard I have used the trimmer for over a year. Works every time. Battery is still good, charges fast, and holds the charge. For example, this spring it still had it's charge from last fall. The variable speed extends the time before needing a charge. Excellent trimming around walks and edging. Tip: Lube the string exit hole for a bit better string release
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Bought this to simplify my life. My wife is usually unable to get a gas trimmer or chainsaw started. She does help out in the yard, so these products help her help me!!! While it's not quite "as powerful as gas" as they say, it is plenty strong for normal edging and trimming. But not super strong to clean up tall dense weeds.
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from little vibration on the hands I have a problem with my hands and the little vibration helps out alot. It has a long battery life. i have a few different attachments for it and i love them all. the tiller works great, the hedge trimmer is another one, the chain saw is wonderful piece to have. always has good torque. Once again loving everytime i use it
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great power, poor balance. Very happy with the trimmer, plenty of power. Haven't been able to run the battery down yet. Only problem I have is weight. Being only 5'7" and 77 years old the weight is tiring and the balance is not good. Bought a universal shoulder strap at HD and that helps. Also have the blower and the brush trimmer.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally dig it You know i was looking for a change after being frustrated with a gas troy built trimmer. This does the light to medium job that I need. Also, the battery last longer than I anticipated since I'm not holding the trigger the whole time i'm carrying it around the yard. I've never run out of battery.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product with great features! I bought this for my husband and I'm so glad we went with this one. The ability to change out the trimmer with a variety of other things available makes it worth every penny. We have already went back and bought the cultivator to till my garden and it is also a great product! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every bit as good as gas. No more hard starting motors, mixing gas, load noise. 40 volts of power gets the job done with ease. If you've had other cordless trimmers that just didn't rival it's gas counterpart, this isn't it! Power to spare, well balanced & expandable. It's everything you need in a yard trimmer.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like it! Not really the power of my gas power heads but it is SO much easier to use. Quieter, lighter, cooler, just overall better. I haven't had to crank up the gas machines yet. It's not QUITE as powerful but it has all I need and the battery charge lasts long enough to do everything I need.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome power! Trimmed my entire property, which is 3/4 of an acre. Takes me about 30 minutes and the power at the end was just as strong as when I started. Even purchased a tiller attachment and it also exceeded my expectations. Very surprised how powerful it is and very easy to change attachments.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this to replace a gas powered unit that had died after 13 years. It has more than enough power to do what I need to do, without the hassles of having to mix the gas and oil. Plus, I never have to spend time trying to start it, simply plug in a charged battery and go with it.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tired of gas powered trimmers! I bought this primarily because I was tired of gas powered trimmers; messing with gas, having starting and performance issues. I chose the 40V model to have enough power and flexibility to use several of my attachments that I already have. I have been pleased with its performance.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product. Versatile. This weed eater is as powerful as my gas powered that I had. Love the fact of no more gas and oil mix and to pull start. Also I like the fact that I can buy attachments for the power head which I plan on doing soon. The battery will do my over acre yard about twice. Very quiet.
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product This trimmer is the latest addition to my pack of Ryobi cordless tools. The 40V battery really provides the power needed to trim up the grass while not having to also battle a cord or gas. I also like the fact that I can buy different attachments for it as well.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like the big boys. I have had this trimmer for about a year now and it has all but replaced my Echo gas trimmer. This 40v system has enough power to maintain my 1 acre property and always starts on the first pull:). I can definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get a new trimmer.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am impressed At first I was a bit skeptical about a cordless weed eater.My Dad bought it for me and I said heck this thing aint gonna cut it.Well boy was I surprised,it chugs right along sure it's not a gas weed eater but heck it does the job,and the battery stays up on it.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from long lasting power a few months ago I purchased a 40 volt Ryobi expandit string trimmer,my trimmer has the power of a gas model,can trim my yard at least 3 times on one charge and I don't have to go through the bother of getting gas,mixing it,pull starting and the oder og gas.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trimmer I've ever owned! I am extremely please with my Ryobi 40v grass trimmer. I can do all of the trimming around my garden and wife's flower beds on a 1/3 acre lot while only using half of the battery's charge! The cutter head is simple to replace line on and works well.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does better than gas ! Bought this 6months ago and WOW I thought it would be O.K. but then was I surprised. Even my neighbor asked about it and said it looked like I could take down a tree ! Best thing I ever did ! Still running strong and battery holds a great charge!
Date published: 2016-04-19
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The RYOBI 40V-X Expand-it String Trimmer delivers Gas-Like Power™ without the hassle of gas and oil. This powerful trimmer features a REEL-EASY bump feed string head for fast and easy reloading; and premium .080 in. twisted dual line for cutting through brush and thicker grass. The RYOBI 40V-X Expand-it String Trimmer is the first cordless system that is also attachment capable. Add the Expand-it cultivator, blower or even edger to the bottom shaft of the RYOBI 40V-X String Trimmer power head to quickly transform your lawn from overgrown to manicured. This string trimmer puts users in control with a variable speed trigger and adjustable cutting width. The entire RYOBI 40V family runs off of the same 40V lithium-ion battery platform. The RYOBI 40V-X Expand-it String Trimmer is backed by a RYOBI 5 year warranty.

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GAS-LIKE POWER™

Attachment Capable: Accepts Universal Outdoor Attachments

Premium .080 in. Twisted Dual Line

REEL-EASY™ Bump-feed String Head For Fast And Easy Reloading

Variable Speed Trigger Allows More Powerful Cutting Or Longer Battery Life

13-15 in. Adjustable Cutting Width For Longer Run Time Or Wider Cutting Path

40V lithium-ion high capacity battery and 90 min. charger included

5 Year Limited Tool Warranty

3 Year Limited Battery Warranty

  • Power Source: 40V Li-ion Battery
  • Cutting Swath: Adjustable 13-15 in. cutting width
  • Line: .080 in. twisted dual line
  • Line Advancement: REEL-EASY bump feed
  • Attachment Coupler: Universal Attachment Coupler
  • Trigger: Variable Speed
  • Yard Size: Up to 1 Acre
  • RYOBI 40V X Power Head
  • Expand-It String Trimmer Attachment
  • Straight Shaft Grass Deflector
  • 40V Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 40V Charger
  • Operator’s Manual

How do I advance the line on my REEL-EASY™ String Head?

Line advance is controlled by tapping the string trimmer head on grass while running engine at full throttle

  • Run the engine at full throttle
  • Tap the knob on ground to advance line. The line advances each time the knob is tapped. Do not hold the knob on the ground

NOTE: The line trimming cut-off blade on the grass deflector will cut the line to the correct length

NOTE: If the line is worn too short, you may not be able to advance the string by tapping it on the ground. If so, stop the engine and manually advance the line.

How do I attach the front handle on my RYOBI 40V-X String Trimmer?

  • Loosen and remove the wing bolt and washer from the handle.
  • Install the handle on the power head shaft.
  • Adjust handle up or down, if necessary, to desired operation position.
  • Reinstall the washer and wing bolt. Tighten wing bolt to secure.

How do I install my attachment to my RYOBI Power Head?

  • Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug (if using a RYOBI Gas Power Head); remove the battery (if using the RYOBI 40V Power Head).
  • Loosen the knob on the coupler of the power head shaft and remove the end cap from the attachment (black rubber piece with loop hole for hanging).
  • Push in the silver button located on the attachment shaft. Align the button with the guide recess on the Power Head coupler and slide the two shafts together. Rotate the attachment shaft until the button locks into the positioning hole.

NOTE: If the button does not release completely in the positioning hole, the shafts are not locked into place. Slightly rotate from side to side until the button is locked into place.

  • Tighten the knob securely.

How do I manually advance the line on my REEL-EASY™ String Head?

  • Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire to ensure you will not be harmed
  • Push the knob in while pulling on line(s) to manually advance the line

How do I remove the attachment from my RYOBI Power Head?

  • Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug (if a gas unit), remove the battery (if using RYOBI 40V Power Head)
  • Loosen the knob at the connection point
  • Push in the button and twist the shafts to remove and separate the Power Head from the Attachment

How do I replace the line on my REEL-EASY™ String Head?

  • Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire to ensure you will be safe while replacing the line.
  • Rotate the spool clockwise as necessary to align the arrows on the spool.
  • Cut one piece of trimmer line at approx. 20ft. in length. Insert the line in the eyelet on the string trimmer housing. Push until the end of the line comes out the opposite side of the string head. Pull the line from the other side until equal amounts of line are on both sides of the spool.
  • Rotate the spool clockwise to wind the line on the spool until approx. 6 in. of line is showing on each side.
  • Push the spool retainer down while pulling on line(s) to manually advance line and to check for proper assembly of the on the string head.

How do I start and stop my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer?

To Start:

  • Press and hold the lock-out button.
  • Depress the switch trigger

To Stop:

  • Release the switch trigger to stop the string trimmer.
  • Upon release of the switch trigger, the lock-out button will automatically reset to the locked position.

How do I store my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer?

  • Remove the battery from the string trimmer before storing.
  • Clean all foreign material from the trimmer.
  • Store the unit in a place that is inaccessible to children and away from corrosive agents such as garden chemicals and de-icing salts.

What do I do if my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer won’t start?

Possible Cause—Battery is not secure

  • To secure the battery pack, make sure the e battery pack is snapped into place.

Possible Cause—Battery is not charged:

  • Charge the battery pack according to the instructions included with your battery.

What is the best way to cut weeds and grass using my string trimmer?

  • Keep your string trimmer tilted toward the area being cut
  • Pass the unit from left to right (if using a curved shaft string trimmer) and from right to left (if using a straight shaft string trimmer). By following these directional cutting paths, you will avoid having debris and grass clippings from being directed back at yourself.
  • Use the top of the line to do the cutting. Do not force the string head into uncut grass; this could cause the trimmer to bog down.
  • Avoid trees, shrubs wire and picket fences.

How do I attach the grass deflector on my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer?

  • Remove the battery.
  • Remove the plastic hardware bag from the grass deflector.
  • Fit the grass deflector over the string head.
  • Line up the screw holes in the grass deflector with the holes in the motor housing.
  • Install supplied screws and tighten by turning clockwise with a phillips screwdriver.

40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer - Model RY40220


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