product FAQs

How do I advance the line on my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer?

NOTE: Your RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer is equipped with an auto-feed head. Bumping the head to try to advance the line will damage the trimmer and void the warranty.

  • With the trimmer running, release the switch trigger.
  • Wait two seconds, and press the switch trigger again.

NOTE: The line will extend approximately ¼ in. with each stop and start of the switch trigger until the line reaches the length of the cut-off blade.

  • Resume trimming.

How do I manually advance the line on my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer?

  • Remove the battery.
  • Push the black button located on the string head while pulling on the line to manually advance the line.

How do I switch from trimming to edging on my RYOBI 24V or 40V String Trimmer?

  • Remove the battery pack.
  • Step down on the foot pedal.
  • Rotate the trimmer head counterclockwise placing the tool in the edger position.

How do I replace the spool on my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer?

NOTE: Use only .065 in. round or .080 in. twisted monofilament line.

  • Remove the battery pack.
  • Push in tabs on side of spool retainer.
  • Pull spool retainer up to remove.
  • Remove the old spool.
  • To install the new spool, make sure the line is captured in the slot on the new spool. Make sure the end of the line is extended approximately 5 in. beyond the slot.
  • Install the new spool so that the line and slot align with the eyelet in the string head. Thread the line into the eyelet.
  • Pull the line extending from the string head so the line releases from the slot in the spool. Reinstall the spool retainer by dressing tabs into slots and pushing down until spool retainer clicks into place.

How do I replace the line on my RYOBI Cordless String Trimmer?

  • Remove the battery pack.
  • Remove the spool from the string head.
  • NOTE: Remove any old line remaining on the spool.
  • Cut a piece of line approximately 9 ft. long. Use only .065 in. round or .080 in. twisted monofilament line.
  • Insert the line into the anchor hole in the upper part of the spool. Wind the line around the supper part of the spool clockwise, as shown by the arrows on the spool. Place line in the slot on upper spool flange, leaving about 6 in. extended beyond the slot. Do not overfill. After winding the line, there should be at least ¼ in. between the wound line and the outside edge of the spool.
  • Replace the plastic retainer spool and the spool cap.

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.

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.

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.

Where can I get a replacement filter?

Replacement filters can be found here.

Where can I find replacement sandpaper?

You can find replacement sandpaper at your local Home Depot store or online at

What blades can I use for my recip saw?

You can use any reciprocating saw blade on the market.

What blade do I use for what material?

For faster, rougher cuts use a blade with less teeth. For fine cutting like countertops and metal, use a blade with more teeth.

The blade of my tool pops out at different times during use. What is wrong?

If your blade pops out occasionally, it could mean you are pushing the saw too hard or too fast.

My saw keeps shutting off and I have a full charge on my battery.

This could mean you are pushing the saw too hard or too fast. This is a built-in feature we put in all of our batteries to protect them from being ruined.

What size blade should I get?

A 5.5 inch blade with a 10 millimeter Arbor

How do I use the Bladesaver function?

There is an Allen wrench in the handle of your Jigsaw and two lock nuts on the side of the tool. Take the wrench and turn each nut 1/2 turn until the base drops to your desired depth.

How do I adjust the base for angled cuts?

Using the same Allen wrench in the handle of your Jigsaw, loosen the two nuts on the underside of the base and re-tighten the nuts once it reaches the desired angle. There are also notched detents on the tool to indicate more common angles. Directions can also be found in your Operator’s Manual.

What orbital setting should I use?

Use your SpeedMatch sticker on the side of the tool as a guide. Setting 0 is the non-orbital setting and is recommended for very fine cutting of metal. Settings 1-3 are orbital settings, 3 being the most aggressive.

How do I adjust the speed of my Jigsaw?

There are two options to adjust speed. You can hold the trigger of the tool down and adjust the speed with your thumb dial. Or, using the trigger lock function, you can actuate the trigger, push in the side lock button, and adjust your speed with the thumb dial.

What blades can I use?

Using the provided universal adaptor, this tool will allow you to use most multi-tool blades on the market.