Background: My 10+ year-old Ryobi dual-line auto-feed line trimmer Gave Up The Smoke after many years of service. I needed a corded trimmer that uses 0.80" line because that's what the Ryobi used. The "Hunt": I went to my local Sears and went to the Lawn and Garden Department. Imagine my surprise when I saw this unit on display! It Looked Like the Ryobi unit (motor handle, that is!), it was a corded unit, and the box said it uses 0.80" line! I "detached" the string head unit and examined the "drive system" - it sure looked like what the Ryobi used! On these "merits", I purchased the unit and went home. The "Test": I brought the unit home and unpacked it. After attaching the handle and detaching the string head, I made ready to attach the Ryobi string head. Sure enough, the Ryobi string head DIRECTLY ATTACHED to the motor shaft! I then attached a line cord and immediately started using it! Use impressions: 1) The motor is VERY strong, and, with the Ryobi head attached, it "wacks up" the weeds like a champ! 2) I do like the motor shaft being "notched" to prevent the adjustable handle from "turning". 3) The aux. carry strap is a GREAT TOUCH to reduce User Fatigue. "Nit-picks": 1) The supplied string head is not well designed! I could see myself changing lines every couple of minutes (i.e., carry a large "wad" of cut strings with you!). 2) It would be nice if the power switch could be "locked on" (though I see the "safety logic" in its' existing design!). 3) The drive motor is a little "loud", however it's no louder than what I had before (wear ear plugs if needed!). Summary: overall, this is a great string trimmer to have if you don't want to mess with a gas-powered unit or carry a bunch of batteries with you. Yes, you do need a long extension cord (#16 wire MINIMUM), but you never have to worry about batteries dying At The Wrong Time or "suddenly" running out of gas. I would give it a 4-1/2 star rating if I could!
Bought to replace 8 year old Ryobi Expand-it bump head with burnt out motor, and wanted to try fixed line head. Strap clip is far too high up the shaft, creating poor balance (and too-long strap) so strap is entirely useless. Auxiliary handle is flimsy and can't be tightened enough to not slip around on shaft. Needs hi/low speed switch, as hi-only is too much power for some tasks. Turns out fixed line head is a VERY bad and wasteful idea--when just a little string wears off, must replace entire 12" (unlike a bump head). After a very short time using, the red line lock button on the head caught on something and broke off, destroying the head--and there is no extra "cartridge" or whatever, like the description claims there is. The motor is very powerful and my old Ryobi bump head shaft and aux handle fit, so that's good, and at least makes it useable for me--though for slightly more than a replacement Ryobi motor section would have been.
The best corded line trimmer at the best price. Second one that I have owned. Very powerful and you do not have to bump the head for line feed. You cut your heavy duty line to size and push in a feed button on the head and insert your line. Also accepts attachments. Can't beat it!!
I was send a used broken item. Doesn’t get much worse than that. I saw someone mentioned something similar in another review and thought they must be exaggerating. Unfortunately they were not.
I love the power , the length is awkward for me I'm 5'5 and where the clip is for harness is too high on shaft ? the button to change out the line is so convenient but it started to stick inward and was getting harder and harder to push in to change it out, I had to use the back of my pliers to chg it out, then when your changing it out it would get stuck in the middle and took a lot of time to get it through to the other side. very frustrating when your trying to get your yard done.
I couldn't get used to it so I'm going to return it for something else