Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer
The Ryobi 40V Expand-It String Trimmer Review
Ryobi 40V Expand-It Attachment Capable String Trimmer
Model number: RY40250
Power source: 40V Lithium-Ion Battery
Weight: 8.92 Lbs.
This is a review of the new Ryobi 40V Expand-It Attachment Capable String Trimmer Model #RY40250. This tool is part of the new line of Ryobi 40V outdoor power equipment and is interchangeable with a large selection of attachments. More information about this line is available at the Ryobi website.
A string trimmer is one of the cornerstone tools of any property owner’s power equipment arsenal. In the past battery powered versions of these tools have been under powered or had short run times.
TheRyobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer
Ryobi addressed these issue by introducing new and improved 40V lithium-ion battery technology into their new Attachment Capable (AC) String Trimmer. The attachment capable system allows you to separate the power head from the trimmer unit and swap it out for any tool head from the Ryobi line.
All of this convenience is combined into a tool that is well balanced and offers impressive performance and ease of use.
Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer Specifications:
- Battery: 40V 4.0 Ah Lithium-Ion
- Cut Swath: Adjustable 13-15”
- Line Advancement: Bump Head Feed
- Line Size: 0.080”
- Trigger: Variable Speed
- Warranty: 5 Year Limited
Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer Features:
The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer has power that Ryobi describes as GAS-LIKE and after using this tool I agree! It was able to power through thick grass and low weeds as well as a conventional homeowner gas powered model.
40 Volt Battery Powered
The power comes from Ryobi’s improved 40V batteries and a 4.0Ah version is included with the tool. The battery includes a clip on style charger that doubles as a power station. I discussed the battery and charger features in another recent review which can be found here.
My battery came dead in the box and took approximately two hours to get a full charge using the provided charger. While the power was impressive for a cordless tool, it is not at the same level as a commercial gas powered straight shaft trimmer.
The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer has an ergonomic grip with rubber over molding and a variable speed trigger that is responsive and spools the trimmer up immediately. A padded U shaped grip is included that the user can set the height on.
This allows good balance of the tool for your height and desired trimming position. I am tall with long arms and had to shift the handle all the way up to make it comfortable for extended use. The 40V AC Trimmer lacks the felt vibration of a conventional gas powered model. It was smooth and comfortable in hand.
The head of the Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer is a traditional bump feed design and uses 0.080” line. A couple lengths of line are included, but any trimmer line of the same size will work. The coolest part though is how you change the line.
Reel-Easy Speed Winder
Ryobi refers to this as their REEL-EASY SPEED WINDER technology. Lock the head into the feed potion, feed in a 16’ length of trimmer line and center it, then use the provided plastic crank like a spanner wrench on the outside of the head to wind the spool. This is hands down the easiest reel head I have ever used to re-spool! It works very well and can be done in under a minute. The cut swath on the head is adjustable from 13-15” by moving the cutting blade on the head guard.
One of the stand out features is the EXPAND-IT capability from Ryobi. The tool can be broken down at the midpoint of the shaft to allow the changing of implements. The trimmer head can be changed out for a variety of attachments;
- Landscaping Edger
- 10” Pole Saw
- Soil Cultivator
- Fixed Hedge Trimmer
- 15” Articulating Hedge Trimmer
- Jet Fan Blower
- Snow Thrower
The 40V AC Trimmer uses a spring loaded detent ball to lock the shaft of each attachment in place. A plastic collar mechanism with hand crank to applies tension down on the shaft. This locks the attachment down without any play. I was skeptical of the locking mechanism at first, but it has held up well for me during use.
Pricing and Availability:
The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer is currently available through Home Depot and Amazon. Pricing online is $159.00 for the kit with charger and 4.0Ah battery at the Home Depot website. Overall this is an outstanding value for an out of the box tool that is good to go for any homeowner.
Ryobi Ryobi 40V Expand-It Attachment Capable String Trimmer
Who Is This Tool For?
The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer is a great option for a homeowner looking for the power of a corded tool with the convenience of a cordless tool. It is not a brush cutter and it is not meant for all day commercial use. The trimmer would be right at home for trimming around patios, trees, or hard to reach spots, but lacks the grunt of a true pro grade trimmer.
The tool world is evolving into cordless everything and the outdoor power equipment world is no exception. Let’s face it, after a long and aggravating day the last thing you want to worry about is if your mixed gas is still good or if your trimmer will spark.
The Ryobi 40V ATTACMENT-CAPABLE String Trimmer is a convenient tool that is well balanced and surprisingly powerful with an easy to load reel head. While I think the ATTACHMENT-CAPABLE locking mechanism has room for improvement, this tool is still a great option for making a homeowner’s yard work easier.
About the author
Leave a comment
Product reviews on this site contain our opinion of a product or service. We will always strive for objectivity and transparency in our reviews. Our goal is to provide readers with honest, objective information based on our own experiences. We never have and never will accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Many of the products that we review are provided to us for free by a manufacturer or retailer. In some cases, we also have advertising or affiliate relationships with manufacturers and retailers of products and services we review. For additional information please visit our additional disclosure policies.
It works well for it to be battery operated.
Just wondering how this Ryobi Brushed Motor model compares with the almost identical or very similar Brushless Motor model.
Typically the run-time is better with the brushless, and some power improvements.
The brushless model is 40% higher in cost ($60), not sure it would be worth the additional cost for a home owner and non-professional.
1st season using this model and I’m impressed. Use it at typical suburban house. Trim along chain link fenced backyard, around a deck, along driveway and sidewalk and battery is only half discharged when finished. Was prepared to be disappointed but was pleasantly surprised and satisfied. Battery life and ease to reload head with line make this a pleasure to use
I cannot get the handle to fit snugly. Is it supposed to be loose? If not, do you have any tips?
At the end of the season last year I bought the brushed version and used it about 4 times for a total of 2 hours. Then the motor burned up. Exchanged it but didn’t use it the rest of the season. This season I’ve used it twice for a total of 45 minutes and the motor burned up. These things have power but they are junk.
I’m sorry to hear about your negative experience with the trimmer. I have to disagree with you though. Mine has not been junk. In fact, I gifted it to my father in law who has used it for two seasons and he has had zero issues with the trimmer or the batteries. Still running strong.
I’ve read many reviews indicating that the Ryobi 40v string trimmer is very noisy. My only experience is with gas trimmers that required hearing protection. Is it that noisy as to require hearing protection?
Used it one time for less than an hour and then the 2nd time I used it to keep scudding off and won’t r
That’s definitely an unfortunate experience. I have had the opposite experience and the tool continues to work well.
Actually the manual recommends 0.095 cutting line.
I’ve had this ryobi 40v battery powered weed eater for a couple years. Always worked well until just recently, it only powers about 25 % speed?? Battery is ok because i use it in my Ryobi blower also. Any suggestions?
Could be the motor. Maybe call their service center.
After several years of use the viscosity of the grease in the shaft or string head may have changed causing additional friction in the string head or shaft. If you have the motor with brushes they may be worn and only making partial contact; check and replace as needed.