RYOBI 40-Volt X Expand-it String Trimmer Review – RY40250 RY15523A

RYOBI 40-Volt X Expand-it string trimmer is the most powerful electric unit the company makes currently, but is it really a good alternative to a gas powered one?


It cuts very well, power is comparable to many gas powered units but it’s not quite as powerful as the best gas string trimmers we have reviewed. It’s plenty powerful for your average consumer though and will be able to handle pretty much anything you throw at it.

It comes with 0.080” twisted line and has cutting width that’s adjustable from 13 to 15 inches.


RYOBI 40-Volt string trimmer is attachment friendly and some attachments made by different companies will fit.

It has Reel-easy bump-feed string head and variable speed trigger.


RYOBI 40-Volt string trimmer uses 40-Volt 4Ah lithium-ion battery and lasts 20-30 minutes on full charge. Battery life improves after the first few charge cycles.

Battery is interchangeable with other Ryobi 40V tools.


RYOBI 40-Volt X Expand-it weed wacker a bit heavy and it isn’t perfectly balanced so it’s not the most comfortable string trimmer to operate but don’t get me wrong – it isn’t terribly uncomfortable either. If you get tired easily and need a light unit then you should look for a different string trimmer, otherwise you will be just fine.

However it can be praised in one area too – it’s pretty long so you will crouch less compared to most other weed wackers. This is a huge plus for people taller than 6 feet.

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Motor housing does get pretty warm after a while, it actually can get so hot at times you might get a mild burn if you touch it with your forearm which can easily happen due to where it’s placed.


RYOBI 40-Volt X Expand-it string trimmer is pretty powerful for an electric weed wacker but it does have some significant flaws too. For the price it does offer a good value for money, but this isn’t among our favorite cordless string trimmers – still, most consumers seem to love it!


If you have come across this review you are probably looking for a good string trimmer to purchase. So to help you make the right decision here is a list of best string trimmers we have reviewed so far:

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