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Old 05-05-2019, 04:26 PM
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Default Cordless string trimmers

I don't own a suite of cordless tools yet. I am partial to Milwaukee cordless from my usage but have also worked with Makita and Dewalt. The newer Dewalts are better, but I was never thrilled with them. I do have a Metabo impact 1/2 wrench, but it doesn't have enough torque.

Dewalt and Makita have higher voltage trimmers. All I would be doing is grass/weeds. I am thinking the Milwaukee 18V will be fine. Milwaukee has a grease gun & heat gun, which are tools I would like. The heat gun would be used for heat shrink terminations.

Is anything more than 18V needed for a string trimmer?
Old 05-05-2019, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post

Is anything more than 18V needed for a string trimmer?
yes. Unlikely you will be happy with an 18v trimmer. Had one, was terrible, not nearly powerful enough. Now I have a 40v and it’s perfect.
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My Ryobi 18V works fine, but don’t have real heavy grass, weeds. Can’t complain
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Originally Posted by Restrain View Post
My Ryobi 18V works fine, but don’t have real heavy grass, weeds. Can’t complain
Then your property is like the commercial for the "Worx"?
Old 05-05-2019, 05:13 PM
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super impressed with my husqvarna cordless trimmer I picked up on clearance. I believe they still sell them
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I have the Milwaukee M18 fuel trimmer. That thing has more than enough power and works excellent. My Echo gas doesn't get used anymore.
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Originally Posted by Restrain View Post
My Ryobi 18V works fine, but don’t have real heavy grass, weeds. Can’t complain

I was given a Ryobi 18v weed eater a few years ago. My first thought was what a POS.
Lol still using it after 3 years. And I live in south florida. Is it as powerful as a gas trimmer. nope.
Does it run long enough to do my whole house. Nope. But with 2 batteries it does.
Are there better battery powered option, most likely.
I think battery powered trimmers are here to stay.


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Toro PowerrPlex 13 inch 40-volts Max is the best one I have owned. I do customer reviews for Home Depot in exchange for free products and this one works better than the others I have received over the years. On it's third year now.

The Cub Cadet was the worst.
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I have the 40v dewalt trimmer and blower going on 3 years so far with no complaints. Don’t miss the carb issues at all. Plenty of power. There are 2 speeds and I never have to use the highest one. Bad thing about the dewalt is the guard. It is so small it flings crap everywhere. If I didn’t wear google I would be blinded by now.
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I have Milwaukee 18 volt string trimmer and really impressed with how well it works after Hurricane Michael’s surge took my Still gas’s weed eater away.
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I have this Kobalt (Lowes) 40 volt 13" string trimmer, and it has been really good https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-40-v...ded/1000180459
I also have the Kobalt 40 volt 24" hedge trimmer and 40 volt leaf blower (both use the same battery size) and like those too.
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LIke others have said, My Milwaukee 18v string trimmer works great
Old 05-06-2019, 06:29 AM
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I just purchased a Ryobi 40v RY40250 to replace my well-used Ryobi gas model. This is an "attachment capable" model, which I wanted to be able to use my blower and edger from my gas model. So, I simply connected the string trimmer bottom from my gas model for first use. The 40v battery lasted for the trimming I did yesterday which was close to, but not all that I would normally do. It was down to the last indicator when I stopped. I also bought a spare 40v battery which I will return before the end of the 90 day period if I don't decide I need it.

My quick read of the string trimmer operation for the RY40250 says that it dispenses string with every start and stop, which isn't what I want, I like the bump method, but I have to explore that further.

I have Milwaukee 18v (NOT FUEL) tools, but I found no compatible trimmers.

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I have the 18V ryobi, just because I already had the batteries. It works every time I pull the triggger, which I couldn’t say for my old 2-stroke. With the big lithium battery it lasts longer than I want to be using it. Feels like a toy but it keeps working.

Probably has 1/5 the power of my old gas one. Trims fine around the house, but not enough chooch to knock down the empty lot next door. Only has one string exit rather than 2, and goes through it kinda quick. Easy to reload.

Useful, cheap tool for light cosmetic trimming. Will disappoint if you want to do more.
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50 v echo a bit heavy but a beast
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I have a green one but its not ryobi (i dont remember the name on it as I'm not at That house right now).

Pretty sure its 40v and it works great!
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
I have a green one but its not ryobi (i dont remember the name on it as I'm not at That house right now).

Pretty sure its 40v and it works great!
greenworks?
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Maybe but id have to look. I rarely use it that's why i didn't want a gas one.
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I have a 58 volt echo that replaced a stihl gas trimmer. It’s a decent replacement since I don’t have a lot of edging to do. I wouldn’t want anything less though. 18 volts seems woefully under powered, especially if you’re used to a gas trimmer.

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