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RYOBI Reconditioned $109 for 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Attachment Capable String Trimmer with 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger Included

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Great deal if you can get a good battery. In for one.
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I pulled the trigger too. I was looking for this exact trimmer set, definitely willing to get in at this price. I assume the battery has to be good or they'll take care of it. We shall see!
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Great deal if you can get a good battery. In for one.
How do you know if you get a "bad" one? I mean, I'm assuming it must work somewhere near its expected runtime, but how do you know for sure?

I ordered one, but don't need it right now and so can hold out for a better deal (probably until next year). Does it get much better than this? I'm interested in a blower, too.
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Looking to replace this trimmer after 4 years. Battery flashes as defective making it useless and batteries cost as much as a new trimmer. Ego is $135 at my HD on clearance. Going that option
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Looking to replace this trimmer after 4 years. Battery flashes as defective making it useless and batteries cost as much as a new trimmer. Ego is $135 at my HD on clearance. Going that option
Check the YouTube videos on this, there are a few ways to try and 'reset' the battery that might bring in back to life for you. These batteries are kinda well known for needing to be stored not in tools, not run all the way to empty, etc.
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Looking to replace this trimmer after 4 years. Battery flashes as defective making it useless and batteries cost as much as a new trimmer. Ego is $135 at my HD on clearance. Going that option
If it flares as defective it's probably because you are trying to charge it when it's hot. At least the 40 volt in my mower had that issue. It would be hot from the sun and I'd set it on the charger and it would say it's defective. A few hours later, it was fine.
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How do you know if you get a "bad" one? I mean, I'm assuming it must work somewhere near its expected runtime, but how do you know for sure?

I ordered one, but don't need it right now and so can hold out for a better deal (probably until next year). Does it get much better than this? I'm interested in a blower, too.
You can check the output with a multimeter and/or the charger should give you an indication if there is an issue. From what I recall refurb law equipment by Ryobi get a 1 year warranty. Like the other guy said tmeey will fix if within warranty. I wouldn't buy this and let is sit for 13 months then try to use it. As far as any better deals...there has been some 60v kobalt and greenworks deals but most of those don't have the multi attachment feature. Also, so of those come with a 2.0 or 2.5ah battery. Additionally, lots of those have the motor near the trimmer head which i am not a big fan of.. make edging with more difficult. In this covid environment I think this is one of the better deals on a device with these features.
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I have the Greenworks 40v brushless attachment capable trimmer. This is pretty much the minimum power to make decent use of the attachments. Takes me two batteries to edge a bit more than 200' of curb and the battery stops a few times along the way.
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I have the Greenworks 40v brushless attachment capable trimmer. This is pretty much the minimum power to make decent use of the attachments. Takes me two batteries to edge a bit more than 200' of curb and the battery stops a few times along the way.
Trza can you elaborate on the amp hour of your battery? I see hundreds of reviews that discuss run time without mentioning amp hour spec.
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Trza can you elaborate on the amp hour of your battery? I see hundreds of reviews that discuss run time without mentioning amp hour spec.
I pretty much just use the 4ah battery in the trimmer while edging. 2ah shuts off constantly with that job so I only use it if there's a little bit of the job left to do. It is ok for trimming but tbh my old gas trimmer blows away the 4ah battery, too. I was hoping to ditch gas small engines outside my riding mower and wanted a reason to keep an eye on my batteries since I don't need the chain and pole saws operating year round.

40v seems ok for like a little townhouse lot. I would say it's barely adequate for 1/2 acre plus.
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I pretty much just use the 4ah battery in the trimmer while edging. 2ah shuts off constantly with that job so I only use it if there's a little bit of the job left to do. It is ok for trimming but tbh my old gas trimmer blows away the 4ah battery, too. I was hoping to ditch gas small engines outside my riding mower and wanted a reason to keep an eye on my batteries since I don't need the chain and pole saws operating year round.

40v seems ok for like a little townhouse lot. I would say it's barely adequate for 1/2 acre plus.
Does it seem like the unit is overheating? I run the brushless 18v and if I trim quickly and don't let it rest a little it will shut off after 5 min or so of steady trimming. I agree, my ryobi gas blows all my other trimmers out of the water. Even my 60v greenworks. Although the greenworks has never shut off while using.
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Does it seem like the unit is overheating? I run the brushless 18v and if I trim quickly and don't let it rest a little it will shut off after 5 min or so of steady trimming. I agree, my ryobi gas blows all my other trimmers out of the water. Even my 60v greenworks. Although the greenworks has never shut off while using.
It might be. The battery is definitely warm. But not so warm as to cause discomfort when you touch it. Probably because it shut down. 😂
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You can check the output with a multimeter and/or the charger should give you an indication if there is an issue. From what I recall refurb law equipment by Ryobi get a 1 year warranty. Like the other guy said tmeey will fix if within warranty. I wouldn't buy this and let is sit for 13 months then try to use it. As far as any better deals...there has been some 60v kobalt and greenworks deals but most of those don't have the multi attachment feature. Also, so of those come with a 2.0 or 2.5ah battery. Additionally, lots of those have the motor near the trimmer head which i am not a big fan of.. make edging with more difficult. In this covid environment I think this is one of the better deals on a device with these features.
A multi-meter will tell you if it's charged, but it won't tell you if one or more of the cells have degraded capacity. Unfortunately there is only a small amount of info in the voltage which is duplicated by the little green LED bars that the battery has already: i.e. it's a useless test.

The only useful test is to confirm capacity with a load test wherein you can actually test the capacity. (for most consumers that would be use it with a ryobi product and time it's use until dead).
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