Boosting Power: The Ryobi 40V HP Brushless Carbon Fiber Cord Trimmer
For homeowners seeking exceptional performance and long-lasting runtime, cordless string trimmers have become the go-to choice. However, options that provide the power needed for heavier tasks are scarce. In this review, we put the Ryobi 40V HP Brushless 17-Inch Carbon Fiber Line Trimmer to the test to see if it lives up to these demanding requirements.
Advantages: Cutting-edge Features for Superior Performance
- Impressive cutting strength
- High-speed operation for over an hour
- Carbon fiber shaft reduces weight and absorbs vibration
- Quieter than gas trimmers
- Convenient tool-less front handle adjustment
Shortcomings: A Few Drawbacks to Consider
- Slightly heavier than many battery-operated models
- Comes with a higher price tag compared to most alternatives
Strength: Unleashing Powerful Performance
Ryobi has leveraged their 40V platform and HP brushless motor technology to create this exceptional cord trimmer. Compared to Ryobi’s 15-inch HP brushless model, the RY40290, this trimmer stands out with noticeably greater power.
The unit can accommodate wires ranging from 0.080 to 0.105 inches, surpassing the maximum of 0.095 inches on the 15-inch model. Additionally, it offers the versatility of cutting swaths in both 15 and 17 inches. Simply flip the blade to switch between the two sizes.
During our tests around the office, we were amazed by the performance boost. This trimmer effortlessly tackled thinner grass and weeds at low speeds, matching the high-speed cutting capabilities of other models we’ve reviewed.
Vibration: Enhanced Comfort for Effortless Trimming
I still remember the high vibration levels experienced with some of the early Ryobi battery-powered cord trimmers. However, the Ryobi 40V HP Brushless 17″ Carbon Fiber Rope Trimmer has made significant improvements in this area, thanks to the carbon fiber shaft and overall enhanced design. Although there are a few brands that offer slightly better vibration control, the Ryobi provides a significant upgrade compared to traditional gas trimmers.
Runtime: Prolonged Performance with Impressive Battery Life
As expected, higher power and heavier wire sizes increase operating costs. The Ryobi RY402110 cord trimmer is paired with a 6.0Ah battery, enabling continuous operation for over an hour (1:05:34) with the included 0.095-inch wire. Although the runtime decreases slightly when using the 0.105-inch wire, it remains highly impressive, even when compared to professional-grade trimmers.
When purchasing the kit, Ryobi includes a fast charger that restores the battery to full capacity in under 60 minutes.
Noise: Whisper-Quiet Operation
Part of Ryobi’s Whisper line, this cord trimmer claims to operate 60 percent quieter than its gas-powered counterparts. We tested it directly near the operator’s ear and recorded noise levels of 84 dB(a) at low speeds and 87 dB(a) at high speeds. While these numbers may vary slightly depending on the line used, the trimmer consistently outperforms gas models in terms of noise reduction at any power level.
Design: Ergonomics and Convenience for Optimal Comfort
The inclusion of a carbon fiber shaft helps keep the trimmer’s weight down to 8.8 pounds (bare) and 12.9 pounds (with the 6.0Ah battery). At just over 72 inches in length (without the battery), it is also quite tall.
The cutter heads are slightly heavier than those of many other battery-operated string trimmers. This is likely due to the use of a more powerful brushless motor. However, the added weight helps balance the large battery, and with the tool-less adjustable front handle, users can personalize the settings to their preference.
While this trimmer falls on the heavier side when compared to other cordless models, you can opt for a 4.0Ah or even a 2.0Ah battery pack to reduce weight when tackling shorter tasks.
New Line: Easy-to-Load and Versatile
The Ryobi trimmer features a dual-line bump feed head, equipped with the user-friendly Reel Easy design. Refilling the line is quick and hassle-free. Simply align the arrows, thread the line to the middle point, and turn the top section counterclockwise to load it. With this system, you can be up and running in less than a minute, eliminating the need for manual winding.
Ryobi includes a second head as well, which accepts fixed wire or plastic blades. The blade option is particularly useful for tackling thicker weed patches where regular wire may struggle.
Other Highlights: Additional Features for Enhanced Performance
- Variable speed trigger for improved control
- Split shaft design for easy transportation (frequent disassembly for storage is not recommended)
- Unable to attach additional tools
- Compatible with all Ryobi 40V batteries
- Part of an extensive battery system that includes over 75 other tools
Price: Investing in Performance and Quality
The Ryobi RY402110 sets itself apart with its superior performance and design, reflected in its higher price point. As a standalone unit, it is available for $251. For those seeking a complete package, a kit including a 6.0Ah battery and a fast charger is priced at $315.27. Both options can be found at your local Home Depot or homedepot.com.
Ryobi provides a 5-year warranty for the trimmer and a 3-year warranty for the battery, ensuring peace of mind with your purchase.
The Bottom Line: Choosing the Right Ryobi Trimmer
With two exceptional models of high-performance carbon fiber cord trimmers, Ryobi offers options tailored to different property maintenance needs. For primarily mowing and maintaining lawns, the 15-inch RY40290 is the ideal choice. However, if you have larger areas to maintain and need to reclaim tough, overgrown sections, the 17-inch RY402110 delivers the power required to combine the convenience of a battery-powered trimmer with the performance of a professional gas model.
- Model: Rimei RY402110VNM
- Power source: Ryobi 40V battery
- Cutting width: 15 or 17 inches
- Wire Diameter: 0.080 to 0.105 inches
- Weight: 8.8 lbs bare, 12.9 lbs with 6.0Ah battery
- Length: 72 1/4 inches
For a full range of Ryobi’s 40V products, visit their official website.