I paid $ 99 for a Ryobi RY30530 string trimmer at Home Depot. The main reason I chose it was that I did not want a slim electric model, and that the top line of the line was more than I wanted to pay.
There were 5 or 6 parts to put together, but it was easy and I did not have to use the instruction manual. It started easily and it worked well for about five minutes when the ‘bump head’ stopped working. I took it apart and the clutter of the rope would not be an easy solution. Fortunately, the trimmer got a free fixed line head. I put it on and was busy again a few minutes later. The rope is very easy to place in the fixed line head. If you get this trimmer, do yourself a favor and put the bump head straight into the trash and install the fixed line head.
I chose the curved axle model and the axle was a bit short for me. The 30 cc 2-cycle engine is definitely powerful enough for home use. It always started easy for me. The engine is harder than my previous model and hurt my ears at full speed. The power and noise of this trimmer make ear and eye protection essential. I ignored safety precautions with less powerful trimmers, but I would not do it with this machine. The plastic where the axle meets the car gets very hot and burned my arm lightly. The directions say you should not push the trigger when you turn on the engine, but that’s the only way I can get it started when it’s hot. This is not a problem if you know the trick.
There is an option to add attachments such as a blower, cutter and cultivator; However, I have not tried it yet.
Overall, the Ryobi RY30530 is a fair value for money. I’m going to be careful not to burn my arm on the car attachment point. I wish Robi would make the engine quieter and the shaft a few inches longer. I’ll probably get the straight axle if I get another one of these.