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# 177889 18-Aug-2015 09:02
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Anyone looked at this range of tools

They seem to have an electric head:
http://www.bunnings.co.nz/ryobi-line-trimmer-1000w-curved-shaft-_p00250663

Or two Stroke head:
http://www.bunnings.co.nz/ryobi-petrol-line-trimmer-30cc-curved-shaft-_p00312090

And they take a similar range of heads
http://www.bunnings.co.nz/ryobi-expand-it-hedge-trimmer-accessory-ahf04g_p00183412

I'm mostly interested in a hedge trimmer and pruner - not really interested in battery and I don't think it will last long enough for all the trees/hedges I have to trim.

Undecided between the petrol and power.  I prefer the no fuss of power and don't mind a trailing power cord.  Depends if it will get the job done or not.




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  # 1368396 18-Aug-2015 09:41
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We bought a trimmer recently as our old ones broke.

We went to a mower place in Kumeu (not the on main road). They did us a really good deal including trade-in on an echo.

I think they retail at 399 or 350, we ended up getting it for 250 ish. The difference in quality between the cheap crap you get at bunnings and a proper semi-commercial one is massive.

Plus great warranty.

Also - avoid the hell out of any cheap chinese models on trademe, they are garbage.

Also 2 - petrol - way more flexible.

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  # 1368408 18-Aug-2015 09:52
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Yeah I'd be another in favour of going with a local mower shop or even one of the Stihl shops or similar. There are deals to be done! Did so with my lawnmower and they're also a great source of proper hand-on experience based information and assistance with post sales servicing etc.

Bought an electric (corded) line trimmer a couple of years ago from Mitre10 and while it's fine and does a great job, the hassle of the cord really isn't worth the bother. If I had my time again I'd pay extra and get a decent petrol powered one.

 
 
 
 


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I have a large number of the Ryobi 'One Plus' tools with 18V batteries and one of them is a Line Trimmer.  Using the new 5.0 AHr batteries, you would be surprised how long the tools run.  I have 4 batteries around the place, so just charge them all up before starting a job.  No problems with endurance then!







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grant_k: I have a large number of the Ryobi 'One Plus' tools with 18V batteries and one of them is a Line Trimmer.  Using the new 5.0 AHr batteries, you would be surprised how long the tools run.  I have 4 batteries around the place, so just charge them all up before starting a job.  No problems with endurance then!


Looking at those for the drills etc.  Not sure I'd use them for outside.





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  # 1368447 18-Aug-2015 10:31
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grant_k: I have a large number of the Ryobi 'One Plus' tools with 18V batteries and one of them is a Line Trimmer.  Using the new 5.0 AHr batteries, you would be surprised how long the tools run.  I have 4 batteries around the place, so just charge them all up before starting a job.  No problems with endurance then!


Looking at those for the drills etc.  Not sure I'd use them for outside.

I have 2 of their drills, one with a 2-speed mechanical gearbox and one with a 3-speed for putting gudgeon pins through thick gateposts.  Both of them outperform similar mains-powered tools due to the gearboxes and the amount of torque available from a DC motor.  The 3-speed one has regularly been rained on whilst out doing jobs around the farm, yet has never missed a beat.  I wouldn't recommend operating them underwater, but very much doubt that you'll have any difficulty with an 18 Volt Line Trimmer or a Drill.  The beauty of 18 Volt equipment is that you cannot get an electric shock from it, unlike long extension leads on wet days.  No contest IMO.





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  # 1368604 18-Aug-2015 13:44
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I have the Black & Decker equivalents in 18V lithium battery configuration.  I imagien theya re faiklry comparabke

We have a line trimmer, which is fine for grass and edges, but no use for mature weeds or rank grass.

We also have the hedge trimmer.  I use this on a Pittosporum hedge, mostly for trimming leaves and twigs but also for cutting a few  branches up to about 10mm diameter.  the hedge trimmer is equal to this task.  The hedge is about 30m long, 2.4m high and about 1m wide, and one battery is sufficient to trim the top, the end and one side ie about 100 m sq of area




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  # 1368630 18-Aug-2015 14:27
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I bought the add on hedge trimmer to put onto my electric and it couldnt cope with stuff that a handheld trimmer had no issues with. May be better on the petrol but I dont like dealing with 2 stroke so just paid someone to take the trees back to the boundary and now the hedge trimmer is fine on the new growth.




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  # 1376497 30-Aug-2015 17:45
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davidcole:
grant_k: I have a large number of the Ryobi 'One Plus' tools with 18V batteries and one of them is a Line Trimmer.  Using the new 5.0 AHr batteries, you would be surprised how long the tools run.  I have 4 batteries around the place, so just charge them all up before starting a job.  No problems with endurance then!


Looking at those for the drills etc.  Not sure I'd use them for outside.


I had a One+ drill with 1.5Ah battery couple of years ago, kept overheating whenever I had to drill through anything more than gib. Now using Dewalt all the way but AEG, Hitachi and Makita seem pretty ok too.




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davidcole:
grant_k: I have a large number of the Ryobi 'One Plus' tools with 18V batteries and one of them is a Line Trimmer.  Using the new 5.0 AHr batteries, you would be surprised how long the tools run.  I have 4 batteries around the place, so just charge them all up before starting a job.  No problems with endurance then!


Looking at those for the drills etc.  Not sure I'd use them for outside.


I had a One+ drill with 1.5Ah battery couple of years ago, kept overheating whenever I had to drill through anything more than gib. Now using Dewalt all the way but AEG, Hitachi and Makita seem pretty ok too.

Must have been something wrong with it.  My Ryobi One+ drill with 3-speed mechanical gearbox will bore a 20mm hole through an old gnarly strainer post and then keep doing it until the battery runs out (probably about 6 holes).  It has never overheated in all the years I've owned it.





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  # 1376519 30-Aug-2015 18:33
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The tyobi one+ with hammer on it works fine, but the one that doesnt have hammer "drill driver" they call it is junk. Gearbox will strip out when you try to go thru something tough.

Im interested in how the brushelss one they do now goes, but not interested enough to pay the asking price for it.

Also AEG at bunnings is the same as ridgid at home depot. Both made by techtronics, same as ryobi and milwaukee. Get the tools off amazon or home depot and the charger from bunnings so you have a 230v charger.




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  # 1376526 30-Aug-2015 18:43
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richms: The tyobi one+ with hammer on it works fine, but the one that doesnt have hammer "drill driver" they call it is junk. Gearbox will strip out when you try to go thru something tough.

Aha, that's why I've never had any problems.  Only have the Hammer version with 2-speed gearbox and the 3-speed which doesn't have a hammer option.  It's a big heavy drill but can grunt its way through just about anything in Low Gear.





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  # 1376528 30-Aug-2015 18:47
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I only got one of the drill drivers because it was only a few bucks more in a kit with it, a hex impact driver a charger and 2 batteries than the impact driver and a charger and a battery was. Took it back once and the second one did the same thing. Taking back part of a kit is an ordeal at bunnings.




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  # 1376531 30-Aug-2015 18:51
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richms: The tyobi one+ with hammer on it works fine, but the one that doesnt have hammer "drill driver" they call it is junk. Gearbox will strip out when you try to go thru something tough.

Im interested in how the brushelss one they do now goes, but not interested enough to pay the asking price for it.

Also AEG at bunnings is the same as ridgid at home depot. Both made by techtronics, same as ryobi and milwaukee. Get the tools off amazon or home depot and the charger from bunnings so you have a 230v charger.


Really!? Wow, you just made my day. Though the bank balance won't thank you.

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mdf:
Really!? Wow, you just made my day. Though the bank balance won't thank you.


Let me know if you go the home depot route how you get on with shipping to a reshipper. Friend said he tried to youshop and they cancelled the order.




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  # 1377066 31-Aug-2015 14:09
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richms:

 

Let me know if you go the home depot route how you get on with shipping to a reshipper. Friend said he tried to youshop and they cancelled the order.


Most reshippers, youshop included, will not ship anything with Lithium-ion batteries. Or if they do they have a lot of restrictions on size and capacity of batteries they will ship.


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