First up, this isn't a trade or pro grade petrol strimmer, it's really just for domestic use or light trade, but that doesn't stop the Ryobi RLT30CESA from being a very useful garden and allotment tool indeed.
Ryobi make great power tools, and their petrol products are no exception. With easy (pull) starting on this model, an anti-vibration handle, a 0.42l fuel tank, and a 30cc 1hp motor, the RLT 30 CESA is a breeze to use.
Remember that this is a 2 stroke motor for light weight and power, so you'll need some quality 2-stroke oil, a mixing bottle, jerry can, goggles and gloves.
The real beauty of the Ryobi Petrol Strimmers and Trimmers is their Expand-It system. See that little attachment half way up the shaft of the strimmer? That's where the strimmer part comes away from the motor part, and can be swapped for a multitude of different options.
Ryobi offer Brush Cutters, Hedge-Trimmers, Pruners, Tillers, Blowers and extension bars. This means that once you've got your starter unit, probably a simple strimmer like the RLT30CESA, you can just buy that extra tools you need to complete those tricky jobs that just need a petrol tool.
The articulating Hedge Trimmer is particularly useful for doing the tops of your hedges, and the Brush Cutter is great for heavy duty clearing of difficult shrubs and plants.
So if you're thinking of buying a petrol strimmer, whether it be for your garden, allotment or for light trade use, but you want something that can do more than just cutting grass and tidying edges, why not consider a Ryobi RLT30CESA and then grab yourself some if the Expand-It accessories, you won't be sorry.