How to Use a Ryobi Weed Eater


Ryobi weed eaters are used to trim areas that a traditional lawn mower can't reach. Weed eaters use a spinning nylon line that cuts grass and weeds, leaving your lawn clean and neat. Never use your Ryobi weed eater on any surface other than grass or weeds. Trimming around rocks, gravel, brick and concrete can cause the line to snap when it comes in contact with the hard surface, or the line could send small pieces of rock and gravel flying through the air, causing possible injury.

Step 1

Plug your Ryobi electric weed eater into a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord. Squeeze and release the trigger on the handle to start the electric weed eater. Start the Ryobi gas weed eater by putting the ignition switch in the "On" position. Press the primer bulb five to seven times, then place the choke lever in the "Start" position. Lay the gas trimmer on the ground. Squeeze the throttle trigger and pull the starter rope quickly. Move the choke lever to the "Run" position once the engine starts.

Step 2

Don safety goggles and put in ear plugs. Hold the Ryobi weed eater with one hand on the front handle and one hand on the rear handle. Bump the trimmer head on the ground to release the nylon cutting line. Hold the head of the weed eater level to cut grass and weeds, using a side-to-side motion. Trim around posts, trees and fences by holding the head of the weed eater at a 30-degree angle. Edge around sidewalks and flowerbeds holding the head at a 90-degree angle.

Step 3

Release the trigger to stop the Ryobi weed eater when moving from one area to another and when the cutting line gets tangled in a stationary object. If you hit any hard objects, such as brick or rocks, stop the weed eater immediately and check for loose or damaged parts.

Step 4

Squeeze and release the trigger on the handle to shut off the electric weed eater. To stop the gas trimmer, turn the ignition switch to the "Off" position.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to operate your weed eater only during the daytime. Start the weed eater while holding the head away from you and anyone around you.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty outdoor extension cord
  • Safety goggles
  • Ear plugs


  • Manuals Online: Ryobi Electric Trimmers: Operator’s Manual
  • Manuals Online: Ryobi Gas Trimmer Operator’s Manual
  • GrassTools: How to Use a Weed Eater
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Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications, including LIVESTRONG.COM and GardenGuides. She has several years of experience in the home improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.