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Toolmonger featured the Ryobi “Expand-It” system a while back, and now it looks like Poulan may have come out with a similar product line. I can’t substantiate these claims, but according to this retail site Poulan’s PP125 split-shaft string trimmer will accept attachments from the following lines: WeedEater, Craftsman, Ryobi, John Deere, and Homelite.

With street pricing starting at about $100 the investment isn’t too bad. And if these attachments really are interchangeable, you can buy into a certain brand’s system with a lot less risk — even if that company suddenly stops supporting the system, there’s a good chance you’ll still be able to find parts.

Is anybody out there already using a mix-and-match set? Are you having any problems? Let us know in comments.
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6 Responses to Poulan Pro Trimmer Likes Attachments

  1. Kurt Schwind says:

    A couple of summers ago we had a big storm that knocked down some big branches.
    I borrowed a Poulan chain-saw attachment and slapped it on my Ryobi trimmer with no problems. Worked great. I’m a big fan of these interchangable parts.

  2. Mike Garner says:

    I had a Ryobi trimmer with several attachments. Few years back the Ryobi died, so I replaced it with a Craftsman unit. All of my old Ryobi attachments still fit.

  3. Brent says:

    I have a 6 year old ryobi, and just bought a Poulan edger for it. Works great.

  4. Noah Sachs says:

    Anyone know of a snow blower attachment? I need a handy little snow blower that isn’t electric.

  5. MIG-ateur says:

    I originally bought a Ryobi trimmer, edger, blower and vacuum. Then replaced the edger with a John Deere model. When the Ryobi power unit croaked, I replaced it with a Troy-Bilt, so I have quite a mixture of attachments and all work well together.

  6. Kevin says:

    The square peg driven, 1 1/4″ convertible shaft is kind of an industry standard for any brand produced by either MTD or Husqvarna manufacturers. This is going to include pretty much 90% of the brands out there. Toro, Troy-bilt, Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, Husqvarna (brand), Yard Man, Yard Machines, John Deere, and Weedeater.

    So just check the original manufacturer. If it’s Husqvarna or MTD, you’re set to mix and match.

    Kevin T. Pace
    Customer Solutions Consultant
    Lawn & Garden Department
    Sears Store #1295, St. Petersburg, FL

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