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Replacing Drive Shaft for a Ryobi 725r

My lower (flexible) drive shaft broke on the string trimmer attachment for a Ryobi 725r. How difficult (and expensive) is it to repair? I think maybe I can get a completely new attachment for $60 to $70. The trimmer is about 4 or 5 years old. Should I repair or replace?

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The lower flex shaft should cost around $40, unless you order it online and have to pay shipping. You should be able to get one from your local MTD dealer. (Ryobi is owned by MTD)

Posted on May 25, 2009

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