Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 124
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hpiguy Powerful, Quieter Than 2 Stroke, Throttle Cruise Control
This four cycle offering by Ryobi was used to replace my existing 2 cycle blower.
Starting the engine isn't hard, you just have to add the included 2.2oz of 20w50 oil, fill with regular gas and follow the starting instructions printed on the side of the blower by the choke lever. Use quality fuel and keep and eye on the oil level to ensure long engine life. Store the blower upright and drain the fuel when not in use for long periods to prevent gumming up the engine internals. Not doing so will cause issues with reliability in the future.
When running the engine has a low gurgle sound. It's not the high pitched whine of the 2 stroke engine. It sounds nice. I haven't had any issues with reliability during Spring cleanup. Each time I need to clean off the sidewalk or driveway of leaves, grass clippings it starts without issue. You must remember to choke it properly by following the directions or you'll flood it.
The blower nozzle attaches easily and comes in two pieces. They twist lock together so length can be adjusted or accessory attachments added if needed.
One of my favorite features is the throttle cruise control. You can either use the trigger style throttle and pulse the air flow as needed, or for large jobs you can use the handy throttle lever on the side of the handle and set the throttle exactly where you want it to stay.
The only downside of this blower is that it is in fact a bit heavier than the 2 stroke models. While it's not a huge difference, you do notice it after you have it hanging from your arm for a day of yardwork. To relieve this, I would have liked to see a shoulder strap that clips to the handle and can hang on your shoulder to alleviate a bit of the weight and still let you swing it around.
Overall, I'd recommend this to people looking for a new blower in the 4 cycle category.
April 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Aayan Working great for me
This 10.5 lbs. non-commercial blower comes in a well-packaged box containing 3 pieces. It’s 2 pipes and one engine housing piece. It requires about 2 minutes easy assembly (no tools required), just snap and rotate the blower pipes, pour included 65ml 20W-50 engine lubricant, 1 liter of gas and you are ready to roll. Follow the 7 start-up steps labeled on the engine housing. I have used it many times and I must mention that it always started on first pull. Give it about 15 seconds after the cold start before you increase the throttle. Even though the unit is 10.5 pounds but after adding gas and engine lubricant, it weighs about 13 pounds and that’s the weight you will be carrying around during cleanup task. For me, it’s quite light but for some it might be heavy.
Since the air in-take is on the left side of the blower, it kind of sucks-in your clothing if you are holding the blower in your right hand. So, holding in left hand should be the preference. Most noticeable thing about the blower is the vibration you feel in your hands. But it’s supposed to be felt since you are holding a running engine in your hands. Initially it was very awkward for me but now I am kind of use to it. It’s of course is 4-Cycle so no gas mixing certainly reduces hassle. Throttle control is very convenient which lets you control the air blowing per your requirements. It replaced my electric blower which makes me cable free and now I can easily walk around my ½ acre yard. So far so good, I am happy with its performance.
April 28, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by LBinNM Get to know your local Ryobi warranty repair shop
Bought the original model 02/2013 and we just received our 2nd replacement.
We are on our 3rd one in just over a year.
The shop mechanic said they use a plasitc cam shaft and it wears down fast so they don't fix it, just replace it with a new one.
Initially, it truely does start, run and work great, but my wife uses it 4-5 times/wk with light work of blowing leaves, etc.
Then it just starts getting harder and harder to start and eventually you will blow your arm out trying to get it to run.
If you have that issue, just take it back to the local warranty repair shop and Ryobi will ship you a brand new one, the cam shaft lobes wear down and it becomes impossible to start.
June 18, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Justin Would Not Recommend
Purchased the blower and followed all factory break-in procedures. I let the blower idle and come to temperature before every use. After less than 10 start-ups and only 4 months of ownership I cannot get it to start. It was idling in the yard warming up and it shut off on its own after 5min. of running. Nothing I could do would get it running again. I had to drop it at the local HD for repair and after seeing other's experience with the product, I am not optimistic. I have several Lithium Ryobi products and love them leading me to this purchase. Do yourself a favor and buy a different brand gasoline blower.
April 25, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Rick JUNK!!!
Bought it in store, and it lasted 18 months before the engine went. At once a week, 6 months of the year, that equates to less than 50 uses. I'm very conscientious with maintenance and oil levels. Most , if not all, of my tools and appliances last forever. Last RYOBI product I ever buy.
May 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tafirehawk Spits and sputters
Bought this product about a year ago. Had to send it in for repair after a month and it never rain right again. Sold it at a yard sale for $10 and glad to have gotten that
May 12, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ronf Loved it....for a while
Had this blower for a year and loved the no mixing of the 4 cycle feature
Had to replace the switch that kills the engine twice and it will once again not kill the engine.
Ryobi service center said its not the switch that's malfunctioning...its the coil
$65 for a new coil and $70 to replace it....virtually the cost of a new blower !
Will go shopping for a 4 cycle backpack blower
April 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hewey No Gas and Oil to Mix
This blower is easy to use and easy to handle. The reason I choose it was no mixing gas and oil. Fill the tank and check the oil level and go. The automatic gas feed is nice you don't have to use the trigger unless needed. My wife used it and it was light enough that she had no problem with it.
April 28, 2015