Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 127
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 Bobby Look elsewhere
Unfortunately, this blower starts out just fine but then experiences challenges similar to other reviews. This blower did everything it needed to (I have over 2 acres, the blower was primarily used for blowing leaves away from house, out of pool area, clearing driveway/patio, etc. Larger blowers and lawn tractor would take care of the rest). I would consider light to moderate residential use. After several months, the choke started to get finicky (ok, no problem with some adjustments). Even with proper storage/fuel removal, the starting challenges began happening this spring. Now, the pull cord mechanism feels stripped from repeated attempts to start. Ryobi warranty is not much help and service center will not touch it because they say Ryobi will not pay for it. Home Depot won't deal with it either (at least for now). I recommend finding another blower with more reliable reviews.
June 10, 2015
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 2.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Be cautious
This is my second one. The first one lasted about 2 hours of run time. After sending it out for repair 3x and it still not working, Home Depot replaced it. In the 4 months that I owned the unit, HD had it or at least 2.5 of them "repairing" it. So far, I have not had to bring the second one in but it does not idle well once it gets hot. I love not having to mix gas and oil but would caution others to consider other units first. If this is your only blower and you need it regularly like I do (my driveway is completely covered by trees) you cant rely on it so I would buy somthing else.
March 27, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ryan73 Save yourself the frustration and burn your $160
This thing was a champ for the first few months. The it had a hard time restarting after use when it was hot. Then one particular day I shut it off and it would never start again. In all, I've had it six months and already need a new one. There is an 800 number on the machine for help, but I've never managed to get a person on the line.
April 26, 2015
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 3.0 out of 5.0 by George Good for 2 years
I have owned two of these over the past 5 years. The first one I pampered and changed the oil with synthetic, made sure the gas was always fresh, and it was not used that hard. It workeud great for two and a half years. Then over the course of the summer for the third year it will start fine, work just fine, then after it heats up after 10 minutes of use it will just keep turning off. You can start it again and finish the job, but next time it will take a shorter amount of time to stall. This gets worse and worse over a month until it craps out.
I did not pamper the second one assuming that it was a disposable tool and the same thing happen, like almost the exact time frame.
For the price I can deal; however, I think I am going to spend the extra amount next time and get the backpack one. Note the intake of the air is on the right side so if you are using your right hand it will suck whatever you have on that side.
The two strokes are better, but for a homeowner who is going to start this thing once a week the 4 stroke is the way to go. The two stroke will foul plugs and become a hassle after a year and the mix means you have to have a large regular gas then a small one to mix due to the ratio. However, if I was a pro or going to use this on a daily basis I would get the two stroke.
June 7, 2015