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Model RY08420A

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185 MPH 510 CFM Gas Backpack Leaf Blower

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  • In-line tube design maximizes power and points naturally downward
  • Variable speed trigger with cruise control for superior control
  • Contoured harness and anti-vibration mount for ultimate comfort

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Ryobi Outdoor products introduces our most powerful blower- ever. With an extra large 42cc engine, this backpack blower is designed to handle your toughest clearing jobs. The unique engine mounting is engineered to deliver maximum air flow at all times and the contoured shoulder/back harness provides ultimate comfort and a perfect fit. The tube construction includes a variable speed trigger and cruise control for easy command and the angled nozzle points naturally downward reducing effort and maximizing clearing power. This backpack blower is sturdy, but light- at just 18 lbs. Best of all, Ryobi backs this blower with a 3-year warranty so rest easy this blower is guaranteed to perform.

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  • Large 42cc engine
  • 185 MPH/510 CFM
  • Unique engine mounting provides maximum air-flow
  • Contoured shoulder back harness for a comfortable perfect fit
  • Variable speed trigger with cruise control for clearing control
  • 18 lbs.
  • 3-year warranty
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Full throttle issue

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Elkhart, IN.
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December 16, 2013
I recently purchased one of these, and my unit will not run at full throttle. When I squeeze the throttle more than half way, it boggs out...why?
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July 26, 2016
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Good call 40GIN try the screw method and worked , so far on day 2 and not shut off . Just get the screw set right
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March 31, 2016
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I had the same issue, my ryobi would bog down and stall when I gave it throttle, EASY FIX! You need to make sure the choke lever is lined up with "B" perfectly, if it goes to far then it won't throttle up. Try holding the lever exactly at B and give it throttle. If it works then just screw in a screw into the plastic cover so it will prevent the lever from going past B. I just did this and it works Read More
I had the same issue, my ryobi would bog down and stall when I gave it throttle, EASY FIX! You need to make sure the choke lever is lined up with "B" perfectly, if it goes to far then it won't throttle up. Try holding the lever exactly at B and give it throttle. If it works then just screw in a screw into the plastic cover so it will prevent the lever from going past B. I just did this and it works perfect. My ryobi is 2 years old. Read Less
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March 1, 2016
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Having worked on a few of these there are a few known issues. First is that I've seen 2 different carbs on the unit, 1 that can be adjusted and 1 that can not be adjust, neither of which usually accepts a cleaning and just needs to be replaced. Also, even though most 2 stoke engines do not need to be warmed up to run properly, this one runs best after letting it warm up for about 20 to 30 seconds. Read More
Having worked on a few of these there are a few known issues. First is that I've seen 2 different carbs on the unit, 1 that can be adjusted and 1 that can not be adjust, neither of which usually accepts a cleaning and just needs to be replaced. Also, even though most 2 stoke engines do not need to be warmed up to run properly, this one runs best after letting it warm up for about 20 to 30 seconds. Lastly, sometimes there are either loose wires or a short in the stop switch in the handle that will prevent it from starting. Other than that it's not a bad unit for $199. Read Less
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December 7, 2015
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I also had this issue but eventually it would not even startup, so I ended up buying the Echo which is a much better and powerful product.
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Monroe, Connecticut
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November 8, 2015
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I've found that once I start it and put it on, if I go right to work at full throttle (use the throttle lock so you don't slow down at all), for several minutes, I don't have the problem. If I vary the throttle using the trigger while it's cold, I'll have the problem.
So my solution is to go full throttle and do the heavy blowing right away, and do the gentle stuff at the end.
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November 3, 2015
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mine does the same thing. Where are the adjustments located on the carburetor? does the carburator have to be removed to adjust?
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November 1, 2015
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You NEED to adjust the carb on it. Online you can buy the special "pac-man" tool to adjust. Ryobi won't sell this to you. 2 minutes it'll run better than new.
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Denton, TX
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August 6, 2015
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Thanks for all the answers! Mine does the exact same thing. I took the air filter off and cleaned it. I played around with the IDLE and turned it up higher. I use the fancy dancy 50:1 bottle of premixed gas with no ethanol. And I still have this problem. Pretty frustrating!
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June 29, 2015
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I'm having the same issue as others with idle speed/stalling. Toggling the start/run lever is the only thing that helps. Wish I could have a do over on this purchase.
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June 4, 2015
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I've been having the same issue and fond the lever (A/B used for starting to be travinling further to cause a low power/stall concern. This is part of the actual carb. You can verify by starting the unit and while running slightly turn the valve back 3mm and you will see more power coming from the blower.
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May 27, 2015
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I took mine to the shop and they are going to repair it someday (hopefully before fall). I has been there for six weeks with parts on back order - no updates available. If you tape the start/run lever so it doesn't fully go to run, this will resolve the issue. I suspect it is a manufacturing defect.
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July 22, 2014
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It seems to be getting to much gas mine did the same...it did that a couple times then just died....take it back while you can and get something else because once it dies you will not be getting your promised warranty for it you will just be buying another brand out of your own pocket....
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June 22, 2014
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I've found that I sometimes have to ease into the throttle or it wants to die down much like an older car with a manual choke before it was warmed up. I know that isn't the problem but it acts as if it either is getting too much gas or not enough when immediately throttling up. I find I just do it more slowly and it attains full speed. So, for me, it hasn't really been a big problem albeit one that Ryobi Read More
I've found that I sometimes have to ease into the throttle or it wants to die down much like an older car with a manual choke before it was warmed up. I know that isn't the problem but it acts as if it either is getting too much gas or not enough when immediately throttling up. I find I just do it more slowly and it attains full speed. So, for me, it hasn't really been a big problem albeit one that Ryobi should figure out and fix. Read Less
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Maumelle, AR, USA
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May 13, 2014
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This is the only "con" I have for this unit
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Southern Il
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May 6, 2014
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Fuel mix might be to lean. Should run at full throttle all the time.
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April 21, 2014
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It is junk. I had the same problem, took mine back for starting issue.
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February 25, 2014
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Mine would bog down if I squeezed it to full throttle to fast. If I gradually got to full throttle it done better. I started using 93 octane gas without ethanol and mixed it with the ryobi 2 cycle oil and it ran even better at full throttle. I hope this helps.
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Concord, NH
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January 29, 2014
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I returned two of these units for the same issue. After I returned the second one I found a Husky on sale for fifty bucks more. Night and day in performance and ergonomics. Spend the extra for a better unit. I hear from friends that the Echo blowers are also a quality product.
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Clio, MI
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January 14, 2014
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Not enough oil in fuel mix.
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JKing
Charlotte, NC
January 7, 2014
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You are likely applying the throttle too quickly, squeeze it smoothly like pulling the trigger on a gun and it should spool up smoothly.
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Gadsden,AL.
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December 24, 2013
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although Ryobi says it can run on 10% Ethanol, I never use Ethanol gas. Pure gas is high & hard to find, but there is an enzime addative that works super with all octanes. try it once & you will see what you have been missing in all your engines, especially your car. Ethanol in gas should be outlawed; L63,Gadsden,AL.
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December 17, 2013
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Hi MrC1122,
I'm Travis from The Home Depot. Thanks for visiting our site.
The most likely cause for a new unit to not run at full throttle is fuel that is less than perfect.
The reason I describe the fuel that way is that there are many factors that cause this condition.
If your fuel is less than 3 months old, pour that container of fuel mix into your vehicle and mix a new batch. Use premium fuel and Read More
Hi MrC1122,
I'm Travis from The Home Depot. Thanks for visiting our site.
The most likely cause for a new unit to not run at full throttle is fuel that is less than perfect.
The reason I describe the fuel that way is that there are many factors that cause this condition.
If your fuel is less than 3 months old, pour that container of fuel mix into your vehicle and mix a new batch. Use premium fuel and mix it with the correct amount of 50:1 fuel mix (2.6 oz. per gallon).
If this doesn't fix the problem, consult http://www.ryobitools.com/ to find a service center near you to adjust the carburetor.
Read more on gasoline disposal here:
http://epa.gov/reg5oair/mobile/winter.html
Thanks for asking.
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anyone having problems with it stopping and not starting as if it is not getting gas? This is the 2nd one we bought and still same issue.

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Had the same issue. The blower would start and then idle very rough and quickly turn off. After much frustration I found a solution online. Someone noted that the start/run switch was was not staying in the correct position. When the blower was running the switch would move past the run position and this would cause the blower to shut off. I tested it out by starting it up then holding the switch in the Read More
Had the same issue. The blower would start and then idle very rough and quickly turn off. After much frustration I found a solution online. Someone noted that the start/run switch was was not staying in the correct position. When the blower was running the switch would move past the run position and this would cause the blower to shut off. I tested it out by starting it up then holding the switch in the correct position. Blower worked perfectly. In order to keep the switch in the correct spot i drilled a drywall screw right below the switch to keep it in place. Read Less
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December 8, 2015
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Same problem with mine. I'v had it for 8 months and it's the exact same problem. The shop said probably needs the carborator adjusted, but this seems to be a common problem with this product. Seems Ryobi should stand behind their product and fix this defect.
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December 7, 2015
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When I bought this it must have been a new product but after I had the throttle issues and now it wont start, I was shocked to see how many other people were also having the same issues. It died one day but yet it had plenty of gas, it was mixed correctly and after that never was able to restart. Took it back to HD and they were able to give me a store credit after I explained all the issues I had plus Read More
When I bought this it must have been a new product but after I had the throttle issues and now it wont start, I was shocked to see how many other people were also having the same issues. It died one day but yet it had plenty of gas, it was mixed correctly and after that never was able to restart. Took it back to HD and they were able to give me a store credit after I explained all the issues I had plus what everybody here online was also seeing.
Got myself the Echo 580T and although I am not thrilled to spend an additional $129 I had no choice since I have a large yard and plenty of leaves.
I have never had any issues with Ryobi hand tools but after this experience, I have to reconsider buying any of their products. Read Less
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December 5, 2015
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The unit is tuned 'too lean' from the factory, which makes it either idle poorly or run lean & fail to start when hot.
On mine I noted a ton of heat on my back, more than should be.
(It has minimal clearance & no insulation so some of that is natural)
Mine didn't fail to restart when hot, but it was much more fussy. And the heat was oppressive, a sure sign of a lean running 2 cycle engine.
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The unit is tuned 'too lean' from the factory, which makes it either idle poorly or run lean & fail to start when hot.
On mine I noted a ton of heat on my back, more than should be.
(It has minimal clearance & no insulation so some of that is natural)
Mine didn't fail to restart when hot, but it was much more fussy. And the heat was oppressive, a sure sign of a lean running 2 cycle engine.
Because the factory can't know which altitude or climate the unit will be operated in, the Carburetor mixture screws are nearly always 'non-optimal'.
Or if correct for your area, they won't be if you try to run at a higher or lower altitude, or radically different temperature.
Sad thing is, it will frustrate the owner & either promopt then to return it or write a bad review, or if run 'as is' the engine will be short-lived.
The solution is one of 2 things:
IF NOT MECHANICALLY INCLINED, find a local saw & lawnmower shop. Call the on the phone & ask what they charge to 'tune the mixture screws' on a 2 cycle blower engine that you already own, while you wait or the same day. It shouldn't be more than $10-20 max. Some shops may just 'do it' for goodwill. My local Echo / Stihl dealer does it for any saw / blower they sell, or for a measly $ 10. This is a steal as it should insure a beautiful running engine all season long, maybe more.
IF MECHANICALLY INCLINED, look online, Amazon for example, and order the set of '2 Cycle Engine Tuning Screwdrivers. AKA Pac Man tool is the exact one this engine requires, and the set normally includes 3 other popular types found on other small engines.
Once obtained, adjust like this:
Closest screw to engine: Idle / Low Speed
Further screw from engine: High Speed Adjustment
Most of the complaints here noted more of an issue with the High Speed adjustment, as in not enough Fuel being fed, too much air (Lean Burn). Recall more fuel cools the engine down, and makes engine last longer. If you overdo this adjustment, you'll see maybe some of the exhaust a bit of blue smoke. While this is far better than too lean, once adusted correctly, you will have a clear exhaust & near perfect throttle response, and no problems restarting or it quitting if let idle for a while.
Just put the Pac Man screwdriver over the head of the H speed screw & turn COUNTER CLOCKWISE, to the L, about 1/4 to 1/3 of a turn. Like going from the beginning back 3 or 4 hours, if screw is a clockface.
Example, on my particular engine, mine was at 5 o'clock from the factory and I turned it back to the L to 2 o'clock, which opens the Fuel passage allowing more fuel.
This totally cured my 'Lean Burn' issue ! The unit now has more even throttle response, never dies and easily restarts when fully hot.
Also, it seems that the heat transmitted to my back is decreased.
So, this unit is not cursed with bad design or poor quality.
It just needs an adjustment that is easily done by the owner, or an honest local Saw & Lawnmower Shop.
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November 3, 2015
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I have had the same issue. Ryobi sent me to an authorized service station where I was invited to pay in full for all repairs. I have had it serviced three times to the tune of $100 which is 50% of the original cost of this unit it is junk the warranty is worthless and the only solution is to consistently and repeatedly put new parts into it. It appears we all got what we paid for do not buy this useless Read More
I have had the same issue. Ryobi sent me to an authorized service station where I was invited to pay in full for all repairs. I have had it serviced three times to the tune of $100 which is 50% of the original cost of this unit it is junk the warranty is worthless and the only solution is to consistently and repeatedly put new parts into it. It appears we all got what we paid for do not buy this useless piece of junk, pay for the Echo or the Stihl or you will be sorry. As you can see if I would have paid for the better product I could've afforded good it's based on my Ryobi experience. Read Less
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Cincinnati, OH
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September 27, 2015
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Yes, I've had this blower since last season. We have about 1.5 acres and use it in conjunction with a Little Wonder. After using it for about 30-40 minutes it overheats and I have to wait about 20 minutes before it will start again. It's so frustrating.
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September 22, 2015
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I have found that once it starts I need to feather the choke for a minute or two until it runs smoothly. You can also try pressing the blower speed control until it runs smoothly
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September 8, 2015
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Make sure you are using fresh gasoline with a 50/50 mixture. If you are mixing the gas properly then your blower probably has a carburetor issue. If you are mechanical and can adjust it yourself, you may have some luck, otherwise you will probably need to have it repaired, hopefully, you purchased a service contract.
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Cincinnati OH
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The Carburetor is very cheap, I had the same problem. It would start and idle but once I gave it gas it would die. I exchanged mine for the Echo 500TB
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Florida Keys
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Yes I have the same problem and if you check the reviews we are not alone. That's garbage
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August 29, 2015
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Yes. from what I read online this is a common problem. They need to pull these things off the shelf.
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Grants Pass, OR
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August 5, 2015
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Had the same problem after medium usage until the unit quit all together.
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No, it starts easily if you follow the instructions exactly on the side of the machine.
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Wisconsin
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July 3, 2015
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I had the exact same problem. I replaced the carburetor and it ran great but only lasted less than a full season until the same thing happened. My small engine repair shop said this is typical and the carb used on this model is junk. He refused to repair it the second time and said I was throwing my money away. I tossed it and bought a new Stihl
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Medford
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June 28, 2015
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Mine stopped a few times during use. Not a major problem, but it was only one month old. The larger problem was starting the unit when it was cold. Once it warmed up it was fine.
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June 24, 2015
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Hey Chris -- Please contact our customer service at 1-800-860-4050 for assistance. Thanks!
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iS THIS STRICKLY A BLOWER AND NOT ALSO A VACUUM.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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October 13, 2015
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Yes...just a blower.....if you were to ever get it to run!
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This is strictly a blower.
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Yes its strictly a blower
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Paducah, KY
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This is strictly a blower.
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La Pine, OR
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Strictly a blower and a good one at that!
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RI
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June 11, 2015
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Just a blower
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Just a blower
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Just a blower
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Cypress, TX
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May 26, 2015
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Just a blower, no vacuum but still a great blower.
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May 11, 2015
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Yes, this product only blows.
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May 11, 2015
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Hey Jolly! Yes this is just a blower. It doesn't come equipped with the vacuum function. Thanks for the question!
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Does the Ryobi model 08420A require a gas mixture?

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richfield,pa
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October 17, 2015
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yes and use the highest octane gas and a fuel conditioner with your 2 cycle oil
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Yes, all gas blowers require fresh gasoline and a 50/50 mixture. If you don't mix the fuel correctly, the blower will not start and/or stay running.
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Cincinnati OH
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Yes 50/1 is the mix ratio. It is a two-stroke engine.
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La Pine, OR
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Yes, I use a can of Echo Power Mix that I also use for my chain saw. You can mix your own by this is a clean and easy way to use.
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Yes - 50 to 1
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Yes. 50:1 ratio
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yes
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Yes it does.
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Yes as with all 2-stroke motors there is no separate oil chamber to lubricate the engine so you must mix special 2-stroke oil with the gas. easiest way to do it is to buy a large 5 gallon gas can to keep regular unleaded NON-ETHANOL gas in, then also buy a small 1 gallon gas can to use to mix the oil in, that way you keep the majority of the gas fresh, and they sell the 2-stroke motor oil in tiny bottles Read More
Yes as with all 2-stroke motors there is no separate oil chamber to lubricate the engine so you must mix special 2-stroke oil with the gas. easiest way to do it is to buy a large 5 gallon gas can to keep regular unleaded NON-ETHANOL gas in, then also buy a small 1 gallon gas can to use to mix the oil in, that way you keep the majority of the gas fresh, and they sell the 2-stroke motor oil in tiny bottles just big enough to do one gallon- that way you don't have to measure- just pour and go!
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May 7, 2015
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Hey jojo- Yes it does. This product uses a 50:1 ratio. You need to mix gas and oil for all two cycle engines. Thanks!
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May 7, 2015
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Yes, this product is powered by a 2-cycle engine and requires pre-mixing gasoline and 2-cycle lubricant. Pre-mix 2.6 oz. lubricant with one gallon of unleaded gasoline in a clean container approved for gasoline.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 629 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice Backpack Blower for Residential Use A backpack blower is essential for any homeowner with lots of hardwood trees and landscaping. Such is the case with my property and I obtained the Ryobi BP42 Backpack Blower for use at my home. What stands out with the Ryobi Backpack Blower is the horizontally mounted engine, which results in less turns in the air chamber. It also has a rear-sloping back plate that points the tube down slightly when mounted, and aligns the tube perfectly when blowing leaves. For such a small engine, I am quite impressed with the performance of this backpack. The Ryobi BP42 Backpack Blower uses a 42cc, 2-cycle engine and moves air at 185 mph and 510 cfm at the tube. It weighs only 18 lbs and the harness is very comfortable. The handle on the tube is equipped with an on/off switch, throttle and cruise control for extended use. On the negative side, the horizontally mounted engine results in the muffler being located right against the back plate. Even with an insulated shield the heat from the muffler is very noticeable on your right arm and lower right side when using this backpack. Another negative is the relatively small fuel tank, which is only 38 ounces. Plan on refueling frequently if using this machine on a multi-hour project. The Ryobi BP42 comes with a 3 year warranty. I would recommend this machine for residential use only. For a large property, I would recommend obtaining a commercial quality backpack blower. July 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by More power than a handheld unit The Ryobi Backpack blower comes with everything you need including oil for the engine. Some assembly is required but is easy and the tool needed is provided. Instructions are basic but adequate. The power from the engine that you get from this blower is about 50% more than the average handheld unit, so this is definitely a blower to use on larger lots and bigger landscapes. It easily tackles sticky leaves on the lawn, and larger items (sticks), and is good for medium to large residential lots where a backpack model (versus the handheld model) is preferred, and it is lighter than the Pro models. You do have to start the unit before putting it on. The controls for speed are mounted on the tube, not on the hip. I do feel some heat from the engine, but that is normal for backpack blowers. If you are using this for very large lots, or for multiple lots or landscapes, you may want to go to a professional model as this engine at 42CC is not as large as the 50-58CC pro models. A 3-year warranty is better than most residential brands but not as good as the pro brands. Overall, a good mid-level performer for those wanting a backpack-style blower with more power than a handheld; good for larger residential landscapes. June 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Strong and works on wet leaves as well as dry. I had a back pack blower about 7 years ago (different brand) and it was okay if it wasn't windy and if all of the leaves were completely dry. So when I ordered this one, I was hoping for a better turnout but I have to admit I was skeptical. Now I'm happy to report I was wowed with this blower. I have 2 negatives that I will mention in a minute but I attached the blower hose and followed the instructions for starting it the first time. It started right up and ran great. I cleanned out about 120-130 ft of flower beds and cleaned out they entired fenced back yard (about 1/3 of an acre in about an hour. As I said earlier the old one I use to have wouldn't move wet leaves. This one had no problem with it. It moved the leaves (wet and dry) the pine needles and all of the other debris. I have done it all with a rake in previous years and it was a 5-6 hour job so needless to say i was very happy with this order. Now 2 couple of minor issues. 1. After a few minutes of use, I could feel the heat from the engine on the back of my head. It wasn't coming through the backpack but it was just rising off the motor and I could feel it. It was not bad enough that I had to stop, it was just something I noticed. The other small issue is the end piece of the blower pipe would work itself loose and fall off as I used it. It happened multiple times in the hour. Nothing that a little tape won't take care of but something that should have been designed a little better. Overall l'm happy with the order. June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Powerful Blower, Fits LARGE Users, Runs Great I've owned Ryobi outdoor equipment for years and this backpack blower is my latest acquisition to the fleet. It doesn't disappoint. Everything about this Ryobi blower is easy. Assembly out of the box takes ten minutes and the screwdriver needed is included. Attach the blower tubes to the engine, screw down the clamps, fill the gas tank with premix (oil included) and you are ready to work. The back straps easily adjust quickly to fit all sized users. I'm a big boy, 6 foot, 300lbs and this fits like a glove. Plenty room left on the straps for an even bigger chest than mine! The wand is flexible at the elbow and allows you to get a nice sweeping motion going. The wand is long enough that it touches the ground as needed, but doesn't hang so low that it drags. Throttle speed, cruise control and the stop switch are all on the operating wand and are easy to reach and use with a finger and thumb. The engine is isolated from the back pack by springs. This lets the engine run without vibrating the sense out of your body. Starting and running are very simple, prime pull and turn off choke, that's it. Then strap it on your back and get going. Power is great for an engine this size. It easily outblows my handheld models. I used this for over an hour and did not run the tank dry yet. SWEET! I'm please with my new backpack blower and would recommend it to anyone that needs to use a blower this big for shop cleanup, driveways, garage floors and of course leaves. June 26, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Absolute piece Purchased the backpack blower two years ago. After a year and a week it would not run and I was told to take it to the authorized service center. They informed me that the carburetor was bad and it was not covered under warranty. A week and eighty nine dollars later I got the blower back. I used the blower four times since I got it back and on my fifth attempt to use the machine it wont start. The plunger that feeds the gas to prime it will not draw the gas to prime the motor. I called the 800 number and was told not their problem. Take it to the authorized service center and pay them to fix it. Worst power tool I have ever purchased. July 6, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DO NOT BUY THIS LEAF BLOWER Works great for the first several times, then encounters same problem all others have mentioned: goes dead when throttle is actuated. No way around it. Took it in for service within warranty period and had to pay $79, only to have it work properly a few more times, then same problem. Literally threw it away since it was of no value to me and bought a Stihl BR200. More expensive but it works and if it ever needs service, I can take it back to the selling dealer, unlike Home Depot which specifically says that they don't ever want to see any product they sell which doesn't work. July 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Don't buy this blower Like others this blower has had problems bogging down from the start. Now it has problems even running at all after 2-3 times using it. August 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DO NOT BUY- nothing but problems. I have had this blower for 2 years now. Its really a piece of junk. I have a lot of RYOBI stuff and love it. I also read a lot of the bad reviews and figured it was user error. Being a handy guy, I still cant get this thing to run right I have tried to tweak the carb, all different settings, nothing works. It is worth spending a couple bucks on a better blower. Mines for free on craigslist an I'm buying a better one. August 6, 2016
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