Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 132
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by philm686 Very Versatile Ryobi Gas Trimmer
I had used a Ryobi gas trimmer several years ago and since then had tried models from several manufacturers. When I was in the market for a new one after moving to a new house, I purchased another Ryobi.
It is lightweight, easy to start, and runs great. The Expand-It feature makes it easy to add attachments. I purchased the edger and blower attachment and they work great. I especially like the edger blades that are reversible so you can get more life from a new blade.
It is very handy to have one tool that can do three jobs. I highly recommend this product and also recommend that you get additional attachments to get the most value out of the product.
May 18, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Fyrefiter Didn't survive the first day
I bought this in the store without reading the reviews. I should have done my research first. While most of the reviews address hard starting and other engine problems I did not have that experience. What I did have was a problem with the head which was not only a pain to reload but after the second reload of line quit working. It spools out line from two sides of the head but when one side clips off and sucks back into the head there is no way to get it back out. I can turn the center head screw but all it does is rotate the drive shaft with no way to lock it down. I could try some other things but risk destroying it completely. Since this was the 1st day out of the box I think I'll take it back to HD.
May 17, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by kronnek wont buy ryobi trimmer again
ran okay for about one season, has power to cut grass and small weeds, not much else as it is easily tangled in anything longer than 4 inches and you have to stop to untangle it. also runs out of gas pretty quickly and never could finish yard in one tank (i live on only one acre of land)
wouldn't stay running longer than 30 seconds after first season due to fuel leak. had to get a different trimmer after fuel lines came loose from the tank and started dripping gasoline from where the rubber meets the plastic tank (didn't leave it with gas in tank when storing.) wasn't worth repairing for the price I paid for it.
left feeling ripped off
June 14, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by frustrated Ryobi stuff is junk
This is my third season with this piece of junk. I bought it because of the different attachments I could get and use with it. But from the beginning, it won't start, when you finally do get it to start, as soon as you pull the trigger to run it in full power it dies. Then you have to spend the next 30 minutes trying to get it to start again. When it finally does run correctly, the first time you let off the trigger it just dies, it won't idle. It takes hours to do a job that should only take 30 minutes. It isn't worth $0.99, let alone $99. Don't buy it; unless you have a ton of time to kill, then you can come do work at my house.
May 4, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Waste of money!
I bought one of these last year in the spring. I liked the idea of having all of the interchangeable attachments (edger, blower, etc.). It worked pretty well. The trimmer was excellent, the edger attachment was OK, but struggled at times with the clay soil. By the end of the summer it is in my shed with it's cord hanging out (won't retract). Come to find out that in spite of the fact that it has the Ryobi name on it, it is actually made by Homelite. I was extremely disappointed and would not recommend this product. I should have read reviews before purchasing this item, as I am not the only one with this type of experience.
April 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer For the price, it's hard to beat
Owned for probably 3 1/2-4 years. Also have the tiller attachment which was used a couple of seasons on some very hard ground. I think at one time I did not like the idle because it was too low and some how managed to bump it up a little. I don't exactly measure the gas to oil mix, I usually add what seems like a little more oil than what it should be. Also I don't rev it wide open for long, I tend to pump the throttle, thick stuff more throttle, thinner areas just ease off. Drain the fuel after each season, store it in doors and using the recommended start up sequence it usually fires up within a few pulls.
For the price, I couldn't really ask for a better trimmer.
June 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rupert So far, so good
Apparently there are conflifting starting instructions for this trimmer. The owners manual and the starting instruction insert.The owners manual instructs the operator to never squeeze the throttle when you are trying to start and the insert tells you just the opposite. Go with the insert, and starting is very easy. Bought one of these and I followed the owners manual starting instructions and could not get it to start, took it back to HD,
the manager of the garden dept. took it outside and it started right up. I asked him what he did and he told me that you have to squeeze the throttle in order to start it.
May 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bettyhop Ryobi Curved Shaft Trimmer
I really enjoy using this trimmer! I've used mine for two summers, starts easily and is light weight. No problem changing the cording. I also have the curb trimmer and was very surprised how well it cut through the dirt. This was my first experience using a trimmer and love the time I get away from the kids while working in the yard. This trimmer may have been built tough for a man to use but this little lady can get the job done just as well. I won't even go near my husbands "heavy duty" trimmer which won't start anyway. I get the job done while he sits and does repairs on his. Hey! Wait a minute!?!?!?
November 5, 2006