Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 123
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GolfingGrandma Versatile trimmer that is easy to start and use
Contrary to some reviews, I found this trimmer to be very easy to start following the instructions step by step that are displayed on the side of the engine (see photo). I was able to start this in 2 pulls. It runs great and is very easy to use with the trigger grip that activates the trim head. You can choose to use the fixed line string head or bump feed string head that are both included. It cuts a nice wide path so is great for all of my landscaping trimming. The engine noise and vibration are well within the normal range for this type of trimmer. Having the option to add attachments makes this trimmer even better. Definitely recommend this.
September 26, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Cmart Wouldn't Buy Again
Been using this 3 years now, and would not purchase again. Hard to start, although I can get past that as it always starting following the procedure. However, it constantly stalls if the trigger isn't pressed, leaks fuel, and worse off the trimmer line is a pain to load and constantly needs tweaking.
April 25, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AcePeter Horrible Weedeater
This thing is GARBAGE! Lasted not even a year. Replaced everything but the carb and the thing called a weedeater will still not run. I hate this thing. I will never buy a Ryobi again. In fact you couldn't give me one.
April 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sal38 Great Trimmer for the average homeowner!
This trimmer is a great trimmer for the average homeowner. It is packaged perfectly in a very friendly package & assembly couldn't be any easier. The trimmer started immediately with no effort. It has worked above my expectations since I have owned it. I hope the quality and workmanship will continue through the life of the product. The product is not built for a professional landscaper type use, but for the amount of trimming that I do, I am very pleased!
September 1, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Albert Not a bad weed wacker for the money
Honestly looking at all the other bad reviews I thought I would add my two cents in. I purchased the $99 special because the battery operated one was just not getting it done. Out of the box it ran fine, still runs fine, like with any other gas two cycle you have to warm it up but once it's warm it runs great. The first job I tackled was edging with alot of sod creep, done in 30 minutes. The battery trimmer I had went 5 feet on the same and crapped out!
The only issue I have had was with the auto feed on the head, not the best but once you figure it out you just need to keep an eye on the line length.
It's a $99 trimmer, what do you expect!
April 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sarge776 People can't read instructions
I have had my Ryobi weed eater for almost 10 yrs. The only thing I have done to it is replace the spark plug, and plastic gas feed tubes. Yes, it is not fun to start as it will not start the first time, nor the 6th time, however, if you set it on the lowest start position, push choke 3 times, then follow thru with that one complete sequence, then after starting all over again, doing the same thing, it will start on the second position. This of course means that you will have to pull the cord no less than 5 times and push the plastic choke about 12 times. Other than that, it works great. Good exercise at least in the arm you try to start it with.
September 28, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Andy Bump feed string head is IMPOSSIBLE to load.
I recently replaced my 5 year old Ryobi trimmer that I loved but had worn it out. Unlike other reviews, I have had no starting issues on the new one but the new string replacement is HORRIBLE! Since the replacement string wants to continue in a circle from the round roll, it is impossible to get it to thread thru the second whole. It took me an hour of frustration before getting ahold of it with tweezers to pull it thru! Then, the spool wouldn't turn to wind it on! There has to be an easier way or this thing is going in the trash. My old one took 5 minutes to wind on new string. The new way is definitely NOT an improvement.
August 19, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sassy1244 big disappointment
I purchased this product and it was my first experience with a ryobi product and was very bad experience. I got the trimmer home and paid careful attention to directions for assembly and starting the engine. After 2 days of trying to start the trimmer I gave up and asked a professional landscaper to start it, with difficulty he was able to start it one time, but I was never able to get it started again. I returned it immediately to the store, don't waste your time or money stay away from Ryobi i have since talked with people that have had this same issue with their gas products. You will end up with a sore arm/shoulder and very frustrated.....pass this one by.......
October 29, 2010