Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 133
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CyberNewf Very nice trimmer
I've had this trimmer for 2 summers, and I am very happy with it. It is lightweight and with the other available attachments (which I have picked up several of over the past 2 years) it is very versatile. I use this tool to maintain over an acre of lawn and garden and it easily meets my needs.
The starting instructions on the side of the engine must be followed exactly, but they are very similar to the starting instructions for my previous 2-stroke trimmer. The 50:1 fuel:oil mixture is different from many other 2-stroke engines for home use (my old trimmer and my chainsaw use 40:1) so be sure you use the correct mixture.
May 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DjEclipse Starting
I've read that a lot of people have had a hard time starting this trimmer.
The starting instructions are very clear on the side of the casing and must be followed to a T. If you do that the trimmer is very easy to start.
Pump the prime 10 times and make sure you see some gas in the
Turn the choke to full and, hold the throttle down and pull 4-6 times, the trimmer will almost start.
Turn the choke to the middle, hold the throttle and pull until the trimmer starts, it should only take a few pulls. Let it run for 10 seconds then switch to the run position and away you go.
Make sure yo mix the gas properly as well.
June 13, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by quick98gtp worst trimmer ever
Bought this trimmer last summer, and at first thought it was great, loads of power and great on gas. but about half way through the summer started having problems starting. needless to say, at the beginning of his past summer put in a new spark plug to try to remedy the problem. Did not make a difference. Needless to say by the end of the summer it would not start at all. That was me, the neighbor out in his laneway, pulling and pulling (and swearing) to no avail. Will not start. Was so discusted I gave up on trimming the lawn at the end of the season ( and trust me , I have the best lawn in the neighborhood partly in thanks to my new toro personal pace mower..ll LOve it!!)
February 21, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by guitarman Ryobi CS 26 Trimmer
The 2 previous reviewers stated that they had/have difficulty starting their machines.
I have had my machine for a few days now and have used it 4 or 5 times as I worked my way around the yard. I found this machine very easy to start, even the first time. Never more than 5 pulls and if it is warm just 1 or 2. Perhaps they have too much oil in the fuel mix.
The Ryobi is very quiet, light and well balanced. My previous machine was a Homelite and this machine is better overall.
It was a more expensive machine than the Homelight (about $55.00) but I think well worth the extra dollars.
May 3, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RobertH Great Machine
I bought the Ryobi 2 weeks ago and have used it 4 times over that periord. I had no problems starting it. I was very careful on the oil/fuel ratio and that is probably what has caused other people problems. If you follow the instuctions, it starts as advertised.
For such a small, light machine, it has loads of power. I had no problems cutting down the 3 foot high string grass in our alley way. I was having so much fun, I even cut down some of the neighours!
Very fuel efficient. Still on the first tank of gas.
The tiller attachment works well. It does take a bit of muscle to use this on hard ground and I was a bit sore the next day.
All in all, this product has met my expectations and I would purchase another.
June 22, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ChrisH Hint for first use
Like a couple of other reviewers, I had a hard time starting the unit the first time despite closely following the directions. My fix was to remove the snap-on over that the choke switch protrudes through. No tools are required to do this, there's a tab on the top to push down and the cover comes off cleanly. That cover is over top of the carburetor air intake. I suspect that when new, the unit is still so tight that it may require more air to start than having the cover in place allows. After removing the cover, I got "engine attempts to start" on Full Choke after two pulls, and engine started after two more pulls in Half Choke. Machine ran flawlessly after that.
Obviously, you'll want to replace the cover after the machine has had time to run cleanly for a little while, since its job is to keep debris out of the air intake.
Hope this helps someone out!
May 24, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by displeased Money & Time waster
I purchased this product at the beginning of March /2010. I had a hard time right off the bat keeping it running...then trying to restart it. Suffice it to say it hard more will power... not to start, than I had to get it running again! I do not recommend any one purchase this product and if you do, make sure you return it back within one mo. for a refund or will be out of luck!
March 20, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by sdeange worked for 1 month, never started again
Ryobi CS26 grass trimmer was purchased last May (2011). It worked for maybe 1 month, and never started again. Tried numerous times last summer, and numerous time again this spring. Though, the company states there is a waranty, it is not being honoured. Ryobi leaves bad taste!
May 24, 2012