Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 73
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Buford ryobi 26cc weedeater
Have used it twice in summer of 2014, now(May2/2015)- it won't hardly start and won't run without the choke on. Has new fuel in it and it still acts like it is starving for fuel. Waiting for a reply from Ryobi warranty- to see how supportive they are. Will update!
May 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by desync0 Works great!
I don't know why people are having problems starting it. Ignore the instructions.... If you only prime it enough to mostly fill the bulb(3-5 pumps), pull a few times on full choke, switch to half, it fires right up (then switch to run).
Fires right back up without touching the choke or the primer with half a pull after sitting half an hour. My old junk weadeater branded trimmer would need primed/choke played with every time you shut it off.
Have no complaints about power, it chopped through everything I pointed it at, although I wore half of it, the guard is useless so definitely wear old pants and eye protection.
Rated 4 stars because I wish it was a bit lighter and they could have included thicker string.
June 14, 2014
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 3.0 out of 5.0 by RyanFromHamilton Seems so-so for now
I bought this on sale to replace an aging electric trimmer. I have a larger corner property with lots of grass so I was looking for something that was comfortable, easy to use and reliable. So far it's been the first 2. First thing I noticed was the small plastic piece that's supposed to hold the whipper part when not attached to the body was broken in the box. Since I don't have any other attachments at this time I'm not worried. However, the plastic is cheap and it probably would've broken after hanging up in my shed.
I've found the unit is very easy to start and keep running, however I've found the cutter on the guard is poor and usually doesn't cut the wire when it is fed out. That's another issue, bumping this unit doesn't give you a lot of slack and I've found it must be given a very firm tap on level ground like a sidewalk or driveway to get it to spool out. Further to that, it stops feeding like that with about 4 feet of line left on it (it suggests 10 feet in the manual, and 20 on the websites... another issue). It's also got a bad tendency to "climb" a chain link fence when you're whipping near one, something I never experienced on my electric one. So far I'm not seeing any real bang for my buck, other than I'm cord free and have a bit more power. I do like that it will accept multiple ends from different manufacturers - something I plan on testing in the future.
September 12, 2014
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