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2-Cycle 25cc Gas Full Crank Straight Shaft String Trimmer
  • Ryobi
  • Model RY253SS
  • Internet #205565911
  • Store SO SKU #1001059129

2-Cycle 25cc Gas Full Crank Straight Shaft String Trimmer

$12900 /each
Discontinued Model:

Model # RY28141

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Store SKU #154622

Ryobi 2-Cycle 26cc Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmer

Discontinued Ryobi

2-Cycle 26cc Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmer

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Product Overview

For a reliable gas trimmer that can handle tough trimming, the Ryobi 2-Cycle Straight Shaft is a versatile, affordable solution for all your yard work. This trimmer is attachment capable, and works with any of the attachments in the versatile Expand-it Attachment System. The extended 65 in. straight shaft provides longer reach for easy trimming under and around obstacles, and the Reel-easy bump-feed trimmer head allows you to load a full supply of 0.095 in. line easier than ever before. With a wide 18 in. cutting path and a 3-year warranty to back it all up, the Ryobi 2-Cycle Straight Shaft Trimmer is ready to take on your heavy lawn work.

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  • Attachment capable: accepts Ryobi expand-it attachments and other universal gas attachments to save time, money, and space
  • 65 in. straight shaft provides reach and ability to trim under obstacles
  • Reel-easy bump-feed string head with dual 0.095 in. line for fast and easy reloading
  • 18 in. cutting width for faster trimming

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Assembled Depth (in.)
9.8 in
Assembled Height (in.)
65 in
Assembled Width (in.)
15.55 in
Line style size
Maximum cutting path diameter (in.)
Recommended line diameter (in.)
Shaft Length (in.)


Assembly Required
Attachment capable
CA (CARB) Compliant
CARB Compliant
Engine Cycles
2 Cycle
Engine Displacement (cc)
Engine Type
Fuel Tank Capacity (oz.)
Fuel Type
Gas & Oil Mix
Head Type
Wind without Assembly
Line Advance System
Metal blade conversion kit
Multiple heads included
No-tool line replacement
Number of Trim Lines
Power Type
Product Weight (lb.)
Replaceable Head
Shaft shape
Shaft type
Shoulder harness/strap
Start Type
Trimmer Line Type
Trimmer Type
Consumer Gas String

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
3 Year Limited Warranty

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Customer Questions & Answers

How do I make the altitude adjustment?

Asked by: BobeQ
Thank you for asking, BobeQ. Your engine is configured for operation below 2000 feet altitude at the factory. Your engine must be re-configured for operation above 2000 feet altitude. Operating the engine with the wrong engine configuration at a given altitude may increase its emissions, decrease fuel efficiency, degrade performance and cause irreversible damage. Engines configured for high altitude operation cannot be operated in standard altitude conditions. A qualified service center should ensure that your engine is properly configured for your location. I hope this helps and we appreciate your interest in Ryobi! -Keri
Answered by: RYOBIOutdoors
Date published: 2017-06-24

How do I restring the string on the cutting head of trimmer??

I have searched the manual and cannot find any instructions on how to put new string on the trimmer head. I used all the string on the head and need to put new string on it. How do I do it????
Asked by: George
Thank you for asking, George. To restring the spool on this string trimmer, please follow these simple instructions: *Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire. *Rotate the spool clockwise as necessary to align the arrows on the spool with the eyelets in the string head housing. *Cut one piece of trimmer line 18 ft. long. Insert the line into the eyelet on the string trimmer housing. Push until the end of the line comes out the other side of the string head. Pull the line from the other side until equal amounts of line appear on both sides of the spool. *Rotate the spool clockwise to wind the line on the spool until approximately 6 in. of line is showing on each side. *Push the spool retainer down while pulling on line(s) to manually advance the line and to check for proper assembly of the string head. I hope this helps and we appreciate your interest in Ryobi! -Keri
Answered by: RYOBIOutdoors
Date published: 2017-06-24

can i get a replacement head at home depot, and what is the part number?

Need replacement head, and part number.
Asked by: buck
Hey buck-- Yes you can buy a replacement head at the Home Depot or at The model number is AC04152. Thanks!
Answered by: RYOBIOutdoors
Date published: 2015-09-20

is this model on sale for 33.00? ryobi weed trimmer

Asked by: Sharon
Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. This item is currently in stock online. It can be ordered online and shipped directly to your home, business, or local store. For any other questions, please call us at Customer Service 800-430-3376. Thank you for shopping Home Depot.
Answered by: THDSupport
Date published: 2015-09-20
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Customer Reviews

2-Cycle 26cc Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmer is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product and you are able to buy other attchments as needed. This trimmer replaces my old Gas/oil mix trimmer which went on the junk pile for failure to function. I had no idea that this Ryobi 2-cycle straight shaft would work so well and be functional to accommodate another 7 tools should you need anyone or all. They sell separately and can attach easily and go. So far I have only used this trimmer to easily cut tall grass and trim the edges of the lawn. Also the straight shaft allows you to reach easily under hedges etc to get rid of the weeds that stubbornly grow in such hard to get areas.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy To Set Up and Easier to Use The set-up was quicker and easier than I expected. Within 10 minutes, you're ready to add fuel and put it to use. No tools are needed at all. It's like plug and play. You can add optional attachments, easily and quickly to the same unit. Everything is clearly labeled and leaves nothing to question. It has a handy label that has starting instructions. It started on the second pull. The motor is a smooth running 2 cycle. I started and stop it a couple of times after that and it started on the first pull. I had a fresh patch of weeds that needed to be whacked and this trimmer took care of them without issue. It has a low emission engine and burns clean for a 2-cycle. An 18 inch cutting width, just under 12 pounds before adding fuel, and uses the popular .095 inch string.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First gas trimmer I had been looking since buying a new home and getting 4x the yard I had. The old electric weed eater was horrible. so much extension cord to drag around and the line feed never worked right. I bought this based on reviews and price. I had it together, fuel mixed and fueled in 15 minutes. Followed the instructions and it started on the 8th pull of the cord. I let it warm up a little flicked the choke off and began to wipe out the tall grass growing in about 300ft of chain link fence. Then around 7 trees and bushes. Then the concrete foundation and paver stones. The cord is tuff as nails. I did have to adjust it out by hand 3x to accomplish all this. It does come with the head fully spooled and a bottle of the recommended 2-stroke oil. it requires no tools to assemble and the instructions are easy to follow. I was very impressed with this machine..
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to start? NO Always use high octane and ethanol free fuel or get an additive for the ethanol. I've owned cheap two cycle products my entire life and worked on many, the problem is 99% fuel issues, bad gas, old gas, E10 gas (10% ethanol) low octane gas, these are owner caused failures. Use good fresh higher octane ethanol free fuel, or with an additive. Drain the tank and run it until it dies if you plan to store it. Don't store it in a hot environment, ie outside sheds where hot weather is prevalent. If you follow these rues you WILL get yrs of life from any product.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good value for the power I've been using 2 cycle gas machines for 35 years. this trimmer like all 2 cycle products, must be drained of fuel and run dry of fuel after each use. Gas evaporates and leaves the oil and varnish in the carb which makes for a hard start and a short carb life. Plenty of power, fires right up with fresh fuel/mix and is nice to use with the attachments. Prime/pump until all the bubbles are out of the clear fuel lines, in very cold weather starter fluid speeds up the process. 1992 chain saw still fires right up because I take the time to drain the fuel after each use. Don't forget to clean the plug once per year and wire brush the the plug threads for a good ground connection.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet! Trimmer came with everything in the pictures including the trimmer line and anti-ethanol 2-cycle oil. Initial use of this was great! I bought the 50:1 gas/oil can that was right next to this trimmer to use with it instead of mixing myself. It's about 5 bucks and has no ethanol in it. I used the trimmer for about 30 minutes and was amazed at the power (I have experience with a cheap plug-in trimmer). The pumping that is required is to fill the lines with fuel. I did about 15 pumps on the first one since the initial 10 left a lot of air pockets. Other negative reviews lack what percentage of ethanol was in the gas as this adversely affects the performance and longevity. I recommend ear protection of some kind.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Either it will save me money or I just bought a headache I did my research on trimmers before I bought this one. My father had a husquavarna all his life I have used my neighbors Stihl plenty of times and they are all nice trimmers. The Stihl starts up on the second pull almost every time the husquavarna maybe the fifth pull if its a warm day. So when I decided to buy a trimmer for my own home I was looking at the Echo brands. I wanted something attachment capable and all product lines seemed to have that. Stihl was out of my price range and the husquavarna was to expensive for what I thought I would be getting. It came down to the Echo PAS system, the Ryobi 4 Cycle and the Ryobi 2 cycle Echo PAS- From all accounts this seems to be the top of the line trimmer and attachment system. Their cheapest attachment head and trimmer was around the 300 dollar price range and only had around a 22 cc engine. I wanted this machine so bad but wanted to go for the biggest PAS system they had which would have ran me around 400 dollars for the head and trimmer. The attachments I looked at were also expensive and only seemed to be made for the echo wheras the Ryobi expand it attachments are capable with cub cadet, poulan and many other brands. Also the PAS attachments seemed to be on average 40% more than the ryobi expand it with both systems attachments generating positive reviews. This meant that it is the head that is better not the attachments and if I could get a cheap head to work I could get almost every expand it attachment for the price I would have paid for an Echo head and trimmer attachment . Part of me still really wishes I would have got this trimmer though Ryobi 4 cycle- I originally bought this trimmer on impulse and went home, read reviews and did research on the 4 cycle engines. I returned it the next day. This 4 cycle engine seemed to have the power I wanted but not the versatility. What I mean with versatility is that you cannot story it on an angle due to the separate oil inside, you can run into issues using the machine in different angles and from what I read oil spills out into the carb. So weed whacking would have been fine no issues but if you want to buy an attachment such as a hedge trimmer, or branch trimmer and the engine is going to be tilted at different angles it would have caused problems. To bad because I really like the weight and feel of this. Also 4 cycle meant maintenance intervals every 25 hours and more things that could break. I decided to stick with the tried and true 2 cycle Ryobi 2 Cycle- The winner I looked at reviews and out of over 200 reviews on just the head of this trimmer the negative reviews stated that it was hard to start, didn't start, or took forever to start. Nothing negative about the power output or mechanical issues so I decided to take the chance.With the ability to use a 2 cycle in any position store it vertically, horizontally or any other configuration you could come up with made this the choice over the 4 cycle engine. I figured if I used good 2 cycle oil, and 91 octane ethanol free fuel from our local gas station that this trimmer should start up fine and that would erase the negative reviews giving me a positive cost effective experience. So I bought the gas followed the instructions primed the bulb and started to pull. It took 18 pulls for the Ryobi to start. This was 8 more pulls than what was stated in the manual. I went weed whacked for 10 minutes turned it off and decided to see how many pulls it would take on a hot start. It took one pull and it started up right away which should be expected from a start right after use. Then I decided I would wait 1 hour and do another cold start and see what happened. I attached the headge trimmer attachment and gave it a rip. I forgot to put the choke on but it did start on the second pull. Anyhow the hedge trimmer attachment worked perfectly and did not lack any more. Overall I am very happy with this purchase at the moment. The money saved with the expand it attachments over the long run will really add up I just hope the Ryobi 2 cycle head can keep up and I do not have to buy another brand of the head down the road. Anyhow time will only tell if this purchase was worth it, right now I am please but if I have a heck of a time starting it up next spring or in a couple weeks to do the trim again after it sat I would be very unhappy with this purchase. I will write another review if that is the case
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer and easy to start Great trimmer out of the box. With fresh fuel mix and once primed, started right up and ran great. Line feed is easy and fluid with plenty of power for home use trimming needs.
Date published: 2014-05-01
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