Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 497
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DIY Ryobi Trimmer - worst purchase ever
This is the second time we've purchased this trimmer believing the first engine had a quirky manufacturer defect or ethanol issue. The perk of this trimmer is the attachments, we've purchased most of them-but engine can't handle them. In fact, it can't even handle the trimmer line. With both the first and second engines initially it easily starts-don't be fooled. After using it 20 minutes the engine begins to stutter. During the second use not only did the engine stutter and miss- it smokes-eventually overheating and cutting off. It uses oil like crazy, too. Go back to the drawing board on this trimmer Ryobi. The worst purchase/headache ever. Home Depot rethink selling this Ryobi product.
July 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by PooDiddy Never got it started....
I was originally drawn to Ryobi based on Consumer Reports ranking of their 2-cycle model, but was very interested in a 4-cycle trimmer so thought I'd give this one a shot. Unfortunately, I never got it started. I followed the starting instructions precisely, but after 10-15 pulls without anything that sounded like a spark I knew I was in trouble. I thought that perhaps the engine was flooded with too much priming, so I gave it a few hours and then came back and tried again. Still nothing. Took the motor housing off to make sure that the spark plug was installed properly, no issues there but no matter what I did it would not crank.
I exchanged it for the 2-cycle option that was originally recommended by CR and it started up right away.
July 24, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Gardener Maybe just bad luck...probably not.
Bought this trimmer the other day. Chose Ryobi because my last trimmer was Ryobi and I have many attachments for the unit (hedge clipper, blower, chainsaw, etc). Easy to put together. Started up fine and had good power. Used it for about ten minutes straight. Turned off to switch to another attachment (blower). Pull started under full choke, but cut out when switched to half choke. Tried several times, nothing. Gave it a half hour rest, same problem. Returned unit to the store for replacement. Replacement unit started up fine and had similar power. Turned off to test. Tried to start back up and didn't even pull start under full choke. Double checked with fresh gas. Nothing. Returned to store. Guess I'll have to find another brand with compatible attachments.
July 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Piece of junk
Wish I had read the reviews first. Constantly stalls and very difficult to restart. I am going to tray to take it back even though I have had it for about 90 days. Only has about one engine hour on it.
July 24, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Al This Unit Will develop problems with average use
Purchased an earlier version of this unit (3 yrs ago), an even new out of the box was crancky to start, but once started, provided adequate power. The trimmer attachment never correctly bump-feeds the string line. And finally, now the timing belt constantly jumps the cog after something in the engine wears down. No adjustment can be made, and replacing the timing belt is difficult due to a shaft bearing that is impossible to remove.
July 13, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ruhi Two out of two attachments failed
Bought this Ryobe 4-cycle engine to use with the trimmer, tiller, hedge trimmer, chain saw and edger. Engine started easily but much more noisier than I expected at full throttle. Tried the string trimmer first. It failed to feed the string on one end which required opening up resetting it which is not easy at all. I gave up on that. Then, I assembled the tiller which is easy to do so but the gear box was rock solid jammed. It did not even turn at all. It should have turned easily. I did not even bother to attach to the engine to prevent the drive shaft being torn. Packed it and returned all. Wasted nearly five hours of my weekend afternoon.
May 14, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TCR Poor Poor Poor
Got it home. Set it up easily. Ran for about 5 minutes and worked beautifully. Idled with a little bit of stutter, but wasn't obnoxiously loud to operate, like other gas trimmers. They, suddenly, it stopped. Tried and tried and tried again to get it started and nothing. Taking it back right now.
July 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Yardgirl One use, and thread is stuck inside spool
I used this product once after purchasing. The trimmer string/thread will not extract. There appears to be no feasible way to remove the spool button on this piece of equipment to even re-thread the darn thing. A total waste of $200!
July 12, 2016