Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 511
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by walley Worried
I should have read the reviews first but, I prefer to give everything a fair shake. I've been wanting a 4 stroke weed eater for a long time - finally got one. Easy to put together, started real easy and ran very well. String seemed to release when needed. After using it for a few minutes - can't say exactly how long but, I looked down and there was motor oil coming from somewhere under the cover near the top of the motor. Being how little was poured in initially from the provided bottle, not sure it would last long losing oil that fast. Taking it back today. Have not decided if I want to risk another one after my own experience and reading a lot of negative reviews. Good luck. The actual value can't be determined until I find out if it will last more than a few uses....
August 18, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Outdoorz Too Quirky, doesn't stay running
I had one working for a week, then the 3rd time I used it I was going along great and the engine just cut out. After that I could not get it started. I exchanged it for another one and the first use the engine started to stutter and cut out. I couldn't keep it running more then a few minutes.
This is way to fragile of a lawn product, if there is issues with how the oil flows through this thing, it's not worth constant maintenance to try to keep it running right when all other products are just pull and go.
August 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by brianyru Best Ever
I have had this trimmer for 3 years now. Never any problems. It starts easily, is light weight, and is powerful. It will run all day long without any issues; only stopping to refill the gas and line. I am 43 yrs old and have owned many trimmers in my life. This is by far the best one I have ever owned. I have read the bad reviews on here and can't believe what is being said about this unit. I follow the starting instructions with every start and I have never had it not start within three pulls. I'd say 75% of the time it starts and keeps running after the first pull. I remember the first couple times I started it, it had a problem. I read through the manual and adjusted the idle screw just a little. How to start it, operate it, and maintain it is all right there in the manual. Do as the manual instructs and this will be your favorite trimmer!
August 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Pookie Lots of problems
There were problems from the get-go. The string, which is self feeding, would somehow get caught up under itself and wouldn't feed. After shutting the trimmer down to fix the string problem it was almost impossible to restart. Often I would have to leave it for 15 minutes, a half hour and longer before I could get it started. After about three uses, it began shutting down on its own, again being almost impossible to start and keep running.
August 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JonM DO NOT BUY
I'm on my second one. These things start burning oil and engines seize within 15 minutes of use. On my second one I even went through a "Break in" period to try and increase it's longevity, and checked oil every 10 minutes. It lasted 2 uses instead of 1 this time. I will be returning and replacing with a 2 cycle. It's too bad they are such unreliable pieces of junk, they have nice power and it's convenient to just dump in the same 91 octane non-ethanol gas I use on my mower instead of having to use a mix.
August 10, 2016
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 3.0 out of 5.0 by JP42 Ryobi
Good quality and has dependable power. Uses the cutting line pretty quick but performs well.
August 25, 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