Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 331
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SpamOfDeath Learn From My Fail. DO NOT BUY THIS!
I have a little slice of suburbia in a 4-season climate. This means lawn care is expensive in my area, because they only cut 6 months out of the year, and therefore charge extra. So I figured I would do the lawn care myself and save money. I looked into the options: Echo, Husqvarna, etc. I wanted a system that was cost effective, had multiple attachments (to save space in my tiny garage) and reliable. Me being someone who lacks reading comprehension, I ignored the high ratings on the Husqvarna and Echo devices and got swayed by the low cost of the Ryobi products (HD's house brand).
Do not make the same mistake I did. Learn from my fail. Remember how daddy and grandpa always said to spend good money on good tools, because they will pay for themselves in the long run? I did not and I'm paying for it now.
A bit of background: I bought the Expand-It 4-cycle head and ALL THE ACCESSORIES: the curved trimmer, blower, edger, hedge trimmer, and chainsaw attachment. Granted these devices are significantly cheaper than the comparable good quality devices from Echo and Husqvarna, and there is a good reason for that.
Before I get into the details of my ownership, I'll say this: if you are looking to spend the least amount of money on lawn care equipment, and also have a terminal medical diagnosis of less than 12 months and/or you are boarding the UFO mothership in 12 months, then by all means buy he Ryobi set. Because the Ryobi equipment will not last more than 12 months of steady use. This is a stone cold fact.
My ownership experience went like this: the power head worked fine for about 2 years of use until it no longer would start. Mind you this was after the locking collar that secured the attachments to the power head stripped the nut that you tightened to secure it. This failure point renders the entire system inoperable. I jury rigged a workaround with a pair of locking vise grips to clamp the locking collar closed, because the stripped nut was WELDED TO THE DARN COLLAR AND COULD NOT BE REPLACED SHORT OF SWAPPING OUT THE ENTIRE DRIVE SHAFT COLUMN. In the engineering world, this is called 'a single point of failure'. In my world this is also called "an imbecilic choice of design philosophy'. You can replace the drive shaft but it's expensive ($50) and you must be better at mechanical repairs than me, because I pooched it up. BECAUSE, no one would work on said Ryobi device without charging a price equivalent to the purchase of buying a new one.
Mind you, the attachments fared marginally better. The hedge trimmer failed after 1 year; just locked up. The wound string trimmer chronically jammed when being reloaded, pretty much from the get go, and the bump advancer also did not work. I replaced the wound string head with the Ryobi one that accepts the three pre-cut strips. That sucker EATS those things, when it wasn't spitting them out across the lawn; I would go thru an entire package every 2 weeks. It took 12 months, and it too failed; I have short nubs of string trimmer jammed in the loading holes and I cannot remove them. The blower is the only accessory that hasn't failed, and for that I salute Ryobi, because I have always said their products blow. The chainsaw trimmer has worked reasonably well, but again it has a hunger for the lubricating oil, and the chain would frequently derail. The edger has lasted but it does feel as though it's about to shake loose at any moment, and will get jammed with dirt and grass pretty quickly.
When the gas power head failed, I ended up replacing it with the Ryobi electric power head. I'm not proud of this, but I was in grad school at the time and I did not have the time to send these godforsaken products off on the Viking funeral they so richly deserved, nor did I have the money to replace them with proper tools. The electric power head has also failed. Guess what part failed?? Go ahead, I'll wait... if you guessed the locking collar, then you have been paying attention!
I have graduated, and once I get a new job, I'm gonna do what I should have done 3 years ago: buy Echo products. There's a reason that lawn care companies use Echo and Husqvarna. That reason is why you should NEVER BUY A RYOBI PRODUCT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
May 15, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Russ Hard starting 4 cycle engine
I bought a blower and a trimmer both 4 cycle engines. The blower starts and runs like a dream. The trimmer is a different story. I have pulled it until my arm hurt and it will not start. Once in a while it may start and run and it seems to have good power but once it stops it will not start again. I will pull the cord out of your hand like it is out of time. I have purchased a new trimmer (not a Ryobi) and it works great. Starts every time with little effort. The Ryobi, I am going to take a hammer to it just to make sure no one else goes through the frustration and arm pain that I have.
July 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TINMAN YOU CANT GO WRONG AT THE HOME DEPOT
The New 4 Cycle 30cc Head Trimmer It Was Lightweight It Was East To Run I'm Pleased Will It STEVE WRIGHT
July 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TwoStepn1500 Even Repair Shops know how bad they are
I owned this model and about year 2 it would start but would not stay running once the throttle was applied. I read online where this is a common problem that is known about the carburetor. I took it to Home Depot and since I owned it for so long and didn't have a receipt they would exchange it, although it is a known problem - the manager even said that they have a problem with that brand. They would send it for repair if I had the receipt, which I didn't. So I took it to a local repair shop who turned me down and said he has stopped working on those because he fixes the carb, but within two weeks it is back to the way it was. I am surprised that Home Depot would continue to stock this product with these reviews.
July 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by nhopp4 DO NOT BUY!!!!
Had this engine for 3 months and already the Carburetor is clogged and the primer bulb stays pushed in. The weedeater will shut off after 5 minutes or when it gets hot. Do not buy save your self the hastle and spend the extra money on a quality brand. I recommend Stihl.
July 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Montanaguy Worthless
Bought a Ryobi powerhead two years ago. 4-stroke wasn't supposed to smoke like some 2-cycles sometimes do.
The first one felt like there was something jammed when trying to start it, but finally it started and put out a cloud of smoke that covered half the neighborhood. Took it back to Home Depot and they gave me another powerhead after admitting "there were some problems with the jets" on the model I had. But assured me that had been fixed.
The new one had the same problems with very tough pulling to start it, but I used it twice and then it started to smoke and, once again, filled the neighborhood with smoke. Should have thrown the thing in the garbage immediately, but took it back to Home Depot and, while they wouldn't give me my money back, they did give me store credit equal to the powerhead and all the useless attachments since they only fit the Ryobi powerhead.
Bought a Stihl from Murchoch's in Helena, Montana. First thing they do is take it in the back room, fill it with gas, and start it -- it's part of the warranty that it gets tested in the store. Price difference was $50 for the powerhead and some of the attachments were actually cheaper than the Ryobi. Starts on first pull every time. If you buy 6 cans of Stihl 2-cycle oil with it they double the warranty at no extra cost.
Bottom line -- forget about Ryobis, they're junk.
July 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chris Ryobi 4 cycle
Low price. No problems for exactly 3 years. As soon as the warranty was up it quit while trying to start. It kicked back on half choke and never started again. I adjusted the valves and set the timing but still it acted as if timing was off. Anyways Ill buy a new power head for $150 and hope I get another 3 years of trouble free weed eating. Maybe I'll get the ext. warranty from Home Depot. Then when it quits a week after the normal warranty goes out Home Depot will have to replace the thing for me. Anyways I would recommend this unit if you take care of your things like I do. Keep your receipt or a picture of it.
May 13, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by 1234 dead within 2 years, very light usage
Dead within 2 years, very light usage. Very hard to start
July 2, 2016