Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 337
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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jred I would buy another!
Had goin on 5yrs change oil every yr. BURNS LITTLE OIL KEEP CLOSE EYE ON IT! No complaints here!
August 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JonathanW Do not buy
Leaked oil from the get go and eventually burned up. Should have lasted longer than occasional use for less than a year.
August 22, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OldLoneStar Ryobi 4 cycle trimmer
started up first pull. powerful. Very satisfied. multiple uses.
August 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Piece of Junk!
Bought tit and the pull cord locked up after two months and took back to Home Depot and got and exchange. The new one broke after only four uses. This time HD told me I would have to pay $18.95 to have it evaluated by Ryobi...I just trashed the stupid thing - what a waste of $149.00.
August 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sctools Right product right price
This replaced 2 old Toros. Had all the add on accessories, weed eater, chain saw, trimmer and edger. Wanted to to upgrade to 4 cycle. Everything is compatible, worked great out of the box. Expect it to last a long time.
August 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dave Won't start after 2 uses
Haven't returned it yet, but only 2 uses and now the cord won't pull to start it. Maybe a lemon, but not happy about this.
August 2, 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