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Written on: 04/06/2013 by monsmeg (1 review written)
Wish I had known about all the bad feedback before I ever bought this machine. Bought one with all attachments. Only operated it a few times and then would not start (great for arm exercise and raising blood pressure in pulling the chord for ages). So thinking I had unfortunately acquired a faulty machine or somehow had caused the fault I bought a second so as to use the attachments. This machine lasted a little longer but takes a lot of time to start and will not run on tickover. I have to… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/05/2013 by KHcomp (1 review written)
Don't understand the reviews on here - I've had mine for around seven years, it lives outside most of the year, and spent one Winter on our garden table when I forgot to put it away. It ALWAYS starts first or second pull, and has never had any form of maintenance. I never drain the fuel at the end of the season, and never have any issues with 'stale' petrol. Incredible value as it cost me £60 as a brand new, graded machine from a local independent dealer. I also tend to give it some serious… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/08/2012
I'm confused why most people seem to have issues starting this machine. My starts generally after 3 pulls from cold and will restart straight away from warm. Basically the steps I follow (possibly from the instruction book - long forgotten), go like this : 1 - Make sure switch on handle is set to "|" (On) - may sound obvious but its caught me out one or twice 2 - Push the priming bulb on the top down 8 times - you should see it fill with fuel 3 - Put choke full on (orange lever to the… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/07/2012
I thought it was me until I read other peoples reviews. I would achieve more with a pair of nail scissors. Don't buy this utter rubbish. The spool feed does not feed line, the spool head twist nut locks in position and you need the strength of Samson to free it. This is the worst piece of equipment I have ever bought and should have been recalled. In the end the spool head twist nut sheared away from its plastic casing and I was reluctant to buy a new spool head for such a crappy piece of… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/03/2012
Bought a Ryobi RBCGM25BB 25 cc with bike handles $ 299 - tested my patience to the limit. Bought it from Bunnings (big Ryobi fan boys). Pretty much from the word go and over the next few months: - difficult to start - poor idling out of the box - would often cut off/stall when idling to warm up - very difficult or impossible to re-start after stalling - when idling you would only have to look at it and it would stall LOL - would often stall when you give it juice with the throttle then a… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/07/2011 by Mike__B (2 reviews written)
Following the demise of my Ryobi, searching for advice on it brought me here. So I thought I'd share my experience. Would I recommend one? Well, yes and no. The one I had lasted 2.25 years of fairly heavy use - I've got 150 meters of mixed hedging, and do some hedges for friends, so the hedge trimmer attachment got a lot of use. It stripped it's gears after a year, Ryobi sent me new gears, which was excellent service. When they too stripped after a few uses, they replaced the entire gear box… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/07/2011 by Lucasg (2 reviews written)
Absolutely useless... often take it to my plot to sue and bring it home again without even getting it to start.. can take an hour to get it going.. and if it decides to fire up you have to take the spool off to get line feed.. total rubbish.. avoid… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/10/2010
I have to say, mine has been floor less for 3 years now. I think this has something to do with me cleaning it after every use, it still looks brand new. My spool has always worked, it starts after the second or third pull on half choke. My only problem was it's back breaking to use, it's just not long enough. I sorted the line snap problem by buying a stronger line.
Mine has just today seized though, even after my careful use, so for that reason i would say do not buy one. Even if you look… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/09/2010 by Max4444 (1 review written)
Defective product. Ryobi should have recalled this product. The lines keep snapping with simple grass trimming every couple of meters. This was a replacement for my battery operated trimmer ryobi grass trimmer which has serviced me for several years but now the battery is worn. It's very noisy too! 113dB worse than hgv passing by. I am getting my money back then getting a replacement from another manufacturer. Annoying do not buy!… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/08/2010
Useless! would not start, reel did not work has stated, it was swopped for a new one which was worse.
In disgust I threw it in the bin. What a waste of money. Cheap, but not cheap in the end.
Bought a Stihl which has been faultless.Hence the saying you get what you pay for.
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Written on: 25/07/2010
I bought this POS a couple of years ago, the spool never worked correctly and last time I started it the spindle from the strimmer to the main body had worn out so it is now useless. the biggest waste of money ever..DO NOT BUY ONE!!!!!!!… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/07/2010
The line feed is a problem. I bought a replacement head (not from Ryobi) and the line feed is now a bit better. Search on Google for replacment heads for the machine. One of the good garden equipment guys will advise. The chap I spoke to knew straight away what I was on about… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/06/2010
I wish that I had visited this review before I purchased one of these. I have spent 40 mins trying unsuccessfully to start a machine that was clearly never designed properly in the first place. I could even have forgiven it(a bit) if it had even worked once… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/05/2010
Wear a millstone around your neck and use a scythe, it's less effort… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/09/2009
I find some comfort in the feedback illustarting exactly my own expewriences with this vile piece of kit. How it ever got to market is beyond me.
The line feed is quite something from Hell...The Bolt holding the line feed siezes...The start system must have been designed by a rival manufacturer!
Come on Ryobi… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/09/2009
No problem with starting or the engine operation of my Ryobi PLT2543Y . Main issue is the line feed or lack of it. No matter what I try I can't get the line to feed out which leaves me taking off the spool every time I want more line… Read Full Review
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