I'm taking back my 2nd for a refund. So many things have gone wrong. I've lost all faith in ryobi products. Never, ever, never again will I buy ryobi rubbish
It works ok
After reading some of the comments .i can see why alot of people are not impressed .had my for 4 months now and yes had all the problems everyone has mentioned. ..loose handlebars. Hard to start .shaft coming loose ....and to top it off tryed to start it today but would not going after afew checks got no spark ..new plug still nothing ..checked kill switch its working checked spark with a multimeter dead as a door nail.
Back burning. ...
Powerful brush cutter but some issues
The tri-blade does a good job on blackberries.
There is an issue with the quick release clip ... it comes away with a barest of knocks when you least expect it.
Overall, a good machine. Easy to start. I prefer the "fixed line" to the bump feed line trimmer attachment. It seems to provide a stronger line that way. The harness is quite good and although the machine is fairly heavy, the harness makes it feel better than some smaller units I have tried that have only a shoulder strap. I recommend the Ryobi helmet with mesh visor and built-in earmuffs - very good noise damping.
Value for money
Purchased to clear a block of land, performs well, will chop small saplings (up to about 20mm-although not recommended in user manual !!) and longer grasses with ease using the star blade. As per other reviews the shaft locating pin is not up to the job so the head will turn. I solved this by replacing it with a M10 x 1 bolt of appropriate length turned/ground down to fit the pin hole. It also has the habit of occasionally stopping but I put this down to the choke lever being exposed and catching on things as every time it stopped the choke was...on. It will spit stuff out and you will need to wear full protection for ears, eyes hands and legs. Bunnings said they have to order in a replacement blade which is a pain although research on the web shows suitable blafes are available online.
Ryobi RBC52FSBBN Whipper Snipper
Bought the whipper snipper at Bunnings. Started okay and used the blade already on the machine. It kept snuffing every couple of minutes. Very frustrating so I took it back thinking maybe it's just a one off dud because I wanted a heavy duty snipper. Replaced it with the same machine with same results only the motor would backfire when it snuffed. The harness clip keeps undoing and awkward to redo given the weight of the machine and the blade sounded like the bearing were going to explode. The Ryobi snipper model is nothing but a heap of garbage. Fortunately Bunnings are okay with returns although I'm out of pocket given the distance I have to travel from a country area.
Don’t buy waste of money
Total waste of money, not only does it take an hour to put together being so difficult that once done and running it vibrates, it’s loud an the air filter cover keeps falling off, what I found is the nut that holds it on has snapped where it’s welded to its bracket, The harness is uncomfortable an keeps unclipping itself, The handlebars keep moving an there as tight as they can be, Bunnings no help at all an the mower shops Ryobi recommended on the website for parts both said they no longer deal with ryobi due to bad customer service an lack of...available parts, in fact both laughed at me when I said what brand an machine I had, can’t even take back cause I’ve misplaced the receipt, it’s the 1 an only Ryobi product I own an would never buy another Ryobi product
had a fire risk assessment done on my hilly 5achre block. got a quote for $1000 to clean up all combustables within 30m of home. so i got an rbc52fsbbn and did the work myself. once i got the hang of starting it up the machine exceeded all my expectations, ripping through grasses, rapeseed, and boxthorn.
I had used the cheapest brand that Bunnings sell, and is better than this. This machine leaves you ears ringing after 5 mins, even when approved muffs are used. Vibration in motor and shaft bad. When you are 60 years old, and been around a bit, you get a gut feeling that this isn't safe. I was going to spend twice as much on a better brand, totally regret changing my mind. it would be hard to prove that noise and vibration didn't comply with Aust Standards
Do Not Buy
Wanted a heavy duty brush cutter. Purchased the Ryobi Brush Cutter from Bunnings. A cow to put together especially the handle bar. Used for about one tank. Now will not run if not flat out (Dangerous as head is spinning). Stops when you lift it from the horizontal. Really disappointed and will have to try and get a refund. Haven't got the Receipt.
Ryobi RBC52FSBBN - Head and Shaft Turning
Here here having the problem of the head and shaft turning with the locking pin not remaining locked even under minimal pressure.
Goes okay and the thri blade does the job but why doesn't the head remain fixed in position keeps turning 45 deg. This needs fixing as it is a serious issue.
Powerful but not balanced
I've had the 52cc for 6 months. Done black berry and thick weeds . About 12-14 hrs work over that time.
The motor is fine very powerful, but the issue is in. The shalt. It is a split shalt and this is the weak spot. All the stress is at this point and the connector pin fails in the hole.
This is a serious design fault and makes the unit dangerous.
I'm on my 3rd replacement from Bunnings . Ryobi make it with a single shaft and it be a sensational machine
Putting it together is ok and it runs flat out for 1 hour no worry. It is heavy but it's a big unit
With the 3 finger blade it cuts all brush
Also need a better shoulder strap. The harness is shocking
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All promise but all wrong!
Just bought and used the Ryobi RBC52F etc.What a disappointing experience. Bought the top of the line on Bunnings man advice. Spent a frustrating hour setting it up.even the Ryobi nut spanner bent trying to undo the nut head. Finally a wrench and her help got it done! Then the fuel mixing is a crap process with a little 76ml bottle only filled half or so? With no measuring cap! THEN I started it..and the crap starter gets caught by the crank and snaps it back onto my hand..nearly broke my thumb. Who designed this? Just plain dangerous.!!
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A good brush cutter for the price
I was a bit hesitant on buying this brand. I owned other brands and needed to buy a new line trimmer/brush cutter. I had a Victa straight shaft which gave me trouble. After owning a Mcculloch straight shaft line trimmer which lasted me 9 years. And now the trimmer head needs replacing. I was really doubtful that I would find a decent replacement for it. I tried to look for the trimmer head locally and I couldn't find one.
So I was on a hunt for a good line trimmer. And I took a chance and bought the Ryobi RBC52FSBBN 52cc two stroke petrol bi...ke handle brushcutter. For the price you get 3 trimmer heads and it comes supplied with a trimmer line, a bottle of 2 stroke oil and the shoulder harness. Putting it together was pretty easy. It's a split shaft system so you can also add attachments later if needed. After mixing the 50:1 fuel mix ratio and filling up the Ryobi, it was pretty easy to start. I'm not a professional gardner but I have used a few line trimmers in my lifetime. And so far this Ryobi has impressed me. I know time will tell how long this line trimmer will last. It comes with a 2 year warranty and for what I do, I can see this unit will last me for a while.
Questions & Answers
Please be kind as to let me know how cutter chord is to be threaded into the model RBCQM25SS.
Nor sure of the exact model ... but these instructions might work ...
INSTALLING LINE IN REEL EASY LINE TRIMMERHEAD (FIG. 10)Use 2.4mm diameter monofilament line. Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire. Cut one piece of line approximately 6.0 meters in length. Rotate the bump knob on line trimmer head until line on the centre of the bump knob aligns with arrows on top of line trimmer head. (image 6) Insert one end of line into eyelet located on the side of the line trimmer head and push until line comes out through the eyelet on the other side. Continue to push line through the line trimmer head until the middle section of the line is inside the line trimmer head and line outside the line trimmer head is evenly divided on each side. (images 7-8) Rotate the knob on the line trimmer head to wind the line. If using a straight shaft attachment, the knob should be rotated clockwise.
Wind the line until approximately 20cm remains protruding from the line trimmer head. Replace the spark plug boot.
This link goes to the pdf for a model that might be similar:
Mine cuts out as soon as its warmed up. And the heat deflector above the tank has vibrated in half (is that like a replacement needed every 3 months?)
How do you set the handle bars?
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