Don't waste your money - flimsy & breaks easily
I purchased this unit from Bunnings in March 2019 - I used it a dozen times, and the saftey clip broke - it will no longer run. Poor quality compared to my last Makita blower.
Purchased in March 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $139.00.
Worst Blower Vac EVER!
The bag split after first use, which was replaced.
It is constantly getting clogged as it has a very badly designed entry into the bag.
If the foliage is slightly moist it gathers around the edge of the fan until it completely clogs up and provides no suction at all and you have to dismantle to clear it out.
I spent more time unblocking it than i did doing the gardening.
When i posted a review after Ryobi invited me to, they deleted! it seems they dont like bad reviews of the their tools.
Purchased in March 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $145.00.
Performs worse than a much cheaper Ozito unit
Creates a vortex about 1/2 way up the tube which traps some of what you are trying to suck up. When you release the trigger this promptly falls out the tube making a mess. It can actually also throw light material out of the tube.
Very poor tool. Ryobi should be ashamed.
Purchased in June 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Probably the worst ryobi product i have ever purchased
I purchased the blower/vacuum in November 2019 and had to return the unit as the collection bag seam was not fully sewed together. I May 2020 i was using the unit for the second time when the zipper on the collection bag opened up due to the really poor quality of the zipper. Rubbish product, you cannot even buy a replacement bag, do NOT buy
Purchased in November 2019.
Accurate performance for price. ,
It’s a little unwieldy but I am a big strong beast of a man so it’s not an issue .
It sucks well as long as the material - leaves etc are dry !
Need to empty when the bag is half full for good performance anyway ,
It’s greatest feature is switch from blow to suck in. A second !
Purchased in February 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $129.00.
More noise than vacuum
Very much a disappointment after several other garden tools from this brand. Can't inhale gum nuts, liquid amber nuts.Extremely noisy. The inlet and blower are located together causing some blowback of dust and fine particles. Just a bit flimsy for household use.
Purchased in August 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse.
I too experienced electric shocks through the handle. This occurred after about the fourth time operating the device. It wasn't particularly painful but I quickly stopped using it in case it could result in electrocution. I've contacted the manufacturer and am awaiting reply. Have also notified Office of the Technical Regulator in South Australia. Suction does not seem great but I don't have another device to compare to. It is heavy and awkward to operate.
Purchased in January 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $145.00.
This unit seems to generate static electricity - it builds up to the point where is will zap you to discharge through the handle. It is extremely painful. Static electricity is one thing, but this is next level. I have contacted Ryobi - see what they come back with. The unit is not fit for purpose and it puts the user at risk. I'd suggest that it would be possible that the shocks from this unit could cause someone with a pace maker or heart problem some serious issues.
Purchased in February 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $150.00.
Worst appliance purchased
I do not write negative reviews, I just don't buy the maker again, but this appliance is so bad I hope I can save someone from making the same mistake.
The appliance is very poorly designed.
It is too heavy, and can not be used effectively using the front wheels.
Removing and re-attaching the bag is a nightmare.
When using the vacuum, material continually falls out of the tube leaving a bigger mess than when you started.
Think carefully before buying this appliance. A one star rating is overly generous.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.
I had a previous one, which gave me shocks through the handle, I thought it was just faulty, so I exchanged it at Bunnings for a replacement, as I need something this big to handle my leaves. I have only used the new one about 6 times, and now it is giving nasty shocks as well. I checked here and find I am not the only one. My arm is quite sore, and possibly has done some damage.
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $139.00.
Good unit, poor design
I will start with the #1 issue. The bag design is utter garbage. For a unit over $400 one would expect a quality bag to be supplied, but they dont. It seems to be a joke on us by Ryobi. The bag allows ALL of the dust to escape, you will basically be covered in dust, along with your outdoor furniture. Ryobi, do the right thing and build a new bag for these units and supply your customers who purchased these units with a functioning bag. In my opinion this product is not fit for purpose as the job it is meant to do (ie clean up the yard) results ...in dust spreading everywhere, it is a joke.. I do not have a problem with the unit itself. It is heavy but for me its fine, but i can see for some people it would be too heavy to lug around even with the shoulder strap. It has great power and enough battery to last for the job at hand. If you think you can deal with the dust, trust me you cant. It really is a deal breaker and this unit is not worth the money you pay.
Purchased in February 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $475.00.
Worst of worst. Create even more mess!
I bought Ryobi blower before and a Ryobi lawn mower last week and there were all good. I became Ryobi die hard fan and hence bought this vacuum yesterday from Bunnings.
Well, it turned out to be my nightmare.
Firstly, I thought it was cool like carrying a Type 91 surface-to-air missile for vacuum. Soon, I found it was very noisy, heavy and did not suck well. Then, I found it ejected a lot of dust out that I thought my artificial grass lawn was very dirty. However, I put it over on my chair and table trying to suck a few leaf, the machine put...back the dust all over the places on my chair and table. After just one minute, dust was all over me, table, chair and the lawn. I turned it off and took it back into the room and check. Found out they have the mulching function which automatically chop the leave into tiny particles. Too late for checking out, my allergy triggered and immediately need to take Claratyne. Well, before using the machine, it took me five mins to hand pick the leave. I paid $145 (+ Wire) hoping to cut down to 1 min. Mistake! It took me more than an hour to clean up the garden and my room, plus full shower and my clothes washing, as well as medicine!
Purchased in November 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $145.00.
worst machine that they have ever produced, Heavy does not suck and clean..
Had a blower sucker for 20 years, did the job, having this blower is like taking a Elephant gun to hunt Quail, over size, over weight. too noisy and leaves more leafs then it picks up
Purchased in February 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $140.00.
The vacuum is a decent size, I don’t need to lean over to use it, and the strap helps me to hold the unit for I have severe back problems, so I’m very happy. Also the performance is fantastic the suction is great, and the mulch was fine. Definitely recommend this unit.
Purchased in October 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $139.00.
A Disappointing Replacement of a Great Older Unit
This was a replacement of much older Ryobi electric blower vac that had lasted our family for at least 5 years and performed very well. First reaction was very positive, a lighter constructed product than the earlier model nd the variable power dial a fingers touch away was a nice bit of product design.
Unfortunately my post purchase positive glow quickly evaporated when I noticed it was leaving a debris trail of heavier materials (sand and small sticks) and then I got my first electric shock.
My first thought it was a defective unit a...nd I should shut it down immediately but it didn't seem to make sense before I realised it was repeated static shocks. My wife had a go and immediately put it down say she couldn't use it. I suspect the unit should be operated with the wheels touching the ground to earth the product rather than vacuuming just above the surface. I didn't have the same problem with the older model and I didn't bother to read the operating instructions as I was disappointed with the debris trail being left behind as I vacuumed our patio. I had a quick look online to see whether mine was an isolated experience before getting confirmation there appears to be some design issues with the product. I have returned the product and Bunnings staff were good enough to offer a refund. I'm now searching online for a better reviewed product.
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Hi I've got a back yard with garden beds along the fence with 20ml rock as ground coverage, when I mow, the grass and the leaves that fall off the plants contaminate the garden beds. It's enclosed by house, fence & barbecue area so i need to vac clean. My concern is will the vac blower suck up the rocks in garden bed and damage the vac blower? Mario rap
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