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.
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.
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.
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.
Can't even suck up dried possum poo
It's really a summary of every one else's findings (I have only used the vacuum):
o Big and noisy
o Has real trouble sucking up anything
o Blows dust everywhere when started up
o Deposits rubbish when you switch it off
Avoid and from what I can see, maybe avoid Ryobi completely.
Plain rubbish, save your money.
It has terrible suction, can,t handle sand and leaves crumbs all over the place. On startup you get a great cloud of dust, great for any washing.I have not used the blower as yet, but hopefully that part will work ok, time will tel.l I will not be supporting Ryobi again.
Purchased at Bunnings.
Piece of crap
Do not buy doesn't suck at all won't even pick up sand, leaves crumbs everywhere, weak as. Blows good that's about it. Go spend the couple of hundred buck more on something else. Will not be buying another Ryobi product again. Very disappointed had been very happy with cordless tools for the price though.
Fantastic light weight easy to use.
I find it easy to use, I was expecting it to be bad following other reviews, thankfully I went ahead and tried it myself. I absolutely love it, I use it only for the vacuum really and it's brilliant, rolls along on the wheels and really you only feel a slight weight of the battery end. I still use the small garden blower for tidying up but have also flicked this onto blow occasionally, it's great, no need to detach any bits from the vacuum to use the blower it's just fine as it is leaving it whole. Also bought the edger on the same day, my ryobi family is growing and I love it. I can use all of it easily which is so important to me. Makes my garden spotless and I suffer from other people's leaves, so it's fantastic. I highly recommend it.
This is obviously a Bunnings exclusive, and for that, Bunnings should be ashamed of themselves for letting a totally useless product like this to make it onto their shelf. Where is the quality control at Bunnings? What is happening down at RYOBI? It used to be a brand I considered to be of a very high quality, with great integrity.
My previous RYOBI blower vac was fantastic. By contrast, this RYOBI is absolutely awful.
I’ve had it a couple of years now and every time I use it I promise myself I’ll take it back to Bunnings and have a dummy spi...
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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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