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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Not the best tool in the shed
I have had this Blower/Vac about six months. I use it regularly but it died today. Previous Ryobis I have had (Three) lasted a couple of years each.
This was a very powerful vac. I am not very tall & had to modify if before use. I ditched the wheels & shortened the tube to prevent the bag dragging on the ground. The bag still wore out quickly. After replacing it a couple of times, I just wrapped it in roadies tape. The zipper hemoraged a few times scattering debris everywhere. I also cable tied the bag on to prevent it falling off which was a ...
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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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