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Rubbish. Don't buy
First unit dead on arrival. Would turn on for no more than 3 seconds then automatically turn off. Second unit dead after first battery cycle. Cycle only lasted 10min which is hardly enough for a decent size yard.
Purchased in November 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $280.
Decent Blower Vac
I bought the blower vac kit in 2015. The blower vac itself is well-built. Though I did have to get a new replacement battery after a few years. My only complaint is that the bag needs to be replaced more often than expected.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores.
Poor battery life
My fault as should have checked this first but battery life is terrible and thought my unit was faulty until I checked on line. Very heavy unit and if I could would demand my money back as no good for working on the garden. This is the first ever product review I have posted as so unhappy with this product, waste of nearly $500.
Purchased in January 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores.
Cliche - just blown away ;-)
Well here I am again on the best review site I’ve ever found, talking to you legends about this great Ryobi gear! Anyone would think I was sponsored by them (hint hint) but I’m not, and have purchased all of my Ryobi gear at full freight.
This blower vac is a trooper. It’s not the kind of trooper you’d find in Star Wars though... no no... it’s above all that. Y’see, it’s not often you come across a tool with a battery that cuts the mustard when compared to its petrol equivalent. Unless you have the Ryobi 36v one, that is.
This sucker is nice ...and light, and so well designed that you can pull the bits off it that you don’t want (like the vacuum attachment) if you don’t need to use them. Makes it a bit lighter on an already light machine. Then there’s the hand throttle. That’s a great idea, so you don’t get trigger-finger when blowing the neighbours chickens out of the yard, among other things. They can stick around a bit those chickens, but they do roast well. Then there’s the battery life - epic. When combined with other 36v Ryobi gear, you can do the whole yard without having to charge in-between. I’ll add a video to this review so you can see it doing it’s thing.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.
ryobi blower vacuum bag
ryobi have a new bag for this model its much better than the old one , my ryobi blower vac lasted me 11 months, and gave up, i returned it to bunnings and they replaced it, the new model is much lighter ant the bag has been replaced and leaves are not sticking
Purchased in December 2020 for $239.
Not worth the cost, but not many other options out there
I was quite disappointed with this and about to take it back. The battery in mulching lasts for maybe 6 or 7 minutes, im not even getting 10 which most others are getting. with the 4000MAH pack its barely fit for use. It does work ok enough to suck up the leaves, however when it wont even finish one side of the house and then you have to wait 3 hours for the battery to charge its pretty embarrassing .
Purchased in December 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $440.
Extremely Cumbersome, heavy, blower rubbish and battery only lasts about 10 min. After 10 mins of use I was already regretting the money spent on this purchase. Expensive! If I could return it I would. I already had the Ryobi hedge trimmer so thought I was buying a product of similar standard. Big disappointment!! Not had it long enough to experience the issues with the bag. Have that to look forward to.
Purchased in September 2020.
Ryobi BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.
Purchased my Ryobi and for the price its a big disappointment.
Vacuum function is not that powerful and blocks up easily.
The blower is no where as powerful as they make out.
Battery life is also short only around 12 minutes continuous use.
On the bright side it's light and switches between vac and blower easily.
I also have the Ryobi 36v Hedger which is a great product so you can understand my disappointment with the blower Vac.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $279.
Do not buy this ryobi rubbish
Totally bad designed product, I’m over 6 ft tall and the bag still drags on concrete paths etc causing holes, the zipper is also absolute rubbish, new bag required every 3 to 5 hours of use, noisy and way underpowered compared to petrol, and like all the ryobi 36 volt range the battery self destructs at about the 3 yr Mark, check the price of ryobi 5.0 battery’s lol, they have to be kidding, Bunnings need to take this product off there shelves to save there reputation, don’t waste your money
Purchased in March 2016.
Exactly what I wanted
Had concerns reading reviews saying it’s not powerful enough. Not sure what they were trying to pick up but this picks up everything I have asked it to. The vacuum is what use most for grass clippings and leaves and it sucks it up fine. Larger leaves don’t fit up the tube to well but every now and then I lift it upright and gravity helps. These leaves are 15cm big so not small. Battery life is ok but it does use it more than other items. Probably 20-25min non stop (5ah). Blower is weaker than other blowers I have used. Best thing is a leaver is...all you need to move to change between blowing and vac. Point deducted for tube size and blower power but very happy for what I use it for which is vac. Can’t comment on longevity due to only having a month.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $400.
Heavy, expensive with inadequate battery life.
For $500 plus I would pass.
Have purchased many Ryobi 18 volt battery tools and they are great. Unfortunately I forked out good money for a 36volt blower/vac unit.Unless you are very fit and looking for a workout ,steer clear.
Buy a good broom.
Purchased in December 2019 for $540.
Like many other reviewers I have to replace the blower vac bag 6 times over a period of 2 years.
The last zipper separated from the seam in only 4 weeks.
Cannot possibly believe that Ryobi does not redesign a more robust zipper they must of hundreds if not thousands returned faulty.
The machine is brilliant especially if you are running it with the 36v 5amp battery.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings for $249.
Great unit! Crap bag!
Purchased in January 2018 to add to my mower, whipper snipper and edger. All great gear that I have had for over 5 years. Went well for about 4 or 5 months when the bag blew out. Took it back to Bunnings who were great and they supplied me with a replacement bag under warranty. Since then I have had 5 or 6 bags replaced (last one 2 days ago). Warranty expires in 11 days and then l,m stuffed. Bunnings have been brilliant throughout the whole process (although I sensed some animosity on the last visit). In each and every instance the zipper "blew...out". I vacuum about twice a month and am currently blowing a zipper every 2nd use (so a bag a month). I got onto Ryobi customer service and grizzled to them and was told that the bags were "consumerables" and were expected to be replaced periodically. I have no issue with that, but every 2nd use (monthly). They're having a lend of me. After reading the reviews today I realize that they're having a lend of all of us for the last couple of years. They have a product that is not "fit for purpose " and sho8take a good hard look at their customer relations policy.
always little issues
When this machine works its great , but its too heavy , even with shoulder strap . Every time I go and pull it apart to clean up a blade jam for a twig or something I can never get it going again , have to take it to service centre . I wouldn't buy another one . The battery set up and swaps for other tools is really confusing and try to get a sensible answer from someone at bunnings .
I have other ryobi products , too any in fact , but they are good compared to this terrible device .
Purchased in August 2017 at Bunnings Warehouse for $500.
Reasonable product till battery needs replacing
The blower vac worked reasonably well from purchase in 2015 until I needed a new battery.
A new battery from Bunnings is $299. I can purchase a new kit for $449 from Bunnings. I also purchased a hedge trimmer but now both are useless as I cannot afford $299 for a new battery.
There are other makes on the market at a fraction of the cost & if one needs a new battery then you are not being ripped off.
Purchased in November 2015 at Bunnings Warehouse for $499.
Questions & Answers
Where can I get the guide wheel spare part for the Ryobi cordless/vacuum RBV3650D
I have just purchased the Obv 1800 blower vac for my unit terrace.
On first use debris flies out of the bag where the bag is joined to the motor ?
Why is it not a tight seal or is there a gasket missing to stop this ?
I have purchased a Ryobi 36V Blower Vac. Date of purchase 21/11/20
from Bunnings Warehouse.
Have used it today for the first time with a fully charged Battery, used it on Vac.
Battery lasted only 10minutes.
Is that normal ?
Hey there Ricky S.
My experience was exactly the same. I was lucky to hit 10 minutes usually it was less. I took mine back after about 3 or 4 full charges as it didnt get any better. Bunnings made it difficult as possible for the return as well
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