Alas, poor Yorick!.......I knew him.....
Nothing lasts forever (except tax-increases). After about 5 years of good and faithful service, my Ryobi 254RFT254N spluttered, coughed and passed away. Dead. My repair crew (very reliable) said the engine was shot, showing me the gouge-marks on the piston. It could be repaired but at
a very high cost; not worth it. The concept of this machine is great; maybe it's a bit underpowered for what it's asked to do? RIP, Ryobi....well done.
OK when it works - excellent warranty
When it works it is excellent. However I have used one of these for the past 18 months and 2 have just stopped working. Bunnings have been excellent in that they have just replaced the failed units. I am now on my third (in 18 months). In the UK I had a Hayter 4 stroke which never failed so the Ryobi does not live up to it. If Ryobi did not have such a great warranty I would ditch them completely
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Waste Of Money
I have spent more time trying to fix problems on this than actually using it. I have a piece of the string stuck in the head and I don't know how to remove it, it was the last of the original string. I have never been able to start the engine without the throttle on which is against the instructions. The instructions are quite basic. Not what I was expecting. A real lemon! Great concept though.
Great concept but not a performer
I have used the Ryobi RFT254N trimmer three times at the time of writing this review, and like other reviewers I have found the cord keeps breaking, which is infuriating and very tiring as it takes for ever to cover ground.. I became so desperate that a gardener friend of mine gave me some kevlar cord and even this broke off. Each time I have used the trimmer, I have ended up with a sore back from continually having to bend down and reload the cord pieces. Not only this, but the second time I used the trimmer, the factory-assembled head fell ...apart. Then, the third time I used it, the bracket holding the grass deflector buckled and became misshapen and it no longer sits where it is supposed to be. However, this has turned out to be a blessing in disguise because, miraculously, the cord no longer breaks, so I really think the positioning of the grass deflector is what causes the cord to break off and this is a design issue in my opinion. Also, you cannot use the trimmer in the same way that you would use a standard harnessed trimmer. I haven't placed any unreasonable burden on this trimmer. I am a 60 year old woman with a 50m x 50m yard, 2 large ride-on mowers and a push mower and all I wanted was something to trim along the fence line as I find the standard whipper snipper (trimmer) strains my back. This wheeled trimmer is a great concept but Ryobi really need to go back to the drawing board to make sure the design is not causing the cord to continually break off, and to ensure the brackets are much stronger. I am very disappointed with this trimmer, especially as it cost so much. I would not recommend it.
Ryobi field trimmer (whipper snipper on wheels)Great for people with bad backs
Why was this not made years ago. Great for large yards or people with back problems that prevent them from using hand held cord trimmers. After viewing other trimmers on wheels this one seemed to be best construction. Cord head is the only let down cord continualy breaks even diffenent cord than supplied it seems to abrade and snap at outlet in cord head.
. the unit is lightweight very easy to start .I have a large corner block lots of gardens plenty of edge trimming to do ,A large straight shaft cord trimmer takes one hour to do the yard thi...
Questions & Answers
I have just purchased one of these units. Assembled, Started fine. BUT the trimming head does not turn . spins freely by hand, but doesnt turn at all when you throttle on. What am i missing?
I have had this problem with another trimmer (different make and model, electric driven).....If you stand in front of your RFT254N, face towards the motor and handle. Just beyond the guard there is a large knob. loosen this until the guard-assembly frees-up and rotates. To remove the assembly, press the steel ball-bearing and wiggle the shaft. This is quite easy. Remove the guard-assembly unit and put it on a table or bench. (You can leave the rest of the trimmer where it is). With your left hand, hold the shaft facing upwards; grab the trimming head with your right hand. Now turn it like a doorknob: the metal bit sticking up should move as you rotate the knob. So what you see is the driveshaft interacting with the head. If it doesn't interact, the link is broken and the sha
(part 2).......if link is broken, shaft needs replacing. If you're lucky, the mere act of dismantle/reassemble may do the job for you.
Can the field trimmer be used for normal edging of footpaths and fence edging?
It is not an edger for a manicured lawn. I live in a semi-rural area and I use it for trimming around and under fences and along a concrete pathway, although I think it works best if you have sprayed with something like Round-up a week or so beforehand if the grass under the fence is longer than usual and then use the whipperr-snipper regularly to keep the area neat and tidy. Once I removed the wretched guard that kept swivelling around and breaking the lines, my whipper-snipper became very useful. However I have been told that there are a lot more of these 'push' type whipper-snipers on the market now and you may be wise to investigate them also.
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