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Ryobi RFT254N

Ryobi RFT254N

2.8 from 5 reviews

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Alas, poor Yorick!.......I knew him.....

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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.

Date PurchasedMay 2013

Phil B

Phil BHelensville

OK when it works - excellent warranty

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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

Date PurchasedMay 2015
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Waste Of Money

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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.

LDN

LDNSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 4 reviews

Great concept but not a performer

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LDN
LDN

George

GeorgeHunter Region, NSW

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 likes

Ryobi field trimmer (whipper snipper on wheels)Great for people with bad backs

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Questions & Answers

greg

gregasked

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?

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Squatter
Squatter

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

Squatter
Squatter

(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.
Good luck.

LDN
LDN

Squatter seems to know what he's doing, unlike me. If I had this problem, I would try to con the man next door into fixing it and if that failed, I would take it to the local mower shop. I hope Squatter's suggestion fixed the problem. Good Luck


tharbrow1

tharbrow1asked

Can the field trimmer be used for normal edging of footpaths and fence edging?

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LDN
LDN

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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