The motor burnt out and now it won't work at all. It's just 3 months out of warranty period and Ryobi just basically told me - too bad, you have to pay to get it fixed. $300 for something to last just over 2 years is absolutely pathetic. I have a standard 600m2 block and the guy at the repair centre said they're not designed to be used on such a 'big' yard. I could always do my yard twice on a single battery charge so if they're not designed to be used on such a 'big' yard, why have such a big battery? They make the batteries to last for ages b...ut what's the point if the trimmer motor craps itself in such a short amount of time? Also, that information was news to me as it's contrary to what the guy at Bunnings said when I bought it. This time I'll buy an Ozito with a 3 YEAR REPLACEMENT WARRANTY for $110 LESS than a new Ryobi!! I will never buy anything Ryobi ever again.
good unit but can't buy bulk line
I bought this unit with hedge trimmer and extendable tree branch trimmer/cutter. All work well. I have a spare battery and charger but have not yet needed them. Battery life is excellent so far. Plenty of power for doing my edges and very quiet. The only problem I have is buying trimmer line. Only available in cartridges if in stock. Bunnings must make a fortune selling these. Should be able to buy bulk and wind your own and save a lot of money. Must be a way. Cost me about $10 each use for line cartridge that you can't re use.
light, quiet, battery life good, can use battery on variety of other tools
Line very expensive. cannot buy bulk line. Alittle arkward in tight areas
Not as good as the mower but still OK
Bought this to go with the mower. Works well on our buffalo and consumes very little of the batteries capacity. Only has a small diameter whipper so wouldn't use it on an overgrown garden or on thick weeds but works well for my uses. Also very light and easy to manouvere.
Not for serious gardening
Motor burnt out on third use. Worked reasonably on the thinner grass but couldn't handle the thicker stuff. I thought I was being careful but a single long strand of grass got wrapped around the shaft, this caused a steady build up of friction that, by the time I noticed the smoke, burnt out the motor.
The battery life was better than expected and very quiet too
Not enough power and too easy to burn out engine
Questions & Answers
Does battery have a life span? I have had my whipper sniper for a good 4 years plus and it has decided to play up for the first time. It goes without the line in as soon as I set it up it doesn't want to go. Amanda.
To answer your question regarding the battery, yes, they do have a lifespan and it could be (but may not be) that yours is at its end after 4 years. You’ve done well to get 4+ years out of a battery!
Your snipper may or may not be at the end of its life as I’m sure (don’t quote me on this) that these snippers have a brush motor, like an alternator on your car, and will eventually need new brushes.
It could be either, but if you’re happy with the snipper and want to see it at its best, you could try another battery to begin with. If that doesn’t solve your problem it’s time to open it up for a look.
how to change cutting cord?
Unlike other brand whipper snippers, DO NOT cut the cord (to create two sections). Feed the cord through the centre of the feed head (with the retaining nut off - obviously). Once you feel you have enough length through, wrap the cord around the spool. Im pretty certain there are arrows to show the direction, but if not, you'll notice the cord comes out of the spool centre at an angle anyway, continue in that direction.
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