Just about given up on this piece of rubbish...
Line feed is the biggest issue, continually breaks off and refuses to re-feed, have to pull spool off and un jam line and re-assemble, a few feet further and line breaks again and repeat all over again. I have tried spraying the line in the cartridge with a silicone lubricant, made no difference, I am about to try some heavier line to see if that will feed better and not jam. Also too heavy, arms ache after a while, swivel head is hard to use also, really regret buying it and doubt if I will buy a Ryobi product ever again. Best line trimmer I e...ver had was the original Black & Decker Whipper Snipper, had it for 20 years before it died, never a problem with it. If the heavier line does not fix it I am going to cut it in two and throw it in the bin.
What a debacle
The auto feed is a joke, just keeps spitting out line regardless if needed or not. Then it jammed up and, I kid you not, went up in flames!! Which is just great given it was still plugged in. Safe to say I’m sticking with my trusty Stihl 2-stroke from now on. Horrendous
An excellent product- recommended for those smart enough to use a power tool
Had this 4 yrs now, the best whipper snipper i've owned in 30 yrs. Powerful enough to run 2.omm line, the feed doesnt always work but NONE of them really do. Its not much effort to press the tab and pull more out. You must understand this has a power lead that you DONT go over and chew up- or the cores will be exposed. But this thing works great, does a fantastic job, beautiful clean edges with the guide wheel really fast. I dont understand the bad reviews others have given, I think they are holding it by the wrong end..............
Useles and dangerous , do not wast your money
Like many others having major problems understanding the instructions. Have problems both loading and using it, major problem with loading and use. Spend too much time mucking around. Brought at Bunnings. Hard to load and respool also feels dangerous as pieces of line fly all over the place. Just a complete failure.
Very dangerous. Could have lost an eye.
I bought this at Bunnings and it worked OK the first time. The trouble began when I had to change the line. I tried all different sizes but it just keep feeding the line too quickly. When I used it to edge the lawn, it would shoot back pieces of line into me. I ended up with several cuts on my arms and legs and was lucky I was wearing safety glasses as one shot into my face. The product should be recalled as it is very dangerous. I wont be using it again.
0 Star Rating - Absolutely Useless
The first time I used it I had to re-spool and re-feed 5 times in 5 minutes. It goes for about 10 seconds before needing to be bumped to feed out more line. It does cut well and it is easy to handle, but it's incredibly frustrating to use and I will not be using it again.
Started smoking on the second time I used it and the auto spool doesn't work at all, keeps feeding out line to the point where I can't even use it for 1 min without all the line spooling out and tangling up. Don't buy This product it's not worth the time.
Easy to use and Great to handle
I think it run really smooth, I guess every one talking abt how quickly the line last and they have to refill. I just have to say stop playing with the switch, the more you hold the switch the less line it will use. Because when you turn the switch on / off it push the line and you use more line. The built quality is good and Ryobi products last longer then other brand.
So many negative reviews from clueless people
$89 brand new from Bunnings. As others have stated, the 1.5mm stock line doesn't last long. Lots of people here buying new spool cartridges ($12.95) to replace the original when out of line, totally unnecessary. I purchased 2mm lawnkeeper trimmer line and respooled it on the original part myself - I have zero issues whatsoever. The spool has cut-outs for holding the line once fed, making reinstalling the spool a breeze. The feeder works perfectly too. I've been using this once a fortnight for the past 6 months to do 100~ meters of edging without ever having an issue.
If you've got half a clue and understand how simple moving parts work, you'll get great use and value out of this trimmer.
Absolute Rubbish - Ryobi should be embarrassed
The cost of replacement line cartridges is too expensive and do not last more than 10 minutes. Now it has decided to feed the line out by itself - therefore now totally useless. This trimmer has only been used on a very small block less than 10 times over the last two years. Ryobi should be embarrassed to produce such a terrible product that is obviously designed to maximise on-going revenue from replacement line cartridges. Will never buy another Ryobi product. Absolute waste of money. Actually less than terrible!!!!
Riyobi needs to review this Product and money making marketing approach!
I have been a loyal Riyobi customer, but this product is the worst value for money of any product I have purchased! So much so, that I have been hesitant to buy another one of their product for the last year!
The trimmer itself is competitively priced but Riyobi makes so much money on the lines that one would need to question the ethics! I need two sets of lines to do my lawns properly, which means about $25 each time - and I only have about 100 square meters to do! This is ridiculously wasteful and obscene,
Riyobi needs to be ashamed for putting out a product that is doing its brand image so much of damage!
Worst trimmer I have ever used
The line gets chewed up very easily. I am constantly being hit in the legs with flying stones and dirt. The replacement spools are ridiclously expensive. Tried to re-string it with another line but didn't work. I wish I had read these reviews before I bought it. Was a waste of money.
The line trimmer itself is probably not a bad product however the cord cartridges that go with it are useless. At $17.40 for a pack of 2 at Bunnings which lasted me all of 10 minutes 5 minutes of which i spent trying to rethread the cord. It would work out cheaper for me to pay someone to do my lawns for me at that rate. All the problems that previous people have mentioned, i have had also. I thought Ryobi was a good brand .... apparently not.
Replacement spools very expensive and not good value
Cuts ok but goes through a lot of line. Replacement spools expensive and had to do a lot of hunting around to find. Replacing them in the machine is not an easy task as the line comes off the spool easily when trying to replace and there is a lot of wastage trying to rewind which is extremely frustrating. In one replacement spool the line had stuck together rendering the spool useless. Replacement spools are only1.5 metres long. Not happy with the replacement parts and effectively have bought a line trimmer which is relatively useless.
Never use again
The line feeder is abominal, it chews up line like a hungry beast. the cost of replacing line outweighs the original purchase.. I wont be using this again and will steer clear of any other Ryobi products. Back to using my old Stihl petro whipper snipper, it is not perfect but it does the job.
Line feeder disaster
It just continuously feed out lines. I am burning lines like no tomorrow. Brought a new line spool and cap, hoping that it will fix it, but appears to be a design issue.
Also tried cleaning it, but doesnt appear to be helping.
I would avoid, unless you want to keep rewinding spool the whole time!
AWFUL AWFUL USELESS PRODUCT. DON'T THEY TEST THEM BEFORE PUTTING ON THE MARKET????
****IT'S ABSOLUTE TOTAL RUBBISH***. IF I COULD GIVE IT ZERO STARS OR MINUS STARS I WOULD. I agree with everyone about the line fusing and jamming issue. The auto-feed just does not work and you can't do it manually as the line is fused upon itself inside the spool. I could put up with the fiddly double-line if I didn't have to attend to it every 15 seconds. The unit worked fine until I had to replace the line cartridge (with an expensive genuine one, I might add). But since then a 15 minute job on my small area has turned into a one hour minimu...m nightmare of cursing and frustration. It begs the question as to how these things are tested (if at all) before going on sale. With all these complaints you'd reckon we had the makings of a class action. Ryobi might have discontinued them but fat chance of getting your money back. Bunnings by the way still sell the same one, or very similar. Are they really a discontinued item. I wouldn't dare buy one, even if it is a modified or 'improved' version. I was looking at one this morning whilst yet again trying to solve the line advance-jamming-fusing problem. I reclkon I have only used it about 8 times due to the frustration. would have been better putting $90 on a horse in The Cup!
The absolute worse - no more Ryobi
Agree with previous comments - 20 minute job turns into 1hr and 20 and the cost of constantly buying more spools goes far beyond the original cost of the tool. I emailed Ryobi and received no response. Poor product, poor customer support, poor reflection on the Company so therefore no further investment into their products. The God news is the battery is no longer holding a decent charge so I now I have another reason to replace the tool this weekend.
Bad product leaves a bad name for RYOBI
Thank GOD it's been discontinued so others won't have to experience the same nightmare as I do. The supposedly 'automatic' line feeder gets jammed most of the time, which then require attention every 5-10 minutes. So a 30 minutes job became 1 hr 20 mins job. NO more Ryobi in my shed! EVER!
Not user friendly spool
At first I loved my new whipper snipper but when I had to replace the spool and line, I have to stop once every minute so I can fix the line up and it takes about 1hr to do our yard when it should take 30 mins or less. I have to buy new spools/line before I whipper snip each time and now Bunnings doesn't even have any im stock. Not recommended at all.
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Questions & Answers
I bought a RLT 5030 at Bunnings last year...what a piece of rubbish those Chinese made spools are . After every 1/2 meter of trimming a line snaps off and one can't find the beginning any more. It is like the plastic is melted together, and one has to throw it away. Is that made on purpose so you can sell more spools???
What a load of rubbish! I don't think I will ever buy an other Ryobi product again.
Like many others, my RLTrimmer is a pain in the neck... but possibly the cause is trimmer line caught around the drive shaft between the motor and the spool feed. How to get that stuff out??? I've removed all the screws I can see to try to separate the two halves of the plastic head cover so I can access the spindle to remove the line, , but no matter what I do, I CANNOT separate the covers. Which peeves me, because I can see line caught around the spindle but can't remove it. Any ideas? Is there a "secret" screw hiding somewhere?
Is there a fix for this item, I like others are totally frustrated by the constant unravelling of the line.
I got my RYOBI as a present and have barely used it due to the frustration.
Surely you have resolved the issue.
M 0439 140 044
Hi Damien. Yes I have resolved the issue. I've stopped using it. It's sitting in the back of my shed where I can look at it with disgust. As I said in my post I've gone back to my old battery black and decker. Sure the battery needs to be recharged half way through the work, but hey it's better then being seriously p***ed off with the Ryobi.
Like Derek I stopped using the Ryobi. I bought a cheaper Black and Decker mains power unit, which while not perfect and with not as much power, is much better. The issue is with the trimmer line - Firstly, don't use the Ryobi blue "lumpy" line, which seizes up and jams very quickly. Secondly, do be careful how you wind the line onto an empty reel (or rewind it) - lay it on evenly with each circuit next to the previous one and no "gaps" that the line can get jammed into. I would also make sure that the line feed mechanism is operating smoothly - do lubricate it regularly and do keep it clean.
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