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Ryobi or Bust?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by WishforScagWildcat, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Posts: 195

    My friend down the street just bought a 4 cycle Ryobi straight shaft trimmer from home depot for $200. Is it worth it. Ryobi is cheap so I figure it will eventualy break but what do you guys think about it. Ive got Echo but will switch to a Stihl fs 90. But now arises could a Ryobi 4 cycle be worth it? I probably wouldn't but he is my friend and I want to let him Know if its Crap Or a decent choice for once!
     
  2. Bates Lawn Care

    Bates Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    Stihl Fs90 over any Home Depot junk.
     
  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,844

    I ran one of the Ryobi 4 stroke trimmers hard for 10+ years. It needs a new primer bulb and the valves adjusted now (it'll be the first time ever doing it to it), but it has been a darn good trimmer overall. I replaced it a long time ago and it has been sitting since, but I know it'll go after the tune up.

    When I get around to adjusting the valves and replacing the primer bulb, I'll reserve it for use with the cultivator attachment only.
     
  4. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Posts: 195

    Anyone else have any more input?
     
  5. Eric's Lawnservice

    Eric's Lawnservice LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    I run ryobi straight shaft trimmers with the interchangeable shafts. Personally I think they are great engines. The best thing about ryobi is there somewhat disposable. You can buy a new one for 80.00 at HD and keep on going. I service about 17 lawns a week so I don't have alot of abuse on these, but for the price they can't be beat. You can get refurbished ryobi equipment online. Comes with a year warranty and the whole trimmer is only 70.00. I haven't tried the 4 strokes yet. I'm sure they have better torque ratio.
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  6. WillsLandscape

    WillsLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    I've heard that the less expensive ryobi/craftsman/troybilt 4 cycles leak oil if you turn the upside down, like if you edging with the trimmer.

    Also, I'd definately take the FS90R, I have one, and it's wonderful.
     
  7. WishforScagWildcat

    WishforScagWildcat LawnSite Member
    from FL
    Posts: 195

    Thanks for the info. I dont care for Ryobi, I am getting the fs90r. This post really was just so I could advise my Friend!
     
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,844

    Like I said, I have an older Ryobi and it has been a great trimmer, but I also have an FS90R and it is in another league as is is my Husky 223L. Then, there's the FS250.......
     
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    One bad 2.15hp mutha fo sho!
     
  10. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,204

    Personally I'd spend the exta $150 on a dolmar 4 stroke, I can't say on the ryobi though.
     

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