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Ryobi trimmer dies...

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Lawn Wizard, Jun 23, 2001.

  1. Lawn Wizard

    Lawn Wizard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    I have a ryobi 25cc 2 cycle trimmer. Just today it started to die out on me! It will run for about 5-7 minutes at all speeds and the all of a sudden bog down and die. After about an hour it will start up again. I have cleaned the spark plug and cleaned the air filter and it is still happening!

    Any help or ideas would be greatly apreciated!

    I guess this is what I get for buying a Ryobi ;)
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Buy a commercial grade trimmer and trash that one. It will cost you more to fix than it is worth.
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I would replace the fuel filter in the tank, if that doesnt do it i would junk it. I started with ryobi, and they arent worth much. Evan a homeowner stihl or echo would do ok if your working part time.
  4. Alanky

    Alanky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    I had this problem on my stihl. In my case it was because the exhaust screen got clogged up. i dont know if a Ryobi has this screen or not, but if it does and it's your problem take the screen out and let it soak in gas or paint thinner but let it dry awhile or you will have a flame thrower(dont ask how i know)i got tired of cleaning mine and took it off. You said it will run for about 5 min, mine only ran for a min maybe less so i could be wrong.....wouldnt be the first time!

    i havent tried paint thinner but when i was telling my dealer about it he said it works to. I have only used gas.
  5. Lawn Wizard

    Lawn Wizard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    Yeah I might have to just trash this trimmer but still $130 is $130 so Im gonna try and fix it. Im gonna looki into the fuel filter today cos thats the only thing that I havent tried. So it runs today or a new echo or stihl will be bought! Thanks guys.
  6. motivated1

    motivated1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Yeah my dealer told me once that the ryobi 25cc design was tahen over by Stihl and improved for a homeowner model.My problem is Ihate Stihl trimmers! I have friends that swear by them but in my hands they suck! Echo 2400 or srm 260 Matthew
  7. Lawn Wizard

    Lawn Wizard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    Well the Ryobi completely died today. LOL I thought they were $130 but they only $68 HAHA I definately go $68 dollars worth of it!

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  8. Jim Buessing

    Jim Buessing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Check the fuel tank vent. Either in the fuel cap or a check valve from the tank. This is sometimes the problem.
  9. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    Bury it. RIP
  10. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I also made the mistake of bying a ryobi trimmer when I was first starting out. It didn't take me long to kill it. All Echo now. Anyone thinking of buying and using homeowner equipment, save yourself a lot of headaches and go commerical. You get what you pay for.(Most of the time, anyway)

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