Ryobi RY08420 leaf blower

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$12.95 - $278.68
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Summary: This Ryobi 42-cc, backpack leaf blower is gasoline-powered and weighs 18 lbs. It comes with a 3-year warranty.
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Type: Gasoline backpack blowers
About - Ryobi RY08420
Sweeping: Indicates the speed of moving a pile of leaves.
Loosening: Indicates the speed of removing embedded leaf particles from the lawn.
Vacuuming: Reflects how quickly and effectively models with vacuum capability pick up leaves and how finely they are mulched.
Handling and ease of use: Includes ease of maneuvering, using controls, and changing modes.
Noise at ear: Blower-mode noise is based on our measurements at the operator’s ear level. Models rated Fair or Poor at ear level emitted at least 85 dBA, loud enough to warrant hearing protection.
Noise at 50 feet: Blower-mode noise is based on industry-standard measurements at 50 feet. Models rated Very Good or Excellent at 50 feet should meet common municipal limits of 65 decibels (dBA).
Features & Specs - Ryobi RY08420
info Weight (lbs.) 18.0
info cc/amp 42-cc
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Vacuum capability No
info Translucent fuel tank No
info Spring assisted starting No
info Four-cycle engine No
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User Reviews - Ryobi RY08420
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Poor engine performance and even worse customer service.
Started Easy
Carburetor Problems
Won't Stay Running
Best Uses
Have Not Been Able To Use
Purchased in October. Unit started right up, but would not keep running due to carburetion problem. Took to repair facility the day after purchase, which is where it has been for in excess of 30 days now, waiting for Ryobi to ship a carburetor that they have in stock. Customer service is no help, on-line CS just tells everyone to call their 800 number, which is no help.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Easy to Use
Breaks Down
Difficult to Start
Best Uses
Blowing Leaves
Ryobi BP42 worked well for the first year. Generally started within 3 to 5 pulls. Blower moved leaves, twigs, and pine cones with ease. After a few months,the blower would start but would quit when throttle was increased. User needed to carefully manage throttle to get blower up to speed and keep running. If you backed off on the throttle, the blower would shut off. After about a year of bi-weekly use, blower continues to start easily but would shut off within 3 to 6 seconds. After that, it becomes increasingly difficult to start. The only way to start is to try and keep the revs high and run with full throttle. Even then, the blower shuts off and will not restart.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Consumer Reports should rescind their recommendation
Powerful If It Runs
Stalls Out At High Speed
Best Uses
Like many other reviewers, both here and elsewhere, I found this unit to be a huge disappointment. It setup fairly easily, was lightweight and designed to be easy to operate and has the potential to be very powerful. However, it will not continue running at anything near full-throttle, despite new gas, the recommended additives, and babying it at every step. <br /><br />The out-of-the box problem, I think, is that the high speed mixture is not set properly. Unfortunately, Ryobi in its wisdom, chose to put in tamper-proof mixture screws that prevents an owner from adjusting the mixture without a special tool which Ryobi will not sell you. I wasn't about to return a brand new machine for service and have to wait for repair, especially not knowing if at that end of the wait it would actually work properly. They should be delivering a product that works when it is new without requiring you to take it in for warranty repair. I returned it to Home Depot.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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