Factory Reconditioned Ryobi ZRRY34440 18-Inch 30cc 4-Stroke Gas-Powered Straight-Shaft String Trimmer
List Price: $99.00
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This is a factory reconditioned product. Reconditioned generally means that the product has been returned to the manufacturer, who brings the product back to like new condition. Some products may contain cosmetic blemishes. Includes 30-cc 18-in Straight Shaft Gas Trimmer - ZRRY34440, Ergonomic Front Handle, Straight Shaft Grass Deflector, Spool Retainer, Hanger Cap, Either a Reel Easy String Head Assembly OR a Pro-Cut II String Head Assembly, Operator's Manual
- 4-Stroke 30cc Engine
- No mixing oil with gas
- Powerful low emissions engine
- Bump feed dual exit head
- Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California
I have used several different brands and models of gas weed eaters over the years, but they have always been 2 cycle trimmers. The Ryobi 4 cycle weed eater was the first one I used that did not require an oil mix. The concept seemed almost strange to me, but I was eager to try it out.
The other unique thing about this trimmer is that it is capable of using different attachments, in addition to the regular trimmer head. There are several different attachments available, including: cultivator, hedge trimmer, blower, and edger. I was curious to see how these would perform.
4 Cycle Ryobi Weed Eater Product Features:
- Straight shaft
- 18″ cutting swath
- 30cc engine
- Gas powered
- 4 cycle
- Attachment capable
- Bump feed head
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My Ryobi Weed Eater Review:
Before starting the trimmer, I had been advised to check the oil level on the 4 cycle Ryobi Weed Eater. Too much oil would cause the unit to smoke and/or leak. And, not enough oil could cause damage to the trimmer. Since it was a rental, I definitely didn’t want to do that. It was fairly difficult to see on the dipstick whether the unit needed oil, but it looked a little low, so I added some.
The trimmer was in used condition, but looked like it had been well maintained. Although, I had rented a few of the attachments, I first wanted to try it out as a weed eater to see how it would perform. As usual, I am always excited to try out a straight shaft, gas powered weed eater.
The Ryobi weed eater was a little heavier than other models I have used, but not heavy enough to where it was a problem for me. But, it should be noted in case you are not physically able to handle it.
Compared to other gas powered trimmers, the noise level was about average. Although, it did vibrate a little bit more than I would like. It had decent power and cut through most everything I tried it on, but wasn’t as powerful as some of the other gas weed eaters I have reviewed.
My biggest disappointment was when I attempted to edge with it. I know some people handle their edging with an additional tool or attachment, but I have always edged lawns with whatever weed eater I was using at the time. Unfortunately, you can not tilt the Ryobi weed eater very much, or it will start leaking oil. There is an edger attachment that can be purchased separately, but I find this to be an unnecessary cost and a waste of effort.
One of the main reasons I had rented the Ryobi weed eater was to use it to prune a few trees at a customer’s home. Once I got done trimming, I attached the pruner attachment (you can find all of the available attachments at Amazon). It was simple to change the tool from a weed eater to a pruner.
The unit was still a little warm from trimming, and it took me more pulls than I would like to get it started again. Once I had it running, it performed well and easily cut through the small branches I was using it on.
That night I went online to see what others were saying about the 4 cycle Ryobi weed eater. There were a mixed bag of reviews, but a large percentage of them were negative. In fact, one of the first reviews I read was simply titled “What A Joke”.
It seems that many people buy this unit refurbished. I can understand the allure, since you can buy it for nearly half the original price. But, unfortunately it seems that many of the people that did felt that they had wasted their money.
Many of the complaints were repeated over and over from different owners. The weed eater would leak oil all over or they claimed it was very difficult to start. In addition, several mentioned how unsatisfied they were with the instruction manual or that the trimmer was missing necessary bolts when it arrived. After seeing so many negative reviews, I was surprised how many people continue to purchase this unit.
The Ryobi 4 cycle weed eater is an attractive option for a couple of reasons. It can be purchased refurbished for a large discount and it also has the ability to be transformed into several different types of lawn equipment. However, I think you are better off buying a more reliable grass trimmer like the Hitachi CG22EASSLP which has received almost all positive reviews, including mine.