Question about Ryobi Garden
My solution is to stop buying lawn and garden equipment from the local home centers. I too made the same fatal mistake you folks made. I bought the SS26 model Ryobi weedeater used it about 3 or 4 times and it has turned to ****. I am so pissed off I will never buy any power landscape tools from home centers again. I even bought a Troybuilt gas powered hedger and I have to work on it for 3 hours in order to use it for 1 hour. I will start buying commercially available professional gas powered landscape equipment from now on. I learned my lesson the hard way, just like you. The gas was bad??!!??!... I have used oil mixed gasoline in a lot of my two stroke eqiupment for 12 months without additives and it always burns just fine. The last Ryobi weedeater I had was 15 years old before it gave up the ghost. Thats why I bought this new one. I never had to use fresh gas everytime I used it...What a joke....I say we little people ban toghether and pass the word along to everyone we know about how junky their equipment is and how unreliable the companies are in supporting thier product. The problem with the SS26 Weedeater is the carbureator (spelling) it is an inferior piece of junk...period. After 4 uses, it will only start up, as soon as I pull the gas trigger, it dies because it leans out. I checked the spark plug (another piece of ****) and it looks like the machine was running hot, The electrode was a whiteish color indicateing a lean burn condition, nt the chocolate brown I was hoping to see. I hope this helps everyone who reads this... Spend a couple hundred extra dollars and go buy something real. Stop playing with the kids toys. This is what I am going to do to resolve the problem. They don't care about us, why should we care about them....Down to the firey pits with them....
Posted on Jan 15, 2010
Hit it against the wall and go buy another brand. Mine just came back from the shop, supposedly the shop fixed it since it is under warranty. It won't start. This problem has been like this since I got it. I should have taken it back to home depot as soon as th eproblem started
Posted on Mar 30, 2010
I realise this is a few months old, but I had the exact same problem with a CS26 and Ryobi told me that the cause is the oil they ship with the trimmer.
Some models shipped with G-Oil (it's a black bottle with a yellow lid) and it's not thick enough (or something like that)
Assuming the engine hasn't siezed up, the fix is to drain it and use something else in a fresh gallon of gas.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
My brand new Ryobi ss26 trimmer ran fine 2 to 3 times, when I had had to add more gas.... It came from the same mixture as the very first fill... unit would not fire, would not start... very frustrated I called for support... they told me I had to mix new gas for each fill, mixed gas/oil goes bad.... so I made a new batch, drained the trimmer, and refilled.... it started but would not run fast enough to use... keeps stalling when I give it the gas.... now it will not start at all....
Posted on Oct 08, 2009
Had the same problem. It started when I used oil in new fuel mix that came with the trimmer. I couldn't keep it running and noticed it was flooding. Took off fuel line and saw it was siphoning. Took cap off and trimmed one way valve about 1/8th in. and squeezed filter to loosen it up. One way valve is located in the cap itself. You can pop it out with small screw driver from the inside out (underside of cap). Don't trim too much or fuel will spill out of the cap while you are using the trimmer. She fired right up after doing this and just had to adjust idle speed. Some minor fuel leakage is to be expected but until Ryobi recognizes the design defect, I can live with it. Good Luck.
Posted on Oct 31, 2010
Ryobi sucks! I purchased the SS26 twice and neither one of them worked worth squat. Took them back and bought a different brand.
Posted on Aug 01, 2010
I have been looking for solutions to the same problems described above. Thanks to all that have contributed. I have two identical S26's and both basically have quit working after less than a season due to apparant carburator issues. I'm about to throw them in the lake behind my house...after I drain the fuel out of them. I had tremendous success with prior Ryiobi products a couple of which lasted for many many years. These current models are garbage to include the blower I bought which failed to start after only two uses. I'm going to go with commercial Echos from now on. I will never EVER buy a piece of junk made by Ryobi or homelite. What P.O.S.!. Buyer beware.
Posted on Aug 27, 2012
My Ryobi ss26 is the biggest piece of JUNK !!!!! Can\'t believe that their still in business, might as well be robbing us.
Posted on Jun 12, 2012
Hey i had the exact problem with my trimmer all you have to do is get out a screwdriver and screw the screw on the carb clockwise until it idles higher and it should be fine after that.
Posted on Jan 26, 2010
Thanks, reading this helped fixing my 26cc ryobi, New and stopped working, no spark suddenly and flooded carb., Removed plug to discover no air filter, only a screen that allow debris to **** into the combustion chamber, drained gas from teh cylinder, new plug and fixed the cheap design of insulation plug cover by pressing down with extreme pressure to make electrical contact. Works better now!
Posted on Aug 05, 2012
Make sure the kill switch is not depressed (still set to "off")
and also make sure the choke is fully off, you don't need to use it on a warm engine. Also if it has been ran in the last 5 mins. you shouldn't have to use the primer bulb..this is a common mistake I see many people do.
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