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My RYOBI leaf blower /sucker works very well once I can get it started --but I have all sorts of problems getting to that stage .
The manual is very ambiguous regarding what fuel to use .
At first I used Plomb 95 with a lead additive .It ran o.k for a few months .
After experiencing difficulty I re -read the manual and it seems to say it needs some kind of oil additive , like a two stroke .

I've been to a number of shops , taking the manual with me , and after much head scratching was sold a 5 litre container of pre mixed fuel .

However , I noticed today , re-reading the label that it mentions a word similar to ' alkaline ' on the label . Confused !!!

I've put in a new spark plug , -- so I know it's not that .

Can anyone who has got one of these advise me .

P.S. all my other tools such as hedge cutters , strimmers etc are ' Stihl' and are excellent . I wouldn't recommend Ryobi to anyone .

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02 Apr 2009, 04:58
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I'd be very suprised if it is not a 2 stroke, the manual should say something about the mix ratio, 50:1 probably, use a proper 2 stroke oil, the RON rating of the fuel dosent matter much for 2 strokes. Ryobi build a good tool for the price, I've got loads of their 18v hand tools, but I do agree with you on Sthil, number one when it comes to hand held garden power tools.


02 Apr 2009, 05:45
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If it is a 2-stroke, and I would have thought it is, and you've beeen running it for any time without the correct petrol/oil mix it is likely you will have damaged the engine. As above... 50:1 is a likely ratio.


02 Apr 2009, 07:16
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Thanks for your input .

The reason that I ran it on the Petrol and lead additive mix was that when I bought it from Bricomarche I took it straight to a garden machinery supplier nearby and showed them the product in the box and this is what they told me to use . (selling me the 10 Euro additive of course ).
I've recently been to a similar supplier who to his credit said he wasn't sure .
The third place I went to sold me the pre-mix ( petrol /oil )

I've tried to contact Ryobi with no success , so I've E mailed them . Fingers crossed .

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02 Apr 2009, 11:40
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Got a quick reply from Ryobi -- Two stroke --petrol plus oil to the ratio of 50:1 ,
I just hope I haven't damaged it too much .
I still stand by my opinion of Ryobi though .

I know two people(including myself ) who have had to renew the starting lanyard due to it snapping within six months of purchase .
A new one was 32 Euros !!!

I got it replaced by a local shop for 28 Euros ,including labour .This was after spending a hour completely removing the engine plastic casing to get anywhere near the pulley assembly .

Covered by warranty ? No hope ( fair wear and tear ? )

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