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My Ryobi string trimmer has seen a lot of use over the years. Over the last year the switch began to work only intermittently, and finally stopped working. I took it to the closest repair center (150 miles away), and although they are not a Ryobi repair center, they thought they had a switch that might work. A few hours later I retrieved it--supposedly repaired--and drove it home, the return 150 miles. When I went to use it, again it works only intermittenty. I press it and press it and press it, and when it finally starts, I try to do as much as possible before releasing the switch because I know it'll take forever to start it again. Is this because: A. the off-brand switch just won't work, or B. there is another problem . . . something about the motor, perhaps. I've really liked this trimmer--it's not too heavy, it's easy to use, and does a good job on the 40-odd types of native grasses around my house in the country. As a woman, I am not willing to mess with a gas-powered trimmer, but I need more power and durability than those piddly little weed-eaters people use on suburban lawns.

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  • vjlowe Feb 08, 2010

    Apparently Ryobi no longer makes an electric trimmer that ues a cord, as my model does not get any matches in their parts department. So clearly I am going to have to buy a new trimmer. I wonder if you could give me some advice on a new one? I definitely don't want a gas-powered trimmer because of the noise, the mess and the fire danger where I live. I don't want a Black & Decker because it strikes me that the brand is like the Weedeater brand--more for suburban homeowners than people who have tough, tall grass to cut. I read an old Consurmer Reports forum where the guys (all guys) were saying there just wasn't anything electric that could cut grass and weeds, but my Ryobi did a great job for years. All I am seeing in the way of choices is the Stihl FSE 60 Electric Trimmer or the

    Ryobi LITHIUM 18V 12" CORDLESS STRING TRIMMER model # P2002. This Ryobi cuts only a 12 " diameter swath with .065" single line--which again says "suburban lawn" as opposed to my old corded model that cut 15" in diameter with .080 double line. Also the new battery powered Ryobi line is auto feed, which I can't really see working well with all the rocks and things that can break line around here. So it seems my only option really is the Stihl FSE 60, which isn't adjustable for height, weighs 8.8 lbs. and has only a 14" swath . . . but at least it still has a bump knob. Is there anything good out there I don't know about?

  • vjlowe Feb 12, 2010

    Not yet been replaced, but will be when I get somewhere to purchase the Stihl. It's a shame Ryobi stopped making electric trimmers--the cord is not that big a hassle . . . 2 or 3 together will get you a long way. And it's not just men that use these trimmers--women do, too. I imagine lots ofwomen like me don't like those noisy smelly little engines. I think those are a "guy thing". Thank you, Mr. yard guru.

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You can have 2 things wrong with the trimmer still.

1. is yes wrong switch.

2. is the brushes in the motor need to be replaced.

You can find a service center on link below or you can order parts on the link below by contacting customer service. If you contact customer service they might give you instructions on how to change the parts.

http://www.ryobitools.com/support/service_center_locators

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