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Ryobi weed eater head won't spin

No problems actually running the weed eater but the head won't spin when I give it gas or it will spin very slowly. I am having the same problem with the tiller attachment for the weed eater as well. The rod that runs the length of the weed eater attachment turns the head when I try it manually. Any ideas?

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Sounds like the clutch has taken a long trip south. If the clutch pads are not wore out, try some wd40 on the pad hinges.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

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Starting procedure


Terry: According to eHow.com:

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  • Put on a pair of safety glasses. Remove the fuel cap from the Weed Eater and set it aside. Fill the fuel tank with unleaded gasoline that has been mixed with quality 2-stroke oil in a 40:1 ratio. Replace the fuel cap.
  • Move the Weed Eater to a safe place and lay it flat on the ground. Depress the fuel bulb located beneath the carburetor approximately six times to prime the engine. Press it slowly so that fuel has adequate time to traverse the fuel line.
  • Slide the handlebar-mounted engine "On/Stop" switch to the "On" position. Slide the choke lever beneath the fuel tank to the "Full" position.
  • Depress the "Throttle Lock" lever located beside the engine "On/Stop" switch. Keeping the lever depressed, squeeze the throttle trigger. Release the throttle lock. This sequence holds the trigger in the depressed position, which aids in starting the Weed Eater.
  • Roll the Weed Eater so that it is resting on the engine and the trimmer head shield only. This will allow the spinning trimmer head to avoid contact with the ground. Brace the Weed Eater by holding it to the ground with one hand. Using your other hand, pull the starter rope quickly until the engine begins to run. Do not pull the rope more than a dozen times. If it fails to start by then, squeeze the throttle trigger and continue to pull until the engine starts.
  • Allow the Weed Eater to warm up for about 15 seconds, then slide the choke lever to the "Off" position. Let the trimmer run for another minute without touching the throttle lever. After the Weed Eater has warmed up, squeeze the throttle trigger once to disengage the throttle lock. The trimmer is now operational.


  • Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_6720315_start-gas-weed-eater.html"

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    Ryobi weed eater upper and lower shaft spins, but head doesn't spin, why?


    If not a clutched model, likely the flexible drive shaft is broken. Check 1st to insure the engine head is firmly positioned into the aluminum shaft case. If it is remove at the engine, disconnect the cable as necessary and pull out the shaft for close inspection.

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    check the compression on your weedeater low compression will cause this

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    I work with weed eaters and mowers. Weed eater fuel ratio is normally a 40:1 ratio. That usually all weed eaters fuel ratio.

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    I have a ryobi weed eater clean carb change filter and spark plug wont run off choke


    I have the same problem. It will run if I put it halfway between Half Choke and Full Choke. But, just dies if I put it on Run or Half Choke. Don't ever loan your WE to anyone, They might just try to run it on straight gas--That is what happened on another week eater that I had.

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    My Ryobi weed eater loses power at working speed after 5 minutes.


    you need to replace fuel filter inside the fuel tank . fish it out with and empty tank using a coat hanger and a small hood bent on the end.filters are around $9.00

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    Do you use mixed gas for a ryobi weed eater??


    Unless it has a tag or decal on it saying it is a 4 cycle then it uses mixed gas/oil at about a 50:1 ratio. Straight gasoline will freeze the piston in the cylinder in mere minutes.

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