Pros: Quick start primer system aids in easy starts....
Cons: May fail you when you need it the most...
Ryobi makes a line of weedeaters that look good, run great and are simple to start. Most of their trimmers are so easy that a two-year old could crank one. Please, don't tell your two-year old I said this.. The 700r weedeater I bought and have owned for over five years now is still running and looks as good as the first day I bought it.
With all the controversy here lately, let me first state that I bought this weedeater, I own this weedeater and I have used this weedeater. Now, let's say you are looking for a lightweight, easy to start, and gets the job done weedeater. The Ryobi 700r is a good as any on the market, 2 cycle engine with a 15" cutting swath, dual feed string and is color-coded A,B,C steps for easy starting.
Price range for the trimmer is between $50 and $70, it really depends on where you look for it. I bought mine at our local Lowe's Home Improvement warehouse for $59.00 on clearance. The 700r weighs 9lbs and has a curved shaft (I prefer a straight one). It also has a D-shaped handle, for right and left handed use and is really comfortable and easy to hold on to. Also included is a dual-threaded bump head that is threaded with .080 weedeater string.
I realize with every good there is always some bad, and with this trimmer it does have it's faults. After a few months of use (frequent use) the Ryobi trimmer will burn more oil than you will like and will become harder to crank This little tale I am fixing to tell is a true story and no names have been changed.
My oldest son, Bobby and I have a landscaping and lawn service and have a church yard and cementery grounds we mow and maintain year around. This church grounds is a good five hour job with two people working constantly, one mowing, one weedeating around tombstones and grave markers. I like to use the Ryobi trimmer here because it is light and I know I will be using it for a long length of time.
First, I give my faithful trimmer a crank, nothing happens. It is a 90 degree day and my patience aren't much during really warm days. I had cranked on this weedeater until my hands and finger were getting numb. Went to the truck and got a new sparkplug, changed plugs and starting cranking again. Still nothing, by this time I could no longer keep my cool. I threw my Ryobi 700r down a long bank and let it roll end over end for a good 20 foot or more before it came to a crashing halt.
Went to the truck and got another trusty weedeater and finished weeding and trimming around the tombstones and markers. As we were finishing and loading, my son asked where the Ryobi trimmer was, I told a little of the story to him, not all. He is the type who will not leave a piece of equipment behind, which is what I intended to do. My son went to the bottom of the hill and retrieved the weedeater and started to crank it. Yes, it cranked on the very first pull, this really made me mad and to this day the Ryobi 700r will crank (first pull) and runs better than ever.
I'm not suggesting you try this at home, however if all else fails, why not!