Instructions for the Ryobi 26cc Trimmer and Brushcutter

Updated February 21, 2017

The Ryobi 26cc trimmer and brush cutter requires special operating instructions. Like most power tools, it can cause serious injury and even death if operated improperly. The mowing head rotates at high rates of speed and can fling dirt, rocks and other projectiles out at the operator and bystanders. Minors and others who are unfamiliar with the correct operating procedures shouldn't use the Ryobi trimmer and brushcutter. Always use the trimmer with the proper safety equipment.

Pre-mix the fuel for the trimmer and brush cutter. Pour two-stroke engine oil and regular unleaded gasoline into the approved fuel container. Mix the gas and oil at a 50-to-1 ratio. Close the container's lid and shake it for one minute. Fill the Ryobi's fuel tank.

Move the trimmer at least 10 feet away from the fuelling spot. Put the engine on a flat area outdoors. Position the head away from any objects, making sure it won't hit anything when you start it. Squeeze the primer bulb on the engine seven times. Move the ignition switch into the "Start" position.

Set your left hand on the boom shaft to brace it. Grab the starter rope with your right hand. Pull the rope out until the engine fires. Wait at least 10 seconds to squeeze the trigger. Squeeze the trigger and the ignition switch will automatically move to the "Run" position.

Hold the rear control handle in your right hand. Wrap your thumb around the handle and put your forefinger on the trigger. Hold the front handle in your left hand. Hold the head parallel to the ground at the desired cutting height. Squeeze the trigger to move the mowing head.

Work the cutting head from right to left to minimise debris. Cut with the tip of the cutting string or metal blades. Tap the spinning head against the ground to advance the line. Cut long grasses from the top down. Move the ignition switch into the "Stop" setting when finished.

Brush off the power head, trimmer shaft and cutting head. Wipe down the engine, shaft and head with the rag.

Things You'll Need

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Tight-fitting clothes
  • Work gloves
  • Earplugs
  • Safety glasses
  • Two-stroke engine oil
  • Regular unleaded gasoline
  • Approved fuel container
  • Brush
  • Rag
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