Ryobi trimmer lost most of spinning power

mvronApril 23, 2013

My Ryobi 30cc string timmer model RY30020B has lost almost all of the spinning power in the spool end of the trimmer. The spool spins - but with almost no power. I can hold the spool with my hand and at full power, the spool stops spinning. Looking for ideas on what is going on. Thanks much.

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Disassemble as seen in this parts List attached below and examine for stripped or broken parts.

Good Luck!


Here is a link that might be useful: Parts List

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 6:23PM
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Drive shaft cable twisting up getting ready to fail or broken strands is my guess. If it's split boom you have two. Usually the upper cable fails first especially if you run attachments like edger, blower, or culivator which put alot of torque or twist on the cable shaft.. Can only get the upper shaft assy. was 30 bucks last time I brought one?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 10:13PM
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The start/choke lever is also broken off. I can move the lever shaft via a finger. It's the little round orange shaft with the spring on it. I get it started eventially - but I would really like to know if the lever shaft is supposed to move the upward position or down. It seemed that the nut on the endof the spool shaft was loose. So removed the trimmer section off the main shaft - put a little vise grip on the upper cable that connects to the main shaft - to keep it from spinning - and tightened the nut on the end of the spool shaft. Cranked up the trimmer and seemed to solve the problem. I don't know if that's an appropriate solution - but I got the trimmer for free - what's to lose.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 2:40PM
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Take the air filter off and see when you move wheather it choke is closed or open. Then mark it to the choke side, usually (not knowning model) there's a stamped picture of the choke showing closed and open on the side of the air filter housing???

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 5:36AM
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