Discussion for the Ryobi RY08554 Blower / Vacuum
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Reply: Primer Bulb
Post the distance from side to side halfway between the base and tip. I will try to find one that is the same size.
Question: Air Filter Mesh
I've been advised that model # ry08554 does not use an air filter but uses a filter screen, if so is this part (638179001) the correct part?
Reply: Air Filter Mesh
The part number for the air filter that Ryobi uses on this model is, 518623001. It attaches to the carburetor.
Hope this helps,
Question: Yellow Lever
I also had the yellow lever break. I'm trying to epoxy it now. I noticed I can turn it and get the choke closed with a pair of pliers, then I can get the unit started, and when I touch the throttle, the choke comes off like normal.
If the epoxy fix doesn't work, I'll buy another brand of blower before I keep putting money into this one. It's never been stellar.
I bought this unit reconditioned. From the start, the fuel cap leaked (like someone else commented here), but a local shop repaired it under warranty. I also had the primer bulb crack, but I was able to find another one on ereplacementparts.
It's funny I can buy a primer bulb, but not the little yellow lever
Reply: Yellow Lever
Unfortunately you do have to purchase the entire carburetor to get the lever in question. You might try a repair shop in your area that repairs Ryobi gas products. They might have what you are looking for from an old carb.
Question: Only Runs With Chock On
Hi, my Ryobi ry08554 blower will only only run with the choke full on. As soon as chock is off it stalls. Any suggestions?
Reply: Only Runs With Chock On
my ryobi 8554 blower does the same thing. it will start easely but will not run if you try to take the choke off. if you figured it out bob ,please help me out. i tried a new carburetor but it did not make any differance
Reply: Air Filter
Look at item #56 on page B of the parts diagram. There is a mesh screen on this part over the air intake. According to Ryobi, the mesh is the filter. I talked with a representative at Ryobi tech support and she couldn't believe that the screen was supposed to be the air filter as well. She told me that on her own trimmer she purchases a foam filter from another brand and then cuts it to fit in the opening over the Ryobi filter.
If you wanted to try a similar fix I would suggest the following filter from Shindaiwa...
I hope this helps with your repair!
Question: Full Speed
My ry08554 starts right up and runs great to about three- quarters throttle then dies. Is it carburetor adjustment and if so the adjustment screws are odd looking. Where would I get the tool if this is the problem? Thanks for any info.
Reply: Full Speed
Your machine has an "EPA" carburetor. Starting in 1997 The EPA placed requirements on how clean small engines are required to burn. As part of this restriction the carburetors are set at the factory. The carb then either has the adjustment ports capped or they use special adjustment screws so that the carb can only be adjusted by a tech trained in compliance with the EPA directives. The manufacture offers the special carb adjustment tools their authorized repair shops but not to the general public. The manufacture is liable to ensure that the equipment they sell complies with the EPA directive and therefore will typically not offer the adjustment tools for sale to the general public. You can learn more about the EPA emissions requirements for small engines at the following link...
Before you adjust the carburetor you should determine why it needs adjustment first. A carb should only need adjustment when it is new and needs to be adjusted for altitude or after a carburetor rebuild has been performed. If a piece of equipment has been working fine and then starts acting up there will be more repair issues than a simple carb adjustment. The carburetor itself will not simply go out of adjustment. You will want to look at things like a tune up, a clogged carburetor, a plugged exhaust system, ignition problems, etc. Adjusting a carburetor requires some knowledge and experience with small engines. You can easily overheat and seize the engine if you are not familiar with the proper procedures. It is also a good idea to use an engine tachometer to be sure that you make the correct adjustments.
I hope this helps with the repair of your small engine!
Question: Choke Lever
I also need a replacement part for the yellow plastic choke lever for the Ryobi RY08554. It broke very easily and it is not listed in your parts.
Reply: Choke Lever
Ryobi only offers the choke lever as part of the carburetor. It is not available separately. The carburetor is part #308054014 and is available from http://www.ereplacementparts.com .
Good luck with your repair!
Do you have a part # for the plastic yellow choke lever & an air filter for the ry08554 ?
Ryobi only offers the choke lever as part of the carburetor. It is not available separately. The carburetor is part #308054014 and is available from http://www.ereplacementparts.com . The RY08554 trimmer does not use a traditional foam or felt filter. The screen over the intake is the only filtration for the trimmer. I had a Ryobi tech support representative tell me that on their personal trimmer they use a foam filter from another brand of trimmer and then cut it to fit in the intake.
Good luck with your repair!
Review: Ryobi - RY08554 Run/start Lever
Like other comments I have seen, there are a lot of negative feelings (mine included) about not being able to just get a replacement switch without having to order the carb also. I would think that a large company like Ryobi would make a minor part like this switch (alone) available to their customers rather than lose that customer to another manufacturer. I have had my blower/vac less than two years and it has never operated really well. I own at least a dozen Ryobi bench top or hand power tools but something like this just irritates the heck out of me and I hesitate to buy another Ryobi tool. Own up Ryobi---make the switch available by itself.
Review: Ryobi - RY08554 Expected More
I've had the Ryobi RY08554 for less than a year and same issue with the yellow choke lever. Poorly constructed and disappointed it cannot be replaced alone. The plastic covering holding the foam filter (Yes my blower vac does have a wire screen and a foam filter)is also broken.
Review: Ryobi - RY08554 Extremely Disapp...
I have been a Ryobi user for many years and have always been impressed with the quality of the products. However, this does not extend to the RY08554 blower. To put it bluntly, this product "blows." From right out of the box the fuel cap never did seal, no matter how firmly I tightened it. I was worried about cracking the housing, since most everything is plastic on this machine. I'm always getting fuel on my clothing and on my hands unless I'm extremely careful not to let the housing get out of level - pretty difficult when you're trying to use the blower for what it's intended to do. I could have lived with this problem, but then yesterday the "start-run" yellow lever on the carburetor broke. I can see from the repair question forum that I'm not the first to experience this problem. I was amazed and upset that Ryobi's "solution" to this problem is to sell me the entire carburetor because they don't sell the faulty switch separately. So I'm supposed to spend another $45 or $50 (part plus tax/shipping) to repair an $80 blower that I've used maybe 3 or 4 times? Unbelievable! This will make me think twice before I'll purchase another Ryobi product. I thought I would be as happy with this blower as I have been with my Ryobi weedeater, mantis tiller, and snowblower. The blower's not even in the same galaxy. Huge disappointment.
Reply: Ryobi - RY08554 Extremely Disapp...
Yes, I too have had this same problem w/ 2 of these pos blowers. This has irritated me so badly that I will NEVER buy another Ryobi product of any sort. Ever. Who in the hell engineered this sort of crap?! Seriously! I think I have found a use for my extra fireworks at least--the only enjoyment I'll get out of this monstrosity. Either that or it will meet its demise via concrete or brick wall. I HATE this damn blower!!!!!
Reply: Ryobi - RY08554 Extremely Disapp...
I feel your pain on this one. I work on ALL kinds of small engines and equipment. I do NOT know how MANY times I have said the same thing. When it is made in China or Mexico...it makes you wonder! I would be sorely disappointed to find out that the very poor engineering and design was the result of an American mental giant. But, who Knows? That could be the case. Ryobi equipment has been blasted for poor quality forever it seems like. Can you find an alternative use for the engine on it....to power a bicycle maybe?? The Poulan engine used in Ryobi powered equipment is actually a pretty good engine when taken care of. They are cheap but they run STRONG.