A little over a year ago, after complaining about the amount of cord I had to use with our electric leaf blower I was gifted an inexpensive gas blower. A Ryobi 150 mph 400 CFM Gas Blower Vac from home depot to be precise. It probably wouldn't have been the one I would've chose, but hey. Complaining about gifts is never a good idea.

I mixed up some gas for the two stroke engine, but admittedly I did eyeball it. It started right up, and worked great. I used it for the next 30 minutes or so until it ran out of gas. At this point I needed to buy some new gas. I mixed up this next batch very carefully, and about two weeks later I went to use it again. It would not start, didn't start. Its a year later and If I was going to return it I should've done it months ago.

I'd like to get it started, but have little experience with trouble shooting small engines. I am a computer programmer, not a lawn care specialist. But, I'd love to learn. And I do have an internet connection. I am a bit stumped. Where should I begin. What could be wrong?

note: looking at the reviews online this 'not starting' or tough to start seems to be a common problem.

  • Did you follow the starting procedure to the letter? Sep 17, 2012 at 19:01
  • @The Evil Greebo Yep, sure did.
    – matchew
    Sep 17, 2012 at 19:11
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    Could be neighbors put sugar in your gas. (I have no love for leaf blowers)
    – DA.
    Sep 17, 2012 at 22:27
  • I don't have any experience of leaf blowers and chainsaws, but our lawnmower would need priming every time I used it. If your leaf blower is cheap, perhaps it doesn't have a priming pump, and you're expected to fill it every time you use it? If it works and then doesn't a few weeks later as a rule, it does seem fuel or lubricant (eg. poor seals resulting in wet spark plugs?) is the problem.
    – winwaed
    Sep 18, 2012 at 13:07
  • FWIW, I see that this engine does have a primer pump.
    – bstpierre
    Sep 18, 2012 at 16:39

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Here's what I've done on my two-stroke chainsaw when it has refused to start:

  • Remove and replace spark plug; check the gap.
  • Remove and clean [with an air compressor] or replace air filter. (I just blow it out, I haven't yet replaced the filter.)
  • If you see gunk when you're removing these parts, clean it up. (Because of all of the sawdust and bar oil, the chainsaw accumulates a lot of gunk. I don't know how dirty your leaf blower will get.)

These are very easy steps -- I'm usually a complete failure at engine/machine repair and even I can do these without ending up with a pile of parts that I have to bring my friendly local mechanic for reassembly. For tools, you'll need a spark plug (deep) socket, an air compressor with a blower fitting, and maybe a screwdriver to open the engine case.

I've also seen replacing the fuel filter as a suggestion, but haven't needed to do this yet. The steps above always get it restarted.

  • I am going to mark this as the answer, but it did not solve my problem. I really think the piece of equipment is just cheap junk. Thanks for the help.
    – matchew
    Oct 10, 2012 at 18:20

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