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I know I was seriously thinking about going with a Stihl string trimmer but I came across an "el Cheapo" string trimmer for $44 and free shipping so I figured what the heck............how bad can it be for $44????

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Ryobi XR700R String Trimmer

The box arrived a little mangled but all was well with the contents. Took me about 2 minutes to install the string trimmer guard and loop handle. I filled her up with gas mix (it requires 40:1 gas mix which is how I mix mine anyway). I read the instructions real quick and started it up on the 3rd pull.

I used it trimming around the house for about a half hour and it seemed to run strong and with the choke in the middle postion but was just a bit on the flat side if you flipped the throttle with the choke in the run position. I did not run it at full throttle and intentionally left the choke in the middle position to ensure good lubrication during the first hour or two of running to break in the engine.

It comes with a tap type string trimmer head filled with .80 trimmer string. I will fill it with .105 as soon as I use this up. Over all it cut well and seemed to run as advertised. It fills the bill as a spare string trimmer for when I am on the job and the Homelite ever breaks down.

If I tear it up, I won't feel bad about a $44 trimmer going on the trash heap. I got the trimmer for $44 price because I am an Insider Track Club member and get a discount; otherwise it is $49. Still a great price! Over all I give it a 8 out of 10. The reasons for the 8 being that it is jetted just a bit too lean and it is not as vibration free as my Stihl. I will follow up with another evaluation after I have run it on several jobs to let you know how it holds up and performs.

The manual and Harbor Freight say it is a reconditioned trimmer but it sure did look new to me. The label said made in Mexico. For the money spent, it seems like a great little trimmer! :thumbsup:
 

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Great review and glad you found an economical item for once. I am just too afraid to buy cheap anymore. I have been repeately taught that lesson, over and over and over again. I really like my Cub Cadet string trimmer.... it wasn't super cheap but really nice unit! :D
 

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I am usually inclined to think the same thing Andy, but my Homelite reconditioned el cheapo that I also bought from Harbor Freight for $39 about 10 years ago is still running strong. :D If it is really el cheapo and it pays for itself in a season; I am happy. I still plan to buy the Stihl FS110R eventually.
 

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I think the biggest reason I got these is that they are so light. about 8.5 lbs. Swinging a string trimmer for 4 or 5 hours at a time can wear you down so I prefer the lightest I can get as long as I am not doing really heavy trimmer work or brush clearing. For that I use my Stihl FS450K. I can take down small trees with that.
 

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I always had problems with the cheapo trimmers, maybe they require more maintenance? I had a horrible unit in a "McCullough" or something like that. It lasted about 4 months tops and then it just wouldn't start, then would die, then would run and then die.
Rebuilt various components and it was just junk...junk..junk..junk
My Cub unit starts every single time and that makes me happy. :D

-Andy
 

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I may end up eating this trimmer but if it holds up half as long as the Homelite did, I am money waaaaaay ahead. If is craps out next week, I take it in the shorts for $44 and we can both say "I told you so" :D ;) I will post some periodic follow ups to let folks know how it works out over the long haul.
 

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Chief,

It never occurred to me to run a 2-stroke at half-choke during break-in. Seems like a good idea. Any downsides, such as the potential for fouling a plug?
 

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In this case, the trimmer seemed to run much better at half choke. Knowing how important break-in is on a 2 stroke, I try to run them as rich as possible and keep the rpms down until I get a few hours on them. Now a days, all the 2 strokes are adjusted and jetted as lean as possible due to EPA requirements I don't like running a 2 stroke so lean. As long as the plug is not fowling out or flooding, I don't think running it half choke will hurt anything and it may help get a little extra fuel and oil to the engine for break in.
 

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One of these would make a real nice and inexpensive but usefull Father's Day gift too! :thumbsup: Mine took about a week to arrive. They sent it via UPS.
 
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