Ryobi 18v Leaf Blower Problems: 5 Common Issues (Explained)

Boasting an elegant and futuristic design, the Ryobi 18v leaf blower is equipped with advanced lithium battery technology. With fan technology that incorporates concepts from real jet engines and gives it two times the power of traditional or previous generation Ryobi leaf blowers, but even though this leaf blower is great it hosts a number of problems one of which is very common. But other than that the Ryobi 18v leaf blower is quite formidable, pushing out air at 100MPH from its large nozzle (called or referred to as a Debris Scraper.) Over all it is easy to use, having a simple and responsive trigger to turn the motor on and off. It is truly ergonomic.

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How Does It Work?

All the different types of leaf blowers (gas and electric) use centrifugal force as a fundamental concept. Centrifugal force is the effect that tends to move an object away from the center of a circle, in the Ryobi 18v leaf blower’s case the effect is the wind pressure that is exerted out of the debris scraper and the center of the circle are the leaves and debris your leaf blower will be able to push away. Usually it is only gas powered leaf blowers that are able to create or exert the most powerful wind pressure. Most, if not all, electric leaf blowers do not have as much power since they are generally lighter and quieter that gas powered ones. But if you have a small and manageable yard then the Ryobi 18v leaf blower would be good enough because it has a rechargeable battery and lightweight, designed specifically to be handheld.

1. Leaf Blower Doesn’t Have Power

This problem usually originates from the Ryobi 18v leaf blower’s trigger mechanism. Since the leaf blower is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, the entire leaf blower’s wind pressure output is controlled by the trigger located on the leaf blower’s handle. As a result of it being the only means of turning the leaf blower on and off, it is subject to breaking and damage. Making the inner part of the trigger that completes the circuit of the leaf blower in order for it to turn on, not to fully connect but partially connect with the open part of the circuit. Thus making it have less power than it usually do.

To Do

It is important then that if the trigger of the leaf blower is loose or seems easier to pull than usual, it needs to be changed. If this is a challenging concept to you then it is best to get in touch with a certified leaf blower technician.

2. Leaf Blower Isn’t Starting

For the Ryobi 18v leaf blower to generate the wind pressure it requires a fan (powered by a motor), which is located beneath the handle. This problem is usually caused by a faulty or loose part on the motor. Or because of the Ryobi 18v’s compact design a fault with the circuitry and wiring of the leaf blower.

To Do

Because this is potentially a serious problem for the leaf blower, it is of utmost importance to first check that the battery is fully charged and connected correctly to the leaf blower. If all this is correct, but the leaf blower is still not turning on. It would be time to take it to a specialist for a clear and informative diagnosis.

3. Leaf Blower Is Overheating

This problem decreases the work and efficiency output because the Ryobi 18v leaf blower will automatically shut down and after it cools off you will be able to turn it on again.

To Do

Even though this problem does happen, the motor on the inside of the Ryobi 18v leaf blower has a fan attached to its end, this helps blow cool air into the motor so it doesn’t overheat. It does so by cooling the windings in the motor which are the copper wires that are coiled (to produce a magnetic field) on the inside of the motor which eventually turns the motor.

  • Sometimes this problem can prove to be too much for the fan to handle due to factors like hot weather or a fault in the inner workings of the leaf blower.

4. Leaf Blower Is Running Roughly

Because the Ryobi 18v blows or produces air that blows things away, these things can oftentimes be dirt, debris, dust and dead leaf fragments. These things will eventually make their way into the leaf blower as you continue to move around, making their way into the inner parts of the machine. This can clogg the motor and even the fan, causing it to work harder. At most times the noises are the leaf blower’s motor (and even the fan) hitting and striking against this debris or dirt. This may also be due to a low battery.

To Do

This can be solved by cleaning the entire leaf blower’s inside. Another solution would be to fully recharge the battery, the battery has indicators so you know the battery’s charge level.

5. Leaf Blower’s Battery Isn’t Charging

This problem is usually caused by a defective battery, which means the compartments inside the battery have been used up and the battery cannot retain or keep a charge anymore.

To Do

  • It is always good to check that you’re charging the battery with the recommended voltage. A low or high voltage may speed up the damage to the battery, further shortening its lifespan.
  • The Ryobi 18v’s battery comes with indicators, which can show whether a battery is full or not and even the battery’s health. When the indicator is blinking a red and yellow light, it means the battery cell is defective and needs an immediate replacement.

Ryobi is one of the few companies that have their customer’s best interests at heart. They believe in their machines. That is to say if your machine (in our case the Ryobi 18v) is misbehaving and it is still under warranty, you can call them up and they will see to it that your problem(s) is taken care of. They easily have the best customer service experience as compared to any other tool manufacturer, and that makes all the difference.