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Ryobi RY38BP Spec Sheet

The Ryobi RY38BP is a gas-powered backpack leaf blower delivering 760 CFM at 175 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 38 cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Backpack
CFM Up to 760
MPH Up to 175
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
Make N/A
Engine displacement 38 cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Throttle positionTube
Cruise controlYes
Fuel tank 30 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 20.2 lbs
Noise rating 75.5 dB
Tube length N/A
Warranty 3 years
CARB-compliantYes

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue. Should you wish more detailed specs on the Ryobi RY38BP, the user manual is available here (opens in a new tab).

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Description

The RYOBI 2 Cycle Backpack Blower is the most powerful residential backpack blower on the market. CROSSFORCE Fan Technology delivers a best in class 760 CFM and 175 MPH. The large 38cc engine provides more clearing power and is uniquely positioned for increased efficiency. This blower features a variable speed trigger and cruise control, giving you the ability to conveniently adjust the speed for each task. Enjoy comfort and support no matter how long you work, with the adjustable shoulder straps and contoured back. (source: Ryobi)

Overview of the Ryobi RY38BP

The Ryobi RY38BP in use

The Ryobi RY38BP

  • Power: The RY38BP, built by Ryobi, is a gas-powered leaf blower capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 760 cubic feet per minute (CFM). Its air speed is rated at 175 MPH.
  • Handling: Like most backpack blowers, this model is technically heavier than a handheld. That being said, it can feel lighter and more comfortable because of the way it is carried, even when used over extended periods of time. Its throttle is located on the tube, which allows you to keep your left hand free. When compared to other gas-powered backpack blowers, the Ryobi RY38BP stands out due to its lower weight: just 20.2 lbs.
  • Engine: The engine boasts a displacement of 38 cc. Being that this is a 2-stroke engine, it must be fuelled using a mix of gas and oil. The proper fuel ratio set by the manufacturer for the RY38BP is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: To provide more control over their job to the user, the unit has a variable speed control setting. No matter the size of the job, the user can adjust the airflow of the Ryobi RY38BP to match it. On top of that, maintaining the selected speed is effortless, as it also features cruise control.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 75.5 dB can be considered the standard for similar gas-powered backpack blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: The fuel tank can hold 30 fl. oz. What it loses in fuel capacity in comparison to many other backpack blowers, the RY38BP gains in portability by having a more manageable weight.

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The Ryobi RY38BP's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Ryobi RY38BP compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 175 MPH, which is on the lower end for gas-powered backpack blowers. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Husqvarna 150BT, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 251 MPH.
  • It has a maximum air volume output of 760 CFM (cubic feet per minute). With this output rating, the RY38BP is well within average in relation to similar gas-powered backpack blowers. If air volume is important to you, the Shindaiwa EB910RT, with 1110 CFM, could be in your good books.

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Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas backpack blowers, the Ryobi RY38BP is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget blower.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight (20.2 lbs)
  • Cruise control
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (75.5 dB)
  • Decent CFM (760 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Small tank (30 fl. oz.)
  • Low MPH (175 MPH)

Do you own the Ryobi RY38BP and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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About Ryobi

Ryobi Limited is a manufacturer of power tools, outdoor equipment, and various other types of electronic products and components. Founded in Japan in 1943, Ryobi has since expanded to become a multi-brand, multinational company aimed at providing affordable, pro-featured products. It is now owned by Techtronic Industries, a company overseeing production and marketing of brands such as Craftsman, Ridgid and Homelite.

Warranty Information

The Ryobi RY38BP is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Ryobi blowers, please consult Ryobi's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-860-4050.

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  1. 1.15
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    almost everything on this blower is just to big and bulky i needed something that was heavy duty but not heavy this thing ways 22 lbs or more i was not impressed so I returned it and got my money back and now Im going to buy a stihl br 200 do not buy this ryobi 230 dollars is not worth it

    + PROS: straps
    - CONS: almost everything on this blower is just to big and bulky i needed something that was heavy duty but not heavy this thing ways 22 lbs or more i was not impressed so I returned it and got my money back and now Im going to buy a stihl br 200 do not buy this ryobi
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    KITANO PROPERTIES May 26, 2020 at 2:28 am
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    The control handle is too short, maneuvering is difficult due to no flexibility in the nozzle hose. Extremely noisy to operate.

    + PROS: At 175 mph, the performance is adequate, as well as the price.
    - CONS: The control handle is too short, maneuvering is difficult due to no flexibility in the nozzle hose. Extremely noisy to operate.
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  3. 2.25
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    Totally dissatisfied with the RY38BP backpack blower. Less than a year old and in the middle of yard work the engine quit working properly. It was running great and just lost all power…and now will not rev to full speed. It appears to be the throttle body/ carburetor failure. Really after 1/2 season of use and prepped and winter stored like all my other equipment. ( which btw all started and are running perfect). I’m told to replace the carb it will cost $54 plus labor… I have an abundance of Ryobi equipment but this one could just change my next purchases. Would like someone from Ryobi to contact me…

    + PROS: Reasonably priced, comfortable to wear
    - CONS: Poor workmanship and quality. Hope this is a one off... but will have a hard time giving anyone a recommendation to buy this unit
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