5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Vac lasted years but bag didn't,
This review is from: Ryobi RESV1300 Electric Mulchinator Vac (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Lawn & Patio)
The bag on this vac is nice and large, and well designed to hold a lot of mulched leaves, but the zipper lost its hold after about 2-3 years. You can't realistically replace the zipper and even trying to close the zipper "gently" doesn't do the trick. I really liked its mulching capability - I don't understand the logic of blowing leaves around, makes much more sense to vacuum them up and get them off my property - but the bag zipper doesn't last. In desperation I duct-taped over the zipper but that only lasted about 3 uses and the tape starts to peel off, and unless you vaccum up small particles or very dry leaves that break up small, it's next to impossible to empty the bag out of the top opening. Based on the other reviews I am not going to bother hunting up a replacement bag - at first I thought I just had the bad luck to have a bag with a defective zipper but too many reviewers indicate the zipper is a design defect.
If anyone knows of another mulching vacuum please leave a review note here. My 3 stars are strictly for the mulching ability of this vac.