Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 113
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HomeOwner Outstanding Little chainsaw
Great little chainsaw that ran for hours. 4 trees fell down from a bad storm and it cut them all very smoothly and efficiently. It is slower and less powerful then a gas chainsaw on the larger stuff but the end result is the same. It is also very light and runs as easy as you pull the trigger. No pulling the cord repeatedly and messing with the choke to get it started like a gas saw.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Radioguy A great tool for trimming limbs and removing small trees
I purchased this cordless saw because of all the reports from my neighbors and friends of gas chain saws being damaged by Ethanol in the gasoline. I still wanted the ability to trim limbs – even when there is no local power due to a storm. So the battery was the way to go – I just need to establish a routine to insure it is always charged and ready to go.
The saw is like any power tool. You have to let it cut at its speed and ability. This saw is not as powerful as a gas saw. It will cut – you just have to get used to the slower speed and higher torque. If you push the saw to hard it will just shorten the battery life and not cut any faster.
My first use of this saw was to cut up a small tree that had fallen on my property due to a storm. The trunk diameter ranged from 4 inches at the top to 14 inches at the base. I made 17 cuts on the first charge. As I progressed to the larger diameter the saw definitely uses up the battery more quickly. I removed the safety tip to make the 14" cuts. No problem with kickback due to the slower speed. The ability to tighten the chain without tools is a really great feature
Very impressed with the saw. The automatic oiler works well and the top mounted battery provides a good weight to balance ratio when cutting. If you space time between each cut the battery seems to recover slightly and last longer. You will definitely want to learn how to sharpen the blade as a dull blade will just eat up the battery.
I am planning on getting a second battery. I may buy another 40V Ryobi tool to get two batteries as purchasing a replacement battery alone is quite expensive.
May 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by buckingJD More than expected...
I have been using Ryobi products for over 11 years they offer great value for the pricing. I was looking for a nice 2 stroke chainsaw when I came accross these 40volt versions. This is a perfect balance of power and versatility for my uses. I can pack it in the RV and cut up firewood to be hauled back to the campsite. Also works extremely well around the house. I have really pushed mine further than I was expecting too. I decided to take down the 5 25ft Ficus trees in my back yard. The Ryobi powered through. The original battery that came with the chainsaw was the OP4015 40volt. The OP4015 battery pack is what I expected as far as run time. With the OP4015 I would get 1 hour runtime of bucking 3" diameter branches at a good pace. I was satisfied with that especially with a 90min charge time. When I decided to take on cutting down the ficus trees I purchased the 40volt trimmer because it was only 40 bucks more than purchasing a second battery. Well little did I know the trimmer came with the new OP4026 "high capacity" battery pack. The battery pack uses the same charger (OP400) and lasts a very long time. I now own two OP4026 high capacity batteries and I run out of energy and daylight before I run out of power. The new battery packs put this 40volt series over the top. I'm go to pick up the lawn mower to complete the set and I am extremely satisfied with the product.
March 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sawguy Handy cordless chainsaw !
The chainsaw has good power for a battery powered unit. The chain speed is definitely slower than a gas powered saw, so the cutting action is a bit "rougher" than the smooth action you get with a faster gas powered saw. That said, the saw is very handy and has the power to cut most reasonable size trees and logs you run across in the woods. It is handy to use it on your ATV as you do not have to mess with the gas/oil mix if you want to grab it in case you run across a tree that has fallen across your ATV trail. My wife likes to use it because it is lighter than the gas powered saw. Also, of course there are no issues with the pull starting effort. The battery runs about 45 minutes if used continuously. There is a larger battery than can be purchased. As others have mentioned, it does leak and use a lot of chain oil. This is a great saw for small jobs and as a backup saw.
October 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Balticblond A Little Workhorse
This Ryobi chainsaw exceeded my expectations.
This is a big project Summer at our house. The list is endless (you may hear more from me!)
One of my personal priorities was to remove two 50+ year old cedar Arborvitae blocking off my favorite old Rhododendron. It had grown to about 12-16 feet and filling a space about 6 feet in diameter.
I have another corded chainsaw which works "okay..." so honestly I didn't really expect too much.
I also have a Ryobi 18 volt pole chainsaw and and the new 40 volt hedge trimmer. I used these to trim my way into the trunk and top it before cutting the rest down.
Once I had space to access my target work area I used the chainsaw to cut through the two 8 inch diameter.
Here's what I like:
* Easy to use bar adjustment for removal or tightening- turn a couple of knobs and you're good.
* Batteries interchangeable with other Ryobi 40 volt tools (cool battery meter show exactly how much charge is left)
* Battery life is great- I didn't have to recharge. Recharging takes 90 minutes.
* Plenty of torque for cutting (I cut an 8-10 inch trunk with no problem)
* Light weight and simple to use
I really can't think of any serious "Cons".
Based on my experience here, I wouldn't hesitate to try another Ryobi cordless product!
July 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rene Good little saw for small trees and pruning large branches
I am a believer in the Ryobi 40 volt outdoor power tools and this saw is no exception. I have no doubts that it will cut through 8" branches or trees, but so far I have only experienced 4" to 5" and that was quick and no bogging down. The chain tensioning is made simple and can be done in just seconds. It is just a great little chain saw for light duty around the yard.
June 9, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MrKnobs Not as great a deal as you might think...
A nice little chainsaw that you can just pick up and go, no hassle with the noise, fumes, weight, and frequent refusal to start that goes with gas chain saws. It's perfect for small to medium jobs like pruning limbs off trees, cutting up small firewood, or carrying down a trail to clear some fallen wood. I jumped on this thinking wow, a spare battery for my other Ryobi 40V tools would be $128 by itself, for just a little more $$$ I get a battery, a charger, and a nice little chainsaw! Well, it turns out there's still no free lunch and the battery that comes with this chainsaw is indeed 40V Lithium but only about half the capacity of the $128 battery which is the one that came with my string trimmer. I can't find anywhere the spec for this battery is listed with the chainsaw package. Oh well, I should have been a little more skeptical!
November 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dofus Excellent Battery Operated Tool
Cuts really well for battery operated. Not as strong as a gas model, but totally adequate for a homeowner's "around the house" needs. Battery working with other Ryobi yard tools and mowers is a great plus. Comes with a tiny bottle of chain oil.
April 21, 2015