Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 95
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ODF154 Best Chain Saw Ever !!!
We purchased this saw this year for use on our Christmas tree farm after my husband had shoulder surgery. I knew I couldn't keep up with pulling the cord to start our other saw and we needed something light, powerful and reliable. We got everything needed in this product. It is so light weight, easy to use, always ready to go when needed and great safety features keep curious little hands from starting it.We'll be adding another one soon. We have cut 23 trees in one day with trunk sizes from 3 to 6 inches and only dropped one bar on the charge meter. Easy enough for anyone to use. Probably the best purchase we have made for our farm. Everyone that sees it in action is amazed! I can't wait to show it to the Southern Christmas Tree Association members at our next meeting. It has already paid for itself just by saving me the frustration of trying to crank our gas model saw. Next purchase will be the string trimmer and the hedger attachment.
December 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Anvel I love it
Quiet, no cord or gas mix to deal with, plenty of power for it's size. It does leak oil but not a lot. From the manual, page 13:
"It is normal for lubricant to seep from the saw when not in use. To prevent seepage, empty the oil tank after each use"
Wish it didn't do that but I can live with it. I'll empty it if I won't be using it for a few weeks, otherwise just put it on some newspaper.
I already had some other Ryobi 40v tools so I didn't need the battery. Buying this saw with the battery and charger is $190. You could get a small electric saw and a medium sized gas saw for that much.
November 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WutNotEvenSpaces I'm So Excited
I've used this saw only once, so keep that in mind (I do), but based on that initial use, I'm pretty pleased with its performance.
I used it to hack up two large-variety Crape Myrtles (around 3-6" cuts mostly) - one of them dead and tough as nails - and it bogged only once on me in a pinched cut. (See photos I uploaded with this review of the said cut-up Crape Myrtles.)
Of course this thing is only for light duty, occasional use around the yard on limbs around 6" max in diameter, not whacking up a whole large tree, for Pete's sake.
If you're not over-expecting going in and not thinking it's gonna slice through stuff like butter, I think you may be pleased. More power out of the battery than I would've figured.
It's fairly lightweight and compact and easy to handle (and of course waaay quieter than gas), and the battery lasted for that entire session with plenty of juice to spare. The top handle is too small in diameter, though, and needs to be beefed up to give a more comfortable, secure feel.
It doesn't have a brake, but the guard on the nose appeared to work to prevent kickback. It didn't bump at all on me - the nose is completely isolated.
The chain stayed put in that initial session, and the tightening mechanisms stayed tight. I checked all along to be sure.
The next thing is...will it hold up. I'll be using it very seldom, so maybe it'll last me awhile.
March 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SSLFamilyDad Excellent small saw for around the house
I try to give a thorough review when I do review products so I hope that anyone looking to purchase this saw will be better informed. The Ryobi 40v system has been pretty well built as far as I am concerned and I also have the 40v weed whipper (trimmer) as well.
I have had the chain saw for about a year now and have had a chance to use it this summer and throughout the winter. The saw is fairly powerful for an electric saw and is able to cut through 12 inch logs with no trouble. Now, this is no saw mill chain saw and nothing you are going to be milling lumber with but for a quick around the house saw it is great. I really had a hard time finding anything to ding the saw with since I have really not run into any trouble with it and am extremely happy with it's use. It cuts through about 10-12 inch logs with no trouble, battery is long lasting, and it is very quick and easy to use. No gas, mixing oil, or any real maintenance. Just add bar oil and you are off. Check out the video for a more detailed overview.
July 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bobsr good addition to my other 2 units, the 40-volt trimmer & edger.
Used it last weekend and it does what it's made for, trimming
branches..I've only used it so far to trim branches 3" to 4" in dia. on some older pines, just let it do the work, no need to force it to cut. Easily cut some larger downed branches
6" dia...After using it for over a half hour it still had 1/2 the battery life left, and oil still 1/2 full. Did not have leaking problem like some of the other reviews. Only negative comment the packaging from the shipping dept..AWFUL...just thrown in the box, no packing material, no inner box, i'm amazed it came in one piece. The edger I bought separately shipped same way.
Not double boxed, no packing.
August 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TimF Light weight with battery and very durable.
I cut down a 30 plus foot tree with a branch diameter of about 10 feet. The trunk was about 14 inches thick. No problems at all. I cut everything down and cut up all of the branches to fit into a couple of trucks. The stump was about 3 feet tall and I kept cutting 8 to 9 inches off at a time to see what this saw could do. All of this on 1 charge and I still had the last power light left on the battery.
June 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Reviewer1 Great for small jobs
If you need a small saw for occasional jobs, consider this as an option. Two cycle gas saws are always a pain to get running when you only use then a few times a year and I gave up on mine. This saw is always ready to go. Just pop in the battery and you are off. I cut down and cut up 20 or so medium sized Sumac trees on one charge. I've also cut down 6" diameter junipers and it worked great. The saw is also quiet and lightweight.
I've got the hedge trimmers (which are fantastic) and the leaf blower (which is good for blowing out your garage, but not much more). I wind up charging the common battery pack about once a week. These tools aren't cheap, but they seem of good quality and not having to deal with gas and oil, or cords, makes them worth it. They seem to be about as powerful as a typical plug in device, which is pretty good for battery power.
May 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JMG12345 Little Chainsaw that Could
I already had the 40v hedge trimmer, which is a great tool. Given that I already had the battery and charger, this saw seemed to be a great deal. With Sandy and the snowstorm that followed having knocked down several trees on my property (some fully uprooted), I had an excuse to add another tool to the collection. With LIPA finally having gotten the power back on, I was able to put this saw to the test. This little saw managed to get through a maple that was about 14-15 inches in diameter (had to cut from both sides; be extra careful if you do this). Battery life was acceptable about 30-45 minutes in constant cutting (lasts longer in smaller trees or softwoods). Assuming that you are willing to alternate cutting and cleaning-up the mess, this saw will be great for you. My only criticism is that it seems to guzzle bar/chain oil and the amount that comes with the saw lasted for less time than the battery did on the initial cutting. Do yourself a favor and buy a quart of bar/chain oil to have around when the saw arrives.
November 12, 2012