Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 25
Rated 4 out of 5Â by tnahpele Let the chips fly!
This chainsaw was shipped completely assembled, which used an unusual packaging - a box with the plastic blade scabbard sticking out one end. The delivery woman commented that the unusual shape made the package difficult to handle during shipping.
It included the OP4015A compact/slim battery, battery charger, and a combination wrench for adjusting chain tension that neatly stores under the handle. Balance was spot-on using the compact battery, A full-size OP4026 battery resulted in the balance shifting towards the handle.
The 32-page manual is one of the best I've seen with extensive use instructions, maintenance information, and plenty of warnings. Among the warnings are notes that it's intended for light-duty use including pruning, and felling and bucking small trees.
There's also a note that using first-generation 40v batteries will significantly reduce chain speed, so I'll stick with using the compact battery that came with the saw.
While there's no chain brake, the chain stops in about a second from full speed. Cutting my firewood was quick and clean, cutting through a 6" round in about 5 seconds.
One thing I'm not happy about is the note that the saw will leak bar oil when not in use, with the recommendation to empty the bar oil for storage. It takes about 2 tablespoons of oil to fill up the bar oil tank to the minimum level. The oil cap is tethered so it won't get lost, but that wasn't so good when trying to empty the oil with the cap dangling under the oil stream.
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SnowLobo Awesome saw with a little upgrade
I found that the .043 chain on this saw is a little hard to find unless you order it online. I decided to upgrade to a Oregon 14" .050 bar and chain combo. I was a little concerned that the slightly thicker chain may rob power. However I was pleased at how well it performed. I didn't notice any power loss. The new bar and chain really make this saw feel more solid. It cut really well with the original chain, but the Oregon chain is so much better. Also now I can walk into any hardware or big box store and buy a .050 replacement chain. I highly recommend this saw and recommend doing the thirty dollar bar and chain upgrade as well.
June 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by wargames06 Best Outdoor Tool Purchase Ever!
I was getting very tired of using my loppers to cut pesky azaleas bushes that ran amok in our yard. Finally broke down and decided to get a chainsaw. I considered it an investment because we have other trees that will need to be felled before long. Anyway, I was able to put the chain bar lube in and go to work immediately! Cut through all of the bushes (about 20) in under 20 minutes, including a little cooldown time as not to overheat the chainsaw. Changed out the chain, just to see how easy it is, and it is extremely easy! My only qualm is that the adjustment pin should be steel. I know it's just to adjust, but I'm old school and I like a little more metal in my tools. :) Other than that.... GREAT BUY!!!
July 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by ghurux86 Great power and speed for a battery powered saw
I'm certainly not a chainsaw connoisseur but I'd say it's true to the claim of cutting as fast as a gas powered chainsaw. My only experience is with a Craftsman 18" chainsaw and a 12" electric plug-in chainsaw. This was way better than the 12" and if my memory serves me correctly cuts just as fast if not faster than the craftsman. I managed to cut two fairly large branches down, one about 15' long and maybe 6" in diameter and the other closer to 20' long and 8" in diameter. I bucked these down and cut about half a dozen smaller branches and the battery still showed a full charge. This wouldn't clear the amazon but I wouldn't think twice about trying out against some larger trees. The bar oil tank leaks slightly from the middle of the lid which I read was a problem with the older model too. Since it's from the lid i'm sure if the level was lower it wouldn't leak. I would have also liked to purchase the bare tool only as I already had 2 40V batteries, now I have 3. I couldn't expect more from a battery powered chainsaw and frankly expected less.....
May 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ghurux86 Follow-up
This is a follow up to my previous review - I would have preferred to just edit the original. I just used the saw again to take down a short but fairly thick tree, the trunk was 8-10 inches. The one battery lasted through pruning off the branches, dropping the tree (more than the saw was designed for), and bucking everything down. That being said, although I previously commented on how fast it cut, I will have to say that when cutting through the thickest portion of the trunk the saw started bogging down quite a bit. I was worried it might not finish the job, but it did. Bucking the trunk into logs went a little better. On small branches it still cuts insanely good, but when you're pushing the limits it starts reminding you that it is, indeed, a battery powered saw. That being said, this thing is still nearly perfect for what it's designed for. I'm upping it to 5 stars. Regarding the issues I mentioned before:
Value? Yes it's expensive, but you pay for convenience. Comparing it to the competition for battery powered chainsaws (Oregon, Greenworks brushless, Stihl) instead of gas chainsaws it is actually a good value, but it does lack a chain brake, which would be a nice safety feature to have. Gotta compare apples to apples.
Seeping oil? Yea it's annoying, but it IS documented in the manual and it states to empty the oil tank after use which is only a minor inconvenience.
Regarding the battery, I got mine from the very first shipment of these and mine did NOT include the slimline battery, it included the standard OP4026 battery that my other 40V tools came with even though the box states it includes the compact. According to a Q&A here that Ryobi responded to, the high capacity battery may be giving me increased chain speed over the slimline battery. The 4026 battery is 2.4 amp hours and the slimlime is 1.5 amp hours for those interested.
June 6, 2014