Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 20
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Halls22 Short lifespan, warranty useless in rural areas
Had the product and used it for approximately 1 month and was pleased with the performance. Stored it for the winter and in the summer used it for another month before the unlock mechanism ceased to unlock the device. Since the warranty with Home Depot is for 90 days, which had passed, I called Ryobi and was on hold for 20 minutes before they told me that the nearest repair center was a two hour (return) drive. I then created a service ticket with Ryobi to see if there was anything they could do as the distance was not only far but the town they wanted me to drive to for the repair was nowhere on my radar in the future. They apologized for my trouble but told me that they couldn't have a warranty center in every little town. I genuinely like the idea of this tool and wouldn't mind purchasing another one if I could find a company with a more user friendly warranty.
June 1, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Aayan Not excited to own it
I am a frequent user of chain and pole saw and I have some good hours of experience when cutting logs. I used it to cut a couple of small size trees. It had no trouble cutting limbs up to 5” inches and I did not try anything thicker than that since its only recommend for limbs up to 4” diameter.
Before you start it, make sure that you read the user manual completely. Manual certainly provides detailed information with illustrations and some good cutting tips. There is a 2 minutes handle assembly required.
Now, this lopper joins my tools with some disappointments. The moment I held it, the first obvious feeling was how lopsided it is. I know that the chain and bar adds some weight to the front but the motor assembly being on the left adds a pull towards the left. I personally think that the motor assembly should’ve been behind the chain bar similar to Ryobi’s Pole Saw that is very similar in nature except that it has a pole.
2nd disappointment is the opening at the bottom of the rear handle and the size of cord retainer. I tried to power it using 14 gauge cord but the opening is so small that the cable could not pass through. So I tried 16 gauge cord and with good struggle it passed through the opening but would not fit into cord retainer. For those who don’t know, the lower the gauge number, the thicker and better the cable is. With this lopper, I have to use the cheapest and thinnest cable out there.
3rd disappointment is the oil reservoir cap made of cheap flexible rubber that makes it easier for the bar oil to leak. So I empty it out completely after every use. This cap has a small retainer rubber piece within the oil reservoir that makes it a bit difficult to add the oil. So I completely remove it before re-filling but if I keep removing it, it will not last longer.
4th disappointment is that when I store it by hanging it on my tools storage panel, the direction of the oil reservoir ends up at the bottom which makes the oil leakage easier and that’s another reason that I have to empty out the oil after every use.
Overall, I am not excited to own it and prefer to use my chain saw for cutting tasks.
May 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Shah Electric Lopper
Assembly was a snap. Instructions, important but very easy. The cut branch edges was not smooth but that may be more due to the "operators" than the lopper. Best part: I bought this for $100 and got to enjoy 2+ hours with my two boys while saving $350 to pay someone else to do the same job. We did this over two weeks ago and now all 19 crape myrtles lining the front of my house looks lively again. Awesome.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Snowbabe Ryobi Electric Lopper is amazing!! It bites, in a good way!
The Ryobi Lopper is an amazing product. It is a chainsaw with branch grabbing brackets. It reminds me of a crocodile with a chainsaw tongue. A standard 110V plug electrically drives it. Just open the jaws of the Lopper, place the blade to the closest point of the branch you want to cut. (It can cut right up against the trunk) Flip the switch on and slide the jaw handle forward to chomp down. I like that it has a two-point button switch so you cannot mistakenly start the lopper when you are not ready. I think the Ryobi Lopper is significantly safer and easier to use than a chainsaw. The only time I will use my chainsaw now is on big branches.
The branch grabbers on the Ryobi Lopper holds the chainsaw in place while it is cutting so there isn’t any kick back. I never once had the blade bind while cutting. I was also able to trim large branches that were located deep inside an evergreen bush.
The Lopper has a long reach and I was able to operate it with one hand at an extended 5 feet away from me. There was also significantly less sawdust then when I use a chainsaw. The branch grabbers (jaws) tend to keep the sawdust from flying into the air. It does have a limit to how big a branch it can cut. This can cut up to 8 inches in diameter. The jaws (or grabbers) keep the chainsaw moving straight through the branch. They are also great at grabbing hold of very uneven rough edges of a damaged branch and cutting it smoothly.
This really is a time saver. It is very easy to store.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hurwizzle AWESOME product!
The Ryobi 8" Electric Lopper is an awesome tool for anyone who wants an EASY way to cut thick branches without the arm exhaustion that can come from using a saw or the outright danger of using a traditional chainsaw. It cuts through both living and dead wood with ease -- the first time I used it, I cut back a huge yew that had some 4-inch limbs (see my review video) with no problem.
Make no mistake: Although it may not look like it, THIS ELECTRIC LOPPER IS A CHAINSAW, so you should use the same amount of caution while operating this tool as you would/should when working with a traditional chainsaw. That being said, this electric lopper has a set of plastic jaws surrounding the bar and chain, so it is slightly safer than a traditional chainsaw.
At less than 10 lbs, the electric lopper is comfortable to handle, even during longer/bigger projects (it's even light enough for my pregnant wife to easily carry and use). Activating the cutting chain is easy with the full-hand trigger, and the handle that opens the safety jaws is very smooth to operate.
I already had a pair of traditional loppers that cut up to 2" branches and a traditional chainsaw, but, now that I own this electric lopper, I won't use those other two tools unless I'm too far away from an outlet to plug in the lopper.
May 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rascal850 electric lopper use and performance
assembly was easy. oil fill cap difficult to insert after filling with oil.Limbs up to 4 to 5 inches handled and cut with minimum effort. Well worth purchase price for time savings and easy effort needed versus manual cutting/pruning.
September 20, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Lou junk
I wantes black and decker gator but store guy told me it was online only and this was better. Sat in box 2 months today i used first time. Cut 4 -5 twigs..hard to start..stopped working. Read manual..adjusted chain.checked oil..then realized too much wasted effort fooling with this thing and a pain to even start. Its going back ..dont waste your time or money
September 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mixmox Much safer than a normal chainsaw!
This is nice and light and pretty easy to handle safely. It is essentially an 8” chainsaw with the cutting chain enclosed in a protective set of metal jaws. The big handle on the top is used to open and close the jaws. At first it seemed counter-intuitive to pull back on the handle to open the jaws but one soon gets used to it and one finds that pushing the tool away and down is the right direction to cut through things. My wife who had never used a chainsaw before had no problems using it.
Another great advantage of having the lower jaw underneath the chain is that it prevents the chain from coming into contact with the ground below - something that would otherwise dull the chain very fast.
If the machine were to slip or unexpectedly cut through a branch such that it would swing and hit a foot, it is the lower jaw that makes contact not the chain. This is why I say this is much safer than a regular chainsaw. It is thus ideal for small branches and limbs that are already on the ground. It is not for cutting down trees.
Assembly was very easy and did not need any tools. You just have to attach the handle on the top.
I was surprised at how small the oil fill cap is. You have to have a funnel or a small bottle with a tube spout. It takes very little oil, so have a rag handy when filling it. once it is full the rubber stopper is hard to push in (oil is not compressible) until you have run the aw a bit to draw some oil out. The oil capacity is very small so you need to check the oil level very often. Ryobi, please make the oil cap and reservoir larger. I will probably look for a small bottle to have handy for quick top ups.
Adjusting the chain tension is pretty easy and is done with the supplied tool. I do not understand why the tool cannot be clipped onto the machine so that it is always handy.
The sprocket is metal not nylon (good).
Tip: after use, open the jaws and tip out all the wood chips before taking the tool back inside.
Overall I think this is a good little machine, very safe, and cuts through good sized branches (6 inches) easily.
May 5, 2014