Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 285
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Russ Low expectations, but high reward!
I grabbed this as an impulse buy at The Home Depot one day because I needed something to do quick maintenance on one of my business properties. We have a walking trail through the woods that seems to constantly overgrow and have falling limbs. I figured it was worth the trouble to see if it would work at all for our needs, and if I didn't like it I could take it back. When I first used it I wasn't that impressed. The saw was jumping around and didn't seem to cut into the branches very well. It turns out that it was my fault and I wasn't using it right. The blade moves slower than a gas powered chain saw, so you have to let the front of the saw press against the piece being cut. Once you get that down, this saw will chew through just about anything! I've trimmed up trees with no problem, and even cut down a tree that was about 9 inches in diameter. I use it to trim off the top of 6x6 posts when building decks and boardwalks too, and it chews through pressure treated lumber like its nothing. It isn't going to replace my gas powered saw for big jobs, but I've reached for this saw 9 times out of 10 in the last 2 years that I've had it. I plan on buying another one soon to keep handy around the house. I'd recommend the 4ah batteries for this saw, but it will work just fine for small jobs using the smaller batteries too. The very best thing is not having to buy a small can of gas and mix the gas and oil. The mess of a regular chainsaw is a pain, and this little saw makes things easy and tidy. Awesome tool! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
April 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JerseyRed Great for Small, Light Projects
I can't really use heavy, gas powered chain saws anymore (my late father was the original Tim Taylor, so I never had light duty tools for most jobs). I bought this to help me clean up my yard and it's been fantastic. Not once have I had to change out a battery (I went out and bought a pair of the larger 18V--which I recommend, especially if you're going to purchase more tools in the One line). The only reasons I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it does bounce quite a bit more than its more powerful counterparts before it bites (at least I found it did, but not much) and it doesn't always leave a clean cut, even on jobs it's designed to handle.
May 14, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Beau Great for smaller yard work, doesn't cut it as a "real" chainsaw.
This is a really handy tool to have around the yard for smaller cleanup, pruning etc. I've used it to lop down trees about 20' tall, and maybe 7 or 8" across (probably pushing the limits of what it's good for), and down to taking smaller branches of trees and breaking them down for disposal.
It's not a fast cutter, and takes some time to get through anything thicker, but it's better than using a handsaw. Depending on what batteries you have, it can also be frustrating how quickly it runs out. I have some of the older NiCad batteries, and really only get about 4 cuts through something about 7" across before a battery is dead. Hopefully the newer Lithium batteries last a lot longer than that.
July 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CAPTSAM HANDY SAW , TWO BATTRES IS BEST
FINE SAW DONT GET IN ANY HURRY. TWO BATTRES TO SWAP OUT IS GOOD
July 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jolio55 Perfect for those of us without the stamina and build of a lumberjack
This 64yr old homesteader has found the Ryobi One+ chain saw the perfect compliment to previous purchases of the pole saw and string trimmer; the batteries fit all tools and charge up fast. The saw with batteries is lightweight to use and gets through the work in about as much time as it takes for me to get tired. The larger battery lets you know when it's due for charge so you aren't stuck with a tree limb half-cut. All combined, I've managed to keep orchard and fields in good shape; my young neighbor likes the pears and apples. These tools allow me the freedom and independence to keep the trees trimmed and I have on hand plenty of small firewood for winter; also helps me keep up with foraging goats to clear and improve pasture.
July 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nick Great little chain saw - Good purchase - Lightweight - Quiet - Easy to use
Great little chain saw for what it is, It's perfect for my needs. I am an avid mountain biker, I use this saw when there is a tree down on the trials. It's compact, lightweight and easy to use and easily fits in my backpack. I carry 3 batteries and have never run out of juice. I have cleared trees larger than 10". Only drawback I can see is HomeDepot doesn't sell it in Canada. Had to pick mine up from Buffalo.
January 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Betsy This Chainsaw has really saved hundreds of $$$ in only a few weeks
We put this chainsaw to work as soon as we got it. First, we cut down 4 citrus trees then I went onto the 45+ year old pepper tree. It took some time, but even limbs > 10" were cut down. Our son built a tree house in that tree. Now the grandkids can only look at the old pictures. Since we bought the box of Ryobi One+ tools, we haven't stopped DIYing. The chainsaw is sharp, easy to use and is one of the best tools we have owned.
October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stoonie Will Surprise You
Born and raised on a farm. Growing up My Dad and I cut and split 7+ cords of wood each year for heat in the winter. I have used a vast array of power tools thru the years. Needed something for just trimming small branches and already had Ryobi brand 18v lithium tools so I bought this since I had batteries and charger. Let me tell you, for cutting branches and even small trees, it is no problem for this at all. I was quite suprised that it performed as well as it did. It's clean, very quiet and very easy to use. Because of it's lower speed, the chain stays sharp a very long time. I have pushed it beyond it's advertised capabilities and am impressed. Just use common sense and you will be happy you bought it. Truly a great tool to have around.
June 4, 2013