Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 177
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wookster Pictures are the best evidence.
See Attached photo. That was a 20 year old 40 Ft oak tree. Mission accomplished. Now I did end up buying a gas chainsaw to finish cutting up the wood. I needed 6 inch sections in order to split and use in the smoker. Lets be honest though, I had already exceeded the practical expectations of this device. She's a beast, but dangit if it doesn't leak oil CONSTANTLY. Before you put it away wrap it in a grocery bag or something. The thing leaks like a Harley. Still, impressed it could do so much with the same battery I power my drill with.
April 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PoeKneeTale Great little saw
Bought this saw to use on some local mountain bike trails and has so far been great. Fits in my back pack and works with my ryobi one+ drill batteries. Cleared trees from an entire trail system in one afternoon on 3 batteries. Cant wait to get to work on the next trail.
August 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mriley007 Excellent for small jobs
Bought this for small lawn projects, Works great, quiet, cuts very well.
Pictures say a thousand words. Very Happy with results. Not a heavy duty chain saw but works great for this type of cutting
August 22, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doug A great addition to my outdoor power tool set
I've been using this saw for a week now on a big project and I'm impressed with its performance. I own several gas chainsaws but needed something that was light weight to cut branches from over 20 Douglas fur pine trees we recently cut down. I decided on the Ryobi because I own several other Ryobi tools and have been pleased with Ryobi tool performance.
Although the chain speed is slow compared to a gas saw, it does a good job cutting up to about 6 inches in diameter. The only difficulty is with branches that are dead and rock hard. On these the saw bounces until it gets a cut going then smooths down to a nice cut. This is especially evident when the battery is low and chain speed is down, but it still cuts well. I use both my year old Ni-cads and the supplied lithium battery.
It's easy to use and I've not had a problem with the chain or oiler. So far I've cut somewhere between 80 - 100 branches of various size from tiny to 5-6 inches.
I'm happy with the purchase. It has become a part of my outdoor equipment tool collection and really does serve well as a limb cutter when you just don't want to fire up and wield a heavy chain saw to cut branches.
I really didn't need the battery charger that comes with it, but the additional lithium battery is welcome as I can use it on my other Ryobi tools.
I'm including a photo. All of the tree branches in the foreground have been cut with this saw over a period of several days. It easily cuts branches that are too big in diameter for my 4 inch max wood chipper (see pile of larger branches at the left of the path).
The saw can be seen near the wheelbarrow on the path.
July 26, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DiabloRojo This little thing works!
Obviously not comparable to gas powered saws and not as fast as plug in electric chainsaws, it is useful in a great many situations.I've owned this for years. I have used it to cut a dead 13 inch diameter apple tree down to nearly ground level when I didn't have my gas saws on hand. It took some time, but it worked, and worked well. Contrary to some other reviews, it IS faster than the reciprocating saw with a pruning blade and it is CERTAINLY faster than a bow saw. Yes, the oil runs out when it's sitting, just like almost ALL chainsaws on the planet. Store it upside down or drain the oil before storing. If you're thinking about this, just get one. You'll be happy you did.
June 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TLR72 Good For Light Use
If you need a serious chainsaw for, say, cutting cords of firewood, this is not the tool for you. But if you need an easy-to-handle device for trimming thick limbs, cutting down small, dead trees (why I bought it), or other light jobs, this works fine. The chain rotates much more slowly than one does on a gas chainsaw, and it seems to have less torque. But you don't have to start, maintain, or keep fuel for a two-stroke motor. Plus, the fact that it runs on the same Ryobi batteries that my impact driver and 18v drill use is a bonus. I keep this at our cabin and it has been a good little trimmer in that environment -- especially since you don't need to run an electrical cord or have an outlet available to use it. It also feels less potentially dangerous to me than a conventional chainsaw does. I would recommend this for anyone who has light trimming jobs to do and who wants an easy, convenient tool for that kind of work.
July 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by IanA What a great little chainsaw!
I'm a big Ryobi fan. Already owned two drills, an impact driver and a circular saw that gives me plenty of batteries & chargers. [Including one "double size" battery.]
This thing does exactly what I wanted - Cuts thru "medium" sized stuff well without the hassle of gas powered saws. Sure, it isn't going to take down a hundred year old oak tree, but neither is it meant to!
I've worked it pretty hard thus far, and it just keeps on chugging away. Thoroughly recommended, even more so if you've already got the Ryobi chargers & batteries.
June 17, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ODPILOT Battery missing from box, Ryobi customer "service" no help at all
I purchased this because the idea of a cordless chain saw was attractive and convenient to use. Never got to use it cause Ryobi, the manufacturer, forgot to put a battery in the box. There's a toll free number to call if parts are missing, so I called the number and the rep told me that they could not send me a battery and that I had to take it back to wear I purchased it - to exchange it for another unit that has a battery in the box. (real good customer service Ryobi - NOT !!) Took it back to Home Depot -but I had purchased the last one and they had no others. So I had to return it for refund. Ryobi lost a sale, got bad internet review - terrible. Will never to buy anything from Ryobi.
August 16, 2015