Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 149
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â 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 1 out of 5Â by Teri Disappointing!The Chain came off on 1st use so I'm Returning It!
This item had a lot of hype from sales people, my neighbor has the longer one.We used his along with this one on the trees in my front/back yard & the very first tree (less than 5" in circumference) that I used this on the chain came off!! I patiently re-attached it to continue & it came off again! Then my neighbors Ryobi long version also broke, his chain came off 3x's. I'm not impressed. This wasted tons of time & energy. Energy I don't have as a disabled 52yr old female I was hoping that I could trust this label but I was obviously wrong. My neighbor can't return his as he bought it 2nd hand but I Will be RETURNING my deplorable piece of junk!!!!!!!
November 5, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by NomadMac don't bother
I have many Ryobi 18V products and have been satisfied with all of them. This is the first that I have returned.
It is like a toy. The chain speed is so slow that using it is ridiculous trying to cut anything. You're better off with a good pair of loppers.
Yes, I am used to a 16" gas chainsaw but I knew in five seconds that it wasn't going to work. I tried several batteries and all gave the same speed.
It's too bad that it doesn't work. I was looking forward to working surreptitiously, not disturbing anyone and not having to wear ear protection. I wan't to use it to primarily buck brush in the bed of my pickup. Didn't work.
March 12, 2014