Rated 4 out of 5Â by 145
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 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
Rated 1 out of 5Â by treemonkey Watching the chain, is like watching a trail of ants. I can count each tooth...
uggggh. The only good thing about this is that the chain is sharp. As far as any kind of production work, it is WAY too slow. The chain looks to be about 60-80 rpm. I wanted something light and small I could take climbing, and lop off small limbs at heights. the lack of speed makes it very grabby. Not what you want at treetop level. This item is worthless to me. I will probably just scavenge it for parts. Maybe use the motor in an RC car. Maybe I can use the chain and bar on some other electric. I don't a 16 inch bar in the top of a tree. I do need efficiency though. I would take it back, but I modified it and threw away the box before trying it. My fault there. Save your money and buy a Husqvarna.
June 28, 2014