Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 95
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dmcsr71 Gets the job done well
Our newly purchased townhouse had a backyard that had gone completely wild. We cleared most of the ground plants ourselves but were stumped how to remove thick climbing vines that had completely covered the high back fence and climbed up and over cable wires strung between poles. We considered using a ladder (dangerous) or getting someone in to do it (expensive). Then we saw this pole saw. With this tool it took just one afternoon to cut through years of growth. Some of the vines were 5 inches thick. We then went on to prune the magnolia tree that had gone wild and made it look pretty again. With the long reach I could get to high branches and hard to reach places and no need of a ladder. Even if I never use it again this tool has paid for itself, but I'm pretty sure I'll be out there again next year. Great value.
May 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by pytnmom Great tool for the money
It was very easy to assemble out of the box and does a great job. The first job it had was to work on my parent's hobby farm cutting dead branches off A LOT of trees. It works great - the only complaint I would have is that it can kill a battery pretty quickly. I had two batteries going though, using one while the other charged. Have to make sure if you are going to use it for long periods of time that you have 2-3 batteries.
March 31, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by bvail FOR THE MONEY CAN'T BE BEAT
Out of the box, just snap it together :o)
Does what it's supposed to do - cuts wood :o)
Not real heavy, until you use the extension pole. Then you will need to decrease the angle of approach or your arm will feel like it's going to drop off. Not a fault of design, just the law of gravity :o)
Battery lasts fairly long. I have two batteries, so it should handle my needs :o)
What is with the chain oiler? Oiler orifice is way to large, IMO. Makes a real mess. Maybe I'll try some 90 weight gear oil and see how that works :o(
All in all, a very handy addition to my other ONE+ implements. I have them all except for the 40 volt hand chainsaw.
October 14, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jerry Best pole saw I found for $100
If you already have Ryobi One+ batteries like I did, and could use a pole saw/power pruner, get this one. Unless you are a groundskeeper or have tons of trees to trim, I don't think you can find anything to compare for the price. It is lightweight, easy to use, and seems well built. I have (had) about 20 Elm and White Ash trees that needed pruning, after being neglected for years, and this worked beautifully, for what it is. White Ash is very strong (wooden baseball bats are often Ash) and it chewed right through a couple 5" branches on those trees, and up to a 6" branch on the Elm.
This pole saw is a very well made homeowner's tool, at a reasonable price. If you are a groundskeeper, or pro user, you will want either a gas or plug-in model, as the runtime isn't that great. To be fair, all I have are the compact batteries, and they gave maybe 10 minutes of continuous cutting. On one project, I had a helper, so I could just go from branch to branch, and the battery died pretty quickly, and got pretty warm. The next day, I was working myself, cutting a branch or two, moving them out of the way, cutting another, and so on. This seems much more what the saw was designed for, as it seemed to run longer, and definitely ran cooler. I like that it comes in 3 sections, it gives you 2 usable lengths, and breaks down short enough to fit in a car trunk. Just wrap the bar in a rag, as the chain oiler seeps a little.
All in all, it worked very well, and had enough power not to bog the chain down, even in 5" ash branches.
One improvement I could think of, that I found in pro model saws I have used in the past, would be a little 'beak' sticking up at the end of the bar, to make undercutting easier. The way it is now, you turn the unit upside down, and cut from underneath, turn it over, and cut from the top. If you cut 1/4 to 1/3 of the way through from the bottom first, it all but eliminates the chances of pinching the chain. My other quibble is that the oil reservoir seeps even when not in use. If you spend the 30 seconds it takes to drain the bar oil back into the bottle, it only leaks a few drops, though. All in all, very satisfied for the price.
Pros: Price/value, easy to set up, easy to use, surprising power, uses batteries I already had, breaks down into a relatively compact size. Seems well made. The tool required for assembly, chain adjustment/replacement, and bar replacement is included, as is a starter bottle of bar oil, and a slip-on cover for the bar/chain. No engine to pull start, no gas/oil to mix. Just plug in a battery and go.
Cons: Short runtime with compact batteries, a little awkward to make undercuts, and it can leak bar oil.
If it holds up long-term, it will be one of my better buys.
February 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ross Cordless Pole Saw - very handy tool
We used this cordless pole saw and it was able to cut tree limbs that are high and would be inaccessible without the long arms. The branches which are about 3 or more inches thick are easily cut in seconds. The long arms prevents us from injury and scratches from the trees thorny branches. The battery operated allows us to take it anywhere with no power and after cutting some branches, it did not even dented the remaining power on my lithium ion battery. Good product, I just wish that there is an option of a longer blade to cut even thicker tree limbs.
December 12, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by frankp RYOBI Cordless Pole Saw
I love the Ryobi cordless tool line and own most of them very happily. I cannot say the same for the pole saw from a personal standpoint. While it most likely works well like all other tools, the pole is 9.5 feet long and it is very awkward and difficult to hold up. I am handicapped and could not hold the saw because of the heavy weight of the saw on the long, thin pole. I am sure this would work for others but those with bad backs or any physical limitations, this is not the tool for you to use. If you are healthy I am sure this is a really convenient saw. I did not run the saw before returning it but I am sure it works really well with power limitations on what can be cut easily.
May 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Matt Good Product
The saw works great. I bought a house with 12 overgrown trees. This saw has paid for itself multiple times already. I am pushing the saw past it is recommended capability and it has kept up. Keep it oiled. The chain oil provided doesn't last very long. I clean and oil it after each use.
Also, if it isn't cutting properly, make sure the chain is on the right way. (I accidentally put it on backwards after cleaning once).
March 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rockhounder Ryobi pole saw mostly pros only one minor con
I use the pole saw with a 40 volt battery and think it's a great value for the price. I'm very impressed with Ryobi's 40 volt line up and also own the blower, hedger, and string trimmer which I also recommend. The batteries are interchangeable. The convenience is unparalleled over gas powered or corded units. Since this is an electric machine operating on battery power I would strongly encourage the 40 volt system over the 18 volt although I think it's supposed to run on 18 as well. The only draw back I've seen thus far is the chain tension screw which could be better placed and more accessible but is not a deal buster and would have given it 4.5 stars for this if it were an option. If you have never run a chainsaw (which this essentially is on a pole) it does require oil as a chain lubricant and must be checked periodically if not frequently. Although relatively light, please note that this tool isn't for every one meaning that if you plan on trimming limbs very high it requires a certain amount of shoulder strength so women particularly should take this into consideration. Hope this helps.
May 21, 2015