Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 41
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by idrift Wow this little sucker cuts
I have to say I more or less bought this as another toy to add to the list.
Others have complained about the tension pin and its poor design.
I'm a mechanical engineer so the first thing I did was take it all apart
planning on making a metal pin. Well, Ryobi beat me to it. It's already
been replaced with a metal design. They must have listened to the
customers and taken care of it right away. Great job Ryobi!
I only used this once so far but was amazed at its cutting power and
quick efficient job with branches. It seems to draw little power to do
the job as well. If you've been waiting and hesitating to buy this, don't.
You will be really happy once you try it!
August 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mojo This Pole Saw is Almost Perfect
This is almost a 5 star product, but not quite. I live in an slightly rural part of town with lots of trees, so I may be using this pole saw more than the average person. This thing cuts through branches better than the 40 volt Ryobi chainsaw. Don't get me wrong Ryobi's 12 inch chainsaw is perfect for larger tree's/branches than the 8" pole saw. The only reason this item doesn't rate a 5 star is the chain tension pin was inadequately designed. It is made of aluminum and will bend to the point it will not hold the bar tight. At this point you will have to remove the chain cover, bend out, gently, the thin aluminum cover guard for the chain tension assembly to remove the tension pin and the hex screw it is mounted to. Once removed from the pole saw, remove the tension pin from the screw, place on a flat surface, I used my concrete patio, and gently hammer the pin flat with a standard hammer. Return the tension pin to the tension screw and reassemble. This, I would assume, is a known issue by Ryobi, since this tension assembly is currently on factory back order, good work Ryobi. I went through this process, in order to use the pole saw, for about 3 weeks, after about 2 - 3 hours of use each time, before I sought an alternative. Which, lucky for me, I was able to take the tension pin to the shop where I work, have a coworker make me a duplicate, out of scrap titanium, and wahla. I know Ryobi couldn't use titanium, because of the cost, but aluminum is not acceptable for the purpose of the tension pin. Now I have a pole saw that is not designed to malfunction. So far, since I've re-engineered the tension pin, this saw has continued to impress now for over two weeks.
April 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Roland52 great little saw
Great little saw, easy to handle (I'm a healthy 61 y/o), w a long reach. Like all chain saws, you have oil the blade, and you have to pay attention to blade tension. The tensioning device is very simple and doesn't hold very well. The set screw comes with a long handled allen wrench, that's why heavy-handed users have stripped the screw. Amazingly strong for battery power, I was cutting off 4" diam limbs no problems.
March 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DYIman It works
Simple but effective. Cuts limbs off faster that they can be cleaned up. Takes no force to cut but does become a bit top heavy to handle at full height. A person of average size and strength should be able to use this product with minimum effort. I have added it to my available supply of Ryobi One+ tools which now numbers 15 or more and for the most part, I give them all a top rating. Ryobi seems to have the formula for turning out products that work, are very desirable, and at a reasonable cost. Don't make the mistake I once did and use a ladder while holding a chain saw, just purchase one of these and be safe. For the cost of one hospital bill you could buy 50 of these!
September 23, 2014