Rated 2.5 out of 5Â by 30
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Gardengadgetguy Good if you want to annoy your trees/shrubs
Don't know what Ryobi was thinking. Seemed like a great idea, essentially a pruning saw that would take the work out of pruning larger branches. Also could work in tighter spaces than a chain saw. Except it doesn't work at all. Apparently, the stroke is so short that a single tooth vibrates the branch back and forth without ever actually cutting. I compared it on a 2" limb to a simple bow saw. The bow saw cut the limb in perhaps 5 seconds, the Ryobi took 15 seconds and I had to hold the limb steady with my other hand right next to the blade. Not exactly the safest cutting technique. It would be nice if someone brought out a tool like this with a long enough stroke to be useful- this isn't it. Back to HD.
April 3, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by RubiconJohn Save Your Money
You can buy a 9 inch pruning blade for your reciprocating saw for $5.00 and it will work better. 12 inch is $7.00
June 11, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Curt This is not well designed for pruning; don't waste your time and money.
This is simply a reciprocating saw. The blade does not handle the wet wood debris well; it should have fewer and larger teeth to cut through branches like a hand pruning saw. Also the oscillation speed is WAY too fast for pruning. And is not variable - it is "on full" or "off". It is hard to control and prevent the branch from moving. Very difficult to cut with. I'll use my trusty Corona hand saw.
I'm very disappointed with this purchase.
December 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by alex this product is a great value
Works great with a freshly charged battery
not so good with a weak battery it Will just vibrate the item you are trying to cut if your battery is weak
I bought it instead of the reciprocating saw ryobi sells in this series for a bit more money. And the rpms are also a little better on this than their saw. You can use any recip. saw blade and change them in under 5 seconds... I used it to cut pallets and branches multi use tool ..over all I am satisfied with my purchase
September 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by john Pretty good tool for under $40
I found this tool to be very effective at cutting branches up to 3 1/2 inches thick. I cut 3 truckloads on a single charge. The tool was not very effective on thin branches. I had to hold the thin branches while cutting, which is not advisable. However, on thicker branches the tool worked great. I used a back and forth motion (like a hand saw) and had no problems at all. I am a bit surprised that others have found the tool to be so ineffective.
May 30, 2012