Does exactly what I want
Used several times now and every time I'm so happy with it. It does exactly what I want - cut/prune branches too thick for my loppers and too far too reach aswell. Pole extends as it should and is rigid. It does go through a bit of oil with use but apparently that's to be expected. I love using it, it makes pruning/cutting reasonably thick branches so easy and I don't need a ladder!
Purchased in February 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.00.
Ryobi got this one right
My neighbor lent me the older version the OPP1820 to trim some tree branches I thought I'll get my own as I was impressed by the concept of this saw, I went to Bunnings Nerang and purchased (1st MAY) my saw on opening the box I realized this saw was different, it's the 2020 new model, extendable aluminum shafts in one piece not screw together fiberglass sections that flexed like crazy especially when on full extension, the new saw extends to nearly 3 meters and is rigid, it cuts what you aim it at no bouncing off the branch. I purchased this sa...w nearly 2 months ago and has been used continuously in my garden (2 acres) of trees and bushes and have had none of the problems the previous model suffers from, the chain oil system works with no oil leaking down the shaft, the blade needs adjusting after a couple of hours use not every 15minutes, this saw can be adjusted in length instantly so people complaining of the balance in the old model is now easily rectified one clip adjust the length and re-clip. Battery life seems to be excellent on one 5 hour trimming session it still had 2 bars left on the one battery. I am so far extremely happy with this tool I thoroughly recommend it if you need to trim trees quietly and efficiently.
Questions & Answers
I have a new OPP 1850 and not happy as the chain drive does not keep the chain ON, if any vine type plants are cut it wraps around the drive and lifts up the cog disengaging the chain. Will take it back to Bunnings for refund. If it is replaced I presume the same problem will exist.
Hi Trevor, I have never had this experience with my Ryobi 18v chain saws but I have with my large petrol chainsaws (my fault did not adjust chain in time) The chain tension has to be kept adjusted up to keep the chain tight to keep it in the guides on the bar and around the drive gear and nose wheel, if not kept adjusted foliage wood chips etc can get under chain drive and guide groove and cause the chain to jump off. I have found cutting palms any type of vines the fibrous stringy material the plants are made of clogs up under the chain drive guard surrounding the drive gear in rubbish and can cause problems hence I don't use them on that type of foliage just tree branches. If cutting vines, palms, lantarna, boganvillia, strangler fig vine etc I use hand pole saw and hand loppers nothing mechanical to fowl up, I wont put any of the above foliage into my 25hp petrol mulcher it will bind up and jam the machine something similar that's happening to you. Hope this helps.
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