Where have you been all my life.
Awesome. Purchased this little beauty a couple of weeks ago and gave it a flogging on the weekend. Mum has a large Jacaranda tree in her back yard. This saw gave me access from the ground and ripped the thing to pieces easy as. Green branches up to 150mm were a breeze and as I had a hedge trimmer with the same extension poles, I added another that gave me access to around 4m in height. 3 ute loads in minutes. The thing is still brand new so the longevity of the product is unknown at this point.
Does the job but not as easily as I’d hoped.
The pruner has a central extension that you can remove, I can only use it in the shorter version as it’s pretty top heavy, the male in the house has less difficulty but agrees that it’s not well balanced. I can see so many ways to better design this tool, it’s a shame Ryobi missed the opportunity. Regardless, it does the job well and runs fairly quietly.
I purchased the Ryobi Pole Pruner to tame all that was difficult to reach in a Queensland yard. The product is a surprisingly capable little pruner. As others have mentioned, it does have a drinking problem. Do keep bar oil by side. And like all chainsaw the chain does require regular sharpening to perform well. Very happy with the purchase, ideal for domestic pruning purposes.
Oil leak problem solved.
The issue with oil leaking out of the saw and running down the handle is caused by a poorly designed oil tube from the tank to the oil pump. It happened to me within an hour of buying this pruner. I pulled it apart (brand spanking new), washed all the oil of all the parts and replaced the split molded tubing with a piece of plastic tube and all is well. There`s no point taking this product back to the shop other than for a refund. I suspect there`s either faulty batch, or they will all do it at some point. The tube I`m talking about has been mo...lded into a 90 degree elbow shape and splits along the seams. It needs to be a proper seamless tube to be 100% reliable. having said that, this sort of nonsense goes on with the big brands as well and sometimes a simple tube can`t be used due to the design of the product - just they way the manufacturer intended....you pay $100 for a 50 cent part.
Easy to use and manage , some disappointments.
Uses a lot of chain bar oil, this runs down the handle and dips out the front of the chain,,,, The chain requires tighten/adjusting often... only had the pruner 3 weeks appears to need a new chain I will check with my local Bunnings store next week,.. Easy to use and manage handles the pruning I need to do well, battery has good life .Lady gardener..
Used to top prune Pepper tree. I couldn’t use chain saw due to weight and inability to manoeuvre . Climbed up tree and used shortest length. This pole saw was perfect for the job and chewed through 6 inches diam branches with ease. On ground added additional poles and finished the job. Very pleased with the result. Light weight, sharp chain, good ergonomics. Just keep the chain sharp and connections tight.
I've used this many times, on my farm and at my parents cutting branches with ~diameter of 120mm and it's never let me down.
Even the 2.5Ah lasts long enough to do a decent amount of pruning.. (Just drain the chain oil when done)
Beats taking the petrol one out.
IMHO it's fantastic.
Very effective pruner/lopper. Good battery life if you by a decent size battery, enough to do most domestic work.
Only some small negatives.
Oil provided with the unit was very thin and seemed to leak through the unit very quickly. Thicker chain oil slowed that down a lot.
Ours needs regular adjustment (every 15 mins or so) to keep the chain tight.
User manual treats customers like morons and uses cartoons/diagrams with zero wriiten instruction. Cheap for Ryobi I guess but useless to help maintain the item properly.
We've now had two of these in three years, but I won't be buying a third.
This is a great tool if you have other products in the range, the trees that your trimming are quite small and if you're patient. But it is really designed for occasional use, rather than the weekly use it was subjected to here.
It is fairly lightweight, easy to maneuver, has the advantage of interchangeable, rechargeable batteries, long extension handles and easy to clean and maintain.
The first one we had we managed to cross-thread one of the bolts when reassem...bling after cleaning (as with all products of this type they need to be taken apart for proper cleaning after each use). Unfortunately it was impossible to get a replacement part, so a new unit was bought with the though that the old one would do for parts and a vow to be more careful when assembling. The second one lasted about 15 months before the electric motor burnt out. We assembled a unit from our two damaged ones, but it too burnt the admittedly previously used motor out in a short period.
No chain file supplied
Would have got 5 stars if the sharpening file was included. The Manual does not indicate what file size either? 5/32" or 3/16" or 7/32"... so makes a purchase difficult. What size file please? Otherwise, works well and is recommended for small jobs. some plastic looks a bit feeble, but I haven't broken anything yet.
Definitely money well spent
I bought this pruner because I live on an acreage and the trees were getting out of hand. I didn't want to pay for somebody to do it for me since I could see using this tool often enough to justify owning one. Nor did I want to mess with oils and petrol. I already have two battery operated products ( EGO range), one line trimmer and a hedge trimmer, which are an absolute joy to use. It was therefore an easy choice for me to go for a battery operated pole pruner ( EGO doesn't make them, alas, hence the move to Ryobi for this one).
Yes, it's...a bit heavy (I'm a fit and fairly strong female) but with a bit of practice and making sure that the harness is fitted comfortably, it was fine. It cuts with ease. No problems at all. The oil does leak, and the leak seems to come from the built in oil well, but not from the screw cap. Ryobi should look into fixing this as it is pretty messy. I have to wrap the head in a plastic bag when I take it to a rental property in my car. Make sure you buy an extra bottle of Ryobi bar oil. It does come with a small bottle, but this tool drinks oil like a camel drinks water. I had to refill the oil several times over less than two hours of working with it, so have plenty on hand.
Well worth the money
As an ol' codger, climbing up ladders with a chain saw in hand is now out of the question. This pole pruner is a little ripper. It can easily reach about 3 metres high and more and with a bit of weight in the head it slides through limbs that need pruning quite easily.
I prefer to use it without the extension bar inserted in the middle, as it's much easier to handle and not as heavy at the sharp end.
It is simple to use and stops instantly when you let go of the trigger.
Some small women may have a little trouble with the weight, but rai...
Don't buy if you want to add attachments
Bought this product which works quite well, however I went to buy the pole hedge trimmer attachment and was told I can only buy complete kit which I would have ended up with 2 lots of batteries, two charges, 2 sets of extendible poles all of which I didn't need. Ryobi falsely advertise that the fact you can buy separate attachments. Was advised by Bunnings that the cheap brand "ozito" supplies attachments for their products separately. I don't think I will buy Ryobi again.
a well balanced unit - initially it was excellent but the gloss soon wore off ,cutting speed was good --,the cutting head came loose - wobbles ,, the screws are as tight as they can be done  ,, the battery pack has lost about 30% of its capacity after about 100 cycles ,, i have not tried another brand ,
I've owned this chainsaw for about a year. Much better than my previous 18V machine. The angle is perfect, and it has plenty of power. Also light enough to use vertically (or close to) with full extension. I typically cut branches 100m diameter in about 15 seconds. I live on an acre with lots of trees, and this does some serious trimming.
Excellent but Heavy
This is an excellent device for pruning high hanging large branches. The One+ cordless option has a distinct mobility advantage over corded devices and the convenience over petrol devices. Unfortunately, having the full 4m pole extension does make the overall device extremely heavy and would not be suitable for protracted periods of work. I would highly suggest purchasing a separate Ryobi "pole product harness". It is more effective in weight distribution as compared to the sling that it comes with, and partially offsets the mechanical disadvan...tage of a 3rd-class lever system. If Ryobi could somehow reduce the overall weight of the device it would be the perfect equipment! For larger branches requiring greater brut power, I would suggest the 36V version.
I feel safe in using this product vs another type of chain-saw
I love this piece of garden equipment. It's getting plenty of use. I've been able to prune tall palm trees and even helped an elderly Aunty who has (or rather had) a massive pine tree overhanging into her back yard. It's paid for itself a couple of time already (vs getting a handy-man to do the job). I feel safe using it (vs the old electric one which will shortly get heave-ho).
I wish I were a little stronger in the wrists to manoeuvre it a little better (I'm in my mid 50's).
Thank you Ryobi for this quality product.
Gets the job done...
I've had this tool for about a year now and it's managed to do everything I've asked of it.
My only complaints are small ones;
a) it does get clogged up easily if you hit a leafy part of the tree or bush but it's pretty simple to clean out and get running again.
b) battery life isn't great, even with the larger 4.0Ah battery, but for my small yard this isn't a huge issue either.
All up, it's definitely a lot easier than pulling out a ladder and firing up the chainsaw for fairly small jobs.
Product cuts well - short battery life.
I've only had it a few days. I just used it for the 1st time, and is a lot easier/safer to use than my petrol chainsaw. It's good that it came with oil. The front buckle, however broke off, and I retrieved all pieces except the small screw/bolt. I have contacted Ryobi. I don't see the point in taking it back for one minor screw/bolt
light. easy to use. came with oil.
Short battery life, compared to other Ryobi tools.
Perfect for a small backyard
I have a 700 sqm block with a large number of hedges, pine trees, palms etc. The pruner has been invaluable in pruning branches. I used to do it by hand and this has cut my pruning time greatly. I have even cut up a tree about 20 cm wide. I have the smaller battery and that has been more than sufficient. I have not had to recharge the battery during a pruning session lasting about 1-2 hours. Not sure what is the running time as I did not time it. I have jammed it a couple of times but its easy to clear and to put the chain back on. The only issue is that if there is any oil left over it can leak when stored standing up.
Light, sharp, quick
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