So Far So Good
I've only had this pole pruner for a couple of weeks and so far I have no concerns as mentioned in other reviews. I have a tall mulberry tree which I used to prune either by climbing up the middle of the tree and reaching out, or by standing on a ladder. Neither option is available to me now after an unrelated accident so I suddenly found myself in the market for a chainsaw on a pole.
This is certainly a lightweight chainsaw (by that I mean that you won't be toppling some huge ironbark any time soon with it) because it is not a lightweight in ...relation to the actual weight of the equipment - and it certainly doesn't feel too light at full extension wobbling around trying to cut accurately. It's a workout on the arms for sure. It will cut through decent sized limbs and in fact it's probably better on the bigger branches because it will tend to bounce off the little ones without cutting them. I haven't had any issues with excess oil leaking down the pole, nor was there excessive oil usage after giving it hours of use turning a very over-grown tree into a manageable sized tree. It wasn't too power hungry too - flattened a 5Ah battery and started on another one before the end of the day. Overall, it's a decent compromise between weight / power / convenience. It's either this or a Elevated Working Platform with a more manageable chainsaw, so I can see the direction that Ryobi have taken. P.S. - Dear Ryobi, could you please include in the future enough chain oil just to get it up and working on the day when it is purchased? That would seriously improve your customers satisfaction after the purchase, rather than muttering your brand name (in a non flattering manner) all the way back to Bunnings to purchase chain oil.
Purchased in April 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.00.
Had This Unit for 6 Years and Still Going Strong.
I first purchased this unit to trim tree branches overhanging my back fence. After charging, the unit has performed faultlessly, easily cutting branches up to 3 inches (150mm) thick. The pole makes cutting high up or horizontally at a distance achievable, although a little heavy when held almost at arm's length. However, once the blade is positioned on the branch to be cut, the weight of the unit is sufficient to keep the blade cutting through.
I have found that I need to re-tension the chain before each use, and top up the oil occasionally, ...
Great pruner so far. Have used it about 10 hrs cutting lemon gum and black wattle including dry dead branches and had no problems. It does use a lot if chain oil, but doesnt leak for me unlike others, so you do need to keep a eye on that and the chain need tighten every 15 or 20 mins of use. Very quiet and not that heavy. Great battery life.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse.
I've got a lot of the One+ products so figured I'd give this a go. This is a great product, much easier and safer than using a step ladder.
Being battery powered it's not the fastest at cutting, but since I only need to cut through relatively thin branches it does the job well.
Purchased in March 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.75.
Saw OK, Ryobi Fail
Saw has been good,Available up until recently. Critical parts no longer available for a relatively new item. I now have the Ryobi $200 paperweight. Not very pleased and will think twice before buying Ryobi again.
Purchased in January 2018.
No problems despite what I'd read here.
After reading a few very negative reviews, I was prepared to take my new purchase back (unopened) for a refund. I decided to persevere. I found the manual required some interpretation, and after staring at the manual and the saw for a day or two, I found out how one can adjust the chain tension via the smaller of the two hex keys. This step is very poorly noted and explained in the IKEA-like manual. (I wonder in hindsight whether some problems associated with its use are to do with poor chain adjustment?) I then adjusted the chain tension to th...e recommended values before I started. I filled the oil tank with trepidation and waited for it all to spontaneously empty itself, which it did not. I then cut down two dead small trees/shrubs up to 4 metres high, working mostly without the lengthening third section of the pole. It worked very well and chewed through branches up to its recommended diameters. I looked at the chain tension halfway through the job and adjusted the tension once. At the end of the task, I'd used about 20% of the oil in the tank without any obvious leaks down the length of the saw. Did a basic cleanout of sawdust on the whole chain at the end of the job as well. Very happy with my purchase. I just wonder which generic chain I can use to replace the first chain when it finally gives up.
Oil leaked from seemingly everywhere upon first filling it. This was brand new. What a mess. I still soldiered on and tried getting the pruner to even spin and it was dead with the battery fully charged.
Unfortunately my wife threw out the receipt, so I will see if I can fix this myself, but the lack of any life doesn't give me hope. Thanks for other comments about how to fix the hose. Hopefully the oil leaking everywhere hasn't ruined it.
Bought one today, but it's very top heavy, the trigger is at one end and the weight at the other, no matter how you adjust the harness it's just impossible to use at it's full length...returned.
Staff member at Bunnings told me they are hard to use.
If they had the trigger half way down it would have made a difference.
The shorter one which I have is great.
Disappointed in Ryobi cordless product range - failing just after warranty expiration
I've bought around 10 or more Ryobi cordless products - cordless drills, reciprocating saw, impact driver etc. Plus the pole saw which I bought in the past 2.5/3 years.
However, today I was lopping some branches back and the saw stopped. I believed the 5amp battery needed recharging and came back later to continue lopping some branches. Nothing! Nadda! The saw was totally dead! I reattached the poles, removed and tried a different battery but still nothing! This saw is totally useless now. It hasn't had that much work either and the...hours on it are minimal. But now it's out of warranty, there is nothing I can do but only to warn other would be buyers. Very disappointed, but what is more disappointing is the fact I loved the Ryobi codress range. I use to boast to friends and family, not now though. I will be warning them in earnest. Additionally, I also had a the other 5 amp battery die on me a couple of weeks ago as well but this is also outside the warranty claim (these are not cheap $199 for twin pack). I'm beginning to see a trend here. Product failures after 3 - 4 years then the expectations of more purchases.
Pole saw seems seized
For some reason my Ryobi battery operated saw just stopped and seems to be seized. It has operated perfectly since I bought it and I am very happy with it. When I push the levers to operate it nothing happens and the chain cog won’t turn. Anyone else had this or overcome it some how?
Purchased at bunnings. Tried it out and couldnt tighten,the ,ost important part of it, it kept slipping, so couldnt do the job it was meant to do. Too dangerouse to much about with a product thats being used on a ladder up a tree! Returned it,staff who thought he was a very important person, didnt like the fact we returned it. Bought a much better quality one elsewhere, works like a dream.
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.
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.
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.
Questions & Answers
Can you purchase an Allen key for the pole chain saw
Most allen keys are either metric or imperial and can be bought in various lengths and configurations from Bunnings or hardware stores so if you contact Ryobi maybe they can tell you what size and type you need. Mt guess would be its metric.
If the unit is under 6 years old they may replace it on the extended warrantee if you registerd it when you bought it or have the receipt copy. Being an engineer now retired I haven't dismantled these but it should be easy enough to fix. using a standard key.
Thanks Ken yes realise that but getting 1 with totally different sized ends might be a mission
Appears to have blown a fuse on polesaw
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How can I fix it?
Opp18 pruner doesn't match hedge trimmer pole OHT1850S
I only have one Ryobi 18v pole and it fits both the hedge trim and chain saw without a problem. I bought the pole with the chain saw attached first then after I found it does such a great job I bought the hedge attachment and that also works on the same pole.
Thanks Ken. The Opp18 pruner is 2021. The hedge trimmer pole OHT1850S is 2016. They have changed the connection a bit after only 5 years. Maybe you bought yours at the same time?
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