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.
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, ...
Pole pruner use - without the pole?
I have a Ryobi Pole Pruner ... but for some areas I need to be able to use the pruner without the pole. Does anyone know how to connect the pruner directly to the battery section without the pole in between? I don't wish to go an purchase another product eg chainsaw.
Purchased in July 2020.
Terrible service from Ryobi
Lost white cap off oil tank & it can't be replaced because they released a new modal & changed the size of the cap so it doesn't fit the OPP 1820 model.
Purchased for $200.
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.
The saw has only been used for several minutes and it leaking the bar and chain oil down the pole. Very annoying. Back to Bunnings. We are in the country with our closest store an hour away.
Purchased in March 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $119.
Dear Ryobi, useful piece of equipment and works. However, user manual is a joke, a cartoon with no words? Disappointed
Dear Ryobi, useful piece of equipment and works. However, user manual is a joke. l would be embarrassed to produce something like this, a cartoon with no words? Very Disappointed
Purchased in February 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $198.
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.
Great idea but build quality seems average
I purchased this a few months ago because the price was good, i've had good success with other Ryobi ONe+ tools, and already had the batteries. This Pole saw is a great idea and so far has worked fine for me, however the chain oil seems to leak out all over the place and runs down the pole, handle, motor, etc. It also doesn't seem to be oiling the chain from what i can see which will lead to premature chain failure down the track too. I think this has some serious design flaws that need to be rectified. As this has the 6yr Ryobi warranty i have a bad feeling i may be needed it sooner than later. But time will tell!
Purchased in August 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.
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?
Questions & Answers
What was the cost of the Ryobi 18V One + Pole Pruner OPP1820 2018.?
$199 for skin of pole primer attachment. I already had batteries and pole for the chain saw version which interchange with this April 2021
What is difference between an opp1820 & opp1850 pole saw. I have used a opp1820 (borrowed) & it was great but I can only find opp1850 at Bunnings, also how many poles come with a new one & is there product number for the saw , pole, battery (2 ?) & charger. As Bunnings have only the skin. Await your reply Many Thanks Nev Solomon.
Nev I bought my unit originally as a pole hedge trimmer 1850 style skin and it was so successful that I got the chain saw skin. I had a 5 size battery and charger from my first purchase so I still use that and I decided to get an aftermarket battery spare set of 2 as I'm retired and the price difference for the real battery was shall we say significant. I figured if one out two worked I was still ahead. They all work very well. Getting back to the saw or hedging unit I bought it and a spare pole which is same model at Bunnings. I had to order it in as they didn't have stock but it was only about 3 days to wait. The whole set of my gear hasn't disappointed and even my son and daughters are all now converts if one can use that term. My initial concerns re the straps and balance have virtually all gone as we all became more proficient.One of my daughters is fairly light short build and we thought she mightn't handle it but she loves this stuff now and hates going back to leads and lugging all the extras around. So I hope this in some way answers your query. I did note that Ryobi has altered some model numbers which can be confusing as the two units look pretty much the same. Just note your numbers and order based on that and the system works ok.
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
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