Great tool very user friendly
Used the pole trimmer to reduce height of 6 to 8m to around 3m lilly pilli in front yard. Worked really well once I got used to handling the unit.
Only issue was the range of extension seemed to be much smaller than published so had to use the unit without the shoulder strap in a number of areas which was a bit awkward but not impossible. My only concern with no strap was one of safety and manouverability. If you were careful it wasnt an issue but a gung ho user might easily come to grief.
The chain saw was amazing in that it cut almost all th...
Purchased in April 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.00.
Great purchase, heavier than expected
Great tool! Works well with a standard ryobi 18v battery.
It’s a little hard to manoeuvre if you’re short, but you get used to it. Also heavier than expected.
Easy to put together as well.
Purchased in January 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $119.00.
For what it is, surprisingly good. Some design weaknesses.
I purchased this and a pole hedge-trimmer about 18months ago. They got a heavy workout on days 1 & 2, then not much for a while. Note: I haven't had the problem with oil getting on the pole, not the chain, as seems to be a common fault from other reviews. I am also an experienced/trained chainsaw operator/owner.
I also own a range of Ryobi One+ tools, mostly drills. And the drills were purchased because it was the cheapest way to buy batteries! (Last one I bought, I got a drill, two batteries and a charger for the price of two batteries)...
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.00.
Handy Long Reach Pruner
I originally purchased one of these and after three uses it stopped working. Couldn't work out why. I contacted Ryobi who were very good about it and I took it back to Bunnings and exchanged it for another. I have had this now for two years and it's had a reasonable amount of use without any issues.
This tool has been very good for pruning branches that would normally be out of reach even with a standard step ladder. So in this sense it has been very practicable and has served me well. I have also used it on a few occasions as a substitute ch...ainsaw and cut thick pieces with a diameter of around 150mm and had no problems. In fact I used it instead of a Stihl petrol driven chainsaw only because the latter's saw chain was blunt. The fact that it is cordless is a bonus - instant start is fantastic ...compared with having to mix fuel and then going through the trials and tribulations of pull starting and choke adjustment... big difference! So aside from the initial disappointment, I'm quite happy with this this tool and surprised that it has been going well without any hiccups for two years now.
Purchased in October 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Potential is great
I found the oil ran out of it all down the handle it did not appear to get on the chain. There was a piece of sponge in the oil compartment should that have stayed or be removed. It did work ok . I was concerned about the oil on the battery contacts.
Great. However it’s got a little flaw.
Brought this little beauty a while back. It worked well initially. But the guide bar is held in place by one screw. And noted this would come loose about twice during use. We had multiple crepe myrtles that needed their yearly prune and I would spend lots of time putting the chain back on. In the end I had tightened that screw more than it could handle and it began to burr. It’s a simple thing to replace. But it’s going to fail so be ready for that.
All in all if you have the Ryobi batteries already and enjoy the product like I do this won’t...be a deal breaker. Ryobi has parts to replace these items. I just need to have time to get one myself. After I have moved to a new home my poor pruner has just sat no more crepe myrtles to cut yearly. Breakdown Has pole sections that screw apart to make the reach longer or shorter. Depending on the branch you need to get to. Operates well (while chains tension is ok) Regular stops for checking chain is advisable. Nice feel. Would easily buy this again even if I knew about the screw.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What do I check
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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