Brilliant light battery operated chainsaw.
I bought the skin as I have an 18v battery for my whipper snipper. I put chainsaw oil in straight from the box and away it went. The chainsaw is simple to use and lops smaller branches easily. I had no issue with the bar clogging up.
Oiling the chain has to be done manually by pressing a pump button but that is simple to do.
Battery wasn't drained quickly, despite hard use, which was a nice surprise.
Con: oil leaks out when stored.
Great cordless tool
Great tool - cuts through branches well and is easy to use.
To my surprise doesn't chew through the batteries (I have 2.5 ah and 1.5 batteries - no issue whatsoever and it doesn't flatten them).
Only annoying part is the manual chain oil pump but you get used to it - just press the bulb every couple of minutes - it works well enough and it's not hard to remember.
It is so much better than the 18inch petrol chainsaw I have - doesn't stink, doesn't weigh a ton, isn't hard to start and best of all, fits in the back of the car easily and uses th...e same batteries as my other tools. Dunno what other people are complaining about - I use it to cut through fig tree branches, gum trees and it does it... but it is a DIY tool not a professional grade as it's only little. Can you fell a big gum with it? No. Can you cut up the limbs and get a big bite into the mess of a gum that's fallen? You bet. Anyway, highly recommended!
Average tool for VERY light use
Slow cutting and motor stall with logs 6' and over - Tested with a new 5Ah battery and chain.
It performed well cutting up fence palings and lopping small branches.
Would not recommend as the chainbar oil feed hole clogs up after 10 minutes of medium work, requiring constant cleaning and leaks while not being used due to the manual oil feed.
Update August 2020
Roughly 4 hours of total use on this chainsaw and the motor is emitting a burning smell after 30 seconds on a light load. Motor has seized and burnt out - Returned to Bunnings
Purchased in June 2020 for A$169.00.
No comparison with 2 stroke machine
I bought the skin only as I had bought a drill years ago and had mistakenly continued to buy 18volt Ryobi tools. Yes, it was a mistake to buy these tools because they dont work efficiently.
I have a Stihl 2 stroke 14 inch machine but I wanted an electric one for quick jobs on small branches. I read a couple of reviews here and the Ryobi sounded fine, and even though I swore I would never buy another Ryobi product, I bought the OCS1825 skin.
Compared to the Stihl, the Ryobi is painfully slow. I didnt realise it at the time I bought it, but it ...has a manual pump for the oil. I couldnt believe it. The whole unit looks almost like a toy. I even made the mistake of compounding my error and bought a new chain from Bunnings, thinking that the Ryobi one is the problem. While it cuts, it is painfully slow. I am talking about 30mm fresh branches. I just tried it on a similar dried branch and it was very ordinary. I am seriously thinking of throwing it in the bin. I already bought and returned an Ozito pruner because it was terrible. It was supposed to allow for one handed cutting of 65mm branches and it couldnt do half that size. These tools are not cheap. The Ryobi OCS1825 skin was $159 and the pruner $98. Strangely, I got an Ozito pole chainsaw for half price - $50 - and it was just fantastic. I recommend that. Simple and it cuts well.
Fantastic little worker
Brilliant little battery operated chainsaw, lightweight, easy to use on a ladder. It's not huge but I've felled trees up to 30 cm diameter. My only criticism is the oil reservoir leaks a little while not in use. Regardless, considering the price and convenience, I'm still giving it 5 stars.
Used every winter for 4 years. Still going well.
Note: this is for the earlier model than shown. Specs are the same. Bought this to cut up to 12.5cm logs for a small wood burner. It gets used a couple of times every week over about 4 months of the year. This is cutting various gum woods including trimmings from fence posts. Still on the first chain and bar. The original 1.5Ah battery is too small for my use so bought 4Ah. Only complaint is the Chain oil system. Had to replace the rubber cap and had to buy a whole reservoir to do this. Shame Ryobi! Good solid unit that starts every time and works well if maintained.
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Good battery saw
Was useing a petrol chainsaw but that died,so decided to "go green".Found this machine to be good for around home use for small trees and bushes.Not as quick or powerful like the petrol machine but trust me it is efficient.Would only use it on light to medium work around home,i dont think that it would handle a couple of tonne of your winters firewood but light stuff not a problem.Battery lasts a long time.BEWARE,machine labelled as 10inch or 254mm chainsaw,but in actual fact it only has 8 3/4 inch or 225mm of useable blade as the rest of chain...is in machine body,had i had known this i would have got the next size up.This is certainly misleading info,they should also note machine with actual useable chain/bar.Have sliced through tree branches about 6 inches/150 mm round with relative ease.I would recommend this product for light/medium around home periodic use.
Questions & Answers
I bought my Ryobi chainsaw ocs1825 three years ago from Bunning's and it leaks oil everywhere when stored. This is an annoying mess so how do I fix the problem? thank you , R Marsh
Which battery does it require?
Jem, it will run on any of the Ryobi One + batteries (Bunnings). The difference in Amp hour (Ah) is reflected in the price, it will run on the smallest (1.3 Ah) but it won’t run as long as it will on the 5 Ah, which is a lot more expensive, it’ll run for a day’s work on the 5 Ah
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