When I first saw this little thing, I wished to laugh; this dinky chain saw was expected to really work? I had used gas chain saws previously, and I had used electric chain saws– both to varying results– but a battery ran one? Never. Now, I have had my mind changed about the usefulness of battery powered tools recently– from the hedge trimmers to the string trimmer I found that they were adequate replacements and a great option if you wished to “go green”. Would this chain saw further blow my mind on how well battery powered tools worked?
Well … While it was a beneficial little maker, you need to understand what it’s produced, and understand that it does have some constraints. This isn’t really some 18-inch gas powered beast (evaluation incoming on that)– this chain saw with it’s 10-inch blade is definitely made for light jobs. In order to test it, I went to my parent’s house where a variety of little trees had actually fallen over in their back yard, and were threatening to cause a dam in their drainage ditch. The greatest one there was just about 7 inched in diameter, so what much better way to see how it held up.
One of the first things that took me by surprise, was that with this chain saw, you in fact need to push a bulb to obtain the bar/chain oil on it. The manual recommends pressing it every twenty to thirty seconds of cutting time, which gets to be a bit irritating– specifically if you’re so used to it being done instantly. It’s simple to forget to do, and I actually want they would have simply added a valve or something to make it happen on its own.
As to how it cuts, perhaps a bit better than you would expect. Granted, it doesn’t have anywhere near the cutting power of a traditional gap powered chain saw, but it had more than I had actually believed it would. It cut through things with a four inch diameter (and smaller) with ease– or as the old saying says “like a hot knife through butter”. Larger than that though, and the chain quickly got pinched– while pinching is something that occurs with any chain saw, the larger gas powered ones do not usually have it taking place up until the very end of the cut; with this one though I was getting pinched as much as halfway through a 6 inch branch. I had to make a lot more relief cuts than I would have liked– I supposed that’s because of the decreased torque, but it’s a tradeoff that you handle when moving from gas to battery.
Cleaning away the branches implied that the chain saw had about an hour of constant run time– and I still had an excellent quantity of battery power left. It uses the RYOBI One+ batteries however, so if you have any of their other tools lying around you can just switch in one of those batteries in a pinch. It’s takes about 90 minutes of run time to completely drain among the smaller One+ batteries on this chain saw– and I believe that would suffice time for many people to get through the little jobs it’s made for.
A thing I actually do not like about the RYOBI 18v chain saw, is the fact that you have to drain pipes the oil tank after every use. Now approved the tank does not actually hold a lot, and you might easily go through whatever you put in it, it’s another thing that’s simple to forget. I did really forget to drain the oil after utilizing it, which led to a mess on my parent’s kitchen floor (I was revealing it to my papa after clearing the debris). Just as with my complaint about having to manually spray oil on the bar and chain, this might be easily changed with the inclusion of a valve and timing system– but it is what it is.
What it is, is a decent little device that’s good for the typical property owner. If you’ve got a huge amount of wood that needs cut– then this isn’t really for you (and I make sure you understand that). If you have actually got a couple of giant pieces of wood, then you should look in other places as well– even with flipping a log around half method through, it might only manage a MAX 20 inches, however turning a log that huge is excessive of a pain. If nevertheless, you have a bit of light cutting to do– brush elimination, yard cleaning, or maybe little wood for a camp fire– then this might be a terrific option for you. That it’s battery powered suggests it’s a lot greener than using any sort of gasoline powered chain saw (and more affordable– particularly with gas prices rising all the time).
This chain saw is likewise a LOT lighter than an equivalent gas, which leads to the user having the ability to use it for longer durations without tiredness. This paired with that all you need to do to begin it is push a button, makes it the ideal chain saw for an older person that might have problems with a pull cable. Something you’ll need to remember though (particularly if you have kids) is to ALWAYS secure the battery when done– the button start is a double edged sword. Given that it’s so easy to begin, it’s also very simple to accidentally begin. The RYOBI 18v chain saw is also super quiet– nothing like the roar of a gas engine. Yes it makes sounds when in fact cutting, but even that is less than you’re used to.
While not for all audiences, I provide the RYOBI One+ Lithium 18v Chain Saw a final ranking of four stars from 5.
- Good and lightweight methods you do not burn out rapidly
- The battery lasts a lot longer than you might anticipate
- Very good for any small cuts you might need to make
- Need to manually squirt the bar and chain oil
- Have to drain pipes the oil after every use (or face a big mess).
- Not indicated for any big job at all.
- You can get a RYOBI One+ Lithium 18v Chain Saw from the Home Depot for $119.