Ryobi pole saw

I have about 15 trees to prune this year, hard fruitwood mostly
Not enough to warrant buying a nice cordless from a brand name if I can avoid it.
I already have a bunch of 18v ryobi one stuff and about half of the tools a pretty good and some are really lame.

Has anyone tried this pole saw?
Will it hold up for a few weeks of spring work?

  1. 3 weeks ago

    I have the corded one. I made and extension for an extension and rented a 16ft ladder from Home Depot and still can't reach everything.

    They're good for trimming cactus and agave too if you don't want to get stuck.

  2. 3 weeks ago

    I have a cordless one. If you get one, a word of caution: Have a funnel and a refillable jar for bar and chain oil. Fill up the reservoir on the saw for your work and empty any remainder back into the jar when done. Some of them have leaky oil lines that leak oil past the motor down the pole when stored upright and leak...pooling by the motor when set down. I lost 1 motor already as a result ( easy fix for a Ryobi) and no it still wants to leak after swapping out the lines/reservoir too. If you keep oil out when storing, you will be fine.

    • 2 weeks ago

      It may or may not stop leaking if you get a thicker oil.

  3. 3 weeks ago

    get a man powered one
    5 and 6 inch maple is easy unless someone can't use it without binding the blade
    >can last a lifetime if it doesn't get bent broken or too rusted
    >cost $30 new
    >gets you in better health
    >can use it without getting covered in sawdust if you don't stand right below it or down wind
    I use pole saw to trim close to a mile of fence plus trees in the yard
    its easy
    quiet and peaceful outdoor activity

    • 3 weeks ago

      How did you maintain yours? Before my cordless, I had 2 manual pole saws and they kept rusting out.

      • 3 weeks ago

        its a saw blade on a stick
        you rub it with oil before you use it and before you put it away
        >lubricated blade can make it a little easier to use and stored with oil coat should make no rust for many months
        have you never thought to use oil on things you don't want to rust?

        • 2 weeks ago

          What sort of oil do you prefer?

  4. 3 weeks ago

    Pole saws are kind of niche. Make sure it's actually shit you can reach with a pole saw otherwise you're just doing half the job cause you can't reach. I would not get on a ladder with one but do whatever I probably don't know you

    • 2 weeks ago

      Take the ladder advice OP. I've got the 40v Kobalt version. If you're going after larger branches that are at the limit of your reach, make sure to have an exit. It can get sketchy if a limb breaks free and you're trying to bring your saw down without dropping it. You don't want to be on a ladder and end up on some compilation video.
      Also, let the chain eat. No need to force it.
      And of course, wear a face shield. It never fails that the wind shifts and all the chips above you are falling right on your face.

  5. 3 weeks ago

    Yeah, i have one, it should work good for you. The oil reservoir is small on it, so if you're out in the field you should just bring bar oil and a box wrench as the blade seems to get loose relatively fast. I rate mine a 7.5/10 mostly because the extensions are annoying to put on and off.

  6. 2 weeks ago

    I have it. It's plastic shit, but it's very useful. Had it for around 4 years, works fine still, although some of the extension bar joints started cracking. Battery life is good, never had to stop to recharge.

  7. 2 weeks ago

    I got a cheap harbor freight one that plugs in to extension cord a couple springs ago. Working good. How much worse can ryobi be?

  8. 2 weeks ago

    I have one. It works fine. It doesn't hold a lot of bar oil, and you go through it pretty quick, but other than that, I got no complaints.
    Keep your cuts under ~3" and you'll be fine.

  9. 2 weeks ago

    Pretty much what everybody else said.

    I have a bunch of Ryobi yard tools, they’re all straight including the small 18V chainsaw. I have the corded HF pole saw, it works a couple times a year. I’m sure the Ryobi version is good, I was about to buy it but my new house doesn’t have that many big trees so I get away with the manual Fiskars on most cuts here. I know a neighbor had the shitty Bauer cordless version, and they liked that, so the Ryobi one has to be at least as good.

    Just be careful. Use a ladder and try to get off to the side of the branch, and take off smaller parts, it’s tempting to take down a big limb directly above your head when the chainsaw chops right through it. I split my head open real good like 2 years ago with the HF saw when the corner of some 4” limb caught my forehead. Ladder was covered in blood and when the wife got home, I had to argue with her for an hour to tell her I’m not going to the hospital for stitches.

  10. 2 weeks ago

    How about geared manual trimmer upx86 by fiskars?
    Telescopic shaft 2500- 4000mm

  11. 2 weeks ago

    >Will it hold up for a few weeks of spring work?

    • 2 weeks ago

      ryobi makes pretty decent stuff these days

    • 2 weeks ago

      >from anon who has never picked up a Ryobi tool and done any work with it

      I think Milwaukee has a sweet pole saw, but some of their yard equipment looks like the company is aiming for landscapers and the Stihl customers. A bit much for a homeowner who will use the saw half a dozen times before winter comes.

      • 2 weeks ago

        >A bit much for a homeowner
        thats my thinking on it

    • 2 weeks ago

      Nothing wrong with Ryobi tools.
      Are they the best?
      No, more expensive tools are for sure nicer but they do the job for the average homeowner

  12. 2 weeks ago

    Silky Hayauchi
    fuck them other saws.

  13. 2 weeks ago

    Never used their pole saws, always used a manual.
    Other than that I've used Ryobi exclusively on all of my rentals and acreage for almost 20 years and never had a problem
    Unless you're working professionally there really is nothing close to the same price with performance

  14. 2 weeks ago

    I literally just used packing tape to attach a ryoba (japanese pull saw) to this 3 segment antenna-like pole arm (originally used for light bulbs).
    I just finished doing this, it went pretty well…couple of tips:
    • It’s hard to cut small branches on small branches because it’s too bendy.
    • I’d use a pull-type pruning saw next time. Ryoba was a bit big.
    • Throw some oil on the blade to prevent sticking because of green wood

    Hardest part was actually getting the branch out of the tree, these cherry trees are pretty “weedy”. I just ended up hacking inot the branch with the coarse teeth and that grabbed them and I pulled them down.

    Don’t forget to make an undercut.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      >uses weeb pull saw taped to a broomstick
      >didn’t work well
      What a surprise. Also the regular manual pole saws cut while you pull anyway and the hook shape makes it even better.

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