Ryobi 18V Pole Saw Review
Trimming tree limbs can be a real pain in the neck… literally!
My old manual pole saw worked great for getting those high branches, but after a short while of looking up while sawing/pruning tree limbs, my neck would really start to bother me. Plus, not to mention the muscle fatigue that accompanies sawing a 4-6″ tree branch.
By the time the branch falls, I feel like leaving it wherever it landed and heading back into the house for a cold one!
Thankfully there’s a better way! It’s called the Ryobi 18V One+ Cordless Pole Saw (model #: P4361).
The Ryobi 18V Cordless Pole Saw is basically an 8 inch electric chainsaw attached to the end of a pole. Because of this saw, my days of straining my neck, while tediously sawing a branch 8 feet above my head are over! The Ryobi Pole Saw cats through limbs in a matter of seconds, not minutes.
So how does the Ryobi Pole Saw hold up? First, let’s look at the specs:
- Battery: 18V One+
- Charge Time: 1 hour
- Bar & Chain: 8″
- Max Cutting Diameter: 6″
- Length (extended): 9 1/2′
- Length (collapsed): 6 1/2′
- Weight: 8 lbs.
Weighing in at only 8 lbs. is a great benefit!
While utilizing the full extended length of 9.5 feet, having too much weight at the end of the pole could lead to safety issues. Luckily, 8 lbs. of total weight is not hard to handle for the average person.
In addition, there is shoulder strap that is mounted to the pole. The shoulder strap provides even greater control and support of the saw.
The shoulder strap is adjustable, and has a quick-release tab that’s easy to reach – just in-case you need to drop the saw quickly due to an emergency.
Best of all, the Ryobi Pole Saw requires a minimal amount of assembly, which you can watch in my video review.
The extent of the assembly is really only securing the poles together and adding in the included Bar & Chain oil.
Other than that, you need to check the chain tension, and make sure the bar is secured by checking the tightness of the cap screw that secures it. Ryobi included a hex key for this purpose.
The saw has enough power to cut through limbs up to 6″ diameter, which is pretty impressive for a cordless saw!
I recommend you make use of the cut guide, which is the textured section of the saw case where the bar & chain come out of the saw body. Keeping this section against the limb greatly increases the saw stability and control.
Once you start cutting into a limb, the saw holds its place by pulling the limb into the saw’s cut guide. This makes it easy to cut through larger limbs by keeping the saw on track.
The overall quality of the Ryobi 18V Cordless Pole Saw is excellent.
All components fit together properly and appeared to be manufactured to high standards. I didn’t discover any defects or workmanship issues with the product.
In addition to that, the Ryobi 18V Cordless Pole Saw is covered under the Ryobi limited 3yr warranty.
That’s a generous warranty, and it lends credence to Ryobi’s confidence in their products’ quality.
The Ryobi Pole Saw cut through most of my limbs in less than 30 seconds, and that’s counting all 3 cuts Ryobi recommends in their user manual.
The time savings alone, make this Cordless Pole Saw a good buy. If you need to cut some limbs off you tree or perform some general pruning, don’t waste your time doing it the old fashioned way anymore.
This product can be found online at Amazon (affiliate link) and in stores at your local Home Depot.
Other Ryobi Products I Recommend:
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If you’re interested in battery powered yard tools, you might find the Ryobi 18V Cordless String Trimmer review useful.
The Ryobi 3100 Pressure Washer has served me well over the past several years. I’ve used it to wash our cars, our house exterior, and fences. Read our review if you’re looking for an affordable and reliable pressure washer.