Trimming tree limbs can be a real pain in the neck… literally! My old 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 though, there is 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 18V Cordless Pole Saw cats through limbs in a matter of seconds, not minutes.
So how does the Ryobi 18V Cordless 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 extended length of 9.5′, 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, so you can have even greater control and support of the saw. The shoulder strap is adjustable, and has a quick-release tab in easy reach – just incase you need to drop the saw quickly due to an emergency.
The Ryobi 18V Cordless 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 should 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.
I found the Ryobi 18V Cordless Pole Saw to be comfortable while using. Well, at least as comfortable as a 9 1/2′ pole saw could be… The saw has enough power to cut through limbs up to 6″ diameter, which is pretty impressive for a cordless saw if you ask me! While cutting, 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.
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 Ryobi’s 3yr Limited Warranty. That’s a generous warranty, and it lends credence to Ryobi’s confidence in their products’ quality.
The Ryobi 18V Cordless 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 and in stores at your local Home Depot -Click here to view the latest online and in-store promotions at The Home Depot!
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