March 26, 2010

Ryobi Cordless Chainsaw

ryobi_chainsaw.jpgDo cordless chainsaws strike anyone else as a bad idea?

Chainsaws are right up there with table saws on the, "what's more dangerous than a coked-up rottweiler" scale. We actually like that 2-stroke engines can be such a pain in the ass. It's sort of like a built-in deterrent. First you need gas, then you need oil, then you need a handful of dixie cups in order to get the ratio right. The best part is that once you've devoted an entire shelf in your garage to your chainsaw and you've done everything the way it's supposed to be done, there's still about a 20% chance that the saw won't even start. All of this hassle means that chainsaws stay in the hands of those who are really willing to put the effort into tool and engine care. Additionally, the extended preparation time allows for a moment to think about the dangers of chainsaw kickback.

But these days, all you have to do is click your battery off your drill and into your Ryobi chainsaw and ta-da, you're all ready to go with the pull of a trigger

We're sure that the safety precautions are good and all, but it just seems waaaay too easy to get waaaay too dangerous. But hey, table saws only need an outlet and a flip of a switch.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 26, 2010 5:52 AM
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I also have the blue "One+" version. It handles 5-6" branches with ease. More of a "chewing" type of cutting... the chain moves slower than you might expect. I recall about 20-30 cuts using the Lithium batteries. It's a great tool to have if your area is prone to heavy storms or for camping.

Posted by: Rob at June 29, 2010 4:19 PM

Got one. Love it.

No better weapon for hunting christmas trees. Also good for getting rid of that one branch that is threatening your window.

No reason you couldn't use a cable saw to do the same thing, but this is way more fun.

Posted by: moofie at March 27, 2010 1:24 AM

Looks like the old blue one just in new green. With Ryobi I usually just stick with their drills,lights and trimsaws, which are great, their other cordless stuff I havent had much luck with. I dont even think that thing could get through 2 branches without a recharge.

Posted by: Kevin at March 26, 2010 5:18 PM

ah ha! finally, a saw to use with the Granberg Mini Mill you wrote about a while back - without any of that pesky power regular chainsaws make you deal with!

Posted by: Paul at March 26, 2010 8:54 AM
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