Ryobi 12 in. 40 V Cordless chainsaw review

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The Ryobi 40-volt is a cordless chainsaw designed for light duty and chores that you can do around the house.

It provides easy access to adjustments and has good maneuverability, which means that any amateur woodcutter can use it. If you don’t mind the oil leaking out when idle, this should be a good alternative to gas and cords.


Good battery life

The battery life of the Ryobi 40-volt is sufficient to run for 45 minutes in constant cutting, and should last longer in smaller trees or softwoods.

Easy to use

This chainsaw’s design is fairly lightweight and compact, so it will be very easy to handle. It also features a safety mechanism that prevents kickbacks, so it won’t bump on you during use, because the nose is completely isolated. You won’t have difficulties with the chain either – most of the time it stays tight in its initial position. This Ryobi is always ready to go and assist you in any small job you have.


Oil leaking

You will soon notice that this saw is constantly leaking oil when idle and uses a lot of it when cutting through wood. This means that you’ll need to use a lot more oil than you would with a cord chainsaw. Because it goes so quickly through the chain oil, it is recommended that you get a gallon of it.

Design flaws

The top handle is too small in diameter, which makes it uncomfortable to use. You will also notice that it is tedious to disassembly this chainsaw due to the high number of screws.

The battery for this saw is expensive if you buy it separately, so make sure that it comes with its own battery. The major thing about this Ryobi is that it will burn out if you cut through any hard woods.

A poor investment!

You should really look for other chainsaws that can take care of small jobs around the house before considering the Ryobi 40-volt. There are other small sized saws that offer better power and oil usage.

Antivibration handle No Assembled Depth (in.) 12 in
Assembled Height (in.) 27.625 in Assembled Width (in.) 8.68 in
Batteries Included No Battery Power Type Lithium Ion
Battery Size Lithium Ion Chain brake No
Chain size 12 in. Chain tension adjustment Yes
Chainsaw Type Hand Chainsaw Charger Included No
Commercial No Manufacturer Warranty 3 Year
Maximum cut diameter (in.) 9 Number of Batteries Required 1
Product Height (in.) 27.6 Product Length (in.) 11.9
Product Weight (lb.) 5.3 Product Width (in.) 17.1
Returnable 30-Day Voltage (volts) 40

Ryobi 12 in. 40 V Cordless Review

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