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#4566648 - 11/07/17 09:38 AM Ryobi Chainsaw
Picky1 Offline


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Instead of borrowing friends and relatives chainsaws I was thinking of picking up a small saw for limbing and cleanup around the yard. Saw the other day on the HD website that they have reconditioned saws starting at $69.97

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-Reconditioned-14-in-37cc-2-Cycle-Gas-Chainsaw-ZRRY3714/207078512?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D28I-PortableOutdoorPower%7c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0tXR4OGs1wIVxLXACh1e6wU_EAQYASABEgKPTPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPnAp-PhrNcCFZJpwQodXoQGuw

Any feedback on Ryobi chainsaws?

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#4566665 - 11/07/17 09:49 AM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
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I have no personal experience with that particular saw, but I do have experience with Ryobi and other box-store branded OPE. Don't expect it to last more than a season or two. For $70 though, if it helps you get some yard work done without much hassle, I'd say go for it. I'm in the same boat as you, as in I don't need a saw for heavy use, just occasional. I'm looking at the Stihl MS170/180s as I've had great service out of Stihl and I have a great dealer nearby.
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#4566666 - 11/07/17 09:51 AM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
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For the price, and if you only need it for around the yard, it should be fine. I have a few customers with those and they seem to like them. I do recommend running the pre-mix ethanol-free fuel that comes in the can at home depot if you use it only once in a while, that way you avoid any carburetor issues from sitting.
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#4566699 - 11/07/17 10:25 AM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: jeepman3071]
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Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
I do recommend running the pre-mix ethanol-free fuel that comes in the can at home depot if you use it only once in a while, that way you avoid any carburetor issues from sitting.



Just a quick comment on this: I use the least expensive 2-stroke mixture H.D. has on the shelves... Power Stroke maybe? This time of year, itís in short supply so when I see a can, I often grab 1or 2.

This last weekend, there were only 2 cans so I grabbed 1 but the can felt as though it had been leaking. Opened the can and it was only about half full. The other was the same...

Some sob probably returned what they didnít use

So just be careful with this as there is no pull-off seal on the cans
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#4566712 - 11/07/17 10:46 AM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
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Give the saw a good workout when you first get it and if that goes well, its probably going to be a good saw for a while. Keep the chain sharp too, the narrow chains on the little saws can cut pretty fast in the small stuff.
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#4566750 - 11/07/17 11:28 AM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
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In chainsaws you get what you pay for. I would get a professional model Stihl and be done with buying saws. I would still have my AV 32 Stihl if someone hadn't stolen it. Cry once and be done with it or just buy a bow saw for $15.
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#4566882 - 11/07/17 01:48 PM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
In chainsaws you get what you pay for. I would get a professional model Stihl and be done with buying saws. I would still have my AV 32 Stihl if someone hadn't stolen it. Cry once and be done with it or just buy a bow saw for $15.




Basically you are saying he should go buy the most expensive saw, or buy a hand saw. That makes ZERO sense. LOL

If the OP will use the saw a few times a year, a home owner grade machine will be perfectly fine. It's not like he will be going out and cutting 1000 trees down with the thing. For $70 vs. $500 they will both be fine and probably outlast what he needs.
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#4566885 - 11/07/17 01:53 PM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: fenixguy]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
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Originally Posted By: fenixguy
I have no personal experience with that particular saw, but I do have experience with Ryobi and other box-store branded OPE. Don't expect it to last more than a season or two.


I deal with a lot of OPE. I have customers with even the cheapest Chinese chainsaw ebay sells, and they have lasted over a year with no issues. Again, these aren't machines you buy to go cut a forest down commercially. Any saw should last more than 2 years unless it is used incorrectly or the wrong oil/fuel mix is used.
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#4567034 - 11/07/17 04:27 PM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
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No reason it shouldn't last longer. I still have my Poulan Green chainsaw I bought with my house in 2002. It was my only saw for awhile and I cut alot of wood with that saw. I put a new bar and chain on it last year and except for regular maintenance it's still cutting.
Take care of the saw, don't run rediculas high oil/ gas ratios. Use only TC rated oil and it will last.
I run all my saws 32:1 regardless of what they say. Even my new Echo Weed eater gets 32:1 even though it says 50:1. My last Craftsman weedeater lasted 23 years. So I'll take my chances with the warranty.
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#4567111 - 11/07/17 06:39 PM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
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For that price and the good reviews I don't see any reason to not pick one up.
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#4567175 - 11/07/17 07:41 PM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
Rock_Hudstone Offline


Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 1449
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Picky1
Instead of borrowing friends and relatives chainsaws I was thinking of picking up a small saw for limbing and cleanup around the yard. Saw the other day on the HD website that they have reconditioned saws starting at $69.97

Any feedback on Ryobi chainsaws?

I believe the Ryobi are rebranded Homelite saw Made in China, junky bar/chain and way down the list in homeowner saws. I'd pass, much better choices out there without spending a ton of money.

I suggest the Poulan Pro 50cc saw older model is the AV5020. Bigger than you probably need but throw on a Forester 18 inch bar/chain combo and you've got a very versatile saw that can handle limbing and much bigger wood if need be. Personally I prefer a longer bar for limbing, much easier on the back, less stooping and bending.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Poulan-Pro-20-in-50cc-Gas-Chainsaw-967061501/300333337

https://www.ebay.com/itm/18-Forester-Pro-Tip-Bar-W-FreeChain-3-8-pitch-050-gauge-68-link-Fit-Husqvarna/282694115004?epid=1359949163&hash=item41d1e1debc:g:tkcAAOSwjL5ZB1Bj


Edited by Rock_Hudstone (11/07/17 07:53 PM)

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#4567550 - 11/08/17 09:14 AM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Rock_Hudstone]
nwjones18 Offline


Registered: 11/30/09
Posts: 1052
Loc: Warner Robins, GA
Originally Posted By: Rock_Hudstone
Originally Posted By: Picky1
Instead of borrowing friends and relatives chainsaws I was thinking of picking up a small saw for limbing and cleanup around the yard. Saw the other day on the HD website that they have reconditioned saws starting at $69.97

Any feedback on Ryobi chainsaws?

I believe the Ryobi are rebranded Homelite saw Made in China, junky bar/chain and way down the list in homeowner saws. I'd pass, much better choices out there without spending a ton of money.

I suggest the Poulan Pro 50cc saw older model is the AV5020. Bigger than you probably need but throw on a Forester 18 inch bar/chain combo and you've got a very versatile saw that can handle limbing and much bigger wood if need be. Personally I prefer a longer bar for limbing, much easier on the back, less stooping and bending.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Poulan-Pro-20-in-50cc-Gas-Chainsaw-967061501/300333337

https://www.ebay.com/itm/18-Forester-Pro-Tip-Bar-W-FreeChain-3-8-pitch-050-gauge-68-link-Fit-Husqvarna/282694115004?epid=1359949163&hash=item41d1e1debc:g:tkcAAOSwjL5ZB1Bj


Why spend 2.8x more money for a saw that isn't going to do anything but some cleanup around the yard?
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#4567683 - 11/08/17 11:00 AM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Picky1]
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Registered: 12/16/06
Posts: 4203
Loc: Port Orange, Florida
Poulan Pros are garbage. The cheaper Green Poulans are better than the yellow ones which is ironic.
I own two the 5020s. I bought one blew up and rebuilt it and the other one off a guy for $70 running.
I rebuilt the blown piston in the one for under $10. Parts are cheap.
They don't make the power for a 50 cc.
The stock bars and chains are junk.
You would be better off with a Chinese Chainsaw off eBay which for a $100 are pretty darn good.


Edited by Panzerman (11/08/17 11:00 AM)
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#4568021 - 11/08/17 04:08 PM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Panzerman]
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Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 1449
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Panzerman
Poulan Pros are garbage. The cheaper Green Poulans are better than the yellow ones which is ironic.
I own two the 5020s. I bought one blew up and rebuilt it and the other one off a guy for $70 running.
I rebuilt the blown piston in the one for under $10. Parts are cheap.
They don't make the power for a 50 cc.
The stock bars and chains are junk.
You would be better off with a Chinese Chainsaw off eBay which for a $100 are pretty darn good.

There are lot of people cutting a lot of wood with 5020 and no problems, myself included and plenty of power if tuned right. The stock bar and chain are not the best, but not the worst either. standard low kick-back combo found on many homeowner saws. I've run a 24 inch Forester Pro bar with full chisel chain on mine in some big trees; Maple, Pines and a huge fallen Willow and it pulled fine, not a power house but it did the job.

Maybe you got a lemon but it was rebuildable with easily available parts for $10. What is the parts availability for the Chinese saw? Moreover, if the Poulan breaks down at least you have somewhere to return it.

Many of the negative reviews I read could be chalked up to operator error. People complaining the "blade" went dull. or it wouldn't "idol", etc.

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#4568061 - 11/08/17 04:36 PM Re: Ryobi Chainsaw [Re: Rock_Hudstone]
boraticus Offline


Registered: 04/19/09
Posts: 2905
Loc: Canada
A cheap saw with a good bar and chain will out-cut a pro saw with a bad bar and chain.

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