(Disclosure: we were given this pole saw by Ryobi to try. All opinions and evaluations are our own.)
When we were at a recent blogging conference we had the opportunity to try out Ryobi’s line of battery powered tools. I’ve had battery powered tools in the past, but was never impressed with their performance so I’ve been reluctant to try them again.
There’s nothing like actually trying out tools for yourself to evaluate their usefulness and function for your own needs. Ryobi has a line of 70+ tools that all use the same battery. I got to try a drill, sander, and nail gun (Ryobi’s AirStrike).
We have corded versions of all of these so I was able to compare the battery powered tools with the experience of using their corded equivalents. I was very surprised to note there was no difference in power or strength when using battery powered tools. In fact, the nail gun (AirStrike), was superior to the the nail gun/compressor combo we just recently used in our floating desk build. It’s evident that a lot of improvement and engineering has gone into this generation of battery powered tools.
In this assortment of 70+ tools are common workshop tools like drills, sanders, saws, etc, but there are also a wide variety of landscaping tools. What impressed me about these tools are their ergonomic design and weight. Someone like me, older and not very strong, can easily use them!
One of the tools that caught my eye was the Cordless Pole Saw. I have a lot of tree limbs I have not been able to each and thought it would be perfect for the job. While talking to a Ryobi representative, I mentioned we’d like to try out the pole saw. She said if no one had already claimed the display model, she would secure it for us. Much to our surprise and delight, she did and it went home with us!
With any new tool, always READ the owner’s manual. Safety is a big concern especially since you’re cutting tree limbs overhead. Read and get comfortable with the tool before actually using it.
Also, gloves and eye protection are important. When you actually start trimming tree limbs pay attention to how the limb might drop--you want to be clear of the drop zone. And, one last thing, you are going to be tempted to get on a ladder to cut down limbs that are just a little too tall. Don’t do it. That is an accident just waiting to happen!
Ryobi Pole Saw Report Card
Do I need it?
Although I have someone who cuts my lawn, I take care of trimming. This is perfect for those hard to get to limbs.
Do I have something that can already do the job?
The only thing we currently have are loppers that can only reach a short distance and only can only cut small diameter branches.
The Ryobi pole saw did a great job at cutting through hard to reach branches and limbs as well as cutting through a small tree that needed to be removed. It’s a lot quieter than a chain saw, and I proved that even someone older and not very strong can use it.
My kids live close by so it's something our three families can pass around and use. Because it’s battery powered you have the convenience of not having to drag an electrical cord around or to have to mess with a gasoline engine. We're sold!
Please note: We are not sponsored by Ryobi. We were given the display model pole saw to try out. All thoughts and options are our own and based on our experience with the tool.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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