Trimming Trees Using the Ryobi Pole Saw

“Tree Work” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I got an early Fathers Day gift: a Ryobi ONE+ 8 in. 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Pole Saw. It’s basically a mini-chainsaw on a stick. 😄

Our trees are getting way too overgrown, and I thought that instead of hiring the tree people to come out again, I would trim the branches myself. Honestly, the trimming is not the most difficult part of the job – it’s the disposal of the branches that is the real pain in the butt. I read great things about this Ryobi chainsaw, though, and figured I could use it to not only trim the limbs that are high up (without using a ladder) but also to cut the fallen branches into smaller pieces which I could then simply throw in our trash bin. (we don’t product much non-recyclable trash, so the bin always has plenty of room)

My goal is to be able to trim a little bit here and there, just enough to fill the trash bin, and if I do that every couple of weeks, I could get the trees under control. So for the first “test-run”, I cut down a few of the smaller limbs, then trimmed those smaller and filled up the bin. It took only about 40 minutes, which is a lot quicker than I thought! I estimate, though, that I only did maybe a sixth of one tree, so it would take many 40-minute sessions to clean up the two front trees.

“Tree Work” Cedar Park, 2019

Operation of the Ryobi Pole Saw is really easy. It runs off a lithium battery so it is convenient and quiet. You don’t need to fill the chainsaw with gas, nor attach a long extension cord. You do have to add lubricating oil which can get a little messy but other than that, it’s very simple to use. I had to say that cutting the felled branches into smaller pieces isn’t as easy as I was expecting, so maybe the trick is to make multiple cuts while the branch is still attached to the tree. But I think the easiest solution is to get a small hand-chainsaw like this one but that’s another $99. We’ll see how it goes the next couple months before I decide if I need that, though.

And of course the cats loved trying to get into the box the saw came in. I think it was a little too tight a fit, though!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/90 sec, ISO6400
“Tight Squeeze” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a good day.


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