The Ryobi 40V RY40530 does a good job of cutting, but it doesn't keep up in other aspects. The noise that this saw produces is difficult to endure for the operator as well as anyone who may be in the immediate vicinity. It lacks a chain brake, which we see as a serious design flaw. The biggest issue that we found with the Ryobi is that it dumps oil out at a ludicrous rate.
Ryobi 40V RY40530 Review
Pros: Good cutting power, has tabs on oil cap for leverage
Cons: Consumes an absurd amount of oil, no chain brake, awkward battery compartment location
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Ryobi 40V RY40530
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|Pros||Good cutting power, has tabs on oil cap for leverage||Excellent sawing power, good battery life, relatively inexpensive||Instant wind-up time, metal bucking spikes, M18 battery system works with many other tools||Spectacular battery life, two chain speed settings, barely consumes bar and chain oil||Barely consumes oil, good performance, weather-resistant|
|Cons||Consumes an absurd amount of oil, no chain brake, awkward battery compartment location||Heavy, noisy||Expensive, uses a lot of oil, bulky||Not the strongest cutting power, plastic chain tensioning system, electronic controls slow down sawing||Slow wind-up time, no battery level indicator, no bucking spikes|
|Bottom Line||A cordless chainsaw that is overpriced for its performance that we wouldn't recommend purchasing||If you’re looking for an amazing cordless chainsaw that performs better than the rest, we suggest you go with the ECHO CCS-58V4AH||This cordless chainsaw has zero wind-up time, cuts like a dream, and has a battery that works with a massive list of other Milwaukee tools||If you aren’t concerned about having a top tier cordless chainsaw, the Husqvarna still offers a good degree of performance at a reasonable price||Not a bad choice for an efficient cordless chainsaw that offers a high level of performance|
|Rating Categories||Ryobi 40V RY40530||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i||EGO Power+ CS1400|
|Saw Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Ryobi 40V RY40530||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i||EGO Power+ CS1400|
|Measured Body Dimesions||19.5x9x8 inches||16x8x9 inches||18.5x9x8 inches||19x7x7 inches||16x9x8 inches|
|Bar Length||14 inches||16 inches||16 inches||14 inches||14 inches|
|Measured Weight w/ Battery||11 lbs 8 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||10 lbs 11 oz||11 lbs 10 oz|
|Measured Battery Weight||3 lbs 2 oz||4 lbs||3 lbs 6 oz||2 lbs 12 oz||2lbs 14 oz|
|Included Battery Size||4 Ah||4 Ah||12 Ah||4.2 Ah||2 Ah|
|Measured Runtime||24 minutes||34 minutes||33 minutes||40 minutes||24 minutes|
|Measured Run Time Eco Mode||n/a||n/a||n/a||54 mins||n/a|
|Measured Battery Charge Time||2.75 hr||1 hr||1.3 hr||2 hrs||.75 hr|
|Measured Average Cutting Time||10.02 seconds||6.136 seconds||8.316 seconds||13.486 seconds||9.452 seconds|
|Measured Wind Up Time||2 seconds||.5 seconds||Instant||.5 seconds||2.5 seconds|
|Measured Decibel Reading at 48in||97.8 dBa||87.5 dBa||86.8 dBa||85.9 dBa||85.3 dBa|
|Control Type||Thumb safety||Thumb safety w/ chain brake||Side safety w/ chain brake||Electronic button, side safety and brake||Side safety w/ chain brake|
|Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type||Included Tool||Included Tool||Included Tool||Tool free||Tool free|
|Metal Bucking Spikes||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type||Top||Side||Side||Side, flip-up||Side, Screen|
Our Analysis and Test Results
In the category of cordless chainsaws, the Ryobi is not the most impressive model.
It might make sense to buy this saw if you already own a Ryobi 40V battery in order to save some money. It did ok in our dimensional woodcutting test where we made several timed cuts through a set amount of wood.
Our main gripe with this saw is that it consumes oil at a rate that we have never seen. The Ryobi is a total pain because you have to stop and check the oil all of the time.
The Ryobi uses a wrench/screwdriver combo which we are a fan of, but the tool for this model is so small that it's difficult to use. The tool is also unusually challenging to remove from the handle.
The RY40530 has a less than average battery life, and it takes hours to charge. This can really hinder getting your project done in a timely manner. This saw has a very slow wind-up time, which further complicates issues regarding timeliness and efficiency.
During our sound meter testing the Ryobi put emitted a painful reading of 97.8 decibels at a distance of 48 inches. Although you should be wearing ear protection while using power tools, this is still a high level of noise for you while you're working.
The Ryobi is very expensive for the performance that it offers. We recommend investing your money into a saw that does a better job.
This saw offers some decent cutting power, but it falls short in many other aspects. It doesn't have a chain brake, it does not have the best battery life, and its charge time is laughable. Worst of all it dumps bar and chain oil as fast as can be which makes it a very inefficient tool.
— Ross Patton