Ryobi 40V HP Chainsaw

ryobi 40v hp chainsaw

So far, 2024 has been an exciting year in the world of OPE. Indeed, the major players have been firing on all cylinders, rolling out impressive additions to their product lines. But, I have to say, Ryobi has been especially competitive with everything from lawn tractors to chainsaws. Speaking of which, the brand just introduced its newest set of teeth: the 18-inch Ryobi 40V HP Chainsaw (RY40HPCW01).

We’re going to dive into this tool’s performance and design features to help you decide if it’s the right solution for your needs.

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Ryobi 40V HP Chainsaw Performance

Let’s start with the power plant. Driving the RY40HPCW01 is a brushless motor and a 6.0Ah battery infused with the brand’s 40V HP technology. Together, this duo delivers power equivalent to a 40cc gas engine.

That’s a respectable number for a cordless, medium-duty residential unit. Combined with an 18-inch bar, this power should be enough to tackle a variety of tasks, such as storm cleanup, limbing, and firewood preparation. Specifically, this setup can deliver cuts up to 32 inches in diameter.

ryobi 18-inch 40v hp chainsaw

Specs

  • Model: Ryobi RY40HPCW01
  • Battery: 40V (6.0Ah)
  • Brushless motor
  • 40cc equivalent
  • Bar: 18 in
  • Cut diameter: 32 in
  • Cuts per charge: 90

According to Ryobi, their new 40V HP chainsaw is efficient, too. By their estimate, you’ll likely get about 90 cuts per charge. But, expect this number to vary, as variables like the kind of wood you’re cutting will affect runtime.

Ryobi 40V HP Chainsaw Design

ryobi RY40HPCW01

In addition to performance, the RY40HPCW01 has quite a few things going for it in the design department. Especially with tools like chainsaws, convenience influences my opinion of a model’s design quality.

In this case, I really like the automatic oiler, which helps eliminate some of the fuss. However, I would like to see Ryobi go with a toolless chain tensioning system on future iterations of its 40V HP chainsaw.

Regarding functionality and safety, the RY40HPCW01 has a few note-worthy features. For one, the variable speed trigger will give you enhanced control over your cuts. Furthermore, you have a mechanical chain brake and metal bucking spikes, both of which offer kickback protection.

Ryobi RY40HPCW01 Price

The Ryobi 40V HP Chainsaw will sell bare for $279 and as a kit for $379.

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