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​Ryobi RY40511 Cordless Lithium-Ion Chainsaw Review

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The predecessor to the modern chainsaw was first invented 90 years ago, and the technology continues to improve each year. Cordless chainsaws have become the choice du jour due to their lack of smell, noisy operation, and maintenance.

The Ryobi RY40511 40V Cordless Brushless Lithium-Ion 14 Inch Chainsaw is a prime example of what cordless chainsaw has to offer. 

The Ryobi RY40511 is the kit version of this chainsaw, so included in one’s purchase is the chainsaw itself, a 2 Ah 40V battery, and the Ryobi-branded battery charger.

Read on to find out more about what this chainsaw has to offer!


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    The Ryobi battery charger can charge a battery in under 60 minutes.
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    The 14-inch bar and chain are ergonomically designed to reduce the amount of tension placed on the user’s arms and shoulders.
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    The chain oiler is automatic.


  • Reviewers have complained that battery runtimes are relatively short- averaging less than 30 minutes.


  • This chainsaw is compatible with all Ryobi 40V lithium-ion batteries and tools.
  • The design of the brushless motor offers increased torque.
  • The ergonomic design of the variable speed trigger can be readily accessed by the user.
  • The chain tensioning system has easy side access.
  • The chainsaw offers onboard tool storage for ready access.


The Ryobi RY40511 40V Cordless Chainsaw, is touted as providing the same amount of torque and power as a gas-powered chainsaw – without the annoying gas and maintenance requirements.


At the heart of this chainsaw is its brushless motor, which offers increased power and torque.

Because the motor is brushless, it eliminates the amount of wear and tear placed on the chainsaw’s internal components, which improves and extends the chainsaw’s lifespan.  Some experts also say that brushless motors are more powerful and allow the battery to last longer.


The primary source of power for this chainsaw is a Ryobi 40V Lithium-Ion battery.

The chainsaw is compatible with all other products on the Ryobi 40V platform, which means that their batteries can be used interchangeably.

The included charger can fully charge a battery in under 60 minutes; however, reviewers and users have noted that the average run time of each battery is slightly under 30 minutes. This could potentially be problematic when heavy duty jobs require more time.


Out of the box, the Ryobi RY40511 weighs a mere 10.3 pounds. The lightweight and compact design makes it suitable for a variety of homeowners to use.

The 14-inch bar and chain are adept at tackling small to medium size applications, and the brushless chainsaw also includes an automatic oiler.

The generously padded wraparound handle is comfortable to hold and reduces overall user fatigue.

Unlike most other cordless chainsaws, the chain tensioning system for this chainsaw does require tools, but the chain tensioning tool can be easily accessed via the on board tool storage department.

Also included in the purchase of this chainsaw kit is a protective scabbard and blade cover.

Reviewers have noted that this chainsaw’s user manual is well-written and easy to follow. Each Ryobi chainsaw is covered by a 5-year limited warranty from the manufacturer; however, if this chainsaw is used for commercial purposes, the manufacturer’s warranty is voided.

Ryobi RY40511 40V Cordless Brushless Lithium-Ion 14 in. Chainsaw
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Ryobi RY40511 40V Cordless Brushless Lithium-Ion 14 in. Chainsaw
  • Works with all Ryobi 40-Volt lithium-ion tools and batteries. 40-Volt lithium-ion compact battery...
  • Brushless motor for increased torque and gas-like power.
  • Cutting speed of a gas chainsaw for faster cutting.
  • Variable speed trigger for user control.


The current price of the Ryobi RY40511 puts the chainsaw in the same class, price-wise, as other comparable models.

This model is ideal for those who already use Ryobi products or have light to medium cleanup tasks around the home.

The chainsaw is easy to start, lightweight and transportable, and offers a fair amount of power.

By far, the biggest complaint has been its disappointing battery life, and this will need to be taken into consideration before making a buy.

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Matt Hagens

Hi, I'm Matt the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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