The Ryobi RY3818 is part of the Chainsaw
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Chainsaw
models like the RY3818 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Cutting speed: How fast a saw cut through a 10-inch-square oak beam.
Safety: Consists of kickback intensity, the potential for burn due to inadvertent contact with the muffler, and storage safety--how well protected the cutting chain is from accidental contact during storage.
Ease of use: Based on engine-starting convenience (the average number of pulls to start), primer and choke location and operation, and the ease of adjusting the cutting chain’s tightness, checking and adding fluids, and accessing the air filter and spark plug.
Chain brakeThis brake stops the chain almost instantly and either engages when the handguard is contacted or activates automatically via an inertial system.
Anti-vibrationRubber bushings or metal springs between the handle and the engine, bar, and chain that minimize vibration and user fatigue.
Tool-free chain adjuster
Tool-free chain adjusterA hand-operated wheel-and-crank mechanism that unlocks and locks the chain bar and moves it in and out, letting you adjust chain tension without loosening adjustment nuts or turning adjustment screws.
Translucent oil tank
Translucent oil tankLets you easily check the bar-oil reservoir.
Metal bucking spikes
Metal bucking spikesComes with metal bucking spikes that help with cutting stability.
Storage caseIndicates that the model comes with a case for storage.
Protective sheathComes with a protective sheath that covers the blade.
Extra chainComes with an extra chain.
WarrantyThe length of time the saw is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.