How To Start Ryobi Chain Saw – Complete Explanation

If you’re looking for a guide on how to start Ryobi chain saw, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll cover the basics of starting your chain saw and provide some tips to help you get started. So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, read on for all the information you need to get up and running! with your Ryobi chain saw

In our guide, we’ll cover the items that are required to start your Ryobi chain saw, how to get started and how to shut it down. After reading this guide, you should be able to safely use your Ryobi chainsaw with minimum supervision. 

Note: Always read the user manual carefully before using a chainsaw for the first time. 

First, we discuss the requirements, then we move on to how to start a Ryobi chain saw. 

Required items:

Your Ryobi chain saw will require an oil and gas mixture for the engine. Ensure you have a supply of this combination before starting your chainsaw. This information can be found in your user manual or on the side of your container of choice.

Your Ryobi chain saw will also require a spark plug, to ensure the engine starts. This is located in your user manual or can be found in your parts list for your chainsaw.

How to start Ryobi chain saw:

To get started, make sure you are in an open space with enough room around you. Ensure there are no obstacles between you and the tree/object you want to cut down before starting your chainsaw. 

If this is your first time using a chainsaw, it’s best to have someone nearby who has experience using one so they can help out if needed. With that said, let’s begin! 

  1. Check all moving components on the chainsaw such as the cutting chain, the housing, and the blade guard. If any of these parts are damaged or broken, do not use your chainsaw until they have been properly fixed/replaced. 
  2. Prepare a small mound of dirt or sand to place your Ryobi chain saw on when it is in operation. This will keep the chainsaw from sliding across slippery surfaces while it’s running. 
  3. Prime the engine with a starting fluid mixture. To prime your engine, open up the cap that covers the oil reservoir. Fill this space with an oil/gas mixture using a funnel or oil can that can be found in your toolbox for this specific purpose only. The amount you add depends on what’s recommended by Ryobi in your user manual. You want to ensure that this mixture is not too thin or too thick.
  4. Replace the cap for the oil reservoir and fill up your oil as per usual using a funnel or an oil can. This time you only need to fill to approximately one-quarter of the tank’s capacity. Again, refer to your user manual for specific details on how much oil should be filled in your Ryobi chain saw. 
  5. Fill up your gas tank with enough fuel and, once again, refer to your user manual for specific instructions on how much fuel should be added into your Ryobi chainsaw supply tank. Ensure it’s filled to no more than 75 percent capacity.  
  6. Once both the engine and the gas reservoir are filled, you’re ready to start your Ryobi chainsaw! 
  7. Turn the knob that is used for switching between forward and reverse to ‘forward.’ You can find this feature at the base of your Ryobi chain saw’s front handle.
  8. Pull out the choke lever on your Ryobi chainsaw until it reaches the full-choke position (this should be all the way out). This part can be found near where you would place your hands while using the chainsaw. 
  9. With both switches set to their respective positions, press down on the throttle trigger that lies just below these two levers. This will activate your engine into what is called ‘high idle.’
  10. While holding down on this throttle trigger, pull on the starter cord. This will create friction between the piston and the crankshaft while also activating your engine.
  11. Continue holding down on this throttle trigger while you gradually release the tension on the starter cord over time until your Ryobi chain saw starts up. Be sure to do this in a controlled manner so that you don’t ‘jump start’ your chainsaw before it has adequate time for its engine to warm up properly. 
  12. Once your Ryobi chain saw’s engine is activated into ‘high idle,’ use one hand to operate the choke lever back into its original position (all the way in). With one of your hands still gripping onto that throttle trigger, place another hand on top of both of these levers.


  • Priming the engine
  • Filling up oil reservoir
  • Filling up the gas tank with fuel
  • Pulling out the choke lever
  • Pressing down on the throttle trigger
  • Pulling on the starter cord 
  • Controlling the starter cord
  • Lifting up both hands and placing one on each lever to operate them simultaneously

Final Thoughts

The chain should be at the bottom of the saw and point towards where you want to cut. Next, place your foot on the backside of the saw while holding it steady with one hand. With your other hand, pull up on both sides of the bar until they lock into position. You should now have a good grip for starting your chain saw quickly and safely!