Purchasing and Using a Pole Chainsaw Pruner. Gas power tree trimmer
What Is The Best Pole Saw? Is Corded, Battery, or Gas Better?
Anyone with trees or tall shrubs on their property should invest in a quality pole saw.
Cutting back shrubs and trees not only helps them to grow more vigorously in the fall, but can also help mitigate the damage done from unstable or dead limbs broken during storms.
Pole saws come in many shapes and sizes and make hard-to-reach jobs much easier and safer than a traditional saw would.
Picking out the best pole saw to purchase in preparation for pruning can be a tough choice; whether you pick a cordless, battery-powered, or gas pole saw is up to you.
You’ve got to keep safety in mind, but I really enjoy using pole saws – it’s hard to get the same results with less effort with other tools.
Spoiler alert: my overall best pick is the DeWALT 20V Max XR Pole Saw.
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I personally prefer my battery-powered pole saws.
I very rarely use them for longer than half an hour so a single battery is fine. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve left my cordless pole saw without using it, I can just pick it up and use it for a few minutes without any hassle.
Gas pole saws are better if you are going to be using them for longer periods of time, like over half an hour. I like the freedom and power they give, but they’re not as easy to just pick up and use.
Corded saws aren’t great, in my opinion, unless you know you’re only going to be using them close to home. You are certainly restricted by a power cord and outlet.
Manual pole saws are a good cheap option, but you’ve got to work to prune those branches!
Whether you’re considering a pole saw that is:
Here are some of the best picks within each class to help you begin your search.
DeWALT 20V MAX XR Pole Saw – Best All-Around Pole Saw
This DeWALT battery-powered pole saw runs on 20 volts and comes with a battery charger.
It’s a medium-capacity duty saw, but the XR battery platform from DeWALT is long-lasting and packs a punch.
It is rated for limbs of about 4 inches in diameter, and it’s great for jobs that need multiple passes for clean cuts. This tool comes with a bucking strip, a toothed aluminum portion under the chain, that helps prevent bouncing when trying to really sink into a thick limb.
Although the price is a little high, it’s a pretty good investment for the package of the saw, the battery, and the charger, coupled with DeWALT’s quality and lasting power.
Greenworks 40V Cordless Pole Saw – Runner-up
With around the same limb-size rating as the DeWALT, this Greenworks pole saw comes in a 40-volt battery option at a fraction of the price.
This saw is extendable up to 11 feet with a multiple-piece system. This can cause some flexing in really tough or high-up jobs.
Because the battery capacity is greater, the Greenworks saw can pack a punch for smaller limbs or jobs that need fewer cuts.
For gardeners or landscaping caretakers, this tidy-looking saw, also with an angled head, is more a sprinter than a marathoner, and that can be the perfect fit for some folks.
The main drawback of this battery pole saw is that you will need to buy the battery charger separately. Even so, the combination of the two purchases is still a good value price-wise.
The batteries are interchangeable with Greenworks chainsaws and other outdoor power equipment.
EGO and Greenworks are often compared to each other, so it’s worth checking out the EGO MPS1001 pole saw as well, especially if you already have tools in that ecosystem.
Worx WG309 8 Electric Pole Saw – Best Budget Corded Pole Saw
Another cost-effective option, this electric pole saw from Worx is a dual-use tool that can be used both as a pole saw and as a regular chainsaw for lower-height jobs.
It extends up to 10 feet in length and maintains a light, 10-pound weight to keep your arms from getting tired during extensive cutting.
At 8 amps, the motor is rated for mid-sized jobs. The blade head is auto-oiling and auto-tightening, keeping the chain at the right tension and lubrication for maximum efficiency.
Like any other electric tree trimmer, you’re limited by the reach of the cord. But at a very reasonable price, this lightweight pole saw is built to last and will get you through medium-intensity jobs well.
MAXTRA Gas Powered Pole Saw – Best Gas Pole Saw
For heavier duty jobs, gas-powered pole saws are your ticket, and this one offers a height of up to 16 feet.
Beyond that, the blade head is adjustable, rotating from 90 to 180 degrees to make sure you can maintain a comfortable grip even during jobs that are hard to reach.
Although gas-powered pole saws will be heavier due to the added weight of the tank, this one comes with a storage bag as well as a carrying strap to give your arms a break between jobs.
What’s more, the Maxtra is anti-vibration to keep the tension out of your joints while cutting thicker limbs.
This gas-powered pole saw is a good starting point for someone who knows they’ll be doing more extensive jobs but may feel intimidated by this caliber of power tool.
DocaPole 6-24 Foot Pole Pruning Saw – Best Manual Pole Saw
This manual pole saw’s main selling point is its extremely long reach and 13” blade, which can cut up to an 8” limb with only some difficulty.
Like most other manual saws, it’s not going to be the most powerful in the bunch.
However, if you have smaller, hard-to-reach jobs to do that don’t require as much elbow grease, without a ladder, this saw will do just fine. As a matter of fact, of the manual pole saws, it’s one of the more heavy-duty capable.
It extends with a reach up to 30 feet including the extension and can be customized to include accessories like dusters and squeegees for cleaning.
Cleaning the DocaPole manual pole saw is as simple as wiping it off before storage.
BLACKDECKER 20V Max Pole Saw
This Black and Decker pole saw is another option to go for if you anticipate mainly doing light limb trimming around your yard.
From yet another highly trusted power tool brand, this saw is light, extendable with extra pieces up to 14 feet, and comes with a full package.
The 20-volt battery is mid-size, rated for lighter jobs, and claims to go for about one hundred cuts of 1.5-inch branches in each charge.
The available kit is highly customizable: it comes with the cordless pole saw and all the extension parts, battery, charger, and blade cover. The 8-inch cutting blade is rated for up to 6-inch branches, making this an excellent tool for high-powered and fast jobs.
And because of the prominence of the brand, replacement parts for Black and Decker are plentiful and very easy to find if needed, making this a great and reliable cordless saw.
Husqvarna Pole Saw – Best Premium Battery Pole Saw
If you’re looking for a lightweight but hard-working battery-powered pole saw to keep up with jobs where the height changes quickly, then the Husqvarna 115iPT4 is a great option.
At 9 pounds, it’s lightweight and maneuvers easily, making this a great option to preserve your energy for long jobs. Along with its ergonomic design, and telescopic head, you’ll stay comfortable longer.
This tool is also quiet and doesn’t require petrol or a cord to give you hours of cutting power. The charger comes with it and doesn’t need to be purchased separately adding value for money.
While it comes with a slightly higher price tag for a battery pole saw, the versatility, sturdiness, and long-life speak for themselves.
STIHL Pole Saw Models
STIHL also has a range of both gas and battery-operated pole saws.
As you’d expect, these units cost a lot more than the entry-level models, but you do get a superior power tool.
- HT131 – a 36.3 cc gas powered model with 14″ bar (telescoping)
- HT105 – 31.4 cc gas powered pole saw with 10″ bar (telescoping)
- HT56 – a 27.2 cc gas pole saw with 10″ bar
- HTA123 – STIHL battery pole saw with 10″ bar
The first thing you’ll notice about these pole saw specs is that the bar or blade is much longer than other pole saw brands.
STIHL pole saws are designed for tough work and can be used commercially, so they simply can do a lot more for longer.
Manual Pole Saws Pros And Cons
While the three varieties of pole saw reviewed above can be great additions for tree-trimmed, ignoring manual pole saws would be an oversight.
A manual pole saw consists of a long pole handle, a blade or saw, and ropes to move the saw to cut the limb.
Electric Pole Saw Pros And Cons
Each of the differently powered pole saws has unique pros and cons that you have to evaluate against your priorities.
How does a corded electric pole saw differ from a battery-powered pole saw?
Electric saws only work for those who have access to outdoor outlets. They’re usually on the less expensive side, are light and easy to maneuver, and often have adjustable heads to compensate for the lack of mobility.
Battery-powered pole saws are usually more inexpensive but won’t run as long or as hard. Depending on the battery voltage, you might get a couple of hours of mid-range work out of these machines.
The reliability, lower cost, and adaptability make battery pole saws the better subset to consider for mid-range intensity work.
Gas Pole Saw Pros And Cons
The gas pole saw can handle the larger and more difficult jobs.
Choosing The Right Power
Both volts and amps are terms associated with electricity.
Amps are often related to corded power tools. The tool draws power from the outlet compared to a finite amount of charge available in a battery.
Batteries are usually labeled with volts, and most battery-powered saws are 20-40 volts.
Check the documentation with your battery to see how many watt-hours it has, which will give you an idea of how long it will last on a single charge. The larger the number, the bigger the “fuel tank” you have to work with.
Extendable Vs Fixed Length Pole
What’s important to look for is the durability and hardiness of the tool and how it relates to your project.
Tools made of lower-quality materials may be less expensive upfront but can cost you in the long run, as you will need to replace them early.
Extendable or telescoping saws, like this new EGO pole saw, that come with multiple extension arms can sometimes fall in this category because the various pieces leave them vulnerable to flexing and bending.
Check pole saw reviews and see what customers are saying about the durability and quality of the tool since they’ve tested it. Choose a fixed pole when the job requires greater intensity for added durability.
Cutting Bar Length
For best results, choose a cutting bar length greater than the thickest branches you plan to cut.
Most pole saws have an average length of 9 inches, although they run in varying lengths between 6 and 12 inches.
The pole saws with longer bars/blades will usually get through things a bit quicker.
Pole Saw Weight
Generally, easier jobs require lighter pole saws.
Choose the lightest saw that will work for you.
- Gas is often the heaviest option
- Battery-powered is lighter than gas
- Electric can be even lighter as it doesn’t need fuel or a battery
- Manual pole saws are the lightest
Weight isn’t the most important factor when choosing a pole tree trimmer – the faster the cut, the quicker you can put it down again.
Manual saws are light, but you have to hold them for a lot longer.
Battery-operated pole saws are a nice medium for most people.
Regardless of whether you purchase a high-quality or less-expensive tool, you will need to put some upkeep and maintenance into your investment in order to extend its life and see it perform safely at its top potential.
Read all documentation with your pole saw, check guards for damage, and make sure power cords and batteries are free from fraying and corrosion.
Make sure to clean the blade after every use. Resins and sap from tree branches can harm the blade if left on for too long, compromising its integrity and leading to a decreased performance.
If the blade is auto-oiling or auto-tightening, check that all of these components are working correctly before storing it away after use.
Caring for your pole saw is important when it comes to keeping it safe for use.
Consider wearing a chainsaw helmet when pruning with these tools as well.
Best Pole Saws
This battery tree trimmer is a great pick for its extended reach, durability, and strength.
The DeWALT pole saw has been tried and tested and found to be really good for your average homeowner – it goes the distance and performs well.
If you need a heavy-duty saw for some tough jobs the Maxtra Pole Saw is a gas-powered option that checks all the boxes when it comes to reach, power, and even comfort considerations.
However, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly pick, then try out the Worx WG309.
Although it’s an electric pole saw limited by cord reach, it’s still versatile and adjustable and is a great value at the lowest-priced pole saw on the list.
Consider your unique needs and the kind of jobs you’ll be doing before choosing a pole saw. We’re confident there’s a perfect fit on this list for everyone that will make their trimming jobs much easier and safer.
And if you were the type of person to get up into the trees, check out these climbing arborist chainsaws.
Purchasing and Using a Pole Chainsaw Pruner
Steve Nix is a natural resources consultant and a former forest resources analyst for the state of Alabama. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters.
An extended pole chainsaw can come in handy for the occasional user. But not everyone needs to spend a lot of money on a professional model.
I just purchased a new gas-powered extended pole chainsaw for several jobs around the yard and in my small farm woodlot. I have long used gas operated chainsaws but have always been reluctant to reach high to cut or saw off of platforms that might become unstable.
Chainsaw safety is a major concern and using one overhead is never done without a pole extension and at a proper angle. Even with a pole saw, I try never to cut limbs over a maximum 60-degree angle with the ground although it is tempting to cut on tiptoes and straight up. Don’t do it as limbs will wind up in your face along with a moving saw chain and blade
Buying Your First Pole Chainsaw
I will never be a commercial power pole saw user. So I decided to purchase a “lighter” STIHL HT 56 C which is considered a preferred saw for a property owner who does not demand continual use. Don’t let using even a small pole chainsaw fool you. Even the lightest saw can be a man-killer and many jobs can be hard on even a large-sized person in good health.
I bought this saw from a local STIHL chainsaw dealer fully assembled and serviced for immediate use. I also purchased an extended five-year warranty which does not include parts of the powerhead subject to ethanol damage. Always purchase and use gas without biofuels.
It is almost mandatory to buy from a dealer because of the warranty, service and the inevitable need for maintenance. The best saws are easily serviced at a dealer of that particular brand done with appropriate parts by a mechanic who understands the brand. Cheaper saws have to be assembled if purchased online or in big box stores. It is hard to get service for cheaper saws.
The online reviews of the HT 56 were good, so it finally won out as the pole pruner I purchased. The saw is well-built and has adequate extension for most of the high trimming and pruning I will need to do. This is not considered a pro model but will hold up for my yard use and light farm chores. It is also 200 less than STIHL’s more expensive “commercial” versions.
Understanding Your Pole Chainsaw
The main operating unit of the pole pruner is called a powerhead. It looks and works very much like a regular power saw though somewhat smaller. You have a trigger and a trigger lock at your hands, the red choke is on the left and is necessary during cold starts (see image.)
The fuel pump bulb is on the rear near the pull cord. Every pruner brand is different so read your operation manual. The gas tank is also near the pump bulb and should be filled only with non-alcohol gas mixed with a high-quality 2-cycle oil at a ratio of 50:1 (2.6 ounces of oil per gallon of gas.)
Operating a Pole Pruner
Gas-operated pole pruners are primarily used to put high trimming jobs within reach, giving you the power and precision to trim branches down to size. These saws either have a disconnecting drive tube or “pole” or one that can extend from within the tube. I purchased the connecting tube and can work at a maximum height of about 15 feet.
The pruner when intact has a balanced weight just behind the saw’s powerhead. Transport the saw in a horizontal position holding the saw at that balance point. A smooth cutting operation works off this point in combination with a shoulder strap. As you take down limbs, stand firmly on the ground and do not take off too much limb at one time.
Do not tackle a large limb (over 4 inches in diameter) without cutting it in several sections. Each section should start with a small undercut to prevent tearing bark and pinching. Follow that with a top crosscut to drop the section. When the limb has been felled, flush cut the remaining trunk snag to a point where some cambium can begin to grow over and reseal the wound. Painting is not necessary.
Prevent Saw Pinching
It is a given that you will pinch your saw blade, especially as you are getting used to the physics of limb cutting. Prepare for a pinch by adding a handheld pruner to your tool kit. Pinched saws hanging from tree branches make for a bad day and much aggravation, not to mention a broken chain, blade or pole.
Regular pinched chainsaws have an advantage of being either on or near the ground. In the worst situation, several wedges can be tapped into the cut to release the saw. Pole saws can hang in terrible positions with no way to relieve the pinch. So managing weight and careful placement of cuts is important:
- Size up the limb’s weight and length and cut in manageable sections.
- Use a small undercut at the limb drop point and finish off the section with a top cross-cut.
- Learn from your mistakes.
Chain Cutting Attachment
All you have attached to the end of a gas pole pruner is a small chain and bar. It is made of the same parts and attachments as a regular chainsaw but powered by the drive tube with a splined shaft. This drive tube must be properly attached (see manual) on detachable models but is not a problem on extending tubes. The detachable poles simply slide and snap and are easy to manage.
Mounting and tensioning the bar and chain follow the same rules as regular power saws. A sprocket cover needs to be removed and the tensioner adjusted to where the chainsaw pulls slightly off the blade track groove. Sharpening also should be done in the same way as a regular saw.
The chain oil container is mounted on this chain cutting attachment. The tank is easily located and the filler cap is completely visible and easily removed for filling. The storage capacity of the automatically applied chain oil typically lasts about half a tankful of fuel.
The 6 Best Gas Pole Saws to Use Around Your Yard (By Type)
I’ve always felt that life was tough when trying to trim those small branches just out of reach. The idea of getting out a ladder and climbing up is not always the best option, but I have a solution.
That solution is a gas pole saw, and if you have never used one before and instead have to deal with those pesky branches, I strongly suggest you invest in one of these fantastic tools.
Let me explain if you don’t know what a gas pole saw is. Basically, you have a small chainsaw on the end of a pole. It’s nice and simple and yet highly effective at what it can do.
These saws are on extendable poles, so you can alter the length according to the task at hand. They are straightforward to use, but I promise you will not regret buying one.
But to make life easier, I’ve added six of the best gas pole saws I feel any avid gardener or landscaper should have at their disposal.
- Best Gas Pole Saw for Tree Trimming – MAXTRA Gas Pole Saw 2-Cycle
- Best Gas Pole Saw for the Money – Poulan Pro PP258TP
- Best Commercial Gas Pole Saw – Echo 25.44cc Gas Pole Saw
- Best Cheap Gas Pole Saw – Remington RM25PS Maverick
- Best Lightweight Gas Pole Saw – Troy-Bilt TrimmerPlus PS720
How I Created My List
I considered various aspects to find you the best gas pole saws on the market.
First, there was power. These tools won’t have the same power as a typical chainsaw, but I wanted to ensure they would have no problems cutting through those branches.
Also, I focused on how easy they were to operate. You are using them from a distance, so I wanted to ensure each one was not difficult to use. After all, I want to help you to complete the job at hand without running into any difficulties.
In addition, there’s the pole. You need to know the extent to which this saw will work, so I made sure it would cover most jobs you may need to deal with around your yard.
Best Gas Pole Saw for Tree Trimming – MAXTRA Gas Pole Saw 2-Cycle
If you want the best gas pole saw for tree trimming, I suggest the MAXTRA Gas Pole Saw 2-Cycle. It allows you to reach a height of 15ft, and that’s more than enough for most people. Anything higher than that requires a professional approach, so this model covers most bases for you.
But don’t worry about using this saw to its maximum extent because you still have absolute control over everything you do. In fact, users report that it just feels the same to them, no matter if cutting a branch at 15ft or 8ft.
However, even though it’s impressive when being used in this way, that’s not why I have included it in my list. Instead, I love that it can be easily broken down and turned into various other tools. In fact, you can get your hands on so many accessories for this particular tool that the number of ways you can use it is just out of this world.
As a result, this can work as a hedge cutter, trim bushes, and turn into a real workhorse in and around your yard.
This tool has a chain tensioning system, but I admit it’s not the easiest to operate. However, it does do a great job, and I don’t believe you should have too many problems using this gas pole saw.
- I love how you get a multitude of tools from the one saw
- The reach is impressive, and you still maintain control
- The entire gas pole saw is very easy to use
- You get a storage bag, so you can keep all of the various implements together
Best Gas Pole Saw for the Money – Poulan Pro PP258TP
I love this particular gas pole saw simply because I feel it’s the perfect solution for anyone with more of a medium-sized garden. It may not have the strongest engine out there at only 25cc, but I think this will still prove efficient enough for most people.
The tool works exceptionally well on branches up to 6” thick, thanks to it coming with an 8” bar. Also, I’ve heard good reports about the starting mechanism with this model. It starts with little effort, so no pulling on the start chain over and over again.
I’ve also found that this model is pretty durable. It can cope with some heavy-duty work, but not to the same extent as more professional gas pole saws. However, I have no doubt you will never really struggle with trimming things in your garden with this model.
Overall, this Poulan Pro gas pole saw deserves its place on my list because it’s relatively inexpensive yet still has immense cutting power. Add an auto-oiling mechanism to help keep things running smoothly, and I think this model will not come up short.
- It comes with good cutting power
- It allows you to reach up a reasonable 12ft
- The starting mechanism is smooth and works well
- The model is very durable and can withstand a lot of punishment
Best Commercial Gas Pole Saw – Echo 25.44cc Gas Pole Saw
If you want more of a commercial gas pole saw, I recommend the Echo gas pole saw, complete with a 25.44cc engine. It packs a real punch, and the manufacturer claims it has so much power that it’s like a hot knife going through butter.
That is an impressive claim, and a quick look around what other people are saying makes me think it’s pretty close to the truth. Also, Echo claims it can cut through any thickness of branch. Now, I’m not about to test that out, but I do feel it means that this machine will cope with pretty much anything you throw at it.
I also like that this gas pole saw is for more heavy-duty use. So, if you have several trees that need trimming, this pole saw is not about to let you down. Of course, this model is not for a beginner, so if you are new to this type of saw, I’d check out one of the others on my list instead.
The pole is also telescopic and comes with a good rubber grip. It feels comfortable and balanced in your hand, so you should have no real problems using the saw.
Overall, I love the power behind this gas pole saw and its desire to get on with the job and complete it as quickly as possible. The pole is easy to use, and the 12” bar will cut through almost anything.
- It packs a lot of power in that 25.44cc engine
- The telescopic pole is very easy to use and has an excellent grip
- This gas pole saw is for heavy-duty use
- It starts very easily
Best Cheap Gas Pole Saw – Remington RM25PS Maverick
Remington appears to have an excellent habit of producing high-quality gas pole saws, and the RM25PS is just one of those examples. Complete with a 25cc 2-cycle motor, it has a lot of power behind it that should make quick work of these hard to reach branches.
With a total reach of 12ft, this saw has you covered, and it’s easy to both hold and control even when operating at that length. It comes with quick-start technology, an auto-oiler mechanism, and toolless chain tensioning. So, maintaining this pole saw is an absolute breeze.
But I also like that this pole saw can work with attachments, so it increases the number of ways you can use it. I feel that it then represents real value for money as it quickly becomes a tool you can use over and over again.
Overall, considering it has a quick start mechanism and does so much of the maintenance for you, it does mean this gas pole saw is a real bargain.
- It has a fantastic motor
- You will have no problem starting this tool
- The pole gives you absolute control even when working at the maximum length
- It has tool-less chain tensioning, which does help
Best Gas Pole Saw Under 200 – Remington RM2599 Maverick Gas Pole Saw
The Remington RM2599 is an excellent gas pole saw, and the fact you can get it for under 200 is just a huge bonus. It comes with a 25cc engine capable of making quick work of a range of branches, and overall I’m just impressed with this entire pole saw.
It has an 8” bar, which should be adequate for most jobs. Also, this model weighs in the region of 14lbs, so that’s not too heavy for this type of tool. It should mean you won’t tire too quickly even when you have it stretched out to its maximum 12ft length.
But if you worried that 12ft was not enough, then don’t stress. It also comes with an additional 26” long extension pole, which could make a difference for you.
Add in the fact that it has an auto-oiler mechanism and an array of attachments, and what you have here is a fantastic tool worth way more than 200.
- The engine is powerful enough to cope with almost anything you throw at it
- The number of attachments you get is impressive
- It has a good reach with an extension pole to help you out as well
- The auto-oiler mechanism works well
Top 10 Longest Pole Saws For Tree Pruning in 2023 | Reviews
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A passionate gardener’s OCD is triggered in an instant when they find out that their tree branches are out of shape.
Pruning trees is quite a satisfying DIY task we enjoy during the weekends, but it can be stressful if we don’t have the right equipment. So, what makes it so hard to choose the right pole saw to get the job done without any hassle?
Undoubtedly, the disastrous combination of a wide variety of products to choose from and very little information about what makes an ideal pole saw. Ultimately, we end up going for the cheapest ones without knowing what we’re buying.
But don’t worry, we’ve handpicked the top 10 longest and best pole saws for tree pruning to help you make a Smart purchase. Also, we have included a buyer’s guide in the end, to help you acknowledge the anatomy of the longest pole saw, so don’t forget to check that out.
So, with that being said, let’s get to the list of products!
Longest Pole Saws For Tree Pruning
- Sun Joe SWJ802E Multi-Angle Pole Saw
- Worx WG309 2-in-1 Pole Saw
- Black Decker LPP120 Pole Saw
- Oregon PS250-E6 Pole Saw
- MAXTRA Cordless Gas Pole Saw
- TrimmerPlus TPP720 Pole Saw
- Jameson LS-6PKG-6 Pole Saw
- Silky HAYAUCHI 177-02-41 Pole Saw
- Milliard 6-16 ft Extendable Pole Saw
- Fiskars 12 ft. Power-Lever Extended Tree Pruner
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Sun Joe SWJ802E Multi-Angle Pole Saw
Sun Joe is an internationally renowned brand that specializes in manufacturing trailblazing equipment at a meager price. We’ve recently tested its all-new SWJ802E model, one of their best-selling longest pole saws in the market. As expected, this product left a considerably good impression on the grounds of user convenience and flexibility.
The product had initially surprised us with its immense flexibility, which helped it earn a thumbs up from us. To be more precise, this model comes with an adjustable head that can be bent into 3 angles – 0 degrees, 15 degrees, and 30 degrees. This feature makes it possible to reach unconventional areas with ease and make the cuts in numerous positions.
Noteworthy to mention, the SWJ802E model is exceptionally lightweight for a motor-operated saw machine, as it weighs only 7.9 pounds. Thanks to that, our arms weren’t fatigued at all after using the saw for a considerably long time. We’re also satisfied with its low noise levels, which altogether provided us with a satisfying user experience. We would rate it 5 stars.
In spite of its high user convenience features, the manufacturers failed to facilitate a considerably long power cord with this model. Due to this, the electric socket has to be incredibly near to the workstation. Otherwise, this wouldn’t work. Furthermore, it’s a bummer to know that the model requires regular oil refills.
Worx WG309 2-in-1 Pole Saw
Although Worx isn’t one of the biggest power tool brands in the market, it’s an appropriate option to consider if you’re a beginner with a low budget and zero experience. The most prominent example here is the Worx WG309; a multifunctional pole saw that left us in awe with its advanced features.
To begin with, this model offers an extended 10” bar, which can be wielded very quickly to the saw. This extended stick makes pruning the high branches of trees a lot more comfortable and enjoyable. Also, we have to mention how this model is built with sturdy plastic and metal, which combine to enhance its durability by a fair deal.
Now coming to its USP of multifunctionality, you can easily use it as a pole saw by attaching the stick, which helps in cutting the hard to reach tree branches with ease. Also, you can remove the stick and use the chainsaw to trim the small branches precisely.
Also, when it comes to cutting efficiency, we found the WG309 to be more effective than its competitor, the SWJ802E unit. We’re saying this because the model comes with an advanced 8-amp motor that provides higher power to get the job done quicker. Furthermore, the manufacturers have raised the bar higher for user comfort with a rotatable handle, making it easier to auto-lubricate the device.
While testing the model, we found the top of this product to be a little heavier than the bottom. This uneven distribution of weight makes it a little uncomfortable to carry around for a longer time. It is probably the only advantage the SWJ802E has over the WG309 unit, as it’s quite lightweight.
Black Decker LPP120 Pole Saw
If you’re even a bit experienced at shopping for power tools, you’re probably familiar with the goodwill of Black Decker. This brand has set the standards a lot higher for innovations with its all-new LPP120 pole saw. This product features, without an argument, one of the highest lasting batteries we’ve come across.
This model strives for user comfort and portability, to begin with. Most of the pole saws, for instance, the JW280E unit, limit usability to a certain extent with their short power cords. On that note, this model exterminates this issue with its cordless feature, enabling it to be used without being dependent on any external power source.
As this brings us to its battery life, we have to mention that its 20V MAX Lithium-ion battery has impressed us with its extended coverage. To be more precise, its battery is capable of lasting 5x times longer than the regular NiCad batteries, giving it an instant advantage over most of the other products in the market. This model can also make up to 100 cuts in a single charge, which makes it pretty user-friendly and convenient as a pole saw.
Coming to its efficiency, these cordless pole saws offers us a decently long reach of 14 ft, which seems sufficient for tree pruning most high branches. Also, the chainsaw can cut as deep as 6” when it comes to softwood, which speaks for the power of its motor.
This model is quite efficient at cutting through softwood; however, unfortunately, that’s it. The saw isn’t even half as useful when it comes to cutting through hardwood, which means that it can’t be used for heavy-duty cutting tasks. Nonetheless, it still makes a decent piece of personal equipment.
Oregon PS250-E6 Pole Saw
Oregon is best known as the manufacturers of high-end and powerful tools and is mostly recommended by professionals. We had the opportunity to test its PS250-E6 model personally, and we must say, it has changed the way we used to view pole saws. It’s one of the most potent pole saws you can find if you’re willing to go a little above your medium budget.
There’s a common saying among professionals that the cordless pole saws aren’t nearly as powerful as the corded saws. However, the PS250-E6 model seems to cut through this stereotype with its impressive chainsawing power with ease (no pun intended). To be precise, these cordless pole saws boast enough power to slice through 8-inch trunks like butter, despite being a cordless.
Honestly, this model comes packed with so much power that it may seem overkill for typical yard jobs. That’s why we’d strictly recommend this model if you’re trying to enter into professional woodcutting or gardening. Now, this model also beats the Black Decker model with its extended 15 ft long reach, making it even more favorable for heavy-duty work.
Also, we have to compliment the manufacturers for coming up with such a unique design to make it easier to carry around. The thing is, the product weighs approximately 13.5 lbs., which is a little heavy for a pole saw. However, the Mid-mount motor helps in distributing the overall weight of the product evenly, making it a lot easier to carry and use for a long time.
Although there’s not enough scope to complain about this rather splendid pole saw, we’re not entirely satisfied with its noise levels. It can get deafeningly loud at times, for which we’d recommend the users to wear noise cancellation headphones for safety.
MAXTRA Cordless Gas Pole Saw
Moving away from an electric saw a bit, we’d like to introduce you to one of the highest-rated gas powered saws in the market. The MAXTRA 2-stroke gas pole saw appears to be specially built for handling heavy-duty cutting tasks. If you’re all about power and efficiency, you have to check out its beast of a 42.7 cc motor!
The main feature that makes pruning trees more comfortable is the ability to make necessary adjustments in the chain tensioning. The MAXTRA product supports this feature precisely, making the chainsaw a lot smoother and easier to work with. Furthermore, we’ve found a small air filter at one end of the model, which helps in extending the longevity of the product by a great deal.
We have to say, It’s indeed a Smart way of protecting the engine from overheating and similar issues. Furthermore, this model comes with an extended 10-inch pruning bar, which helps us trim hard to reach overhead branches with precision. We’re also quite impressed with the chain brake on the bar, which can save the user from numerous accidents other than keeping the fuel tank full.
However, it doesn’t end there, as the manufacturers seem to take user safety to a new level with a broad set of additional accessories. For starters, the tool kit comes handy at fixing the minor engine errors/malfunctions. Which otherwise (if overlooked) can damage the model in the long run. Furthermore, the chain cover and shoulder strap also make it a lot safer for us to use these cordless pole saws.
There’s a significant problem with this model- it’s nearly impossible to use it for a longer time. To begin with, this product is too heavy to be a handheld saw. Also, its noise levels are intolerable; however, the manufacturers provide free mufflers to protect our ears while using this device.
- Chain tensioning adjustment
- Air filter for engine safety
- 10-inch cutting bar
- Safety accessories
- Anti-vibration settings
TrimmerPlus TPP720 Pole Saw
If you’re looking for moderately efficient pole saws for small personal jobs at a meager price tag, try the TrimmerPlus TPP720 model. This product beautifully bridges the gap amidst semi-professional pole saws and DIY personal equipment without breaking the bank. We strictly recommend this product to beginners, considering how easy to use it is.
This one is an appropriate handheld manual pole saw that fits your budget and provides sufficient power to get your DIY tasks done. As this product is gas powered, it doesn’t require any electrical power source to run, giving it a higher advantage in terms of portability. over, we don’t seem to have any complaints about its efficiency either, as it provides sufficient power for a product at this reasonable price tag.
Furthermore, we’ve found that this model comes with an impressive long reach of 12 ft., which makes it simply appropriate for small-end jobs. It also has a maximum cutting depth of 4 inches and can cut through softwood with precision. Although, what we’ve liked more is that the chainsaw also supports non-factory parts, especially manual poles, which can be useful at extending its reach by a fair deal.
Last but not least, we have to mention how ultralight this product is for a pole saw. While most of the products on our list weigh an average of 10 lbs, this model weighs around 7.1 lbs. without fuel. It also features an ergonomic grip and design, making it 2x times more manageable for us to use this product for a long time.
One can say that the USP of this product is that it provides sufficient power needed for DIY personal jobs, and we’d even agree to some extent. But in the long run, the product falls short in terms of consistent performance. We can’t guarantee that it can last for years to come, because it’s incredibly low-priced. Also, it delivers very little power if compared with our other recommendations.