Oh, afraid of climbing to the heights or falling down? Fear not, we have a big list of the best pole saws coming in for you to brief you.
None of us is into messy things. From relationships to work, we want everything organized, because honestly, messy is really messy. We get a haircut because humans love to be defined. It makes things easier for us; it makes us look better. So why not choose the same fate for the trees as well? I am not asking you to cut down the trees; they add so much to this world.
Trees are what provides us with fruits, vegetables, takes out our carbon dioxide and gives us the oxygen, they purify the air for us, keeps the air fresh, adds to the aesthetic beauty, brings in the rain and so much more. So why would you not want to keep the trees in your yard all clean and trimmed?
So let us get started?
Hey… Do not get so impatient; we have some fellows who might be stuck with the idea that what actually is a pole saw. Let us make things simple then, shall we?
Pole saws are basically a modified version of chainsaws. Trimming of trees is something necessary for improving the aesthetics and quality of the tree itself, but this very task can become complicated, dangerous and even tricky provided the fragileness, and the height trees can reach.
It would seem near to impossible for a person to climb all the way up to a specific branch with either a traditional, manual saw or even a chainsaw and try trimming and brushing off the trees.
I do not think that I have to explain the risks associated with this approach because once up there, you certainly have more chances of falling instead of anything else.
Pole saw is what conquers these obstacles and that too with ease. Pole saw is something very close to a typical chainsaw, except that it has an extended arm length that allows you to reach heights that you would not have been able to otherwise. All you have to do is to stand your ground, turn on the pole saw and cut down the branches and leaves you feel are bothersome.
This is a tool that not only is going to profit you in terms of time but also money. It indeed is a brilliant tool for the ones in the landscaping business, and for the homeowners as well; because you don’t have to hire landscaping people every time you want some cleaning done.
But the question that really stands out here is that whether all the pole saws are an equally good investment? Definitely not. I mean, not even the fingers of the same hand are equal in size, and you want machines with different models, specifications and brands to give equal performances? Doesn’t sound fair to me.
So let us make your investment in a pole saw one that you will never regret. Scroll down for our list of the best and top ten pole saws to invest in for commercial and residential purposes, and we promise you that you will not regret swiping your card this time.
1. Greenworks 8.5′ 20672 Electric Pole Saw – Best Cordless Pole Saw
This device is a 40 Volt pole saw that is operated on the battery. If it was to be explained in simple terms; it would be lightweight, easy to handle, and perfectly balanced and smooth.
There is a translucent oil tank that is automated and therefore oils the chain and bar automatically. The semi-transparent oil tanks allow the one to see the level of oil in the container and fill it consequently.
The package includes a battery and a charger as well, which allows you to charge the cord with ease and use the saw at full power for more than an hour. The battery time of this pole saw is more than sufficient for regular usage and can even make you tired before it goes down itself.
This saw has three connectable aluminum shafts that can be connected to extend the rod to a massive 8 feet of length. Alongside the length reach, it also has precision, and the chain can cut any branch from half to six inches of diameter.
But things not just end here, this device is also safe to use. It starts and stops immediately and has a safety as well, which can sometimes be tricky to use.
2. Sun Joe SWJ800E Electric Pole Saw – Automatic Chain Lubrication System
This pole saw is for the ones who really want to get their job done because it can cut branches up to 7.5 inches of thickness. This gives it a spot in our best pole saws.
This Sun Joe’s pole saw is corded, but one of the best picks for those who are looking for quality. It is simple and effortless to use. Even for adjusting the tension of the chain, all you have to do is to adjust a screw as per your needs, and you are good to go.
But the perks of having this saw does not end here at all because it has an easy-fill container that allows one to refill the tank with ease and it automatically oils the chain as well.
The cord is one of the drawbacks that obstructed this pole saw from being the very best in the market. Furthermore, there is a safety lock as well, which prevents accidents. However, when talking about drawbacks, this machine also needs a better trigger lock.
3. WORX WG309 – Auto-Tension Adjustment
This pole saw is a multipurpose one because if you add the extensions, it serves as a pole saw and otherwise, you can use it use as a simple, lightweight chainsaw. This conversion is free of tools and really simple; involving only a couple of screws.
The work this royal masterpiece can do is beyond the usual limits because it is typically an entire chainsaw attached to a pole. This, however, disrupts the balance and makes the machine a bit difficult to control, especially at heights.
On the plus side, this pole saw by WORX do all the “works”. It has an automated tension maintenance system that can automatically adjust the tension of the pole saw, and you really do not have to worry about anything at all. It also has an oil container that automatically lubricates your chain and keeps it from coming off.
4. Remington RM2599 Maverick – Best Gas Pole Saw
Gas-powered saws are in a league of their own. Gas-powered pole saws have force and strength that far exceeds those we normally use, i.e., the electric or the battery operated. It can easily prune hard and thick woods and save you all the troubles.
This pole saw by Remington is one of the most powerful pole saws we have ever used and to make things even better, it has an extremely durable exterior which makes it one of the most reliable pole saws ever.
However, this strength has one drawback, and that is the added weight because of the gas tank and heavy-duty parts. Other than being so powerful, this pole saw has a good reach as well. It has an extendable aluminum pole that can be extended up to 12 feet in total length, seven for the pole itself, and can, therefore, cover enormous heights with great serenity.
The other special features that this machines houses included the oil tank that can automatically oil up the chain to reduce the friction and make things easier and smoother than ever.
This pole saw is a multipurpose device because it has attachments that can be used to convert it to a blower, hedge trimmer, edger, and much more. But the 25cc, twin powered gas engine is certainly noisy enough to wake your family up on Sunday mornings.
All these capabilities of this pole saw are certainly remarkable and stand out against many of the others. This makes this pole saw, Maverick RM2599 by Remington the best gas pole saw.
5. Earthwise PS43008 Pole Saw – With 3-Position Head
Up on number 5 in our list of the top and the very best pole saws, we have another electric pole saw.
This pole saw is a corded one, and the cord extends to power the 6-ampere motor. Now, this motor sounds weaker than the previous ones we have used because it is taking up less energy; but surprisingly, it works just fine. Whether it is twigs or branches, you don’t have to worry about any of these because this pole saw by Earthwise takes care of all of that.
The low powered motor has a negligible effect on the working power, but the very step has reduced the weight of the machine. This machine weighs slightly above eight and a half pounds. The fiberglass body also provides this lightweight.
This fiberglass body also adds to the durability of this machine. And this fiberglass rod can extend to a length that cancels the need of a ladder and makes the reach of this pole saw around 9 feet overhead.
Furthermore, this machine has three changeable position heads that can be replaced as per the need of the user and allows him to cut in the ways he wants with increased precision. And like most of the machines in the list, this one also has an automatic oiler to reduce friction.
Despite all these features and the quality and the durability this device has, the price is still quite affordable.
6. BLACK + DECKER MAX Pole Saw LPP120B – Budget Buy
This machine is for the people who seriously want to get their work done. Black + Decker is a brand with impressive brand loyalty. Their quality is the basic reason for this fan following, and they certainly live up to their standards. This max pole saw by the same company is among the top pole saws we have used, and it has been far beyond than impressive.
It is a corded, electric pole saw that operates on 20 volts lithium-ion battery that can work pretty efficiently and be reckless to the woods and branches. It can cut off the branches with a diameter up to six inches with ease and can also be pretty fast in doing so because of the heavy-duty chain.
But its lightweight is not a factor that will compromise on the quality or the durability of the saw. The pole of this pole saw is made up of fiberglass and is therefore extremely durable. This pole is extendable and can be extended up to nine and a half feet.
Furthermore, this pole saw has an 8-inch cutting bar that has automated tension adjustment for the chain. In addition to this, it has an oil container that is automated as well and keeps the chain lubricated.
7. Sun Joe 20VIONLTE-PS8 Pole Chain Saw – Cordless Telescoping
This is the second entry of a Sun Joe pole saw in our machine and unfortunately, the last one. Sun Joe has made quite a name for themselves in a relatively short time. Their hike and shot to success have been made sure by their affordable and quality equipment.
This motor powers a chain attached to an eight inched pole saw. This chain revolves at unmatched speeds and has the ability to shred the woods up to seven a half inches of thickness.
But to counter and house this enormous power, the body should also be quality and sturdy enough to withstand this great pressure. This is why it has an extendable telescoping pole.
This pole can be extended to more than nine feet and has a telescoping design which provides sheer precision to the cutter. But none of these features is a burden to its weight because it weighs only around eight pounds at max. All these features make this pole saw one of the top ones in the market.
However, this device is not just perfect; it has some shortcomings as well. For one, it is shorter than most of the pole saws that are available in the market, and there have also been reports that its oil container leaks. But that is not an issue as such because this pole saw comes with a two-year warranty.
8. Remington RM25PS Maverick – Work Horse
Remington has proven its worth so many times, and here they are again, making it in the list of top and the best pole saws.
This model by Remington is the Maverick RM25PS, and this one really is a maverick in all terms. Unlike most of the pole saws we have right now that are powered by batteries or electricity, this one is powered by old fashioned means; gasoline. Gasoline-powered devices are considered to be pollutants and noisier than the others, but hey? We all know how powerful they are.
This time there is a 25cc two-cycle engine that is more than enough to conquer your yard. It is an extremely powerful machine that can slice thickest of the branches across like it doesn’t even matter.
The chain is set on an eight inched bar that has auto tension adjustment and can even oil itself too. This is one mechanical beast that can cut and prune branches and twigs with a diameter of even seven and a half diameter.
In addition to this brute power, this device can be extended like most of the pole saws. It can achieve a total length of ten feet which is somewhat lower than most but is still reasonable enough to be used. Furthermore, this machine is not just a simple pole saw but can be converted to other devices as well. It comes with a conversion kit that allows you to convert this saw into leaf blowers and hedge trimmers as well.
9. Remington RM1025SPS Ranger – Ten Feet Extension
Remington has made it again in the very list of the top ten pole saws with their second consecutive entry at number 9. This time it is their RM1025SPS Ranger. This model is a two-in-one, multipurpose chainsaw, and pole saw. It is more like a combo tool with a powerful 8-ampere motor.
This bar increases your reach and impact area and thus making your pruning even easier. Adding to this enlarged bar is an extendable 10 feet pole made up of aluminum. This makes the overall reach of this pole saw as something around 15 feet over the head.
Furthermore, this pole saw is a combination two-in-one tool which means that it can be used as a chainsaw or a pole saw. All that needs to be done is to remove a handy flip and lock clamp, and you have a short-range, powerful chainsaw. If the same clamp is attached, then you have a pole saw with a massive cutting force.
All in all, this is one of the top pole saws that we have used and also serves the purpose of two, thus proving to be versatile enough. Furthermore, this pole saw is one to look out for from the budget buyers because of its affordable range.
10. Poulan Pro PP258TP 25cc Pole Pruner – Heavy Duty
Poulan is a brand that is certainly to be watched out for because of its extremely durable and robust appliances. One of the proofs of their great quality is that they make it at least once in all of the landscaping or related products.
This time it is their pro PP258TP as a pole saw. This pole saw is an electric pole saw that is best suited for heavy-duty and commercial purposes.
In addition to the immense cutting power, this device boasts of high reach. It has an extendable arm, made of aluminum that can be extended and makes the total length as 12 feet. The powerful engine makes the cutting tension free and simpler, and the extendable pole enhances your total reach.
This device is a total beast that can cut through the branches like butter. It also has auto chain tension adjustment that works brilliantly and is way over par. Furthermore, this device is extremely easy to store and use. It works smoother than butter, but the storage is even easier.
It does not take that much space and is neither a problem when it comes to assembly. This device is as simple as easy as ABC. On the dark side, it falls in the list of the heavy pole saws that can cause fatigue after some use.
Pole saws are nothing short of a miracle worker for people who want a clean and tidy lawn or yard. It eases the trimming and pruning of the trees by letting you stay on the ground and not risking your life only for cutting some branches and twigs.
Pole saws eliminate the need of a ladder and give you an average reach of around 10 feet over your head. This immense reach is when coupled with the massive cutting force, no branch would like to stay in the way; and even if it does want to obstruct your way, they simply just cannot stand the wrath of your pole saw.
How they work
Working of pole saws is no rocket science. For the basics, it functions just like a chainsaw, but definitely a bit too much longer.
A motor powers the bar that houses a cutting chain attached on it. This motor causes the chain to move in a circle and therefore cuts anything that stands or even tries to stand in its way.
Most of these modern pole saws now have an inbuilt chain oiler that eases your tensions. But the problems are not over yet. The cutting chain needs more maintenance than this. The tension of the chain needs to be adjusted before using the saw itself too.
If the chain is too loose, it can break and cause damage again, and if it is too tight, the fate is almost the same. For this, these modern pole saws also house the auto tension adjusters which adjusts the tension of the cutting chain as well and therefore reduces the work.
The idea of the first pole saw was coined when a commoner got tired of climbing all the way up to the tree or using ladders with no one to support him and tied a chainsaw to a pole.
They are definitely safer, more powerful, and much more efficient than the ones we had before.
So let us get into the details of these and know how they do it.
Power is the raw material for the chainsaws and obviously pole saws too because pole saws are something like elongated chainsaws. They require brute strength to cut through such thick branches. The powerful motors provide this power. Gasoline, corded electricity or batteries usually power these motors.
There are manual pole saws as well, but their cost bears almost no difference as compared to the machine powered ones. Therefore, we have eliminated the need for manual power; it is 2019, after all.
Manual Pole Saws
Manual pole saws still exist but do not offer any advantage when they are compared to their motored substitutes. They have almost the same price tag as the powered ones with very little difference. However, if they were still to be compared, manual pole saws have lighter weight and a more extensive reach because of the reduced number of attachments.
Gas Powered Pole Saws
When it comes to power and strength, gas-operated pole saws still top the list. These pole saws have a significantly greater cutting force and thus require lesser effort when in use. It is because of their very unsurmountable power that the landscaping business owners and professionals prefer these over the other types.
They come in handy in large areas, especially the ones where trimming is extensively needed, and you have loads of work on hand. Their power is what makes them stand out and ideal for use in such scenarios.
Battery Powered Pole Saws
Just like the gas-powered pole saw, battery-powered ones are also free of the hassle of handling cords. These pole saws give you mobility with an unlimited range of working.
You do not have to worry or bother about the extensions or tangling cords because we have gone wireless. You can go anywhere or move around and not worry about the nuisance of messy and tangling wires.
Cordless pole saws keep your way clear of the messy wires and your mind free of keeping the way clear. These cordless saws have an unlimited range typically and therefore can be used anywhere you need or want, without any limitation.
However, there are some of these cordless pole saws that have the option for changeable batteries, allowing the user to be totally independent of the cords and just change the batteries when needed.
Corded Pole Saws
While working with the cordless electric or the gas-powered pole saws, there is always a risk of running out of fuel or batteries. The corded pole saws are the solution and your way out from these worries.
Batteries have their own limits, and the gas is also finite, but cords can provide endless power and can only run down when either there is a power failure or something similar; thus reducing the risks of stopping mid-work.
Apart from this one issue, where you are either supposed to manage extension cords or have sockets everywhere, and the need to manage to the wires, corded pole saws are a better pick because they cost lesser than the battery-operated ones.
Corded pole saws have a lower price tag then the cordless one which makes them a better budget buy for the people who need pole saws on a limited scale.
When dealing with trees, you will need height. I am a man of short stature, and I found it really difficult to make sure things were going smooth when I was pruning and trimming my trees. The height gave me a disadvantage, and I had to resort to a ladder simply. Well, this is where I would always begin with, but I am afraid of heights as well.
The height of the pole saws is referred to their reach because it is the maximum they can reach. Duh. Reach is simpler to understand; because of the greater the reach, easier the work would be.
However, with greater reach, there will always be the risk of losing balance and dropping the pole saw or causing some unforeseen or unwanted damage. Therefore it is recommended to know how much you can handle and then go for the purchase.
How safe is this thing? This is probably one of the first questions that cross one’s mind when using a pole saw or a chainsaw, except you are a serial killer from a movie. Pole saw makers are clearly aware of how much danger their devices can pose apart from being handy and have therefore tried their best to make these devices as safe as possible.
As per the requirements from the government and also in order to maintain good brand loyalty, companies have decided to install safety features in their devices.
In addition to these two features for the user’s safety, there is another safety feature that is equally important to the other ones. This feature is one of the most crucial ones but is still not available in many of the models of pole saws.
The characteristic of this feature is that the chain only moves when the trigger is pressed and stops right away the trigger is released, or the off button is hit. This feature is necessary to avoid undue movement of the cutting chain that causes damage.
Weight is another one of the factors that you need to look out for when buying a pole saw. You will be holding this machine vertically for quite some time, so it certainly has to be light in weight or else you will end up with cramps and fatigue.
Fiberglass and aluminum are two of the most common materials used in the making of the poles of these saws.
Pole saws are definitely long, and the thought of storing them must have kept their owners scared. But this is not even something to waste time thinking on. Pole saws come with detachable parts which means that these parts can all be detached and stored in a small place altogether without any headache.
So get your priorities right; make sure what and how much of what you need and make a decision accordingly. To make things even easier, we have added a table summarizing top features of top 5 models.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Smaller yards mean that you do not have much work and neither do you have to move all around worrying about the mobility or limitations of your pole saw. Gas-powered and battery-operated cordless pole saws have a higher price tag than the corded ones. But since you do not have such needs, a corded one would be the best to get your hands on.
Both of these are the cordless type of pole saws but are powered by different sources of fuel. Both of these are suitable for the work that is to be done in the larger areas and needs to go all way round. However, gas-powered pole saws are preferred by the commercial users for their largescale work. Gas-powered pole saws are more powerful than the cordless ones when it comes to strength, but they are also supposed to be noisier and cause pollution. However, battery-operated saws are more ‘nature-friendly.’
Pole saws are moving blades with a range often exceeding ten feet in size. In other words, they are certainly dangerous. Therefore, pole saw makers have to make them safer for use to avoid any mishaps. These cutting tools have safety locks, trigger stops, and safety grips that reduce the chances of accidents.
Pole saws are somewhat like an extended version of the chainsaws. However, contrary to these, the jaw saws have a jaw like structure that can grip a subject and subsequently chop it down using its saw blades. Jaw saws are used for larger objects.
Most of the times, the regular 30 rated motor oil is preferred, but in cases where the temperature can drop below the freezing point, ten rated motor oils are suggested for use.
Canola oil is considered to be preferred replacement of the motor oils when it comes to oiling and lubricating pole saws.
Pole saws have detachable parts which mean that they take less space. Once detached as per the manual, make sure you clean all the parts thoroughly to avoid rusting and dusting of the material. Furthermore, make sure these parts are stored in a place that is not moist to avoid rust, and all the parts should be kept close to each other because there are smaller parts that can be misplaced easily.
Most of the pole saws are meant only for pruning and trimming the branches and chopping down stuff you do not happen to reach which negates the idea of precision required for trimming hedges. However, some of the modern models of these pole saws now have additional attachments that allow them to be used as hedge trimmers and even blowers for your lawns.
Pruning and trimming your branches and bushes can be hard, especially when these branches are extremely high off the ground. Standing ladder is what you would want here with a chainsaw, but what if there is no one to hold the ladder for you? Or what if you do not even have a ladder at all? We are not going to let those messy branches or trunk mess the aesthetics of your yard like that; we would instead suggest you to get your hands on a premium pole saw and get yourself out of all such inconveniences.
And yes, we are aware that buying a pole saw can be troublesome too. But do you even have to worry while having us around? We have covered the top ten and the very best pole saws that you can find for yourself and your lawn, and also, we have included other aspects of these pole saws as well. From their power rating to reach and their cutting capacities, we have jotted down everything that you will ever need to know about these pole saws. SO HAPPY SHOPPING!
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