Introduction

If you want to prune your trees with your feet firmly on the ground, then you definitely need to purchase a pole saw. Pruning is usually done in Spring and this is the time to invest in a good pole saw to make pruning your trees and shrubs quicker and easier. There are essentially four types of pole saws, cordless, electric, gas and manual. A Pole saw can be categorized as a mini chainsaw on a telescopic stick, it is specifically designed to reach branches that are high up, safely. Carrying a chainsaw on a step ladder is not safe, and this is the alternative tool you would use to reach those branches. There are many different pole saws available, some are well known brands which come highly recommended. This is one of those power tools were it is advisable to purchase from a well-known company. Availability of nearby service centres is important. Other things to take into consideration are the weight, noise level, and safety features of the pole saw, as well as the warranty.

 

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BLACK+DECKER LPP120 20V Lithium Ion Pole Saw, 8″

 

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Remington RM1025SPS Ranger 10-Inch 8-Amp Electric Chainsaw/Pole Saw Combo
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Sun Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch 6.5-Amp Telescoping Electric Pole Chain Saw with Automatic Chain Lubrication System
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Remington RM2599 Maverick 25cc 2-Cycle 8-Inch Gas Pole Saw
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B00AW72WR0 GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX 40V 8-Inch Cordless Pole Saw, 2Ah Battery and Charger Included
B01N5610H6 Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7–16 Foot)
B00OUT9I00 BLACK+DECKER PP610 6.5-Amp Corded Pole Saw, 10-Inch
B0007MGCSU TrimmerPlus PS720 8-Inch Pole Saw with Bar and Chain
B01N2QVZIR Fiskars Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7–12 Feet)

How to pick the best Pole Saw

Different Types

There are four types of pole saws, which one you choose will depend on the size of your garden, whether you prefer cordless for convenience, or if you prefer to get a gas powered saw which wields more power. Below we have a short description of the different types available today.

 

 

Cordless Pole Saws

The cordless pole saws are powered by a battery that needs to be charged. When choosing a cordless saw try to purchase on with a Lithium Ion battery as these will last longer. You will probably get an hour of use between charges. Some people buy and extra battery to have charged so that they do not have to wait to carry on with their work. This type of saw is the easiest to maintain, and apart from having to sharpen the chain at some point there is nothing else to be done other than keeping the power tool clean. The other advantage of a rechargeable cordless pole saw is that you can take it anywhere in your garden without restrictions. On the negative size cordless saws are not as powerful as the other types, which makes them unsuitable if you need to use it on very big branches.

 

 

Electric Pole Saws

An electric pole saw is popular as it also is very low on maintenance and all you need to do, is plug into an electrical socket with an extension and you are ready to go. These saws are also designed for small to medium branch pruning and they come with 6 – 10 inch blades. Electric pole saws are lighter than the cordless type because they do not have the added weight of the battery. The only negative of the electric saw is that you can only go as far as your extension will allow. This type of saw is not as powerful as the Gas models, but is more powerful than the cordless saws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas-Powered Pole Saws

It is a well-known fact that a gas powered saw is the most powerful in performance. They come with more powerful chains and heavy duty bars which makes them suitable for cutting thicker branches. Gas powered pole saws come with a 9 inch shaft and are safe to use while standing with your feet firmly on the ground. They do however tend to be a lot heavier than the other types of saws, so bear this in mind before you decide which one to purchase. The engine on these models is also a lot noisier than other types and then you will have the maintenance that you would have with any gas powered power tool. There is also the necessity to make sure that you always have enough gas in the tank for the saw to work.

 

Manual Pole Saw

Not many people opt for a manual saw because it requires a lot of elbow grease and is tiring to use. This is a very basic saw that anyone can use, with absolutely no maintenance required. This lightweight durable saw is perfect for those who have a very small garden and need to cut a few branches every year.

 

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What to look for when purchasing a Pole Saw

 

Extension and Reach

Estimate the distance you will need to reach before you purchase a pole saw. You can get different lengths and the majority will range from 8 feet and go up to over 12 feet. Find out what the maximum extension of the saw is so that you can work out if it will be suitable for the work you need to do. It is also important that the pole locks into place at the different lengths so that there is no danger of them slipping out of position.

 

Bar Length

The longer the bar, the tougher the branches that can be cut. Choose a pole saw that will have the right strength that is required for your circumstances. As discussed the gas powered models will have a longer bar and they wield a lot more power than the cordless or electric pole saws.

 

Power and Weight

Lightweight units are easier and safer too use. If you decide to get a gas powered pole saw bear in mind that it can be heavy on the arms, but you will get more power out of it. For small jobs around the garden the cordless and electric pole saw have more than enough power to do the job.

 

Comfort

A comfortable grip is important. You will need one that does not slip and if possible get a pole saw with an ergonomically designed handle for comfort. If you find it difficult to carry heavy object for long time periods, then opt for an electric pole saw which is considered to be the lightest.

 

Safety Features & Warranty

Due to its design, pole saws are considered to be a lot safer to use than chainsaws. The safety of being on the ground and able to cut branches that are high up in a tree, is obvious. Climbing trees or using a ladder with a chainsaw can prove to be very dangerous. Always use safety goggles and gloves when using a pole saw. Warranties are important, check what the manufacturers offer before buying your pole saw.

 

Cost

Poles saws are relatively inexpensive in comparison to chainsaws. You can buy a very good quality pole saw at a very reasonable price. They might be small in size and in some cases even lightweight, but they are also very powerful tools.

 

 

Our pick of the 10 best Pole Saws

1 BLACK+DECKER LPP120 20V Lithium Ion Pole Saw, 8″

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The Black & Decker LPP 120 is powered by a 20 volt MAX lithium-ion battery and is a cordless Pole Saw. It has a reach of up to 14 feet and a useable length of 10 feet. The maximum cutting diameter is 6 inches and the cutting chain measures 8 inches. The lithium battery accounts for the long cutting time of this cordless pole saw and you can cut up to 100 times with a fully charged battery. This is the perfect pole saw for overhead trimming, pruning shrubs and high branches. The LPP 120 is lightweight and easy to handle at just 6.3 pounds. Being cordless you will not be limited to what you can reach.

 

The Black & Decker LPP 120 is easy to disassemble and it comes with a blade guard for you safety. The in-line power head makes the LPP120 easy to maneuver and gives you great visibility. Easily transportable, the LPP120 can be taken anywhere. The storage bag that comes with this unit will fit the saw when dismantled so you can keep everything together. This saw comes with a small bottle for oil and a chain adjustment tool. The LPP 120 is suitable for light to medium pruning and is easy to assemble. The owner’s manual comes with all the instructions and Black & Decker offer a 2 year limited warranty on their pole saw.

 

Pros

  • 20 V lithium-ion battery
  • Reach up to 14 feet
  • Cutting diameter 6 inches
  • Lightweight and compact
  • No restriction with cord
  • Renowned brand
  • Storage bag
  • Easy to disassemble
  • Warranty

Cons

  • Not suitable for heavy pruning

 

 

2 Remington RM1025SPS Ranger 10-Inch 8-Amp Electric Chainsaw/Pole Saw Combo

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Remington is a well-known brand and their RM1025SPS Ranger Pole Saw is a popular electric model. It has a powerful 8 Amp motor with a 10 inch bar and chain, plus a detachable pole that can be extended up to 15 feet. The RM1025SPS Ranger has lock clamps for securing the pole when extending and a nonslip handle which makes it comfortable to use. You can disassemble this saw by detaching the chainsaw, for easy storage or to use as a chainsaw without the extenders.  If you need to, the chain tension can easily be adjusted and the flip & lock clamps will keep the extendible pole safely in place.

The Remington pole saw has upper and lower aluminum extenders that can reach 15 feet depending on your height. It is suitable for medium to hard branches and has more power than the cordless model. This combo saw has little kick back, is easy to use, lightweight and durable. The improved reach of the Remington allows you to cut back branches that are high up without much effort. Once you are done you can disengage the extenders and use the chainsaw to cut the wood into manageable pieces. When storing the unit bear in mind that the bar chain might leak a bit of oil, this is normal and not a fault of the power tool. Remington backs up their product with a 2 year limited warranty.

Pros

  • 2 in 1 power saw
  • Powerful 8 Amp motor
  • Flip and lock clamps
  • Extendible aluminum rods
  • Can reach up to 15 feet
  • Safety lock
  • Little kickback
  • Disengages
  • 2 year warranty

 

 

Con

  • Heavy

 

3 Sun Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch 6.5-Amp Telescoping Electric Pole Chain Saw with Automatic Chain Lubrication System

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The Sun Joe SWJ800E is an electric pole chain saw with a powerful 6.5 Amp motor which has the capability of cutting branches up to 7.5 inches thick. The cutting chain and bar is 8 inches wide and the telescopic pole can extend up to 8.7 feet which will provide you with a 15 foot reach depending on your height. The unit is CSA approved and ideal for pruning medium to large trees and bushes. The auto oiler that comes with the SWJ800E automatically lubricates the bar and chain. With a push of a button this durable and reliable pole saw starts up and is ready for use.

 

The only negative is that you will need to use an extension wire and you are limited to how far you can reach. The advantage of an electric pole saw is that there is very little maintenance and you will not have to deal with smoke and fumes that you might have to handle with a gas model. The SWJ800E comes with a built in safety switch, which will prevent any accidents. Sun Joe are known for their quality outdoor tools that are also reasonably priced. The handgrip has a cushioned non slip grip which makes this pole saw easy to handle. The Sun Joe SWJ800E is backed by a 2 year limited warranty.

 

Pros

6.5 Amp motor

  • Cuts up to 7.5 thickness
  • Reaches up to 15 feet
  • Padded grip
  • Automatic lubricator
  • No maintenance
  • No fuel
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • It is a bit heavy
  • Need extension

 

 

 

4 Remington RM2599 Maverick 25cc 2-Cycle 8-Inch Gas Pole Saw

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The Remington RM2599 Maverick is a gas powered pole saw with a 25cc, 2 cycle engine. Gas powered pole saws are a lot more powerful and this saw is able to tackle tougher tasks than the cordless or electric saws. An auto oiler is in place to ensure that the chain is lubricated and the other added advantage of this gas pole saw, is that you can purchase attachments that will turn your power tool into a blower, hedge trimmer and more. This model is also designed to enable you to cut branches high up without using a ladder.

 

It has and 8 inch bar and chain and the extendible pole can reach up to 12 feet depending on your height.  The Remington RM2599 is equipped with Quick Start technology which makes it easy to start up. Regular maintenance, like all gas powered power tools, is expected. The owner’s manual will give you all the details of the different attachments that can be fitted onto this engine. This unit is ideal to be used for pruning and trimming overhead branches in your garden. The Remington is backed by a 2 year limited warranty.

 

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Quick Start technology
  • 25cc engine
  • 8 inch bar and chain
  • Attachments available
  • Extendible poles
  • 2 year warranty

 

Cons

  • Specs on chain not in manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 WORX WG309 Electric Pole Saw, 10-Inch

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The WORX WG309 is a 2 in 1 saw that can be used as a chainsaw and a pole saw by simple detaching the extension poles. With a powerful 8 Amp motor this electric pole saw is compact and very easy to use. It comes with an 8 foot extension pole which can be attached with no tools required. The WG309 has a patented auto tension system that makes the bar and chain very durable. The handle is rotating which makes it easy to maneuver. This is a multifunctional pole saw with low maintenance and an automatic chain tensioning system and a level indicator for the automatic oil pump.

 

The WORX WG309 is a powerful saw that is ideal for all types of pruning and cutting jobs in the garden. There is a lubricant button that you press which will release a small amount of oil into the chain for ease of use. As this is a 2 in 1 saw it might be a bit heavier than the stand alone pole saws. It is however very versatile and does a great job cutting hard to reach branches as well as cutting up wood into manageable piles. The WORX WG309 is definitely value for money and it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and a 3 year unlimited warranty.

 

Pros

  • Can also be used as chainsaw
  • Powerful 8 Amp motor
  • Compact
  • 8 foot extension pole
  • No tools required
  • Auto tension system
  • Self-lubricating
  • Multifunctional
  • Low maintenance
  • Oil level indicator

 

 

 

Cons

  • Heavier due to 2 in 1 feature

 

6 GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX 40V 8-Inch Cordless Pole Saw, 2Ah Battery and Charger Included

 

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GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX is another cordless pole saw that comes with a 2AH battery. This is a very lightweight model as it only weighs in at 8.360 pounds. It has an easy tension system which allows you to tighten the chain into place easily without any hassles. The G-MAX has an 8 inch bar and chain and the three piece aluminum pole can be extended up to 8 feet. The translucent oil tank gives you a clear view of how much oil you have and the automatic application of oil ensures that your chain is kept in optimum condition. GreenWorks has produced a gas free, no cord and no maintenance pole saw that is easy to use.

 

The Tool less chain tensioning system allows you to adjust the tension quickly and easily and the auto oiler extends the life of the chain by making sure it has the right amount of oil at all times. This cordless pole saw is said to be 70% less noisy than a gas pole saw with reduced vibrations and an instant electric start. It is also much lighter when you compare it to other types of pole saws. The G-MAX 40V battery comes with its own charger and you can cut up to 50 cuts with one single charge. The 2AH battery takes about one hour to charge. This unit comes securely packed in three pieces which you need to assemble. It does not include the oil which you will have to purchase from a hardware store. The GreenWorks 20672 comes with a 4 year limited warranty.

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Tension system
  • 8 inch bar and chain
  • Translucent oil tank
  • Automatic oil application
  • No maintenance
  • Less noisy
  • Battery charger
  • 4 year limited warranty

 

Cons

  • Instructions not clear

 

7 Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7–16 Foot)

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The Fiskars tree trimming system features a chain drive design which delivers a lot of power. It is a sturdy pole saw with two cutting options that can be extended up to 16 feet for reaching those hard to get to branches. This untraditional oval design has a chain driving system that gives you up to 3 times more cutting power. This is a lightweight saw with strong poles that produce very little kickback and it fits into your hand comfortably allowing you to control the direction you want to cut. The poles are kept in place by a double locking system which in turn gives you full control while reaching for the high branches.

 

You can trim branches up to 1 ¼ inches thick, which makes this saw unsuitable for thick and heavy pruning. The Fiskars chain drive pole saw needs to be assembled when opened. Instructions for this are included in the box. There is a flip lock in place for security which needs to be released for use. This lock is used to securely position and lock the extender into place. The blade is placed over the branch and the hand grip rope is pulled to cut the branch. This pole saw includes a fully hardened precision steel pruner with one 15 inch Wood Zig saw with hook end anchors that prevent the blade from slipping. The pole is made with fiberglass and aluminum for extra strength. Fiskars offers a lifetime limited warranty on this product.

 

Pros

  • Chain drive design
  • Double locking device
  • Fiberglass and Aluminum
  • No kickback
  • Lightweight
  • Wood Zig saw
  • Anchored end
  • Lifetime warranty

 

Cons

  • Needs to be assembled

 

 

 

8 BLACK+DECKER PP610 6.5-Amp Corded Pole Saw, 10-Inch

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The Black & Decker PP610 is a powerful corded pole saw which is ideal for tougher jobs. It comes with a durable Oregon 10 inch bar and chain and a 9.5 inch extender pole for improved cutting performance. The automatic lubrication of the bar and chain will keep the motor running smoothly and the inline motor will give you a clear visual while you are cutting. Weighing only 7.9 pounds, this is a light and durable pole saw that is easy to carry and use.

 

The PP610 comes in the recognizable black and orange colours which Black & Decker are famous for. The Oregon bar and chain minimizes vibrations and improves the cutting speed.  The PP610 has a powerful 6.5 Amp motor which makes it strong enough to tackle bigger and tougher branches and a clear window will let you monitor how much oil is in the automatic oil dispenser. Black & Decker offer a 2 year limited warranty with all their products.

 

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • 10 inch Oregon bar & chain
  • 5 inch extender
  • Automatic lubrication
  • Minimal vibrations
  • Improved cutting speed
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Corded

 

 

9 TrimmerPlus PS720 8-Inch Pole Saw with Bar and Chain

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The TrimmerPlus PS720 has an 8 inch bar and chain and is extendible to reach up to 12 feet with a 7 foot pole. The pole extension comes in two pieces which will give you a choice of 2 height options. This is a gas powered model which is light and has a good reach. It might not be suitable for heavy duty work, but it will get most of the pruning and cutting done in a household environment. The TrimmerPlus is considered to be good value for money and many reviewers have rated it highly as being strong and durable.

 

The casing on the PS720 is made with reinforced plastic which is said to be rust and shatter proof. A useful advantage with the TrimmerPlus is that it can be attached to other trimmers that are compatible, like Remington or Troy-Bilt. This gives you a variety of choices. The 8 inch bar and chain is a good length which will be able to handle most branches and overhangs in an average yard. TrimmerPlus also has attachments that you can purchase separately which will give you a choice of different power tools. The TrimmerPlus PS720 is backed by a 2 year limited warranty.

 

Pros

  • Extendible reach 12 feet
  • 2 piece pole extension
  • Gas powered
  • Lightweight
  • Can be used with other pole saws
  • 8 inch bar and chain
  • Attachments available
  • 2 year warranty

 

Cons

  • Not suitable for heavy work

 

 

10 Fiskars Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7–12 Feet)

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The Fiskars tree trimming system features a chain drive design which delivers a lot of power. It is a sturdy pole saw with two cutting options and can be extended up to 12 feet for reaching those hard to get to branches. A precision steel pruner is included for cutting smaller branches of up to one inch thick and there is also the 12 inch double grind saw for cutting larger branches. The extenders remain in place due to the secure locking system, which consists of a flip lock and internal spring button which will give you piece of mind that it will not slip or move while you are cutting.

 

 

 

The poles are made of lightweight fiberglass which also makes them very durable. It is easy to cut high branches with the Fiskars tree trimming system. It features Power Lever technology which gives you increased leverage which makes it easier to cut the branches up high. The round shaped pole has reduced kickback and it is also lightweight, which makes it easier to control the direction of the cut. Fiskars offers a lifetime limited warranty on this product.

 

Pros

  • Chain drive design
  • Double locking device
  • Fiberglass and Aluminum
  • No kickback
  • Lightweight
  • Wood Zig saw
  • Anchored end
  • Lifetime warranty

 

Cons

  • Needs to be assembled

 

 

Our choice of the best Pole Saw

For maximum comfort and ease of use we have chosen the Black & Decker LPP120 cordless pole saw as our best choice. With no fuel, smoke or long extension wires to worry about this cordless pole saw from Black & Decker is the ideal pole saw for the average home owner. It packs a lot of power and the Lithium-ion battery will last longer than the average battery. You cannot go wrong with a power tool from the renowned Black & Decker. With not maintenance and complete ease of use we highly recommend this pole saw.