Humans used toothbrushes for centuries – till electric toothbrushes happened. Far more useful, they do what toothbrushes did – just a lot better.
It’s the same with the pole saw, which was followed by the electric pole saw.
It is quite easy to prune shrubs that are at ground level, but for those that are above your height, you need a saw that can somehow cover the gap, a reason we need pole saws.
Simply put, a pole saw is a saw attached at the end of a pole so that you can reach higher branches that need to be pruned. They are also great to use when the low height shrubs and branches are too tough to be cut with hand pruners. The main advantage is that you don’t have to use a ladder to reach branches and risk your safety every time.
Pole saws can be electric or be powered by gas, and here is a look at both of them.
An electric pole saw can be corded or battery-operated. The corded ones can be used for smaller areas. So ensure that you check the length of the cord and think of all possible options if you have a bigger yard. Battery operated pole saws are portable and can be used everywhere. Electric pole saws, in general, are light in weight.
When you are looking for an electric pole saw, you should keep a check on the – weight, motor power, battery power, comfort, and length of the pole.
Also, do check what is included in the package. If any of the important components is excluded, you need to buy it separately, such as chain oil.
Features to Look for in an Electric Pole Saw
There are various parameters the combination of which is what makes an electric pole saw really efficient. Here are the features that you need to look at carefully before purchasing an electric pole saw.
Corded pole saws are powered by electric motors. The motor will determine the effectiveness of the pole saw. Will it be able to cut through the tough branches? Look for a pole saw powered by a 6-9 Amp electric motor. It should have a quick start button for convenience. On the other hand, the cordless pole saws are powered by a battery. Lithium ion batteries have a longer life than NiCad. Look for a battery- powered pole that is at least 18-20V.
A pole saw can be used as a chainsaw too. A chainsaw is a handheld mechanical saw, which is used for felling and pruning. It is typically used for places that are within your reach. A pole saw is just another variation of the chainsaw.
Obviously, you have all kinds of shrubs and branches around, all of varied heights. Think whether you need a 2-in-1 or just a pole saw. The 2-in-1 function is very common these days, but that does not mean you are obliged to buy only that. It completely depends on your need. However, a detachable pole is preferred for easy storage.
The whole purpose of the pole is to make you reach a particular height. So, it is essential that the pole height can be adjusted to a certain extent. Before you start hunting for one, gauge the general height of the branches in your yard and then choose a product accordingly. The last thing you want to do is to use a pole saw as well as a ladder.
The pole shaft should be made of a durable material-strong, yet lightweight. You will find most shafts to be made of aluminium. Aluminium will not rust and is highly durable.
Corded or Cordless
This million dollar question is actually not difficult to answer. Some products are corded and some are battery-operated. Both are great and which one will be more convenient for you depends on the size of the yard. If you have a big yard, then a corded pole saw may not reach all areas. So a battery-powered pole saw will be better.
This is another important consideration. Remember that when you are holding something up, the weight is going to dictate the comfort. The product better be less than 10 lbs. Weight is an advantage when you compare an electric pole saw to the gas-powered ones.
Bar & Chain
The width of the bar is important. It will give you an idea about the capability of the pole saw. Look for at least 8-10 inch bar.
The bar and chain would need oiling for efficient functioning. Pole saws are available with automatic oiling as well as manual. Automatic is good, but there is a chance of faster oil consumption.
You need a pole saw that cuts at various angles. Find out the cutting angle degrees before you finalise on a product.
What is the Best Electric Pole Saw?
Having mentioned the important considerations for choosing an electric pole saw, let us check out the best products in the market...
Remington RM1025SPS Ranger 10-Inch 8-Amp Electric Chainsaw/Pole Saw Combo – Perfect for High Rise Branches up to 15 Fee
The Remington RM1025SPS Ranger is a corded electric pole saw, powered by an 8 Amp electric motor. It has a 10-inch bar and chain, which is sufficient to tackle the branches in your backyard. It has a reduced kickback because of the way the bar and chain are designed.
When you want to reach high rise branches, this product is ideal. The pole length can be extended up to 10 feet, and you can get the overhead height of up to 15 feet!
The next important feature is the detachable pole. You can easily detach the pole on the spot, without tools. This is made possible by the easy flip and lock clamps. This is a two-in-one pole saw and a chainsaw. It’s a handy feature because you can then use it conveniently for pruning branches even at low levels. It has an aluminium pole; the material is such that it will last long.
This pole saw does not have an automatic oiler which is not a big issue, as there is a convenient button to squeeze oil on to the chain.
The weight is on the higher side. You may have to take frequent breaks to prevent the strain. However, to reach high and cut through thick branches, you would need a saw which is as powerful as this one.
Overall, it is a recommended product. The most favourable features are the 2-in-1 pole saw and chainsaw and its ability to reach up to 15 feet in height. The price is quite reasonable for the features it offers.
BLACK+DECKER LPP120 20V Lithium-Ion Pole Saw – Long Reach and a Good Run Time
The package includes a battery, charger, blade guard and oil. This product is great because then you don’t have to purchase the compatible components separately.
This pole saw is good for pruning higher branches. The length is extendable up to 10 feet, and the overhead height goes up to 14 feet which should be good enough for your home yard. It is ideal for moderately dense branches.
The saw is cordless which is useful when you have a large backyard-you are not limited by the length of the cord. The saw powered by a 20V Lithium-ion battery. These batteries have a much longer life as compared to NiCad batteries. If you want to know the run time, then consider that you can get up to 100 cuts of a pine branch of 1 or 1.5 inches on one charge. The life of the battery is up to a year and a half. In one use, the run time can go close to an hour.
This saw has an 8-inch bar and chain and a cutting diameter of 6 inches. After using it for some time, you start feeling the weight, so take a break occasionally.
This saw comes at a higher price, but it also gives sufficient power, life and efficiency. This saw is not a dual appliance and comes with a 2-year warranty.
GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX 40V 8-Inch Cordless Pole Saw – Comes with an Automatic Oiler and Reaches up to 8 Feet
The package comes with a battery and charger. You will have to buy the chain oil separately. This is a cordless pole saw, ideal for large yards or when you don’t have a nearby power supply point.
The saw is powered by the G-MAX 40 V Lithium-Ion battery system. The kit includes a 2Ah battery, but you can also use a 4Ah battery. If you are using a fully charged 40V 2Ah battery, the pole saw can give 50 cuts in one charge. The run time is close to an hour.
There is an 8-inch bar and chain. In case the chain loosens, there is a chain tensioning system to tighten it easily.
It stands out from the above as it has an automatic oiler which will automatically lubricate the bar and chain. The oil tank is translucent, which makes it easy for you to see the level of the oil and refill when required. Oiling is necessary for efficient functioning and durability of the chain.
The height of the pole can be extended up to 8 feet, and then a little overhead. The extendable pole length is a little less as compared to the saws mentioned above.
The item weight mentioned is without the battery. So, when you decide to buy, add up the weight to make sure you buy something that you can manage. It comes with a 4-year defect warranty.
BLACK+DECKER PP610 6.5-Amp Corded Pole Saw – Lightweight and Good for Limited Areas
The package comes with a guide bar scabbard (the cover for the bar) and does not include the oil. So you will have to buy it separately.
There are two advantages of using a corded saw. One is that the run time depends on how long you want to use it since there is no battery and hence no battery charging. The other benefit is that the weight is only of the tool. No battery means lesser weight. This is important to note because this is a tool that involves manual handling. With a weight of only 8 lbs, the use will be comfortable. And it will also easy be easy to manoeuvre between the branches.
It is powered by a 6.5 Amp motor which is good enough for most branches in your yard. The motor is inline ensuring that the line of sight is clear.
The length of the pole can be extended up to 9.5 feet. Beyond that, you can raise it over your head to get additional height.
The price is reasonable, and not too expensive.
There is a 10-inch bar and chain, which improves cut speed and the the kickback is low. The pole saw comes with an automatic oiling feature. This helps to maintain the efficiency of the chain. But with automatic oiling, you need to be careful of the oil consumption.
Overall, it is a good product, which scores points because of its light weight.
GreenWorks 20192 6.5 Amp 8-Inch Corded Pole Saw w/Case – Effective and Efficient
This pole saw runs on a 6.5Amp electric motor. This is comparable to most other corded pole saws available and mentioned above. It has enough power to cut branches of an average diameter of 5 inches. This one is corded, but otherwise, its features are quite similar to the cordless product of the same company (GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX 40V 8-Inch Cordless Pole Saw).
It comes with 8-inch bar and chain. The chain can be easily adjusted with the help of the chain tensioning system. There is an automatic oiler to extend the life of the chain. But you need to monitor the oil consumption. You could face some issues with oil consumption in this pole saw.
The height can be extended up to 8 feet. Of course, after that, you can raise it over your head to gain even more height. The good part is that the extension can be removed. So for slightly lower branches, you can shed some weight by removing the extension.
This is not a 2-in-1 pole saw and chainsaw. You need to consider this if you were planning to invest in a saw that tackles branches in ground level shrubs as well.
Overall, this pole saw is a decent investment. The only drawback is the weight. 10.5 lbs may not look much when you read it on the package, but when you start using the pole saw you would feel the weight very soon. Though, we must mention that the weight makes the product sturdy.
It comes with 4 years warranty.
WORX WG309 Electric Pole Saw - 2-in-1 Pole Saw and Chainsaw
The package does not come with oil, so you will have to purchase it separately.
It has an 8 Amp motor to give it sufficient power. This pole saw uses its patented auto-tension chain system, which helps in extending the life of the bar and chain. This is done without the use of any tools. Though designed well, users have struggled with the chain initially. With practice, you get habituated
The pole is detachable so that you can use the saw as a pole saw or a chainsaw and tackle branches of all heights.
The pole saw also has an automatic oil pump, which dispenses oil automatically for lubricating the chain. You might find their lubrication (regarding quantity) slightly better than most other pole saws. However, it also depends on your use and maintenance. There is a level indicator to tell you when to refill oil. Beware of leaking oil!
Its height can be extended up to 8 feet, plus your overhead height. This is the standard most other saws also follow. The handle can be rotated so that you can manage it easily.
One drawback is that it weighs heavy. The weight can hold you back from using it for too long. Consider these factors before you purchase this pole saw.
Sun Joe SWJ802E 9 FT 6.5 Amp Electric Pole Chain Saw – Lightweight, with Multi-Angle Head
The package does not come with the lubricating oil. This is a corded pole saw which can be started with a simple push button. Since safety is of utmost importance in saws, there is a safety switch to prevent accidental starts.
The saw runs on a 6.5 Amp motor, which is good enough for cutting 7.5 inch thick branches.
The height can be extended up to 9.5 feet. Over that, you can raise it further above your head to reach up to branches at a height of up to 15 feet.
What stands out is that it has a multi-position adjustable head, which gives a 0 to 30-degree cutting angle. This feature is quite handy in giving a neat cut. However, this also means that you will have to work with it a bit to get the hang of it.
It has an 8 inch Oregon bar and chain and an automatic oiling feature. However, it comes with issues related to oil leaks. The price is not too high, but nor is it cheap.
It comes with a 2-year warranty.
Craftsman 2-in-1 Electric Corded Pole Saw – Expensive, but More Power Too
This is a corded 2-in-1 pole saw and chainsaw. The chainsaw will allow you to do ground level trimming. You don’t require any tools to make the change.
It is powered by a 9Amp electric motor, which you will notice, is more than the products mentioned above. The 9 Amp motor gives the saw enough power for light to medium trimming. The pole reaches up to a height of 10 feet.
It has an automatic oiler for oiling the chain, and there is an oil level indicator. Auto tensioning keeps the chain in place.
The only con is that the saw weighs close to 10 pounds. When you combine this with factors such as the 9Amp motor power and the height at which you will use the saw, the discomfort is obvious.
The price is definitely higher, but the features are not too different from the rest of the products mentioned above. If you are looking for a powerful product and don’t mind investing then, this pole saw is a good option. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty.