Updated: November 2017

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Pole Saw Reviews:

  • What is a pole saw?
  • Benefits of using a pole saw
  • How much do pole saws cost? Which should I buy?

Are you in the market for a better pole saw. After doing some research we found that the Silky Telescoping Landscaping Pole Saw is the most popular brand sold on Amazon for manual pole saws. Beyond manual saws, you can buy more powerful electric or gas pole saws which are meant for heavier pruning jobs. You'll need to estimate the amount of work you have in your yard to make the best purchase.

There are gas powered professional trimmers like the Poulan Pro which make sense if you run your own landscaping business, but most homeowners don't need a tool like that. For much less you can go with the electric pole saw from Black & Decker which receives excellent reviews from owners on Amazon. Even expert arborists will admit that the Black & Decker does a good job considering it's cordless as well.

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The video below shows the basic functions of a pole saw and what to expect:

What to look for in a pole saw?

Buying Guide - What should you look for in a pole saw? Firstly, the manual saws (from Silky) are just fine if you only have a few branches to trim down each year. With more trees comes more work, so electric pole saws are perfect for those with several trees on their property that need yearly pruning.

The gas pole saws are the most powerful of the bunch and that is what our city uses to prune all the trees that line the streets in our neighborhood. We have seen them in action and the gas powered pole saws are efficient and make short work of any pruning project. They are the most expensive, however, and require the most upkeep.

Some key features to look for are things like telescoping poles so you can reach higher spots on a tree if needed, you want the pole to be light enough so you can maneuver it above your head and make straight cuts, and the chain should be self lubricating to cut down on maintenance time. We live on a hilly lot with about a dozen trees that constantly need pruning as they are about 10 to 15 years old now and quite large.

We tried my neighbors manual pole saw but trying to stand on an uneven hillside and cut the branches was nearly impossible. We just couldn't get the leverage needed to make solid cuts. Therefore, we went with the Black & Decker 18-Volt Cordless Electric Pole Chain Saw and haven't looked back. It's just a bit over $100 and well worth the added $$$ compared to the manual saws we found. The higher powered gas pole saws are nice, but something that not all DIY homeowners need.

We looked for reviews on the Internet and found some great owner feedback at Gardenweb.com in their forums. The consumer reviews posted at Amazon, Epinions, and at Northerntool were definitely helpful in making my decision. Lastly, the landscaping section on About.com listed several models which we were able to research further. You can browse the top selling pole saws online here.

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Best Pole Saw:

RECOMMENDED - The best selling Black & Decker 18-Volt Cordless Electric Pole Chain Saw is the clear winner in this category. The 18 volt Ni-Cad pole pruning saw is powerful enough to cut branches up to 6 inches thick. It reaches up to 14 feet and it's cordless. Owners like the fact you can take the saw anywhere in your yard without having to worry about extension cords to get you power.

The Black & Decker electric pole saw weighs in at just over 7 lbs so it's easy to handle. The battery will give you enough charge to do 100 cuts of 1 1/2" branches. Customer comments include "awesome little cordless pole saw" and "excellent tree pruner". View all the most popular pole saws here.

To check out how to use a pole saw - click the image below to go to video.

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Top Rated Electric Pole Saw:

When it comes to electric pole saws, Black & Decker is not the only company with top rated products. Remington pole saws are quite popular on several sites and they get good scores when put head to head with B & D. The Remington 10-Inch 1.5 HP Electric Pole-Mounted Chainsaw is a few dollars cheaper than the Black & Decker and it too does good work.

The 1.5 HP motor cuts branches up to 10 inches wide and 12 feet high. The aluminum and fiberglass pole is rust resistant so it can be left outdoors during the wetter months. The one drawback on the Remington is the weight of the saw, almost 12 pounds. The Remington 6-Inch 6 Amp Branch Wizard Electric Pruning Pole Saw is lighter (7 1/2 pounds) but lacks the power in the heavier model above. The cutting area is also only 6 inches so it's not quite as quick as the other electric saws we reviewed.

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Gas Pole Saw:

If you have a very large yard with lots of trees or do landscaping or arbor work for a living, then owning a gas powered pole saw may be the answer. The Poulan Pro PP338PT is priced under $200 and it's versatile as well. The 12 foot pruner can cut branches 17 inches in width and the automatic gear driven oiler will keep the 8 inch bar and chain lubricated. It comes with a string trimmer attachment and there are other optional attachments you can buy (cultivator, edger, blower).

Manual Pole Saw:

When it comes to manual pole saws, the #1 rated saw is the Silky Telescoping Landscaping Pole Saw available from Amazon. It features a 3 extension, 4 poles telescoping saw that extends up to 21 feet. It weighs less than 7 pounds and owners say it's just the right size to handle with ease. The product is meant for regular pruning and trimming and those in the arborist or foresty job sector love this item. Customer comments on Amazon are some of the most positive we have ever read for any product. At $200 it's pricey, but owners say it's "well worth the extra cost".

More videos and resources are here on our Pole Saw Resource Page.

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