Best Pole Saws To Help Manage Hard To Reach Branches
Adrienne started her professional life as a gardener at her local parks department and went on to train at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh where she was the first female student on the prestigious and world-renowned horticultural course run by the Botanic garden. An experienced and award-winning garden writer and past editor of some of Britain’s favourite gardening magazines, Adrienne has for over 30 years, inspired gardeners with a breadth of gardening know-how plus creative and decorative ideas. One of her main aims is to make gardening accessible, even to the smallest green fingers, with her clear advice and straightforward step-by-step instructions. Adrienne loves to travel and has visited, given talks and met ordinary home gardeners in far flung places like China, South Africa, Philippines and Caribbean as well as the UK.
- The Best Pole Saw
- BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX 8" Electric Pole Saw
- Silky HAYAUCHI 3 Extension Manual Pole Saw
- Greenworks 8" 40V Cordless Electric Pole Saw
- Notch 40207 Pole Saw Set
- GARTOL Telescopic 3 Sided Extendable Pole Saw
- Jameson FG-Series Manual Pole Saw and Tree Pruner
- INFLATION Telescoping 3 Sided Manual Pole Saw & Tree Trimmer
- SALEM MASTER Battery Operated Electric Pole Saw
- WEN 40V 10" Electric Pole Saw
- Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 10" Adjustable Electric Pole Saw
- Greenworks PRO 80V 10” Brushless and Cordless Pole Saw
- DEWALT 20V MAX XR Electric Pole Saw
- SANDEGOO Manual Pole Saw & Trimmer
- Greenworks 40V Cordless Pole Saw with Hedge Trimmer Attachment
- Husqvarna Telescopic Battery Operated Cordless Pole Saw
We all know that paying someone to do the work we can do ourselves can be costly over time. If you have tall trees or hedgerows that need a little trim every year then it's definitely worth investing in a pole saw that helps you do the jobyou need to do without getting the pros in. Pole saws are brilliant for reaching the high branches or the deep hedges that you can't get to with your usual gardening shears or hedge trimmers. And we, for one, don't want to be trying to balance on a pair of ladders trying to reach the parts that a pole saw can.
Best Choice: BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX 8" Electric Pole Saw
Premium Pick: Silky HAYAUCHI 3 Extension Manual Pole Saw
A powered pole saw lets you trim those awkward hedges and trees with some gas-powered and cordless pole saws...We have managed to review some of the best pole saws that should help you get to the hard to reach areas that you can't otherwise get to with standard gardening tools.
The Best Pole Saw
Our best pick of the pole saw list is the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX 8″ Electric Pole Saw which the Unclutterer team thinks works brilliantly for its price. This one promises to prune high branches up to around 14 feet and the combined bar and chain will allow for cutting a 6-inch diameter. If you want to use this for working a distance away it will disassemble easily for transporting and it will cut through thicker sticks like pine at around 1.5 inches thick.
You will need a lithium-ion battery to run this pole saw, which aren’t supplied but easy to source, and you need to know to remember to oil the chain and practice how tight you think it should be for a particular job so be expected for the chain to come off a few times until you get the hang of this pole saw.
This Silky HAYAUCHI 3 Extension Manual Pole Saw model is the Unclutterer premium pick with a decent length saw of just over 15 inches and a long reach of around 21 feet. The great thing about this is that you are not limited with batteries, power cord, or filling with fuel. The thing to mention is that you actually have to do the sawing yourself so you need to be strong enough to do a sawing action. This pole saw blade is sharp and you can purchase extra blades for just under $23. This model works powerfully on tree branches at height and the length of the pole is ideal for pruning tall trees.
The Greenworks 8.5″ 40V Cordless Electric Pole Saw can be bought with included a lithium-ion battery with charger, making it cordless and ideal to take to the worksite without electrical restrictions or the need for fuel although obviously the chain needs to be oiled. It is economical on chain oil and has an electric quick start. At its length, it is 107 inches or just over 8.7 feet including the blade, and it’s lightweight enough to reach the highest branches for cutting, pruning, and tidying up. You might like that it is easy to disassemble while on-site without the need for tools, only a Phillips screwdriver is needed for adjusting the chain tension. It can cut through 5-6 inch diameter branches successfully although may need a recharge after a short while on these types of jobs.
For a great price, the Notch 40207 Pole Saw Set is of professional grade yet great for homeowners too. It can cut branches quickly although anything up to a diameter of 4-5 inches will take a few minutes and a bit of patience. It is supplied with three 6 feet poles, made of sturdy fiberglass, so can be extended to 18 feet plus the 15 inches of the blade so it’s great if you need to avoid the falling branches too. The poles are interchangeable with the Notch BigShot model too. We think you might like that you aren’t restricted by needing power such as electricity or fuel as this is a pull saw, but it’s so light to use. The blades are extra sharp so it’s easy to trim trees and hedgerows, but although it’s lightweight you still need stamina to hold it for a few minutes at a time as you will expect with even the best pole saw.
Supplied ready to use, the GARTOL Telescopic 3 Sided Extendable Pole Saw is great for cutting and pruning forestry and hedgerow areas and is great for use in the garden. The Japanese sharpened steel blade with hook is just over 15 inches long and it is extendable from 3.7 feet to 8.8 feet for working on those difficult to reach areas. We think at this price it is so much more affordable than many of the other options on our review list. So rather than spending money on the fuel for a gas-powered pole saw, using electricity, or paying for batteries this is a great cost-effective option. You might like that the blade can be positioned in three places – folded down for transport, and two positions for cutting.
Made in the USA, next on our review list is the Jameson FG-Series Manual Pole Saw and Tree Pruner which actually looks smart as well as being multi-functional. It has a pruner that works on a pulley system as well as the pruning and trimming blade for limbs around 1.25 inches in diameter. Pruning requires little force and is easy to manage using the rope. There are 7 pieces supplied with this pole saw so it does need a little assembly before use, and some getting used to operating but it works well and although pricey it does make a good investment.
One of the least expensive on our review list is the INFLATION Telescoping 3 Sided Manual Pole Saw & Tree Trimmer which, if you don’t want a gas pole saw or one restricting you with a power cord, can be the most ideal manual pole saw. It is already assembled and ready to use. It has an anti-rust blade which is one of the longest blades featured in our review list. The handle makes it easy to grip whilst in use. In our opinion, this is a great price for a manual pole saw and it’s ideal for use around the garden.
While most bar and chain pole saws will ‘cut like butter’ this one is actually good at doing just that. The SALEM MASTER Battery Operated Electric Pole Saw is a cordless battery operated pole saw which doesn’t need any tools when assembling it or disassembling it for cleaning. We like that it has an automatic oiler that provides continuous lubrication to the bar and chain. It promises to cut limbs up to 7.5 inches in diameter.
The WEN 40V 10″ Electric Pole Saw is a great cordless chain pole saw and can extend from 7 feet up to 10 feet for reaching branches and limbs at height. The blade head can pivot at an angle of around 30 degrees and is supplied with a blade cover for when the pole saw isn’t in use. Even at the high-budget price, we think it is a great value cordless pole saw.
With an automatic oiler system, the Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 10″ Adjustable Electric Pole Saw works effectively for trimming, pruning, and cutting and we think it works better than a gas-powered pole saw or a battery-powered pole saw. The telescoping pole extends to just under 10 feet and the blade adjusts at an angle of 30 degrees for a more convenient cutting technique, the pole saw has safety features, and it has a long reach. As our best value choice, it is the best pole saw at a mid-range price.
This Greenworks PRO 80V 10″ Brushless and Cordless Pole Saw is another one of three pole saws we decided to review from this manufacturer. They aren’t known for offering up cheap options and this is the most expensive of all the pole saws on our review list. Why is it so expensive? They are well known for producing great products and this is no exception. With a good 10″ chain and bar, extendable pole, automatic oiler, and a powerful battery and charger with electric start it works effectively on branches and limbs at height and is easy to use. It’s a powerful model and makes a great cordless alternative to a gas-powered pole saw.
This battery-operated pole saw has an 8-inch bar and chain saw which works powerfully to reach up to 15 feet and one of the best ‘saw on a pole’ options for far reach although we do think that it reaches more to 10 feet conveniently rather than the 15′ claim. It cuts through large branches easily but you must remember to fill it with oil before use. As far as electric pole saws go this is a good example although quite highly-priced compared to many others that work more efficiently. The DEWALT 20V MAX XR Electric Pole Saw looks professional although you may prefer an alternative with a larger 10-inch bar.
Our budget pick is the one with the lowest price on our review list. The SANDEGOO Manual Pole Saw & Trimmer is the best pole on our list if you consider its price. It has a double-sided saw tooth blade with a serrated edge and its length is adjustable. Compared to electric pole saws it, of course, needs a little force but the blade is sharp enough to cut through leaves and branches where needed. If you need to trim large trees in your garden this is ideal, lightweight, and easy to assemble.
This is the third of the Greenworks pole saws on our review list. The Greenworks 40V Cordless Pole Saw with Hedge Trimmer Attachment is a sturdy tool that extends from 6 to 8 feet and it’s built to a high quality. We like that it has an electric start, which the majority of battery and gas-operated pole saws have, with an automatic oiler and an easy-to-adjust chain. It is a fairly heavy pole saw. You might like that it works well with the 20-inch hedge trimmer blade so it is perhaps the best pole for multi-purpose use. It’s battery-powered and a good alternative to a gas-powered pole saw.
The Husqvarna Telescopic Battery Operated Cordless Pole Saw isn’t priced for a low budget pocket. You aren’t restricted by a power cord or heavy fuel engine and we like the electric start and two modes – save and normal – so that you can optimize on the battery run-time. It is one of the heaviest pole saws in our review list but we do find it’s a great alternative to a gas pole saw. We like that, should the chain become lodged, there is an indicator light and shut off so that you can sort out the issue before re-attaching the battery and getting back to work.
Features To Consider With Pole Saws
If you have a large garden containing large trees or surrounded by hedgerows, you will need a variety of tools including the best garden strimmer, weed torch, lawn dethatcher, grass shears and that will include having a pole saw in your collection. Here we look at what to consider when researching pole saws such as length, power and weight. You will need to understand how to use a pole saw, whether to opt for electric, gas or battery powered, and of course you will be considering how much to invest too.
The first perhaps to think about is the bar length - the length of the blade, or cutting bar. An 8 inch to 10-inch cutting bar is fairly standard for cutting branches with an electric or gas-operated model. Blades that come with manual pole saws will be much longer, giving you more saw power efficacy as you work the blade.
Electric or Manual
This is an ongoing debate among professionals and home gardeners alike. Both types have limitations and strengths. A manual saw is typically the more popular in traditional terms and will usually come with a pruning clipper, with some exceptions as you will see on the SANDEGOO model above. The only off-putting thing with a manual model is that even the best pole saw needs power from you and not another source.
A pole saw which is gas-powered or electrically operated uses an entirely different type of blade to manual saws. Of course, with a corded electric one, you will need a local power source. A battery-operated model will need regular charging. If you are trying to be a little more conscious of being green, you might not want a gas-powered version. That said they are suited to slicing through thicker branches without the need for force from you. Oil will be needed for lubricating the chain, and electric chainsaw sharpeners for, well, sharpening the blade.
Both versions need a certain standard of maintenance. Electric saws need oiling and general checks that the chain is still in working order.
The handle length isn't something that you will need to consider, nor is it something a manufacturer really lists in its description as you will use just one hand on the handle and the other further up the pole to control the saw while operating it.
The pole length is the whole point of using a pole saw - electric chainsaws & gas chainsaw and ladders do not mix! Pole length is a feature you will see in every description when you look at a pole saws' info. Most pole saws will be telescopic and range from around 6 feet up to 15 feet and sometimes more.
Be aware of advertising for 'maximum reach' as this can be deceiving; This represents how far you can reach when holding the saw. The maximum reach is NOT the maximum length of the pole itself and usually includes around an extra 5 feet which includes your arm length. So, if you see a maximum reach feature of 15 feet, the extended pole is probably 10 feet long.
Pole Saw FAQ
Q: What can you cut with a pole saw?
A pole saw will help to trim and prune trees, hedgerows, and shrubs. They are generally very handy tools for garden maintenance and perfect for reaching branches at variable heights. If you do plenty of landscaping you will find a pole saw is ideal for trimming ornamental plants too. If you make the right choice they do offer a good return on your investment. The only decision-making question really is whether should you get a manual or an electric pole saw.
Q: What to do if the chain on an electric pole saw breaks?
The chain on a pole saw can come off and this is often because it is too loose. You should be able to adjust the tightness of a chain - this is one of the features to look out for on a chain and bar pole saw. They will, however, stretch and loosen over time.
If, however, the chain breaks then the parts are usually easy to access. Check the chain itself, the tension gear, and the screw/s. It will be fairly obvious if there are any broken parts. If there are then refer to the manufacturers manual and instructions for assistance. Chains can often be repaired but with modern machinery, they are usually easily replaced.
To help prevent certain issues the best thing is to first make sure you keep the tension at the right level and check this before every use. Secondly, keep the chain oiled but clean off excess oil after each use - even the best pole saws with an automatic oiler can use too much oil but you will notice if it uses too much as it will visibly leak when in use.
Q: Should I get an electric pole saw?
Simply put it's up to you. While electric pole saws can make light work of heavy and thick branches, they're not suited to everyone. If you only need to trim and prune small twigs and thin branches then shears or loppers will generally be enough to do the job perfectly well. Pole saws are designed for controlling thicker branches at height without the need for a ladder but they are no good for spindly little stems. Whether you choose a manual or electric pole saw is up to you, but be sure to read through our above tips and select the best option that will suit what plants you need to control in your garden or yard.