Best Pole Saws for 2017 Reviewed

Choosing the best pole saw for you doesn’t have to be difficult – simply think about what do you need it for and take a look at our most recommended units currently for sale:

For occasional use     For frequent use     With long reach

The best pruning saws for occasional use:

Remington RM1025SPS

Remington RM1025SPS

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 1,600+ reviews

Price: $89.98

Electric: It’s powerful and has a long bar, also the chainsaw can be removed and used alone. Only the motor is located on the top so it’s a bit head-heavy.

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Black and Decker LPP120

Black and Decker LPP120

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 1,300+ reviews

Price: $135.16*

Cordless: It’s lightweight and you are not limited by the reach of a power cord. The power and battery time are also solid.

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* including battery and charger

Fiskars 14 Foot Tree Pruner

Fiskars 14 Foot Tree Pruner

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 850+ reviews

Price: $69.99

Manual: Lightweight, fairly cheap, offers a long reach and there are no limitations of power cord or batteries. But it’s you and your arms doing the cutting 🙂

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The vast majority of people need to prune only a few times per year – and while spending money on a tool which will be used that rarely may seem awkward, it’s still much cheaper that hiring a professional to do it for you. So here are tools that offer solid quality, are easy to use, don’t require much maintenance, have some durability and won’t ruin your budget.

Compared to other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   Weight Length Bar length Saw length For Battery time
Remington RM1025SPS Electric $89.98 4.5 stars 10-11 lbs 10′ 10"
SunJoe SWJ800E Electric $59.92 4.5 stars 7 lbs 9′ 8"
Black & Decker PP610 Electric $87.62 4.5 stars 8 lbs 9.5′ 10"
Black and Decker LPP120 Cordless $135.16* 4.5 stars 6.3 lbs 10′ 8" 25 mins**
GreenWorks 20672 Cordless $154.79* 4.5 stars 8.4 lbs 8′ 8" 33 mins**
Fiskars 14 Foot Pruner Manual $69.99 4.5 stars 5.8 lbs 14′ 15"

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best tree pruner for frequent/professional use:

If there are many trees on your property and you need to prune quite often (or just want a top quality equipment), this section is for you. These tools are more expensive, but also offer a lot of power (or a high quality and very sharp blade), durability, no limitation by electrical cord and some of them also a great reach.

Silky HAYATE

Silky HAYATE

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 5 stars 85+ reviews

Price: $314.46

Manual: Commercial grade unit, its main advantages are extra long reach (about 24 feet!), great saw blade and nice weight.

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Husqvarna 327PT5S

Husqvarna 327PT5S

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 50+ reviews

Price: N/A

Gas powered: Commercial-grade – heavy-duty and very powerful unit, starts easily and has a solid reach. Only slightly heavier.

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Oregon PS250

Oregon PS250

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 75+ reviews

Price: $329.00*

Cordless: Quite expensive but really powerful for a cordless unit. Offers great battery running time and (when compared to gas tools) there is very little maintenance.

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* including battery and charger

Compared to other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   Weight Length Saw length Bar length For Battery time
Silky HAYATE Manual $314.46 5 stars 7.9 lbs 20′ 16-1/2"
Silky HAYAUCHI Manual $239.00 4.5 stars 6.9 lbs 20.7′ 15-2/5"
Husqvarna 327PT5S Gas N/A 4.5 stars 16 lbs 13′ 12"
Husqvarna 128LDX Gas N/A 4.5 stars 10.8 lbs 8′ 12"
Remington RM2599 Maverick Gas $159.99 4 stars 13.2 lbs 8′ 8"
Oregon PS250 Cordless $329.00* 4.5 stars 10.8 lbs 10’4" 8" 60 mins**

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best machines for cutting large branches:

the large bar of Husqvarna chainsaws

The rule of thumb is that you would need a chainsaw that is at least one or two inches longer than the limb’s thickness – all models offer at least 8" bar so they are completely sufficient for most jobs. But if you need to deal with branches that are 8" or even 10" thick, a longer bar of 10" (some electric tools) or 12" (gas machines) will be necessary.

Also, note that there is a difference between bar length of chainsaws and saw length of manual saws – the typical saw length is about 15" which is sufficient for approximately 7" limbs.

Model Type Price Our rating   Weight Length Bar length For Oiling
Husqvarna 128LDX Gas N/A 4.5 stars 10.8 lbs 8′ 12" Automatic
Husqvarna 327PT5S Gas N/A 4.5 stars 16 lbs 13′ 12" Automatic
Remington RM1025SPS Electric $89.98 4.5 stars 10-11 lbs 10′ 10" Push-button
Black & Decker PP610 Electric $87.62 4.5 stars 8 lbs 9.5′ 10" Automatic

Best pole pruner with long reach:

extra long reach of the silky saw

The most common reach of pole tree trimmers is about 14 feet – 9′-10′ length plus few feet depending on your height. If you need to reach even higher, using a ladder is not a good idea at all – rather get a model which offers the reach you need; it’s more expensive of course, but much more comfortable and (most importantly) safe.

You can see that manual pole cutters offer the top lengths, even 20 feet! And there is also one commercial-grade Husqvarna unit if you would want a power pruner instead.

Model Type Price Our rating   Weight Length Saw length Bar length For Lopper
Silky HAYATE Manual $314.46 5 stars 7.9 lbs 20′ 16-1/2" no
Silky HAYAUCHI Manual $239.00 4.5 stars 6.9 lbs 20.7′ 15-2/5" no
Fiskars 14 Foot Pruner Manual $69.99 4.5 stars 5.8 lbs 14′ 15" yes
Fiskars 16 Foot Pruner Manual $109.25 4 stars 6 lbs 16′ 15" yes
Husqvarna 327PT5S Gas N/A 4.5 stars 16 lbs 13′ 12"

Best pruner with both saw and lopper:

cutting a smaller branch using a lopper

While these extendable saws handle medium or larger branches really well, they sometimes struggle with small limbs which are less than 1" in diameter and farther from the tree trunk – they sway and bounce away from the saw.

The ideal tool to get rid of these more effectively is a pole lopper, also called a ratcheting pruner as they mostly use this mechanism to cut the limbs. While it may seem a little awkward, it’s easy to use and doesn’t require much force.

Model Type Price Our rating   Weight Length Saw length For Lopper
Fiskars 14 Foot Pruner Manual $69.99 4.5 stars 5.8 lbs 14′ 15" yes
Fiskars Pruning Stik Manual $96.43 4.5 stars 5.3 lbs 12′ 15" yes
Fiskars 16 Foot Pruner Manual $109.25 4 stars 6 lbs 16′ 15" yes
Silky HAYAUCHI Manual $239.00 4.5 stars 6.9 lbs 20.7′ 15-2/5" no*

* can be purchased separately


Best pole chain saw with a detachable saw:

cutting branches on the ground with a chainsaw removed from the pole

Corded telescopic chainsaws have many advantages – and some of them even offer the ability to detach the saw itself and use it separately without the shaft. You can then cut all the fallen branches into pieces on the ground comfortably.

Of course, these can’t replace a large electric or even gas powered chainsaw for regular cutting – but switching a couple of parts and continuing right away is much easier and more comfortable than taking out a big machine just for those small limbs.

Model Type Price Our rating   Weight Length Bar length For Oiling
Remington RM1025SPS Electric $89.98 4.5 stars 10-11 lbs 10′ 10" Push-button
WORX WG309 Electric $89.88 4.5 stars 10 lbs 8′ 10" Automatic
Earthwise CVPS41008 Electric $77.91 4.5 stars 8.4 lbs 9.6′ 8" Automatic

How to choose the right pole saw?

Firstly, think about what do you intend to use it for – do you need a cheaper tool to use only a few times per year? Or a commercial-grade machine for frequent pruning? Do you need to reach really high or are all the limbs you need to cut closer to the ground? Let’s list the most important factors:

1. Frequency of use and your budget – these two are closely connected, if you need to use the pruner only a few times per year, you wouldn’t probably want to spend a lot of money on it. On the other hand, high quality units for a frequent use cost much more.

2. Reach – think about what height you’ll need to reach at so that you don’t buy a model that is too short. Most telescoping chainsaws offer a reach of about 14 feet – so if you need more, a manual pole trimmer will be your best bet. (the formula is simple – take the tool’s length and add a few feet depending on your height and how high you’ll be able to hold it – for example at chest-high with lighter ones and at waist level with those that are heavier)

3. Branch size – also consider how large will be the limb you need to cut. Most of the time, pole chain saws are able to cut branches that are 1"-2" shorter than its bar so if you need to deal with thicker limbs, get a gas pole saw or an electric with a 10" bar. Manual saws are able to cut branches with thickness approximately one half of the saw length.

4. Type – there are four types available: manual pole saws and electric (corded), cordless or gas chainsaws – and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. So think about your needs and how they correlate with each type, for example buying a corded unit for a very large property wouldn’t be a good idea.

Manual

Electric

Cordless

Gas Powered

Pros:

  • Cheaper (mostly)
  • Lightweight
  • Free movement
  • Longer reach

Cons:

  • Powered by user 🙂
  • Slower cutting

Pros:

  • Cheaper
  • Deatachable saw (some models)

Cons:

  • Limited by cord

Pros:

  • Free movement
  • Lightweight (mostly)

Cons:

  • Limited by battery

Pros:

  • Powerful
  • Free movement

Cons:

  • Heavier, louder
  • More expensive

Prefer a certain brand?

If you already own some products of a particular manufacturer’s cordless lineup or just have a favorite brand, we have specific sections for you:

Black & Decker    Husqvarna    Greenworks    Remington Silky    Fiskars

 

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