Pole Saw Safety Tips & How to Prune

Using a pole saw can be quite dangerous if you do not follow some basic safety principles. Most of them are pretty obvious and you can probably figure them out using a common sense – but just in case you are not completely sure, here they are:

Safety equipment


  • Eye protectionsafety goggles or glasses are the most important piece of protective gear – you need to look upwards and the sawdust is flying everywhere so it will find its way to your eyes without a doubt.
  • Hard hat – all kinds of things can happen, even if you stand farther from the falling branch, it can break another limb which is suddenly falling on you. So protect your head, ideally using a face mesh shield as well – our most recommended is the Husqvarna ProForest helmet system.

Recommended / optional:

  • Gloves – for a better grip and protection when manipulating with the chain.
  • Closed-toe work boots, long sleeves, pants – for some additional protection against falling debris or branches.
  • Earmuffs – particularly when using a gas pole chainsaw.
  • Cheap dust mask – against inhaling the sawdust. But you would probably need it only if you prune very often or for extended time periods.

Check the saw

The next step before each use is to inspect the chain for any missing, damaged or heavily worn pieces – if you find any, the safest option is to replace the chain.

Also make sure it is properly oiled and check its tension (and remember to always wear gloves while manipulating with it).

How to prune

  • Use the pole saw only when standing on a flat and stable surface – no mud, ice, slope or even a ladder, stepstool or similar raised position that is not fully secured.
  • Ensure there are no power lines nearby – maintain a distance of at least 50 feet as electricity can arc from one point to another!
  • pole saw and power lines

  • Plan an escape path in case some branches fell unexpectedly and make sure there are no bystanders nearby that can be hit by falling limbs
  • Do not stand directly below the branch – this is a no-brainer but also the most important point. Rather maintain a 60 degree angle – it is the least tiring position and also keeps a safe distance from the limb.
  • the right pruning angle

Now let’s talk a bit about the actual pruning technique:

  • Rest the pole saw on the branch and apply only a little pressure – let its weight do the job.
  • Release the pressure just before the end of the cut a grip the handle tightly – do not let the tool fall with the limb.
  • Start with lower limbs and then continue upwards.
  • When dealing with long and heavy limbs, start from the end and make two or more cuts to gradually relieve pressure – and after most of the branch has been removed, make a final smooth cut near the trunk.

making multiple cuts on longer and heavier limbs


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