SunJoe SWJ800E Review

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Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 990+ reviews

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The SunJoe SWJ800E is a quality electric pole chain saw – lightweight, inexpensive, very easy to handle and with enough power, the automatic oiler helps as well. Great for an occasional homeowner use.

Pros:
  • Easy to use, not heavy
  • Overall performance, enough power
Cons:
  • none significant
Key specifications:

SWJ800E – 8-Inch 6.5AMP Electric Pole Chain Saw – Let's Open the Box – How to Assemble

Handling and reach

reach of the SWJ800EThe SWJ800E comes with most of the pros and cons of electric tools – it’s fairly cheap, very easy to use, you are not limited by battery running time and also don’t have to mix fuel. On the other hand, you’ll have to drag a power cord to all places where you’d like to use it.

The assembly is simple, the manual is easy to follow and you can even take a look at the video above. The fiberglass pole is quite light, but also really sturdy, there is no bending or twisting at all. It offers the common length of 9 feet when fully extended so the maximum reach would be around 14 feet from the ground, depending on your height. And extending or collapsing it is very easy, you just loosen the lock and tighten it up afterwards, everything works smoothly.

When used at smaller lengths, the saw is really easy to operate and you can also use it to cut the fallen limbs into pieces on the ground. On the other hand, it becomes a bit unwieldy when fully extended, the weight shifts farther from you so it requires more strength to control – but that’s a common problem of all pole chainsaws.

Design of the handle

Power

According to its weight and design, this unit is more similar to cordless pole saws, so don’t expect the power of 8 Amp electric or even gas machines – but it has more than enough juice to get the job done, cutting 5" limbs easily (the limit is somewhere around 6 or 7 inches). And as with similar machines, don’t put too much pressure on it when cutting, just let its weight do the job.

The oiler is automatic and works fine, it seems it uses just the right amount of oil (a few users reported it drips oil a little when stored so you can just keep an old towel under it). Tensioning the chain is also very easy, you just turn a screw using a provided tool.

Conclusion:  If you want quality and inexpensive pole saw and don’t mind using a power cord, SunJoe SWJ800E would be a great choice for you. Lightweight and very easy to use – we can definitely recommend it.

However, it is still intended mainly for occasional homeowner use – for more frequent pruning, take a look at these tools.

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the saw in action      cutting a branch using the SunJoe pole saw

Specifications:

  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Length: 9 ft
  • Bar length: 8"
  • Oiling: Automatic
  • Cord lock: yes
  • Warranty: 2-year full

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Frequently asked questions:

Are there any accessories I should buy?

If you don’t have a long extension cord yet, go with the Coleman 100 feet cable.

Also, you would need some oil for the chain (it’s not included) – for example this one.

Is there any maintenance needed?

The motor is an enclosed unit so no maintenance is required. You’ll just need to adjust the chain tension if needed (very easy to do) and also fill the oil reservoir when it becomes empty.

How to assemble it?
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How to replace the chain?
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