5 Best Pole Saws of 2018: Tall Trees Stand NO Chance
The best pole saw is one of those tools that you’d rather have around the house, use only a few times a year, than not have it at all.
The other option, of course, is to clamber up a ladder with a pole pruner and a chainsaw and have a go at those branches and shrubs while trying to balance yourself with those potentially dangerous tools.
We don’t recommend the above especially when the best pole saws don’t cost much. They are indispensable, save you tons of effort, time, money and probably a trip to the hospital.
So, you’ve decided, that come winter, you are not going to haul out that ladder. You are going to stay on your feet, on the ground and work on those shrubs just the way you are supposed to. Only, you don’t know a thing about pole saws. Luckily our guide will break down the best potential picks.
Top 5 Pole Saws
Our first pick is the WORX WG309, a corded electrical pole saw that gets you the best of both worlds. It features a detachable chainsaw at the end of an 8-feet extension pole.
Attach both the poles and you can easily reach branches 10-12 feet above the ground, depending on how tall you are.
Once you are done trimming or pruning the shrubs, you can detach the chainsaw and work on the limbs for easy disposal.
Being electrically powered, it’s low on maintenance, starts at the touch of a button (no messy pulls after a period of hibernation) and features automatic oiling and chain tensioning.
The caveat is that you will be lugging around a long power cord. Not a huge problem if you consider that it costs almost half of what a gas powered pole saw does and saves you hours on maintenance.
The WORX WG309 is perfect for trimming small to medium-sized branches and shrubs around your home. It weighs 10 lbs. and is easy to maneuver even when you are reaching out at full stretch.
The saw at the end is a tad heavy given that it’s extended at the end of two poles. But with a little practice, you can use that added weight to your advantage. The trick is to just rest the saw against the branch before applying power.
It goes through 5-7” thick branches like a knife through cheese.
Pros and cons
- Simply tighten the chain, fill the oil reservoir.
- 10-12 foot reach.
- Cuts through branches that are 5-7″ thick
- A little heavy at the end. But after a few passes, you should be able to use this easily.
If you hate lugging around a cord in the yard and the pruning jobs around your home are limited to branches and shrubs that are 3-5 inches in diameter, then you might want to check out the LPP120 cordless pole saw from Black and Decker.
This budget-priced cordless pole saw is powered by a 20-Volt Lithium-Ion battery and allows you the freedom to go anywhere on the property without being limited by a cord.
B&D claims that it lasts for about 100 cuts of 1-1/2-inch branches on a single charge. That might fluctuate depending on the density and the hardness of the wood. But on an average, you can get about 120 square inches of cuts from this on a single charge. The charge time is about 4 hours, which is decent.
Cordless and electric is a great combo. No messy oil leaks or maintenance woes. You can plug her in, charge, power-on and get on with your chore.
The Black & Decker LPP120 comes with an extension pole that can be extended to 9 feet in 3 interlocking pieces. It’s not one bit wobbly and stays steady even when you are working on denser and heavier branches.
This gives it a total overhead reach of about 10-14 feet, which is excellent given the price point. It weighs just 6 lbs. and can be used by women and seniors too.
It has an 8-inch cutting chain which allows you to work through medium-sized branches at best. With a little time, effort and retightening of the chain, you may be able to cut through thicker branches as well. But we don’t really recommend that.
It works as advertised and is one of the top-rated cordless pole saws in the market currently.
Pros and cons
- 14-feet overhead reach
- Cordless convenience
- 4-hour charging time
- A little slower than a gas powered or corded pole saw. But at this price point, this cannot be beat
The Poulan Pro is a cordless pole saw that’s often compared to a gas powered one for its ability to trim down heavy-duty branches.
That might sound like a tall claim. But Poulan walks the talk with this beast of a machine that can be the perfect replacement for your old gas-guzzling clunker.
It is fast, easy to use and lightweight. It features two extension poles, which when attached together allow you to reach up to 14 feet depending on your height. The over-mold grip handle gives you great control when it’s operational.
An automatic oiler ensures that the oil levels are maintained for optimum performance at all times. Also, there’s an oil level indicator that alerts you when the levels start to dwindle.
Powering the Poulan Pro 967044201 is a 40 Volt battery that extends its runtime beyond 2 hours on a single charge. That translates into fewer passes and less time spent recharging the battery. You can always upgrade to a 4Ah battery for larger lawns that need more runtime.
As we mentioned earlier, this one can 8” chain that can cut branches that are up to 8 inches in diameter. Unless you have a lot of woodwork or live in a heavily wooded area where you tackle branches thicker than that on a regular basis, the Poulan Pro 967044201 will be the perfect choice for you.
But, the extra power on that brute of a saw comes at the cost of a little extra weight at the cutting head. If you have used gas powered pole saws before, this won’t be a problem at all. But if you have upgraded from a lightweight machine, take some time to get a hang of the handling and balance.
Pros and cons
- 4-year warranty from Poulan
- Cordless electric convenience
- Up to 14 feet reach
- A little heavy near the cutting head. Might take some getting used to, if you are upgrading from a lightweight machine
The Oregon Cordless PS250 has identical specifications to the Poulan Pro 976044201. It is a cordless electric pole saw powered by a 40 V Lithium-Ion battery. How then, is the higher price tag justified?
For starters, the Oregon PS250-A6 is built like a brick. It features an extension shaft made of fiberglass composite. Not only is this lighter than metallic ones, it is also more flexible.
Have you ever found yourself in a corner, unable to reach a branch? The PS250-A6 is flexible and it can bend a little, allowing you better reach. It extends to 10.4 feet at its maximum and gives you almost 16 feet reach overhead.
Another neat feature is that the motor is mounted on the middle of the shaft unlike near the head for the other pole saws in this list. This improves the weight balance and despite being a slightly heavy 13.4 lbs., it is still pretty easy to maneuver.
The 4 Ah 40V battery is compatible with all of Oregon’s power tools that use a 40V battery. So, you can buy one of their Oregon hedge trimmers, chainsaws or edgers without a battery and use the same one instead.
This is where the Oregeon PS250-A6 really shines. This brute of a machine can make short work of branches that are almost 8 inches thick, although the manufacturer cites 5-6 inches in their advertisement.
The operation is butter-smooth without any vibrations at all felt in the hand. You can get close to 2 hours of runtime on a single charge, which again is phenomenal for residential use.
The only possible downside is that with the battery loaded, it is almost 13.4 lbs. which can start to tire your hands if you are handling a lot of trees. But hey, you will be more than willing to overlook the extra weight when you see this in operation.
Pros and cons
- Fiberglass composite extension shaft
- 4-times quieter as compared to gas-powered pole saws
- Smooth operation devoid of any vibrations in hand
- If you are a small, petite individual, then you might find this a little difficult to handle at 13.4 lbs.
The Remington Ranger RM1025P is a chainsaw-pole saw combo tool like the Worx WG309. This allows you to detach the chainsaw and use it as a standalone tool. We actually reviewed this as part of our electric saw reviews as it’s a true “combination.”
But when you are looking to trim shrubs and branches, attach it to the telescopic extension shaft that extends your reach to 15 feet above the ground.
It is made of aluminum and hence the tool weighs a pleasant 12 pounds, giving you the flexibility and dexterity you seek for the job.
Extending and collapsing the bar is a breeze due to a flip lock clamp that can be engaged even with one hand.
There are some neat safety features integrated into the Remington Ranger. A trigger-lock is intuitively placed to prevent the trigger from being pressed accidentally. This is an excellent feature if you have a large property and take frequent breaks.
Also, it has an anti-twirl mechanism which prevents the tool from twisting in your hands mid-way while it is operational. That’s a common problem faced when using heavy-duty gas powered pole saws.
The saw is a beast. It is powered by an 8-amp motor and can glide through thin bushes and hedges. On the thicker side, it can easily cut branches and logs that are up to 6” in diameter.
Since you do not have to bother about running out of power midway or towards the end of a trim, the Remington Ranger RM1025P will be a great pick for large households that have a lot of tree cover.
The catch is that the Ranger RM1025P has a bulb pressure fed manual oiling system. You must squeeze the bulb every time you engage the saw. Also, when you store it away, keep a rag or a blanket under it because it may leak oil.
Pros and cons
- Chain and Pole Saw combo tool
- Telescopic extension bar that extends the reach to 15 feet
- Multiple safety features
- Manual pressure fed oiling system
When it comes to pole saws, it can be difficult to find one that stands out above the rest. When you break it down, you want to look at power (usually measured in amperes), portability (corded vs cordless), reach, and combination saws. All things considered, the Worx is our top pick. It has the perfect ratio between price, power, and can work as a standalone chainsaw.
Chainsaw Expert for Electricchainsawexpert.com