Sawing and pruning are a large part of the arborist's job, so having the best equipment can make your day go much faster. Check out our video on the best arborist hand saws and the different pole saws available.
What are Pole Saws and Pole Pruners?
A pole saw, sometimes called a pole pruner, is exactly what it sounds like, it's a saw at the end of the pole. If you're looking for one, you're sure to know what it is. However, there are several different options available when it comes to pole saws. They can be as simple as a fiberglass pole with a hand saw attached as the cutting head. They can also become complex, with telescoping poles and chainsaw cutting heads. Let's go over them in a bit more detail.
The Anatomy of a Pole Saw or Pole Pruner
When you're looking at one of these tools, you're going to find two main parts, with some having a third component.
The pole itself is the handle of the tool you're looking at. Some of the most basic models will have poles made from wood, while others opt for fiberglass poles. Fiberglass poles have a distinct advantage because they're lightweight, hollow, and strong. Some pruning poles have an extending, telescopic pole. This lets the user find the right length, meaning that they may not have to leave the ground at all while tree trimming.
The Cutting Implement
The cutting head of a pole saw will be dependent upon the type of pole saw you're using. If it's a manual pole saw, it's going to be a lightweight, serrated blade. These are best used to cut branches that aren't too thin or too thick in diameter. Large branches may be better handled by the other pole saws available. These pole saws are a power tool, with either a chainsaw or an oscillating saw as the means for cutting. If you have a powered pole saw, then the next component is going to apply to you.
The Means of Power
Powered pole saws and pruners come in two main varieties. You'll find electric pole saws and gas powered pole saws. Gas powered models have been around for a while, and they've proven to be durable and useful to arborists. In the past, the electric variety was more limited than the gas powered. This is because they required a power outlet to operate. However, with the advancement of batteries, more cordless pole saws have started to become available. They're lighter, quieter, and easier to use while trimming trees in most cases.
What Should I Use a Pole Saw For?
When you're looking for a pole saw or a pole pruner, you're likely looking to use them to trim branches. They can also make quick work of tree trimming. There are just some things you need to keep in mind when choosing your next saw.
Pole Saw Length
The best pole saw is the one that lets you trim every branch that you need to. This means that finding the perfect tool may take some time. You want to make sure that, when fully extended, you still have the necessary control to trim branches. Hard to reach branches should still be within reach when you're using your saw.
What You'll Be Trimming
If you're trimming thick branches, you may want to invest in a saw that's got a motor. While you can tackle thicker branches with a manual saw, it can be a lot of hard work. A motorized pruning pole will make getting through thick branches easy. Keep in mind the trees and branches you've got in your yard, and choose the right tool.
How Often You'll Be Using the Saw
If you're offering tree trimming services, it's unlikely that a manual pole saw or pole pruner is going to cut it. However, if you're going to use it in your personal yard, then a manual pole saw can make quick work of tree chores around the home. Choose a saw that carries the best features for your needs.
As Always, Be Safe
Whether you're a professional arborist or a DIY homeowner, safety while cutting trees is a must. Be sure to stock up on eye protection, ear protection, and other safety implements, as well. When cutting higher branches, make sure to use caution, and secure your ladder. If you need any supplies related to tree care and safety, we've got it!