BEST POLE SAW
What is a pole saw?
A pole saw is – as the name suggests – a long pole with an electric saw attached to the end. These are usually designed to allow users to cut through branches, vines, and other material high above the ground. They are controlled at the handle end and allow the user to reach far higher without the use of a ladder.
Worx WG309 8 Amp 10-inch Pole Saw
Scotts Outdoor Power Tools
DEWALT 20V MAX XR Pole Saw
Why do I need a pole saw?
Pole saws can be an extremely useful tool in the arsenal of yard maintenance. For anyone who has spent time using a ladder and saw can attest, this is highly time-consuming (as you need to continually move the ladder) and can be unsafe – particularly as you lean ever further with the saw. A pole saw prevents this need and can make pruning a far easier task. There are many pole saws available on the market at fairly reasonable prices. This guide will walk you through the best ones, whatever your specific needs.
In order to create this list, we reviewed the many different pole saw options available. We wanted to make sure the list contained a broad range of options, so as to fit a variety of different needs. However, it was important to ensure that all of the different models available were of high quality. We, therefore, judged the pole saws based on the following criteria: build quality, safety, weight, user-friendly features, effectiveness, power, length, price, and brand name.
Once we had done this, we condensed our list down to a top five, containing the best budget option, the best luxury option, and our absolute favorite as the top pick. The below list, therefore, contains only quality items, divided up based on your budget and your specific needs. At the bottom of this list is a buyers’ guide – giving you a few universal things you need to consider when buying a pole saw.
Our #1 Pick
Worx WG309, 8 Amp 10-inch Corded Electric Pole Saw & Chainsaw with Auto-Tension
This gets the nod as our top pick due mostly to its combination of effectiveness and simplicity. Unlike some other pole saws on the market, this one demonstrates power without being needlessly complex. For the amateur user, the Worx Pole Saw is an excellent piece of equipment – it’s deeply intuitive and requires very little maintenance. If you want something that will work hard for you, but not necessarily require you to reciprocate, you can’t go wrong with this pole saw.
What We Like:
Scotts Outdoor Power Tools PS45010S 10-Inch 8-Amp Corded Electric Pole Saw
This may be our budget pick, but it doesn’t mean that it’s any less quality than any of the others on the list. What it does mean is that it comes in at less than $75, nearly half of others on the market. This one does all the same functions as the best ones out there – it really just lacks in a couple of precise areas. However, for most users, this is more than up to standard.
This is the best option for the brand new user: it won’t put too much of a dent in your wallet, but it’ll still be doing its job after years of use.
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DEWALT 20V MAX XR Pole Saw, 15-Foot Reach, Tool Only (DCPS620B)
If you have the cash to splash, then this DeWalt Pole Saw is the one for you. It packs a serious punch and will be able to handle anything you throw at it. It has the longest handle of any on our list and is designed to be extremely gentle and easy to control, despite the power it provides. This may be a heavy piece of equipment, but it doesn’t feel like it. All in all, this is a truly magnificent pole saw that really justifies its hefty price tag.
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Most Flexible Pole Saw
Sun Joe SWJ803E 10 inch 8.0 Amp Electric Multi-Angle Pole Chain Saw
The best thing about this pole saw is its flexibility. It’s multi-angle by name, and multi-angle by nature. The variety of angles makes it easy to get through the bigger branches, as you can attack them from different sides. The price of this one is also impressive – this model does the work of its competitors costing more than $100. This is a great option if you’ve got serious branches to trim, but don’t want to break the bank.
What We Like:
Most Versatile Pole Saw
Sun Joe SWJ806E 8-Inch 8.0 Amp 2-in-1 Convertible Pole Chain Saw
We absolutely love the fact that this is a convertible 2-in-1 model. The ability to use it as a chainsaw means that you’re almost guaranteed to get a full set of usage from it. It does both sets of jobs extremely well as well, effectively making it a double purchase.
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Pole Saw Buyer’s Guide
What pole saw features are important?
Aside from consulting the models above, the key detail to look for is an automatic oiling system without leakage. This is not standard on all models but will make life significantly easier if you’re able to buy a model with this component. The automatic oiling system will keep your saw working better for longer, and the leakage prevention will ensure you’re not left with a mess (or worse, drips while you’re using it). This feature may seem like a small detail but it will make a lot of difference for the ease of use, maintenance, and longevity of your saw.
What to look for in a pole saw blade
Whatever model you’re buying, you should look at the blades. It’s important to buy a model with adjustable cutting angles. This will make it far easier to cut into a wide variety of branches and will save you a lot of work when it comes to having to maneuver yourself into the right position. Adjustable cutting blades are also a good sign that the manufacturers have thought about the user first and foremost, and therefore usually indicate a good build quality. Adjustable cutting blades are also a useful safety feature that will help keep you from overextending as you are using the saw.
What size pole saw should I buy?
It can be difficult to estimate the right size of saw to buy. The temptation is always to buy as long a saw as possible since this will cover you against a multitude of situations. However, the longer a pole saw, the more difficult it is to control (and the more expensive it usually is). Generally, you should operate on the assumption that you’ll need up to 15 feet of overhead reach. Any more than this, and you may need to start looking at industrial models – or hire a professional crew in to help.