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Best Pole Saw Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

Best Pole Saw Reviews 2019

As summer gets in full-swing and trees grow thicker and thicker, autumn looms right around the corner and, with it, the heavier rains and storms that will inevitably tear many of the older branches down. In order to stay ahead of the curve, you need to get a pole saw which is why we have put together the 5 best pole saw reviews of 2019. To further help you make an informed decision, we also provide a helpful buyer’s guide as well as an FAQ. The Remington and Greenworks are our best options, but they are not for every situation or every budget. Of course, you have to keep reading to find out more.

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Remington RM4216 16-inch Gas Powered Chainsaw with Carrying Case
Top Pick
Oregon CS1500 18 in. 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw
Best Value
WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 15.0 Amp
Ryobi P546 10 in. ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium+ Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
ARKSEN 45CC Gasoline Powered Chainsaw Wood Cutter 22" inch Chain Saw Handheld, 2-Stoke Gas Engine EPA
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Remington RM4216 16-inch Gas Powered Chainsaw with Carrying Case
Oregon CS1500 18 in. 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw
WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 15.0 Amp
Ryobi P546 10 in. ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium+ Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
ARKSEN 45CC Gasoline Powered Chainsaw Wood Cutter 22" inch Chain Saw Handheld, 2-Stoke Gas Engine EPA
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474 Ratings
355 Ratings
1,085 Ratings
60 Ratings
33 Ratings
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Best Seller
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Remington RM4216 16-inch Gas Powered Chainsaw with Carrying Case
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Remington RM4216 16-inch Gas Powered Chainsaw with Carrying Case
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474 Ratings
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Top Pick
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Oregon CS1500 18 in. 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw
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Oregon CS1500 18 in. 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw
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355 Ratings
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Best Value
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WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 15.0 Amp
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WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 15.0 Amp
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1,085 Ratings
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Ryobi P546 10 in. ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium+ Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
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Ryobi P546 10 in. ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium+ Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
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60 Ratings
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ARKSEN 45CC Gasoline Powered Chainsaw Wood Cutter 22" inch Chain Saw Handheld, 2-Stoke Gas Engine EPA
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ARKSEN 45CC Gasoline Powered Chainsaw Wood Cutter 22" inch Chain Saw Handheld, 2-Stoke Gas Engine EPA
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33 Ratings
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Remington RM2599 Maverick 25cc 2-Cycle 8-Inch Gas Pole Saw – Best Seller

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Remington RM4216 16-inch Gas Powered Chainsaw with Carrying Case
474 Ratings
Remington RM4216 16-inch Gas Powered Chainsaw with Carrying Case
  • RELIABLE ENGINE: 42cc 2-cycle gas powered engine with low-kickback 16-inch bar and chain tames medium to large-sized branches. Perfect for...
  • COMFORTABLE OPERATION: Equipped with a 5-point anti-vibration system and cushion wrap handle for more balance and comfort while operating.
  • QUICKSTART TECHNOLOGY: Make pull starts easier to rev up and get right to cutting.

Remington Tools is easily one of the older companies on our list, though, in truth, the company is actually a subsidiary brand of MTD Products. That said, the history of this brand extends almost a century into the past and has maintained a high level of quality for pretty much the duration of its existence. While some off-shoring has definitely affected the brand a bit, it is still by far one of the best outdoor lawn care equipment brands on the market sitting mostly in the mid-tier market. To be clear, Remington still offers a number of professional-grade tools, and the Remington RM2599 pole saw is a prime example of this principle in action.

Great Power
Pole saws are not necessarily known for their massive amounts of power, largely due to the fact that holding something with too much cutting power that far away from your body can genuinely present a legitimate risk of bodily harm. That said, unless you want to climb and harness yourself from a tree, chances are that you need your pole saw to provide a decent amount of cutting power to get anything of note accomplished. Thankfully, the RM2599 pole saw provides by far the most power out of any pole saw that we reviewed. Most of this comes down to the fact that this is a gas-powered pole saw with a 25cc 2-stroke engine, allowing the Remington pole saw to generate significantly more torque and continuous cutting power due to the combustion power. Of course, it does not hurt that the Remington RM2599 pole saw also provides a solid size bar of 8” with a maximum cutting thickness of 6”. On top of that, this gas pole saw also offers the fastest chain speed out of any product on our list as well at just over 15 meters per second, which is significantly faster than any other option we came across.

Decent Versatility
Outside of providing by far more cutting power than the other options on our list, the Remington pole saw also offers some of the best versatility we found too. In this instance, you are getting a pole saw that can technically function as more than a dozen other outdoor lawn care tools thanks to Remington’s universal attachment system. This allows you to purchase a wide variety of different attachments that can be switched out for the chainsaw bar to further increase the overall value of this product. For instance, there are outdoor cleaning attachments for the side of your house or even vehicles, but there are also other standard outdoor lawn care tool attachments for trimming bushes and hedges. Some of this value is technically mitigated with a fairly high price point, as well as the need to constantly purchase fuel and oil, but it is still a fairly small price to pay in order not to purchase numerous tools ranging anywhere from $100 or more. Granted, this means that the RM2599 pole saw is also the most complicated to use, both as a pole saw and as a utility tool in general, but the maximum reach of 15’ is also good for second-best on our list too.

Remington RM4216 16-inch Gas Powered Chainsaw with Carrying Case

Pros

  • Is a gas-powered pole saw
  • Has a 25cc engine
  • Has an 8” bar
  • Has a maximum reach of 15’
  • Has an automatic oiler
  • Can accept numerous attachments

Cons

  • Is a more expensive pole saw
  • Is the most complicated pole saw reviewed

Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw, 2.0 AH Battery Included 20672 – Top Pick

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Oregon CS1500 18 in. 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw
355 Ratings
Oregon CS1500 18 in. 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw
  • Includes 18" guide bar and PowerSharp chain, which minimizes downtime by allowing you to sharpen your saw right on the chain in 3 seconds or...
  • Get to work right away with the instant start capability
  • Low noise, silent between cuts

Greenworks is easily the newest company our list, but that should not necessarily dissuade you from choosing it. A big part of why Greenworks is so new has to do with the fact that technology takes a bit of time before it can be perfected. In this instance, the issue arose from the general philosophy of the company not matching up with the technology available. Specifically, Greenworks, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is exclusively an electric power tool manufacturer. While seems great in theory, it was only recently that electric power tool technology advanced enough to truly compete with gas-powered power tools, especially as it relates to outdoor lawn care. On top of that, Greenworks specializes exclusively not only in electric power tools but in lawn care equipment as well.

Surprising Power
As mentioned prior, electric power tools have often lagged behind gas-powered alternatives as it relates to mechanical power which is especially true for larger power tools. Thankfully, Greenworks has been able to take advantage of more recent innovations in electric motors to provide a wide variety of outdoor power tools such that they can competently compete with gas-powered models, at least for the average homeowner. One primary example of this with the 20762 pole saw comes with its 40V motor, though that designation is a bit of a misnomer. It is not truly accurate to look at this motor as utilizing 40V entirely but rather like a motor which can accept multiple power sources. Still, this does leave the Greenworks pole saw as one of the more powerful electric pole saws on our list. On top of that, the 8” bar provides a great maximum cutting thickness of 8”, though that should definitely be taken with a grain of salt. While this is the most powerful electric pole saw on our list, it should not be mistaken as actually more powerful than a similar gas-powered pole saw.

Solid Versatility
Much like our best-selling pole saw, the Greenworks pole saw offers some nice features which help to further extend the overall value of the product. A great example of this is the ability of this pole saw to detach the chain bar head in favor of a hedge trimming head. To be clear, this cordless pole saw does not offer quite the extent of head versatility that some of the other pole saws do, but it definitely provides more than most of the others on our list. On top of that, the Greenworks pole saw also provides a decent maximum reach of 14’ which, while the lowest, is still well within reasonable expectations for a consumer-grade pole saw. It is also worth noting that the Greenworks 20762 pole saw is still able to achieve its maximum reach even with an angled head. This is important because the angled head not only allows you to get a better cutting angle than most other pole saws, but it also allows you to get better leverage when making the cut than straight head pole saws.

Oregon CS1500 18 in. 15 Amp Self-Sharpening Corded Electric Chainsaw

Pros

  • Is an electric pole saw
  • Has an 8” bar
  • Has a 40V motor
  • Has an automatic oiler
  • Can accept numerous attachments
  • Has an angled head

Cons

  • Is a more expensive pole saw
  • Not the most powerful

BLACK+DECKER LPP120B Bare Max Lithium Ion Pole Pruning Saw – Best Value

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WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 15.0 Amp
1,085 Ratings
WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 15.0 Amp
  • 15.0 Amp motor output delivers a more powerful cutting performance to the extended, 18 inch bar
  • Patented auto tension chain system prevents over tightening; stays at the right tension for hundreds of uses
  • Low kickback bar and built in chain brake for added safety; Chain Links : 63

BLACK+DECKER is easily one of the most recognizable and best-selling brands of power tools across the globe. With a history that stretches back far further than any other product on our list, it is still important to note that the company does not exclusively specialize in outdoor lawn care equipment. Still, as one of the largest power tool manufacturers which has merged with Stanley hand tools and purchased the overwhelming majority of other American power tool brands, it is the undisputed king of American power tools, in terms of sales. That said, it is important to remember that the actually BLACK+DECKER brand got its start as a consumer-grade product and continues that trend to this day.

Solid Value
By far the best quality of the BLACK+DECKER pole saw is the fact that it is also the least expensive product that we reviewed. A word of caution: when you go bargain hunting, prepare for some flaws, but thankfully the cutting power of this pole saw is not one of those issues. In fact, for a 20V motor, this cordless electric pole saw offers some surprising cutting power, even if the chain speed is a bit slower than desired. On top of that, the 8” bar and a maximum reach of 14’ are both well within line for the industry standard of a consumer-grade pole saw. One thing that is definitely a bit surprising comes from the fact that this pole saw is not nearly as convenient as many of BLACK+DECKER’s other products. Specifically, this power pole saw is one of the few that does not use an automatic oiler which instead requires you to manually oil the blade after a bit of use.

Ups and Downs
To be clear, the LPP120B pole saw is nowhere near the most effective pole saw that we reviewed, but BLACK+DECKER is a consumer-grade power tool manufacturer. That means the company focuses as much, if not more, on the convenience and price point and far less on providing a professional-grade performance. However, it is worth noting that this particular pole saw comes with some significant caveats, first and foremost being the fact that it is not terribly durable. Thankfully, the issue comes with the plastic cover not being able to handle the vibration and stripping the fastening. This can be managed with better fasteners or even the use of industrial adhesive. That is not to suggest that all if bad as this is one of the lighter pole saws that we reviewed which will help reduce user fatigue if used for an extended period of time.

WORX WG304.1 Chain Saw 18-Inch 4 15.0 Amp

Pros

  • Is an electric pole saw
  • Has a maximum reach of 14’
  • Is the least expensive pole saw reviewed
  • Has a 20V motor
  • Is a lightweight pole saw
  • Has an 8” bar

Cons

  • Must be oiled manually
  • Not the most durable

Silky New Professional Series 178-39 Telescopic Landscaping Pole Saw HAYAUCHI 390 – Runner Up

Ryobi P546 10 in. ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium+ Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
60 Ratings
Ryobi P546 10 in. ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium+ Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
  • BATTERY AND CHARGER NOT INCLUDED
  • Push-button oiler for easy chain lubrication and longer chain life
  • 10 in. bar and chain

Silky saws are a surprisingly well-established tool manufacturer, though it is definitely a bit niche– which might help explain why you may not be familiar with the company. Quite simply, Silky Saws got its start, and continues today, primarily as a manufacturer of saw blades more than anything else. That said, it is worth noting that this manufacturer uses high-end crafting techniques, as opposed to simple steel stamping, to produce their saw blades. It is also important to remember that Silky differentiates itself from the other companies on our list in another important way. This is the only brand that we reviewed which sells exclusively hand tools and is a big part of why it is so far down on our list.

Change of Pace
While this may seem like a negative quality, we want to stress the fact that Silky Saws being hand tools is not necessarily a negative quality. Instead, the manual element of using a Silky Saw simply relegates it to a more niche market of consumers who are more than willing to put in a bit of elbow grease at the expensive of speed and convenience. Thankfully, the hand tool designation also allows for some backend, and often overlooked, qualities to shine at the forefront. For instance, this is by far the easiest pole saw on our list to maintain since there are no moving parts. This also inherently makes it much easier to use, at least from a mechanical perspective, but the sheer quality of the saw blade has its own caveat. Specifically, the Silky Saw pole saw is by far the most expensive pole saw that we reviewed which will definitely turn away some consumers. That said, this is also the lightest pole saw on our list which will at least help reduce user fatigue while manually cutting your branches.

Great Specs
Still, if you know what you are doing, the 178-39 is easily one of the better pole saws you can select for a number of reasons and is technically the only professional pole saw on our list. First, this pole saw has the longest maximum reach that we found at 21’, and the comparison is not even close to being 6’ longer than the next closest competitor. However, you do not have to worry about the Silky pole saw being cumbersome as the pole is telescopic and will essentially collapse into itself depending on how long of a reach you actually need. On top of that, this Professional Series pole saw also features an 8” saw blade, so you do not have to worry about the maximum cutting diameter of this option compared to its competitors. In fact, the manual operation of the Silky pole saw technically makes it able to cut thicker branches than any other we reviewed.

Ryobi P546 10 in. ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium+ Cordless Chainsaw (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)

Pros

  • Is a manual pole saw
  • Has an 8” bar
  • Has the longest maximum reach reviewed at 21’
  • Is easy to maintain
  • Has a telescoping pole
  • Is the lightest pole saw reviewed

Cons

  • Is the most expensive pole saw reviewed
  • Takes more effort to use

Sun Joe 20VIONLTE-PS8 8-inch 2.0-Amp 20-Volt Cordless Telescoping Pole Chain Saw – Also Consider

ARKSEN 45CC Gasoline Powered Chainsaw Wood Cutter 22' inch Chain Saw Handheld, 2-Stoke Gas Engine EPA
33 Ratings
ARKSEN 45CC Gasoline Powered Chainsaw Wood Cutter 22" inch Chain Saw Handheld, 2-Stoke Gas Engine EPA
  • 【Durable Chainsaw】 Our chainsaw will make tasks like tree pruning, clearing land, preparing firewood or cleaning up after a storm...
  • 【2 Stroke Engine】 45cc engine with two stokes is perfect for cutting jobs around garden or farm; Quick Release - Quick release air...
  • 【Engine Clean Air-Intake System】 Efficiently prevent the dust from entering into the engine can be remove easily for cleaning; Eco-Boost...

First, this company is actually called Snow Joe with Sun Joe simply being one of the brands developed. The reason for this is because the company used to exclusively make one of the best consumer-grade snow blowers on the market. Their snow blower was so successful, in fact, that consumer soon clamored for other outdoor power tools. Happy to oblige, Snow Joe developed the Sun Joe brand to provide a wide range of outdoor lawn care equipment. Unfortunately, Sun Joe is not quite as effective within their market as Snow Joe is in theirs which is a big part of why the Sun Joe pole saw is so far down on our list.

Bargain Costs
One of the more attractive qualities of the Sun Joe pole saw is that, despite not being the least expensive product on our list, it is still one of the less expensive pole saws we came across. This is definitely a solid aspect of the Sun Joe when you consider that it is also a cordless electric pole saw. While this pole saw definitely has some solid features, it is worth keeping in mind that it is one of the least powerful pole saws we found. On top of that, this pole saw is also plagued with a poor battery life that is only compounded with a slow recharge time. As such, the lower cost of the Sun Joe PS8 pole saw is somewhat increased by the likely need of an extra battery.

Fairy Convenient
One area where Sun Joe definitely got things right is in the convenience department which is best exemplified with their pole. First, this cordless pole saw is made even more useful with the second-best maximum reach on our list of 15’. As if that were not enough, the Sun Joe pole saw will not break you back as it is also one of the lightest pole saws. This will help when you have to spend a bit more time to cut through a thicker branch, though the 8” bar will at least allow you to tackle some reasonably thick branches. Finally, the PS8 pole saw is the only automatic pole saw that we reviewed which features a telescoping pole, so you do not have to constantly assemble and disassemble the pole saw whenever you need to cut branches at various heights.

ARKSEN 45CC Gasoline Powered Chainsaw Wood Cutter 22' inch Chain Saw Handheld, 2-Stoke Gas Engine EPA

Pros

  • Is an electric pole saw
  • Is a less expensive pole saw
  • Has an 8” bar
  • Has a maximum reach of 15’
  • Is a lightweight pole saw
  • Has a telescoping pole

Cons

  • Has poor battery life
  • Not the most powerful

Best Pole Saw Buying Guide 2019

Type

The type of pole saw may seem a bit easy to figure out, but your circumstances may present some unintuitive challenges that will be heavily influenced by the type used. There are two broad categories of pole saw, manual and power, but the power pole saw is further divided into electric and gas-powered. While corded electric pole saws do exist, our list did not include any, so we will not be covering that type here.

Manual

This is the original type of pole saw and is actually a little more than a curved hacksaw blade affixed to the end of a long pole. While this may seem a bit rudimentary, it does have the advantage of not breaking down and requiring significantly less maintenance or additional costs. Obviously, the biggest complaint related to a manual pole saw is the fact that you must physically perform the cutting action. If your muscles are not trained for this motion, they will often fatigue fairly quickly and even burn with pain. Keep in mind, even people who work out regularly and are in shape are likely not doing the motion required to use a manual pole saw. That said, this kind of pole saw is easily the most reliable and actually offers the best range of functionality. For one, this pole saw is able to extend significantly further than any type of power saw due to its lack of weight and absence of vibration. On top of that, this type of pole saw will more reliably be able to handle any kind of wood you need to cut and also be able to cut a thicker branch.

Electric

Electric pole saws are definitely convenient, but that is often about the only thing that they have going for them. This is not to suggest that they are an outright bad type of pole saw, but they are easily the most limited in terms of their scope. There is a reason that professional either use manual or gas-powered pole saws, and it mostly comes down to reliable cutting power. It is important to note the operative word “reliable” as many electric pole saws can generate a decent amount of cutting power– at first. However, once you have used an electric pole saw for any length of time, the battery life will inevitably drain and often the maximum cutting power with it. On top of that, while the battery may be what provides the electric pole saw its primary conveniences, it is also often what raises the price to the point that it is no longer such a good budget option.

Gas-Powered

This is pretty much the universal choice for professional pole saws today as it offers the speed and ease of a power pole saw with the power that many electric pole saws lack. That said, this is also one of the more finicky types of pole saw that require more maintenance to keep in good working order. For one, every gas-powered pole saw requires a fuel mixture of gasoline and oil which means you will have a higher overhead cost when using this type over time compared to the other two types. That cost only gets worse when you consider that most gas pole saws are already close to, if not, the most expensive saw within their class. Still, if you have thicker branches that you need to trim, there is not a type of power saw that will be able to generate the kind of cutting power, especially chain torque, that a gas-powered pole saw can.

FAQ’s

When to use a Pole Saw?

Considering the design, and the function, it almost seems elementary when you should use a pole saw, but as any professional arborist knows, the distinction may be a bit more subtle than the uninitiated suspects. To be fair, this issue is not made any more comprehensible by the marketing tactics employed by many manufacturers of this product. For instance, it is incredibly tempting, and easy, to put the absolute maximum cutting thickness of a pole saw in any advertisement. However, more often than not, the absolute cutting thickness is not a universal quality, even with a single pole saw.

Instead, the type of wood you are cutting, specifically the hardness and density, will play a huge role in determining what the functional maximum cutting thickness is. Many customers end up disappointed to find that their pole saw is actually ineffective at trimming branches half as thick as the advertised maximum thickness. This is almost certainly due to the fact that the maximum thickness rating was determined when cutting either a fairly hard or fairly soft wood, depending on which type the pole saw was designed to cut. In this instance, the best rule of thumb is to use a pole saw when you need to trim a branch that is thicker than 1 ½” in diameter and thinner than about 6” in diameter, though quite often that maximum thickness is actually closer to 3” to 4”.

What type of Pole Saw is right for you?

This question is a bit easier to gauge, though no less nuanced as each type of pole saw will work better or worse not only for different people but for different settings too. For instance, pretty much everyone will prefer a power pole saw due to the fact that it is much easier to use physically. Manual pole saws are very labor intensive, and those of you not habituated with the specific cutting motion required will likely feel your trapezius and deltoids screaming rather quickly. That said, a high-quality manual pole saw will often extend longer than a power pole saw and be able to cut a wider range of wood densities with equal effectiveness. On top of that, manual pole saws are generally safer to use and can provide a bit of wiggle room with proper cutting technique.

Power pole saws generally come in two varieties, either gas pole saws or electric with the latter generally being cordless. These types of pole saw have the advantage of not requiring nearly as much physical effort to operate, but they are often more limited in their scope as well. For instance, power pole saws are almost universally heavier than an equal size manual pole saw. Whether or not you have the physical strength and endurance to properly wield it is irrelevant since the weight will often restrict the maximum cutting height, especially if you are purchasing a mid-tier model or lower. On top of that, power pole saws require significantly more upkeep to maintain and are pretty much inherently more dangerous. Moreover, power saws will require further expense with the purchase of chain oil and either fuel and oil or a battery pack and charger.

What are the best power Pole Saw features?

Regardless of the type of pole saw you purchase, easily one of the most important features is the maximum reach. This factor will largely determine how high of a branch you can safely cut, though the use of stable stands can further extend this. Another specification that will impact and limit the range of your pole saw is the length of the bar or blade. For manual pole saws, this is a bit less of a limiting factor as proper technique can often allow for the safe cutting of branches that would otherwise be too thick for a power pole saw. This is not to suggest that the manual pole saw will be able to accomplish this task quicker, but it does offer a wider range of function.

Of course, the manual pole saw’s cutting action comes with its own downsides, as mentioned prior, but this brings up one of the more important qualities regardless of the type of pole saw used: weight. Automatic pole saws may seem to have a bit of an advantage in this regard since they do all of the work for you, but they are also heavier than a manual pole saw of the same size and increase fatigue with vibrations of the motor or engine and the saw chain. That said, with a strap and solid technique, a power pole saw will almost always incur less fatigue than a manual pole saw over an extended period of time.

Conclusion

If you have a semi-professional job to do, the Remington is really the only power saw that we can recommend. Granted, if you are willing to put in the “sweat equity,” the Silky manual pole saw offers a great option, albeit at a fairly steep price. For those of you in need of a budget-friendly option, BLACK+DECKER sits in its usual spot as the cheapest product. Of course, you can always go a step up with the Greenworks and not have to worry about some of the bargain bin flaws. Finally, the Sun Joe is decent if you have light work and are looking for something that is both easy on the wallet and on the user.