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Startingover 09-13-2013 07:57 AM

pole saws, electric or battery
I hate dragging a heavy electric cord around the yard, but I'm doubtful a lithium battery will last long enough to do all my trimming. I have a lot of trees and shrubs. Of course I don't have to do everything at once. I do love my Toro battery weed eater.

I'm researching pole saws. Almost decided on one that was recommended but am not happy with the reviews, such as the chain breaking. I hope not to go over $150.

any opinions? Thanks.

joecaption 09-13-2013 08:09 AM

Both not the best option, but if I had to choose I'd go with the electric one, more torque unlimited run time.
I mainly rehab 100 plus year old houses and often have to cut out old beams inside enclosed spaces so I tried using a battery operated chain saw. It was useless, 1/2 through it would die.
My cheapo Homelite electric still works fine after about 5 years.
There going to put the cheapest chain they can on a cheap home owner grade tool.
Just replace it with a better one.
Make sure your cutting from the top of the limb not the bottom to reduce binding, even then it's common at the angle your cutting at to have the chain bind stress the bar and blade.

PoleCat 09-13-2013 08:15 AM

I am done with battery powered tools. The handy factor gets trumped by the limited power and endurance, and replacement battery costs are too high.

Startingover 09-13-2013 08:15 AM

thanks Joe.

What kind of outdoor extension cord do I need. An electrician gave me an orange one yrs ago that was fat around and too heavy so I guess they come in different wire sizes.

The saw I'm looking at has a 10" chain. Does that mean it will cut 10" branches? One review said it was hard to find a replacement chain for 10".

It's mostly shrubs and maybe 3" branches that I need to cut. But I do have some bigger limbs 8" I'd cut if this saw could handle it.

Also: what kind of chain oil do I buy? Will I find a bottle labeled "chain oil" at the big box store?

joecaption 09-13-2013 08:23 AM

I would not use less then a 12 gauge cord. Any less and it causes a power loss and the motor will over heat.
I use all Yellow Jacket brand cords, there heavy duty and have a light built into the end of the cord to let me know if there's power.
10" would be the max it will cut, but with a light duty tool like that I'd be taking my time and letting the blade do the work.

oberkc 09-13-2013 12:28 PM

Guage of wire would also depend on length. I think I have a 100ft extension cord that is 10ga for heavy tools like this.

Check the rating of your saw (how many amps?). Extension cords are typically labeled for max current. Pick one that matches.

chitownken 09-13-2013 02:31 PM

Yes, you will find chain oil in the big box stores and most hardware stores (ACE) as well.

Startingover 09-13-2013 02:41 PM

I'll have to measure. I need to reach 100 ft, but I already have a 15' outside electric cord.


There sure is a lot to know when you're using tools.

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