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Oh-Fudge 04-30-2013 12:24 PM

Tree Saw advice & opinions?
Hi, looking for some advice on manual tree saws. I need to trim some smaller branches, 2"-3" diameter, but the problem is they are over a cliff. In other words, I need to reach OUT rather than UP. This is to improve the view due to trees growing up the side of the cliff.

For homeowner usage do I need to spend a zillion dollars on a Silky saw, or will a less expensive saw work as well for occasional use. How about the ATSS saws, the Marvin saws, or the accu-measure 27' saw? Any others? Thanks for your help :)

user1007 04-30-2013 02:33 PM

I have not bought a pole saw/tree pole pruner in some time but I cannot imagine that they are that outragesouly expensive. After all, we are talking simple tools on a stick! Get yourself a good one with a decent anvil pruner head and saw combination and a decent aluminum extension handle to reach 8-12' or so. I think you will find you will use it a lot.

Just looked online and saw a nice one with a decent fiberglass handle for $30! Something like this is what you need I think. Electric poles saws seem gimmicky but were $100 or so.

Oh-Fudge 04-30-2013 02:46 PM

Silky's, top-of-the-line runs close to $300 ( That might as well be a bazillion to me. I am looking for a 21 footer, or so, at around $100-$150. Seeking opinions on which is the best for the $$.

user1007 04-30-2013 02:49 PM

If you were going to use the thing on a regular basis it would be worth that kind of money. Heads that swivel are nice I suppose and I am sure the tooling is and steel is better, etc.

You should be able to find something decent with a pruner that operates nicely and a decent saw for $50-60 I should think. Do you have a real nursery near you?

Obviously you do not want something with a pruner head that is going to bind or fall apart. You almost have to look at one in person I think.

Maneuvering anything on the end of a 21 foot pole is going to be a challenge though. You are in for an upper arm workout for sure!

Oh-Fudge 06-27-2013 10:15 AM

Follow-up, I ended up getting the Jameson FG (yellow) pole, a 6' base pole with two 6' extension sections. A pole saw head unit and the 16" "Mammoth" tri-cut blade. Total $129.

It might be a little pricey, but boy is this thing solid. I've already cut through a 6" limb at 18 feet out over the cliff. Yes, it is a workout, but until they invent a 6 ounce chainsaw onna stick this will have to do :yes:.

user1007 06-28-2013 07:45 AM

Keep it clean for the sake of the equipment and the health of what you cut. Oil or WD40 the blade when storing it. Visit a sharpener the first time it acts dull and this will serve you and future generations well.

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