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# Posted: 28 Jun 2022 12:42 - Edited by: KinAlberta

Add your own experiences please.

Extension pole types:

Years ago I picked up a reconditioned electric tree pruner for cheap and it works great.

Also have a couple manual extension pole type pruners. (One wood, one fibreglass.) They are ok but their saw blades stick and the little string pull blades are hard to position. Plus the string snags on everything. Both are tiring to use beyond cutting a few limbs. (They are a pain to hang on a wall too.)

Just came across this one: limbzipper ( see link below). Wondering if anyone has tried one of these. Probably not great for dense limbs but looks potentially good for spaced out branches.


I’ve come to only buy the anvil type loppers. Now have several and use them a lot. The old wood handled ones have held up well. The aluminum extension handled loppers started off being great but i pulled the handle out too far and it came apart in a way that I can’t repair it.

The levered lopper I bought was too heavy to use very much. Not as great as I thought it would be.

Little cordless chainsaw type cutters:

On my wish list. I have no idea what to look for.

# Posted: 28 Jun 2022 23:56

I don't do a lot of it but I do have an old 18v Black and Decker kit with 9" bar chainsaw and pole chain saw (same chain for both). The pole saw is about 10' all out. It's a little flexy up high but will go through a 3-4" branch.

# Posted: 29 Jun 2022 09:34

The limbzipper looks neat but for $400 and it can only do branches of a certain size is a bit limiting. Wonder why they didn't put on an attachment point for a saw blade? Heck they could have just laid out the hardware the right way and used someone else's blade profile.

I went with the Fiskars manual pole saw, it was like $45. Works good, saw is very sharp...I'm a cheapskate. er-extendable-pole-saw-pruner-714-393981-1003

# Posted: 29 Jun 2022 10:07 - Edited by: gcrank1

Different tools for dif branches/jobs (I hate wielding too much weight at length and a power tool that 'drops' can be sooo bad).
My 2'ish lopper is my go-to, then the hawk-bill on a pole. I found that with a broken f-glass pole (looked like it was driven over) and replaced it with a tamarac pole I cut out of the swamp. I think it is a bit longer, and heavier. Wish it had a saw blade.....
Downside of a saw is getting sawdust in yer face , safety glasses for sure, a faceshield might be better.
Got a couple of small folding saws, 2 sizes of bow-saws, corded elec chain saw and now a bat-op recipricating saw that works pretty good with a wood blade. Im tempted to get the small one-hand bat-op chain saw for those little tasks that I can reach from a ladder. It would be better for multiple tasks than a chain saw on a pole for me unless it it maybe a bat-op power head on the pole (should be lighter than a gas powered head).

# Posted: 29 Jun 2022 11:33

I would look to see what tools your current cordless tool line offers. Many offer a cordless pole saw. Harbor freight has a setup that's under $160

# Posted: 30 Jun 2022 13:46 - Edited by: toyota_mdt_tech

I have a Honda UMC45 power head with pole saw, I also have the Fiskars pole saw with lopper feature also and the one I love the most is my Dewalt 20V pole saw, easiest to use, hands down and quick too.

Dewalt bare tool, I paid $158 total.
I am heavily invested in Dewalt 20V with a dozen 5AH batteries, a half dozen chargers, so Dewalt was my logical choice. I have been eyeballing the Dewalt 12 in chain saw too.

# Posted: 30 Jun 2022 20:38

On the right is a feller-buncher. It's a little more than a pruner, unless you look at thinning trees as pruning the forest. The orange machine is a processor, also known as a delimber. It takes the entire felled tree and feeds it through a head of rotary cutters that delimbs all the branches. It can also cut trees into truckable lengths.

This is forest that a recent wildfire ripped through. It's my friend MtnDons place. Lots of dead trees but at least a few dozen around their cabin survived untouched, as well as the cabin itself still looking as good as ever. Lots of time spent doing the thin and prune routine plus decluttering the fallen branches, etc. paid off

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