Best Pole Chainsaws

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 13, 2017
A lot of people worldwide are fond of gardening. And those who are, quite often face a challenge of trimming and cutting trees in the yard. If you want to make this work quicker, then you need a pole chainsaw. We reviewed 5 best pole chainsaws to help you discover what exactly you need. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Pole length
Bar length
Power
Lubrication
Usability
Safety
Weight
 
PROS
An option to exchange batteries with other Black+Decker units makes this pole chainsaw a practical, versatile tool. 2-year warranty covers both a charger and a battery so you can always replace one if the need be.
CONS
A few customers claimed that the use of the pole chainsaw at an extended length is not always convenient.
OUR VERDICT
The combination of battery lifetime and high speed makes this pole chainsaw an irreplaceable tool for any gardener.
detailed parameters
Type
Battery-powered
Pole length
From 6 to 10 feet
Bar length
8 inches
Power
20V 1.5Ah
Lubrication
Manual (oiler button)
Usability
Easy starting, demountable body and small size allow you to prune thick tree crowns
Safety
Auto-stop chain braking system, Reduced-kickback guide bar, Low-kickback chain, Lock button, Guide bar scabbard
Weight
6.3 lbs
PROS
The angled cutting head facilitates cutting. The simple chain tensioning system allows you to quickly remove or adjust the chain.
CONS
The shaft length can be set to 2 positions only - 5 and 8 feet.
OUR VERDICT
This pole chainsaw will deliver an outstanding performance thanks to its powerful 40V engine. So, this model will be a great option for owners of medium-size gardens.
detailed parameters
Type
Battery-powered
Pole length
From 5 to 8 feet
Bar length
8 inches
Power
40V 2Ah
Lubrication
Automatic
Usability
Easy chain tensioning, Quick View oil indicator, Demountable body, Loop for attachment of belt
Safety
Switch Lock
Weight
7.96 lbs
PROS
This is one of the most powerful models in the given category. 2 in 1 design allows you to use this machine as a conventional chainsaw without pole too.
CONS
Some users complain of the absence of the automatic chain lubrication system.
OUR VERDICT
Simplicity in use, excellent usability and protection system make this electric pole chainsaw an excellent tool for both beginners and skilled users.
detailed parameters
Type
Electric
Pole length
From 7 to 10 feet
Bar length
10 inches
Power
960 Watt
Lubrication
Manual (oiler button)
Usability
Easy starting and pole detachment, Simple lock clamp to secure the pole length, Nonslip grip
Safety
Low kickback, Throttle lockout, Front and rear hand guard
Weight
9-10 lbs
PROS
The reach of the chainsaw can be increased from 8' to 12' thanks to a 3' extension of the shaft. The special attachment allows you to convert chainsaw into trimmer.
CONS
This pole chainsaw is a bit louder and heavier than electric models.
OUR VERDICT
The impressive characteristics, high power and mobility of this pole chainsaw will cope well with cutting branches and shaping tree crowns of various density.
detailed parameters
Type
Gas-powered
Pole length
From 3 to 12 feet
Bar length
8 inches
Power
25 cc
Lubrication
Automatic
Usability
Effortless Pull Starting™ system, Convenient D-shape handle, Detachable shaft
Safety
Auto return stop switch
Weight
14.2 lbs
PROS
Due to the light weight design, this pole chainsaw ideally sits in hand and ensures ease of use. CSA-approved, the tool reduces injury risks to zero.
CONS
Some users note that the engine gets pretty hot after 10-15 minutes of continuous work.
OUR VERDICT
This is one of the best electric pole chainsaws to prude thin branches and bushes. A good option for novice gardeners.
detailed parameters
Type
Electric
Pole length
From 5.6 to 8.7 feet
Bar length
8 inches
Power
780 Watt
Lubrication
Automatic
Usability
Automatic chain lubrication, Easy starting, Convenient handle, Extension cord hook
Safety
Lock-Off button
Weight
7 lbs

What is a Pole Chainsaw

Sooner or later, any gardener faces trimming trees since their crowns require care for growth and fruiting. Everyone who has ever pruned trees knows firsthand how awkward it may be to reach out for the highest branches. Would it not be easier to attach a saw to a long stick and do all the work from the ground? With your minimal effort, this can be done provided that you've got a pole chainsaw. A pole chainsaw is a tool for sawing that has a saw on one side and a handle on another one. The pole between two is quite long so that ladders and stools are not required. A pole chainsaw is surely a must-have tool for any gardener.

Owners of detached houses and gardeners will also appreciate having electric chainsaws and hedge trimmers, all the toolkit that makes most garden jobs a snap.

What Features to Compare

Currently, the pole chainsaws become increasingly popular among gardeners. The manufacturers have produced a big variety of models. If you want to choose a proper model, you should consider several parameters.

Type

First thing first, decide what type of pole chainsaw you need. There are electric, battery-powered and gas pole chainsaws available. When compared to gas models, electric pole chainsaws are more environmentally friendly and quieter in operation. They don't require refilling yet, generate enough power to cope with most garden jobs. Their operation is bound to power outlet, though, so extension cords will be of need. Gas pole chainsaws are more powerful. Relying on high-performing gasoline motor, they can manage thick and dense wood and in a very short time. They are not as easy to maintain as electric tools and thus, more suitable for professionals. Battery-powered pole chainsaws are similar in operation to electric models but different in power supply. They are more mobile since they don't need electricity power  and can be used anywhere. 

Performance

You should also pay attention to performance of pole chainsaw, determined by its power and bar length. Without knowing the bar length, you will have no idea of what jobs you'll be able to do in the garden. The longer the length is, the thicker the tree it can cope with. The power directly specifies the speed and efficiency of sawing. Manufacturers of battery-powered pole chainsaws usually measure their power in revolutions per minute whilst for electric and gas tools, they give the watts. Performance of a pole chainsaw is important for those who've got big gardens and who prunes trees all year round. However, if your place is small and you're only looking for something to deal with thin limbs and bushes, you can easily opt for a less performing tool with moderate power capacity. 

Safety and usability

Since the pole chainsaws are hazardous tools, usability and safety are quite important. If you choose a high-power model, pay attention to the chain stopping system. This system will protect you from injury when chainsaw kicks back. The chain stopping is not so important for the low-power and battery-powered chainsaws but this feature is still nice to have. Usability is directly related to safety. Consider the weight and design of the tool. A pole chainsaw shouldn't be too lightweight and too heavy, otherwise, you may struggle to use it during a long period of work. Take a look at the handles. They should be rubberized and provide secure and comfortable grip. All these together greatly reduce injury risks.

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Black & Decker LPP120

Type

This pole chainsaw refers to the battery-driven models, so you need neither wires nor fuel to use it. You can always take this pole chainsaw anywhere without thinking of the power supply or refuelling. The lifespan of Li-ion battery featured in this pole chainsaw is five times longer than NiCd batteries in other models. In addition, the battery is interchangeable and if you have the other BLACK+DECKER tools of 20V MAX series, you can use it to power these tools as well.

Performance

The powerful 20 V battery with the 8-inch bar will let you cut branches and twigs up to 6 inches thick. As the manufacturer claims, this pole chainsaw is able to cut 100 pine branches which are 1.5 inches thick per one battery charge. This performance is quite impressive as not every model can show the similar power. Therefore, you get the high-power machine that will be a hard-working assistant at your disposal.

Safety and usability

BLACK+DECKER LPP120 is one of the most lightweight and pleasure to use pole chainsaws in our review. The collapsible pole can vary from 6 to 10 feet in length, so you will be able to reach branches up to 14 feet high. The rubberized handle provides secure grip and comfort in use. A protective case for the bar of the chainsaw will protect the chain teeth and your body from damage during carrying. A demountable build facilitates transportation and saves the usable space in your car or garage.

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Black & Decker LPP120
Black & Decker LPP120
 

GreenWorks 20672

Type

GreenWorks 20672 is a battery-powered pole chainsaw, hence you can use it anywhere, whether it is a country house garden or a villa backyard. This pole chainsaw comes with a 40V Li-ion battery used as the power source. This battery is highly powerful and is interchangeable. In other words, the battery can be used to power other tools of G-MAX series manufactured by GreenWorks. So, you can use a single battery for various gardening equipment.

Performance

This pole chainsaw comes with 40V battery with capacity of 2Ah. Accordingly, you will be able to cut branches for more than an hour, having charged the battery fully. The cutting blades are 8" long and provide comfortable cutting of branches and twigs up to 6" thick. The pole is manufactured from aluminum, so it is lightweight and easy to carry. The pole length allows you to trim branches at a height of 10 feet. Thus, the above parameters make this pole chainsaw perfect for trimming trees of a medium height.

Safety and usability

The angled cutting head is a main distinguishing feature of this pole chainsaw. Such a design provides convenience, particularly when you need to cut thick branches down. In case the trees in your yard are quite high, you can extend the shaft from 5 to 8 feet through the attachment of the intermediate pole. In such a way, you can easily reach for the distant branches. The chain oiler will ensure a smooth run of the chain over the bar, and the Quick View oil indicator will let you see the level of oil and add it when necessary. The rubberized handle and wide switch trigger guarantee convenient grip and handy engine start. Finally, the switch lock will prevent the accidental pressing of a trigger and, thereby, eliminate unexpected engine start.

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GreenWorks 20672
GreenWorks 20672
 

Remington RM1025SPS

Type

Remington RM1025SPS/RM1015SPS is the high-quality electric pole chainsaw. This model is driven by electricity, so this chainsaw can be used near the places with a source of power like a generator or a power socket. This pole chainsaw is equipped with the lock button, preventing the accidental starting. The pole can be detached together with a handle, so you can use this electric model like a conventional chainsaw.

Performance

Thanks to the powerful 960 Watt electric engine, this pole chainsaw will easily cope with limbs and small branches of trees. The 10-inch bar allows you to cut the twigs up to 9 inches thick. This is quite a big value for this model of pole chainsaw and it is an obvious advantage. Remington RM1025SPS/RM1015SPS will easily trim the trees in your backyard or garden, reducing your efforts and saving your time.

Safety and usability

This electric pole chainsaw is equipped with the chain stopping system when the chainsaw kicks back. The collapsible pole will allow you to change the pole length from 7 to 10 feet. This feature will allow you to cut branches at the height of up to 15 feet, in particular, high garden trees. Convenient lock clamps allow adjusting the pole length with one hand. The nonslip coating on the handle allows you to hold the chainsaw securely. The powerful engine and an average weight will let you cut thick branches with ease.

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Remington RM1025SPS
Remington RM1025SPS
 

Poulan Pro 967228702 PP28PDT 25cc

Type

Poulan Pro 967228702 is a high-performance pole chainsaw and refers to gas-powered units. This chainsaw is able to work for a long time at a high speed faultlessly thanks to the effective engine cooling system. This useful feature allows you to prune a large amount of trees without stopping the engine. What is more, the chainsaw is self-sufficient, so it can be used in places where the power supply is unavailable.

Performance

The 2-stroke 25 сс gasoline engine is capable of reaching pretty high speeds thanks to 2.5 HP, providing a high performance of the entire gear. Be sure, this chainsaw will cut thick and hard branches within a few seconds. The shaft of the chainsaw is adjustable and can be extended from 8 to 12 feet, that is an absolute record for such chainsaws. The bar is 8" long, therefore, you will be able to cut saplings or twigs up to 6" thick.

Safety and usability

The main peculiarity of this pole chainsaw is a replaceable cutting head. The saw comes with a trimmer attachment that will let you turn Poulan Pro 967228702 into a weed eater. In addition, Pro-Link™ technology allows connecting of 6 optional attachments to make the chainsaw even more versatile. Thus, you can use the unit for blowing, tilling, hedge trimming, edging, brush cutting, and pruning. The purge system removes air from the carburetor and fuel line for easy starting from one or two starter pulls. The on/off button will stop the engine instantly in case of emergency and will return to "on" position automatically, so the chainsaw is always ready to go. The convenient handle will make sawing more comfortable and never strain your hands.

Poulan Pro 967228702 PP28PDT 25cc
Poulan Pro 967228702 PP28PDT 25cc
 

Sun Joe SWJ800E

Type

Snow Joe SWJ800E is the electric pole chainsaw. The engine of this pole chainsaw is started immediately by pushing a single button, so the starting will be obviously easier and faster than starting a gas chainsaw. This pole chainsaw can be used near any place with the source of the power supply, for example, a power socket or a power generator. If trees of bushes are far from the power supply, you can use an extender to expand the reach and get your job done.

Performance

This electric pole chainsaw is equipped with 780 W engine and is able to cope with the branches up to 7.5 inches thick. The length of the bar is 8 inches and the chain is tensioned with a single screw and features the automatic lubrication. The high speed of the chainsaw provides the effortless and fast cutting. The long collapsible handle will give you an opportunity to reach the branches at the height of up to 15 feet.

Safety and usability

The safety of Sun Joe SWJ800E is approved by Canadian Standards Association. This electric pole chainsaw is equipped with convenient foam grip to hold the pole firmly. The pole itself features a simple fixation mechanism which can be managed by a single hand. A light weight will allow you to hold this chainsaw effortlessly during the sawing. All these features make this chainsaw an excellent choice for beginners.

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