Do you like to keep your yard neat and tidy? Of course, you do. This is not always the easiest thing to do, especially when you have tall trees. When it comes to those hard to reach branches, it is always nice to have a little help.
A pole saw can be a useful tool and don’t the manufacturers just know it! Looking for the best Cordless Pole Saw can be like watching the auditions from America’s Got Talent – good options can be difficult to find.
That’s why we decided to compile this list of Cordless Pole Saw reviews. We took on the horrendously difficult burden of researching (actually, it was more fun than work) for you so that you could make a better-informed decision.
At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Cordless Pole Saws
Best for the Money
With this in your hands, you can truly say that you have the power. This model is our number one choice because it works extremely well, has a lot of power and the battery life is really good.
It is a bit more expensive but is perfect for the longer, more complex jobs. The battery charges to full capacity in just under two hours and lasts for around an hour when used at full capacity, which is the best performance out of all our models.
It reaches up to a height of 8 foot 7 inches which is tall enough for most people and is adjustable.
The cutting bar is 8 inches and placed at a bit of an angle. This makes it especially good if you want to cut through a branch. It would have been better, though, if you could adjust this angle as well.
On the downside, it does use quite a bit of oil, so that needs to be taken into account as well.
This comes in second on our list because it is not as high-powered as our first choice. It is a pretty good option though because it weighs just 6.3 pounds. There are three separate pieces allow a reach of 6 foot, 6 inches to a maximum reach of 10 foot.
It is an excellent model for lighter tasks such as trimming branches, and pruning, etc.
The oil can be stored in the scabbard of the bar, and this is pretty handy for when you need to do any maintenance – especially when you need to do a quick top up when in your yard.
The price is pretty good but you will need to sacrifice some features. The bar is fixed so it is not possible to change the angle of the cutting edge but this something that is easy to get used to.
Aside from that, the battery life is pretty good, making this a valuable addition.
Okay, so we snuck a corded model in here on the sly. We just had to because the value you get with this model is amazing. It is not as powerful as our top model, and we did take marks off because you couldn’t get it in a cordless version.
It comes in at a very reasonable price and can be extended up to 8.7 foot.
What we really liked about this model is that is has a self-oiling feature to ensure that the chain is always optimally oiled. The motor is pretty powerful and will reliably cut branches up to 7.5 inches in diameter.
Let’s be entirely honest; if you are taking out thicker branches, you should be looking at a very different option.
Another feature that we felt would be useful is that it has a safety switch built-in to prevent is starting up by accident and cutting off the wrong limbs.
This model has been approved by the CSA and comes with a full warranty valid for two years from the date of purchase.
It would have been good if the angle of the cutting edge wasn’t fixed.
This Ryobi model is a good option if you have a fair amount of work to do. It is not quite as powerful as the other models, and that is why it comes fourth on the list, and the warranty is only a year long.
It is one of the longer models on the list and will extend to a length of 9.5 foot.
The upside with this model is that the battery has been designed to give fade-resistant power, so it goes on as strongly as it starts until it is drained. The battery will fully recharge in half an hour, and that is a big advantage here.
It has an 8-inch bar and a slightly angled, fixed cutting head. It would be nice if you could adjust the head, but you don’t get everything.
The price is not too bad, and this model is backed up by Ryobi’s excellent service and a one-year reconditioned warranty.
As always, there has to be a villain in every story, and the Maxtra will be playing that role here. It is quite a weighty role, and a weighty saw at the same time. On the plus side, when it stops working, and that is likely to be pretty soon, you can use it as a dumbbell.
This has all the gas-guzzling power of a fine old Cadillac and none of the quality engineering. It does cut well, once you get it going but it runs out of steam pretty fast. Despite it being so heavy, it is pretty sensitive to bumps – which is not good in this line of work.
If you like tinkering with machines, this is probably a good bet for – getting it to start can be something of an engineering feat.
Add in the expense, and the fact that it is just about impossible to return it, and this model becomes an extremely convincing villain.
When it comes to narrowing down your choices, there are a few things that you will need to consider. In this section, we will look at what these are.
This is the most important consideration. If you cannot hold the saw up for long, you will have to stop and restart many times over to get the job done. This would not only make the job more time-consuming and frustrating, but also more dangerous.
If you cannot hold the saw properly, you have little hope of controlling it properly and more chance of dropping it.
There is not much good in buying a cheaper model if it is not going to get the job done properly. If you have thicker branches, you need a more powerful machine.
It also bears considering that more power is a good idea for smaller tasks as well – more power means that things get done more quickly.
The battery life you need will depend on how much work you want to get done. Think about how much you will do at a stretch before making your choice. It pays to remember that, no matter how light the machine is, it is still hard work to hold it aloft.
You would need to take more rests while using this then you would mowing the lawn so it could be okay to settle for a slightly shorter battery life.
However, if you do, look for something that recharges quickly. You are still going to build up some momentum when working and you don’t want the charging time to hold you back. Or become an excuse to have a quick beer or three.
Obviously, the more you can extend the pole, the higher up you can reach to cut branches, but longer might not always be the best solution either. Look at what the shortest length is so that your saw is as useful for closer branches.
It is a good idea to have a look at the trees in your yard and see how tall they are. How tall are they likely to grow? Is it worth paying extra for extra length when you won’t use it?
It also bears saying that the longer the pole is, the more difficult it becomes to control the movement. So, if you do go for a longer pole, do make sure that you look for a lightweight option that is well-balanced.
The options that we reviewed today mostly have heads fixed at an angle. This is more useful when cutting a tree branch vertically because the blade is then more parallel to the branch. This feature is not quite as useful when it comes to horizontal cuts, though.
The next thing to consider is the maintenance of the item. Is it going to be easy to get it going, or will it require more work? For most cordless options, you do need to keep the chain properly oiled, so it makes sense to get a model that makes this easier for you.
We are being serious here. These machines are not all that expensive, and they do make short work of cutting down branches, but they are pretty one-dimensional when it comes to how they can be used.
If you do not have a lot of trees, it would be advisable to consider a slightly more expensive model where the head could be detached and used as a normal chainsaw would be.
Let’s get real for a minute here, though – you like the idea of these saws because they are a great gadget. Don’t feel bad; we feel the same way. But do think about how much use you will get out of it and also whether or not it can be safely used.
Though handy in a turf war with your neighbor, if someone gets hurt because you dropped a branch on them, you could be facing some serious medical and legal bills.
In the end, the best model overall is the Greenworks 20672. Expect to pay more for, but rest assured that it is money well-spent. If you have a large yard with a lot of trees to trim, this powerful model is your best bet.
The Sun Joe SWJ800E is the model that offers the best value for money. Though not quite as powerful as our first choice, it is more affordably priced, and the speed at which it charges makes it a real contender.
And, with that note, we will draw our reviews of Cordless Pole Saws to a close. These useful tools, if chosen correctly, will make your tree trimming a lot easier and safer.
Hopefully, you now have enough information to make the right choice for your own home.
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