Best Pole Saws of 2018 – Buying Guide & Reviews

a pole sawToday we are talking pole saws. You need one, but you don’t know which to get. That’s the problem, right? Don’t worry, it is a common one. This tool is not quite as common place as say, a hedge trimmer which also means that it isn’t quite as easy to find information on it.

You are trying to learn everything you can to make an informed buying decision, but you simply don’t know quite where to start. Does that sound like your situation? If so, then we can help you with that.

While you might not have the time to do all the pole saw research that you would like to, we do. That’s right, we have done your homework for you!

We studied the market, performed the tests, did the research, and assembled everything that we found on this list. We have even included a buyer’s guide to educate you on some important pole saw buying considerations.

Now all that is left for you to do is to sit back, relax, and enjoy these top picks!

5 Best Pole Saws of 2018

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
Remington RM2599
Remington RM2599 Maverick Gas Pole Saw
(Top Pick)

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18 lbs4.9/5
Greenworks 20672
Greenworks 20672

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8 lbs4.7/5
BLACK+DECKER LPP120B
BLACK+DECKER LPP120B
(Best for the Money)

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9 lbs4.6/5
Silky 179-39 Telescopic
Silky Telescopic 179-39

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7 lbs4.3/5
Sun Joe 20VIONLTE-PS8
Sun Joe 20VIONLTE-PS8

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8 lbs4.0/5

Top 5 Pole Saws – Our Reviews

1. Remington RM2599 – Top Pick

Remington RM2599

First, and in our top slot, we have the Remington RM2599—a unit that earned itself a spot at the top of our list by delivering superior quality and a reasonable price.

The first thing that most shoppers will notice about this unit is the power. This is a gas-powered saw which means that it is going to be naturally better equipped for pruning harder, thicker woods.

Shoppers are also sure to appreciate the twelve feet of reach that this unit is able to deliver.

Twelve feet is about as good as you can expect to get with a gas saw, but it should be all you need to safely handle most common tree pruning tasks.

Finally, it is also just built well. In addition to a durable exterior, it also features a unique design concept that keeps the chains perpetually oiled, so you have less maintenance to do. This is an especially useful feature when you factor in the fact that gas-powered saws are historically high maintenance.

This small feature should lessen the upkeep that you will have to commit somewhat considerably.

Of course, all of this is not to say that the tool is perfect.

One thing that we weren’t extremely crazy about is that this is a fairly heavy saw. This means that you may find yourself pretty fatigued after a long day of work.

Other than that, it is a great unit that most will appreciate.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Durable
  • Auto Oil Chains
Cons
  • Heavy

2. Greenworks 20672 – Top Electric Pick

Greenworks 20672

In second, we have the Greenworks 20672. Not only was this unit the runner-up on our list today, it also has the benefit of being the best electric unit that we came across.

Shoppers that didn’t love the heaviness of the last unit that we looked at will appreciate the lightweight design of the Greenworks.

The lighter weight will mitigate fatigue and make it easier to reach higher branches.

This unit also features a good lithium battery pack that should provide about as much power as you can get with a battery powered unit. Saws of this nature are going to be best for moderately thick branches.

Finally, there is the matter of price to consider. Relative to the first tool that we looked at, this is a relatively affordable saw, making it a good option for anyone looking for top-tier personal use quality at a more affordable price.

All of this said, there were a couple of cons that kept the Greenworks from seizing the top spot. For one thing, the unit has a reach of only eight feet, which may make it challenging to reach higher branches.

We also noticed that the battery is sometimes prone to dying quicker than expected (usually when working with thicker branches) which can be a little bit frustrating.

These things aside, it is a great electric alternative to the Remington!

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Good Motor
  • Relatively Affordable
Cons
  • Shorter reach than comparable models
  • Battery sometimes dies prematurely

3. BLACK+DECKER LPP120B – Best Pole Saw for the Money

BLACK+DECKER LPP120B

In third, and in our best for the money slot, we have the Black and Decker. This unit earned the value distinction for delivering lots of quality at an affordable price.

Price aside, there really is a lot to like here. One of the things that we loved about this unit is that it has a reach of a whopping fourteen feet, which should more than cover the needs of most at home jobs.

This unit is also part of Black and Decker’s line of battery swap equipment, which means if you have other Black and Decker products using a 20-volt battery, you can swap the power sources between your tools. This will be a handy feature to have if you are hoping to always have a battery at the ready.

Finally, at 6.3 pounds, it is also light enough to ensure that you shouldn’t have any trouble lifting the unit, even for longer jobs.

One thing that we didn’t like was that the battery only lasts about twenty minutes, which means you will need to charge it often. We also found that it takes a long time to charge especially considering how short the battery life is.

These things aside it is a good tool at a great price.

Pros
  • Best for the Money
  • Fourteen Foot Reach
  • Battery Swap
Cons
  • Disappointingly short battery life
  • Battery takes a long time to charge

4. Silky 179-39 Telescopic – Best Manual Pole Saw

Silky Telescopic 179-39

In fourth, we have the Silky 179-39. This unit won the distinction of being our best manual pole saw, but if that isn’t what you are looking for then you are going to want to just skip this one.

The tool itself is fine. The blade itself seems fairly sturdy, but it is severely limited in what it can and can’t do.

It also is, ironically, the most expensive saw on this list. Why? The pole is 21 feet long! You get incredible range with the tool, but most home users won’t need this.

All in all, it is a decent tool, but it just won’t suit most buyers.

Pros
  • Longest pole on the list
Cons
  • Most expensive unit on the list
  • Very limited in what it can do

5. Sun Joe 20VIONLTE-PS8

Sun Joe 20VIONLTE-PS8

Last and unfortunately, least, we have the Sun Joe 20VIONLTE- PS8. We will start with the positive. This is actually the most affordable electric unit on the list, meaning if budget is your main concern you may want to take a look at it. However, it features several drawbacks that make it not worth most shopper’s time.

One thing that we noticed is that this is the shortest saw on the list, with a range of under nine feet. The tool itself is also lacking in durability, fairly heavy considering the small size, and not powerful enough to work through the majority of branches.

Budget buyers will almost definitely be better served by our best for the money pick.

Pros
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Short
  • Not durable
  • Weak

Buying Guide

That is a lot to take in, isn’t it? As you can now see there are a lot of factors that go into identifying which pole saw is right for you.

If you still feel that you do not totally grasp these factors, that is completely understandable. Let us help you further understand the process of buying a good pole saw as we now take a look at some key buying considerations.

Power:

In terms of power sources there are a few routes that you can take, and of course, each one of them has their own unique set of benefits.

First, there is the gas-powered pole saw. In terms of professional use, this is definitely going to be the gold standard. Why? For one thing, gas-powered tools are generally thought to be more powerful, and while technology is increasingly closing the gap between them and electric units, they do, for now, still enjoy this reputation.

You also don’t have to wait around for batteries to charge when it comes to gas units. To make the gas-powered poles saw start running all that you need to do is fill the tank with gas and let her rip.

Then there are the electric units. These are typically ideal for more personal home jobs. Generally speaking, you don’t see professionals using these tools, though as mentioned earlier this is slowly beginning to change.

The electric unit is generally a little bit more affordable than the gas equivalent (though this is certainly not a given) and it also has the benefit of an emission-less motor.

On the other hand, the electric system also comes with some setbacks. For one thing, this type of saw is typically not going to be as powerful as the gas unit, meaning you will be limited in the type of work that you can take on.

The electric pole saw also has the capacity to be very aggravating. If you have ever had your last battery die halfway through the job you know what we are talking about here.

Rechargeable batteries are both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it is nice to have a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly power source.

On the other hand, it also means that you may have to suspend work sometimes while your saw recharges.

Last, and least, we have the manual saw. These are fine for very small tasks, but you aren’t going to want to have to use them for any serious work.

The manual pole saw is basically just a regular hand saw on a stick. There is certainly a place for tools like this, but unless all of your work is very simple and small scale, you will definitely want to think about something with a little bit more juice behind it.

Naturally, the manual unit will always be the most affordable, but do be aware that you get what you pay for.

pole saw for trees

Reach:

There is a little bit of misconception surrounding the reach of the pole saw, and unfortunately, it seems to be deliberately exacerbated by the manufacturers.

Reach is naturally an important component of this tool as it indicates how high you will be able to cut.

Most shoppers want something with a pretty high reach, and manufacturers understand this. As a result, it seems like they provide a misleading length that is based not on the actual capabilities of the saw, but on the *average* height of most male users.

In other words, when manufacturers advertise a maximum reach, they are usually arriving at this number based on the height of someone who is not you.

If you want a more accurate look at how much reach a saw has you will want to pay attention to the maximum level of extension, which refers only to the length of the pole.

What is Your Power Source:

Some electric options require a cord. If you are going to go this route you need to make sure that your property is equipped for it.

If you don’t have immediate access to an electrical outlet within the vicinity of where you will be cutting, you may need to consider a different power source.

What Are Your Physical Restrictions:

The pole saw can be a little bit vigorous to use, if only for the fact that it requires a lot of reaching above your head.

That being the case, you are definitely going to want to make sure that the tool you choose is optimized for your body type.

Pay close attention to the weight and overall size of all of the tools that you are considering. Investing in something that is too big or heavy for you is not only ineffective but also dangerous.

As a general rule of thumb, gas units are usually the heaviest, followed by electric units, and then manual saws.

Of course, this is just a general rule of thumb. For optimal safety, you will want to look at the specific weight of each unit and decide on something you are comfortable using for extended periods of time.

What Will You Be Pruning?:

What you will be pruning really can make all the difference when it comes to making this decision.

As one would expect, thicker, hardier branches are going to require higher levels of power to prune. For these tasks, you are probably going to want to think about getting a gas-powered saw to ensure that you are bringing enough juice to the job.

It then follows that electric saws will be good for moderate branches while manual models can handle twiggier, thinner trees.

You’ll definitely want to inventory your needs in this department before making your final decision. An underpowered pole saw is basically useless.

Upkeep:

Like a gas lawnmower, a gas pole saw is going to require some maintenance. The reason for this is fairly simple: gas motors are generally more complicated than their electric equivalent.

You will probably want to ask yourself whether or not you are the sort of person that is capable of performing necessary regular maintenance. If you are not, will probably want to go with a lower maintenance electric unit.

If you really need the gas-powered model, you can, of course, feel free to go with it, but you will need to accept that you may need to enlist regular professional help to keep it running, which of course costs money that many people don’t want to spend.

Warranty:

With any product, but especially something with a complex motor, you are going to want to make sure that there is a pretty good warranty in place.
There are a couple of reasons for this.

For one thing, a good warranty makes it clear that you will be able to get the maintenance and support that you need should something go wrong early on with the product.

Naturally, this will be particularly valuable to the user that isn’t so good with the upkeep.

There is also just the matter of manufacturer confidence to consider. When a company feels strongly that they have put out a good product, they usually don’t mind giving it a good warranty.

The reason for this is fairly simple. They aren’t worried that they are going to have to pay out a bunch of money because they know that they made something good!

Conversely, substandard warranties are generally something to be a little bit wary of.

Combo:

Some pole saws function both as a pole saw, and as a chainsaw that can be detached as needed. Of course, there is a lot of value to this if you need that tool as well.

On the other hand, if you are only looking for a pole saw, you may find it more economical to simply stick with the basic and more straightforward units.

saw for cutting high branches

How Often Will You Be Using it?

Pretty much any time you are in the process of buying tool or a piece of equipment, you will want to think long and hard about how often you will really be using it.

Naturally, if this is a tool that you are going to be using a lot, you will want something that is a little bit more rugged.

On the other hand, if your pole saw use is to be a little bit more casual, you can probably get away with something that is a little bit less durable.

Generally speaking, gas-powered units are also made to be more durable as these are the tools that most professionals use.

However, this also is not always the case. The best way to know for sure how durable a product might be is to talk to people that use it. If you don’t know anyone that has the pole saw that you are thinking about buying, going online to look at customer feedback is always another option to consider.

Price:

Naturally, price is going to be a consideration pretty much anytime you are buying something. Most shoppers are not going to need to spend tons of money in order to get something that will work for them.

However, keep in mind that if you need lots of power or something that is known for its durability you may need to be willing to pay a little bit more for it.

Remember Safety:

While the purpose of this tool is to eliminate the need to climb up a ladder with a chainsaw (which is a horrific idea) that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some safety concerns that you should keep in mind.

Simply put, this is a dangerous tool. While there are safety mechanisms in place to make sure that using this tool is as risk-free as possible, at the end of the day you are still lifting a chainsaw above your head, which is never an ideal situation.

Using the pole saw can be safe, but the burden of making sure that everything goes smoothly is on you. Wear proper safety equipment (gloves, goggles, appropriate attire), stay alert, and of course, never operate the tool while impaired.

Taking proper precautions can be the difference between the job being accomplished with ease, and a serious injury.

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Conclusion

And that is that! You have read your reviews of pole saws, and even enjoyed the information from our comprehensive guide, but now you have a tough decision to make. Which of these impressive units are you going to be bringing home?

Well, while it might sound like a complicated decision to make, you may recall that we actually have a couple of recommendations that will hopefully make the process a little bit easier for you.

Shoppers that want the very best of the best are sure to appreciate the Remington RM2599, a unit that earned the top spot on our list by providing an exceptional level of quality.

On the other hand, if what you want is value, then look no further than the BLACK+DECKER LPP120B, a unit that boasts a level of quality and value that earned it the distinction of best for the money on our list.

Of course, these are only our recommendations. Now that you have read this guide, you can make your own informed buying decision!

Best Pole Saws of 2018 – Buying Guide & Reviews
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