A lot of different gardening tools are available in the market nowadays and they can take care of most of our hedging, trimming and other gardening needs without much trouble. For some of the work, though, you might need professional help. Cutting off branches of tall trees, for example, is pretty heavy and dangerous work for which people often call professionals. But in case you would prefer to take care of that yourself and save some money, you might need some particular tools, which include a pole saw.
In case you have no idea what we are talking about, we must first introduce you to the concept of a pole saw. A pole saw, often called a pole pruner, is just that, that is, a mini chainsaw or pruner. It often comes mounted on a pole that can be extended from 7 to 9 feet, giving you a reach of 10 feet to 15 feet, depending on your height. That gives you access to a lot of high trees and lets you trim off overhanging branches without getting your feet off the ground once.
A lot of different pole saws come with added features like extra height, light and portable aluminium body, secure flip and lock clamps and low kickback powerful motors. Some of them can even convert from chain to pole saw without the need to use any tools. But one should not be blown away by mere features and make sure one gets exactly what one needs. So in case you are looking to buy a new pole saw, the following paragraphs discuss some of the things you should keep in mind.
Make sure you have a pole saw that gives you a proper balance between power and weight. Holding up such a machine is a tiring job and you should make sure you get one that is perfectly suitable to your needs. In case your arms aren’t that strong, try getting a light, aluminium one with lower kickback. Usually, the more powerful the motor, the harder it is to keep it up. Try and find a balance.
Some pole saws are electrically powered, cheaper and often self-oiled. This might be a good choice for you in case you just need to keep your yard in check. The added benefit is that it is pollution free and doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. Just in case you need to handle more than a small yard, though, you might need to go for the gas powered models because the electrically powered ones will run out of charge before you are done with your trees.
Also know the tricks of the trade. Make sure to check area before use, position yourself comfortably and be cautious. Know your tree before you cut it. Dry trees need to be cut differently than healthy ones. Know your and your machine’s strength to avoid burnout situations. Be extremely aware of the weather and rainfall. Try to avoid trees and branches near power lines.