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10 Best Pole Saws Reviewed [Buyer’s Guide 2020]

If you’re in the market for a tool that can trim up your trees then you’re in the right place. We’ve reviewed the top 10 best pole saws for home use.

So if you’re considering investing in an expensive piece of machinery, check out our expert reviews and in-depth buyers guide. We’ve put these power tools through their paces and will reveal the best pole saw for every budget. Be sure to read right through and check out our bonus review at the end of the article.

Let’s get straight into the action…

Pole Saw Best Buys

2-in1 Combo Pole Saw / Chain Saw

Remington Ranger II Electric 2-In 1 Pole Saw

Gas Pole Saw

MAXTRA Gas Pole Saw

Best Battery Pole Saw

Oregon Cordless Pole Saw

Corded Pole Saw

BLACK+DECKER Corded Pole Saw


Best Pole Saws Reviewed

Here’s the breakdown across each category of all of the pole saws that we tested and reviewed. We will continue to test and review this category and update this article with our findings. But for now we can recommend all of the products on this list as very credible DIY pole saws that should be fit for purpose and stand the test of time,

Best Corded 2-in1 Chain Saw Combo

1. Remington Ranger II 2-in 1 Pole Saw

best pole saw

The Remington Ranger II Electric Pole Saw RM1035P is a really nice piece of kit. It gives you a 2-in-1 pole saw and chain saw combo, allowing you to detach the blade head and body from the pole with a quick-release button. Then clip them together in a matter of a few seconds to transform the tool into a small handheld chain saw, perfect for home use.

This saw has a 10 ft telescopic pole allowing for a working height of up to 15 ft for most people. The pole adjustment lever is fast and easy to use on the go. Making it a really practical and efficient tool.

At 12.5lb is light enough to work for long periods of time, and its 10-inch cutting bar will easily handle branches up to 8 inches in diameter without kickback.

On the chainsaw head, there is a rotation dial to adjust the chain tension in seconds and an automatic oilier reservoir. Plus a branch hook for clearing thin branches.

I really like the body and handle of this saw fitted out with a soft grip handle configuration allowing with vertical or horizontal cutting angles when in chain saw mode.

It comes with a hard case blade cover for safe storage and is powered by through main cord with an 8-Amp electric motor. Limited 2 Year Warranty

Power: 8 Amp

Weight: 12.5lb

Pole Max Length: 10 ft

Cutting Bar: 10 inch

Pros

  • Excellent ergonomic design
  • 2-in-1 Chain Saw / Best Pole Saw Combo
  • Excellent value for money

Cons

  • Chain tensioner could be better

2. WORX Electric Corded 2-in-1 Pole Saw

WORX WG309 Electric Pole Saw

The Worx WG309 Electric Pole Saw is a close runner up to the Remington as a 2-in-1 chain saw and pole saw combo. The technical specification is very similar other than a few differences that sway me towards the Remington

First of let’s confirm the Worx Pole Saw is again a corded power saw with a detachable saw head and handle body, allow for a quick-clip transformation into a chain saw. The difference is the ergonomics. It just did not feel as good in my hands, my personal preference but it’s important to feel in total control for me when wielding a rotating chain.

The second difference is the pole length, the Worx pole was 8 ft compared to the Remington’s 10’ pole. However, I would say overall the Worx tool felt like it had a really good quality build to it and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it for home use.

Weighing in at 10lbs and sporting a nice 10-inch cutting bar complete with a hard plastic blade protector it’s a really nice piece of kit.

Power: 8 Amp

Weight: 10lb

Pole Max Length: 8 ft

Cutting Bar: 10 inch

Pros

  • 2-in-1 Chain Saw / Pole Saw Combo
  • Excellent value for money
  • Great Build quality

Cons

  • Alternative products come with 10 ft pole

3. Sun Joe Corded Electric 2-in-1 Pole Saw

Sun Joe SWJ800E Corded Electric Pole Saw

The next corded pole saw I am recommending is the Sun Joe SWJ806E Corded Electric Pole Saw. This is a great choice for those of you who are looking for low priced products. You tend to get what you pay for in life and it’s no different with power tools.

You will have to make compromises in a few departments with the Sun Joe; the pole length is 8.6 ft, the cutting bar is 8 inches, the power is 8.0 Amp. The overall build quality is not quite up to the standard of the other two saws, but you still get the 2-in-1 chain saw combo, which is awesome.

Plus you get a lightweight pole saw weighing in at just 8.4 lb, then 5.5lb for the chainsaw set up.

Power: 8.0 Amp

Weight: 8.4 lb

Pole Max Length: 8.6 ft

Cutting Bar: 8 inch

Pros

  • Best pole saw if you’re on a budget
  • Only weights 8.4 lbs
  • 2-in-1 Combo feature

Cons

  • Better build quality on premium machines
  • Only 8.7 ft pole, but still not too shabby!

4. Varo PowerPlus 2-in-1 Combo Pole Saw

Varo Power Plus Pole Saw

The Varo PowerPlus 2-in-1 Pole Saw supplied with an Oregon 12″ saw with a cutting bar of 10 inches. It makes the list as it definitely worth a mention, but it just does not match up to the top two on the 2-in-1 shortlist and I put the Sun Joe ahead of it too, based on overall value.

It does come with an excellent Oregon blade and a 10ft pole and there is not doubt that if you purchased it, you would not be disappointed. But if you had all four of these 2-in-1 in your hands together, I think you would probable put them in the same order as I have.

Power: Corded mains powered

Weight: 9lb

Pole Max Length: 10ft

Cutting Bar: 8”

Pros

  • A 2-in-1 combo at a very good price

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with oil in the box
  • Limited distribution, mainly Europe

Best Gas Powered Pole Saw

5. MAXTRA Gas Pole Saw

MAXTRA-Gas-PolE-Saw

Gas-powered pole saws are slowly becomes phased out and replaced by electric saws. The majority of the remaining gas pole saws on the market are reserved for professional use and clock up a big price tag, expect to pay between $150-$500. But you are getting a slightly different beast for your money. A bigger, heavy more powerful machine that can go anywhere, any time.

The Maxtra Gas Pole Saw offers 11.4 ft of pole to reach up high into the tree canopy and use a 10 inches of cutting bar to slice through the toughest of branches.

The downside is the 21 lbs of machinery you will be holding about your head, it requires both strength and stamina to perform a full day’s work. Don’t forget you will need to offer this machine some tender loving maintenance and servicing too.

If you feel you need the extra grunt of a 42.7cc 2 stroke gas-powered engine, then the Maxtra Gas Pole Saw is a tool you should take seriously. Many people still consider gas as the best pole saws to buy, but before you part with any cash don’t underestimate our electric pole saw top picks

Power: 42.7vv

Weight: 21lbs

Pole Max Length: 11.4 ft

Cutting Bar: 10 inch

Pros

  • Extra long pole
  • Everything that you get with gas power

Cons

  • A heavy piece of machinery
  • Not the ideal tool for home use

Best Battery Powered Pole Saw

6. Oregon Cordless Pole Saw

Oregon PS250 Cordless Pole Saw

UK Model

This is another great battery-powered pole saw full of umph. The Oregon PS250 Cordless saw has 40 volts of lithium battery power given total freedom of movement without compromising on endurance with up to 325 cuts on a single charge.

This pole is built with the motor on the shaft which lends itself to a really nice balance when you’re working. With the battery fitting, it weights 13.5lb. When couple this with the ergonomic handle and shoulder strap it’s a really nice tool to operate.

The pole comes in a really attractive black finish and where you adjust the length using an easy to use twist collar.

I really struggled to pick between the Oregon Saw and the Greenworks tool, but the Oregon gets the nod based on overall quality and the 10ft pole clinches it.

Power: 40 volt battery (UK Model 36 Volt)

Weight: 13.5 lb (including battery)

Pole Max Length: 10ft

Cutting Bar: 8 inches

Pros

  • High quality build and stylish
  • Excellent balance with mid pole motor
  • 10 ft pole with nice twist collar

Cons

  • A touch more expensive than some other models
  • Heavier than some other models

7. Greenworks Cordless Battery Pole Saw

Greenworks Cordless Battery Pole Saw

UK Model

This Greenworks Battery Pole Saw is the second-best saw you can get and for a sensible price. With 40 Volts of power, it really is a solid machine and only weighs 8.4lbs

Fitted with an automatic oiling reservoir and an easy turn chain tensioner knob positioned at the side of the saw head. You get an 8-inch cutting bar at the end of the 3 sectioned telescopic aluminum pole 8 ft long. This gives you a working height of around 13-15 ft which is shorter than some models on this list.

The battery fits a huge range of the Greenworks product portfolio which is an added bonus. Plus can be fitted with an add on hedge trimmer combo, purchased separately.

I really likes this tool, it felt good in my hands and has enough power to be a considered serious battery powered saw.

It’s at the upper end of the price scale for a cordless tool, but it’s definitely worth the extra money and you fee it in the performance. It just narrowly misses out to the Oregon, our best pole saw Top Pick based on overall performance and quality.

Weight: 8.4lbs

Pole Max Length: 8 ft

Cutting Bar: 8 inch

Pros

  • Robust build quality
  • Great performance for a good price

Cons

  • 8 ft pole compared to other 10 ft models
  • Power: 40 Volt Lithium Battery

best corded Electric pole saw

8. BLACK+DECKER Corded Pole Saw

The Black + Decker LPP120B is a good low-cost option. It won’t win any awards but definitely worth a look if cash is tight. Comes with the manual 60 ml oiler reservoir, a decent 8″ cutting bar, and a dual-position head.

You get a 2yr warranty as standard. The instructions were pretty abysmal, so if you’re not familiar with this type of tool make sure you satisfy yourself that you’re comfortable with its functions before you power-up the machine.

Power: 800W corded mains power

Weight: 9lb

Pole Max Length: 8.8ft

Cutting Bar: 8”

Pros

  • Overall a decent tool, but better options available
  • Dual-position head

Cons

  • Abysmal instructions


9. Ryobi Pole Corded Pruner

Ryobi power saw

This is a highly regarded Ryobi pole saw and I would have to agree, I was impressed. The Ryobi RPP750S weighs in at 8.4lb and it easy to handle and felt comfortable. It has a 15-degree angled Oregan cutting head and boasts a 6-inch bar.

Okay, it’s not the largest power saw we tested but it felt good! Maybe one complaint was a slightly top-heavy feel but that’s not unusual with electric saws where the motor is at the top end.

The unit comes with a 6ft-8.8ft telescopic extension bar allowing you to work at around 12-14ft with comfort. The oiler’s automatic and holds 80ml of oil in its reservoir.

Power: 750W corded mains power

Weight: 8.4lb

Pole Max Length: 8.8ft

Cutting Bar: 6”

Pros

  • Really nice powerful pole saw
  • Extended 3yr warranty when you register

Cons

  • A relatively short power cable
  • 8″ blades but only a relative 6″ cutting bar

10. Sun Joe Electric Corded Pole Saw

Sun Joe SWJ806E Electric Pole Saw

From the premium Oregon pole saw, we go to the other end of the scale with this great Sun Joe SWJ800E value for money pole saw. At a fraction of the price, you can get your hands on a smaller, lighter saw that represents superb value for money.

With an 8.7 ft pole, it weighs just 7.7 lb but you will have to compromise with a smaller 8 inches saw. The manufacturer claims a 7.5-inch cutting bar, but I would challenge that and say it’s really a 6.5 inches cutting bar when you allow for a 20% overlap.

The automatic oiler holds 2.7fl oz of oil to lubricate a blade power via the mains, so plenty of beef behind it.

There is no hiding the fact that the Sun Joe on review here is a smaller relation to some of the other saws, but well worth a recommendation due to its easy handling and awesome price.

Power: Corded mains power

Weight: 7.7lb

Pole Max Length: 8.7 ft

Cutting Bar: 6.5 inches

Pros

  • Fair quality for a great price
  • Smaller and lighter, will suit some users

Cons

  • Lacks the power to the premium models
  • Small cutting bar

Best Manual Pole Saw

Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Telescopic Tree Pruner

 spear and jackson pole saw

This is the top pick of the manual pole saws available. Spear & Jackson has a strong tool heritage and this tool keeps up a good reputation. With a 13” SK5 Carbon Steel cutting blade and a 7.5 ft telescopic pole, it offers a good budget option if you need to clear the thinner branches in the canopy.

It also features a manual draw string pruning head.

Pole Saw Buyer’s Guide

Before you step out there and throw your hard-earned cash at a piece of kit, you need to know what you’re looking for. That’s why I’ve put together this high-level buyers guide to give you a crash course in the various functions and features of modern pole saw so you can pick the best pole saw for your needs.

Types Of Pole Saw

There are four ways to power a pole saw. Electric and by that I mean, mains powered with a cord or wire, Cordless battery-powered, Gasoline, and a good old fashioned manual saw.

Let’s quickly talk about each technology and weight up the best option.

Gas Pole Saws

Gas-powered saws are the real animals of the pole saw family. If you like the smell of revving engines and oil then you may be drawn to this type of saw for lots of visceral reasons.

Powered by gasoline and 2-stroke oil, they are the perfect partner for any mechanic. They will deliver the highest level of power and that power comes with noise and a lot of vibration.

Perfect for working remotely for long periods of time. If you have a gasoline lawnmower or tiller you will know exactly what I am talking about.

The downside is the weight. Generally, weighing in about 12-15lbs gas-powered saws can physically demanding and also require more maintenance than an electric saw. Plus mixing and pouring fuel can be a touch messy and hazardous.

Some people still feel gas is the best pole saw money can buy, and in some situations, I would agree. But for home use, I don’t see it that way anymore, with so many great electric options to choose from.

Cordless Pole Saw

A battery-powered pole saw is the cleaner, quieter little brother of the gas-powered saw. You have the convenience of not being tethered to the main electrical supply but in a lighter cleaner package.

Battery powered pole saws will typically weight in between 10-15lbs, making for a far less taxing days work.

The downside is you lose some of the grunt compared to gas power. So cutting through thicker branches will take a little bit more time. Of course, you need to recharge the battery so if your working remotely be sure to have spare charged batteries to keep you going until the job is done. Most batteries will last around 1 hour before they need changing.

Battery power is rating in Volts (V). Each lithium powered battery will have a level of output that will directly translate into the power of the pole saw. Batteries tend to range between 20V and 80V and the higher the voltage the better the saw will perform.

Electric Pole Saw

A corded pole saw means you limited to where you can work and move about your working area. Being tethered to a wall is not the most appealing way to rock and roll. But they do have some advantages.

They never run out of gas or battery power, and they churn out equal power output to a cordless battery powered saw.

There are lots of products on the market to choose from which in turn means you have plenty of 2-in-1 pole saws with detachable heads. So don’t dismiss them.

For the DIY enthusiast or infrequent user, they could be the best option. They are definitely the cheapest powered option.

Manual Pole Saw

Nope. I’m not going to insult you by explaining what a manual pole saw is. You know it’s a saw on the end of a pole. But what I will say is…they do actually work, and they are very useful, especially when you want to cut down a few thin branches.

Keep it quiet and keep it simple when you can, right.

Pole Saw Features & Considerations

Working Height Vs Actual Pole Length

Most manufacturers will make a claim about the length of the pole, but you need to be sure you understand what it is there are claiming. There are two different reference points; working height or pole length.

Working height refers to the height of the pole from the tip of the chainsaw blade to either the handle of the saw or even the vertical height of the person holding it. So in other words the height of the blade from the ground.

The actual pole length should refer to exactly that. The length of the pole between the chainsaw blade and the body of the chainsaw in your hands.

Typically a pole saws actual pole length will be between 6ft and 12ft, anything longer than that and you really need to check the small print!

Cutting Bar Length

The cutting bar length is a measurement of the section of the chainsaw blade that is good for cutting through a branch, whilst leaving enough overlap to prevent any blade kickback. For example, if the chainsaw blade length is 10 inches in length the cutting bar could be 8 inches, leaving 2 inches of blade overlap.

Some manufacturers may claim a 9-inch cutting bar and only allowing 1-inch overlap. This is not best practice and can be misleading, resulting in kickback and open you to risks during the operation of the saw.

As a rule of thumb always aim for 20% overall between cutting bar length and actual chainsaw blade length.

Pole Saw Weight

Pole saw weight is often one of the most overlooked details in the buyer’s mind. We’re guys right, we can handle the weight. Well, no…we can’t always handle the weight over a long working session.

Most saw range between 7-15lb in weight, with some gas-powered models reaching 20+lbs. This can become taxing over a working day and lead to fatigue.

When I work, I want to be comfortable, work efficiently and of course, go home to my family in one piece at the end of the day. Make sure you buy a tool that fits well within your capabilities over the duration of your working sessions. For me, all other things being equal, the lighter the tool the better.

Removable Chainsaw Head

Buying a pole saw with a removable head can be very helpful, especially for DIY enthusiasts or infrequent users. If you’re a professional then you will no doubt have a chain saw or two, but the regular person who uses a pole saw from time to time, it really nice to have the ability to strip out the pole and use a small lightweight hand chainsaw on the odd occasion when you may need one.

If this sounds like you, keep your eye open for a 2-in-1 pole saw with a detachable head. Often the head can be removed and connected together with the handle body, simply removing the pole length and retaining all other operational features of the saw.

Automatic Vs Manual Oiler

The oiler is a small reservoir of oil built into the chainsaw head to draw oil onto the blade. This oiling mechanism can be a manual mechanism where the user actuates a priming push button. Or in the majority of cases with modern pole saws, there is an automatic oiler to take care of the job for you.

You just need to make sure you check the oil level and keep the little puppy filled up.

Some people prefer a manual oiler giving them a better level of control over how often and how much oils is released onto the blade.

How To Use A Pole Saw

Using a pole saw to fell a tree is a perfectly safe job to perform, but it can present risks that need to be managed through safety procedures and best practices. Our step by step guide is a proven actionable process for you to follow allowing you to carry out your work in a safe and enjoyable way.

Clear A Large Work Area

Be sure to review your surrounding area to check for access points. You should always block or prevent people from inadvertently moving into the workspace where they may be at risk of injury.

Before you handle any power tool check for your own ability to move without a trip hazard or any other form of overhead hazard. Look for exposed tree roots or unlevel ground. Plan a safe space that you can quickly move into if you need to respond to any unexpected falling branches.

Plan Your Cutting Sequence

Before you pick up your pole saw and start revving it like Mad Max, just stop and think through the sequence of cuts you intend to make. Step back from the tree and visualize how you will work your way up the levels of the tree canopy as you remove each branch.

Remove The Lowest Branch First

To get to the top you will need to clear the lower branches to clear a path. You need to be sure you clear the foliage as you go leaving a nice open space to keep visibility to a maximum. You also need to be sure the lower branches are removed first to avoid one of the upper branches falling and bringing down lower branches unexpectedly.

Position Yourself In A Safe Place

When operating a pole saw you need to stand off to the side of the target branch that you are cutting. This ensures you get the best cutting angle and keeps you clear of any falling debris, and of course the branch itself.

To allow for this set-up to work, you may need to adjust the pole length. Check the manufacturer’s instruction to make sure you have a secure fix on the pole after adjusting it.

It’s also worth considering where your power cable is in relation to any falling branches. The last thing you need is an accident on the power supply, so keep it clear from danger.

Hold The Pole Saw Correctly

Lift the pole saw with both hands, and raise the blade up to the position of the branch you intend cutting. Make sure you have control of the weight of the pole saw and rest the blade on the branch in the areas to be cut.

Start Cutting A Groove

When cutting branches the aim of the first cut is to bite into the branch to create a groove with the purpose of using it as a guide to hold the cutting blade in a stead position and avoid it bouncing off the branch. No different than using a hand saw. So start slow and steady and let the saw do the work.

Thinner tree limbs can be cut through in a single action without risk. If you could cut it with loppers you can typically go straight into a direct cut with a power saw.

Finishing The Cut

Once you have a deep enough cutting groove, you can begin to turn up the power and steadily work your way through the branch. Always make sure you are looking out for falling branches.

Stay Vigilant

You may be standing in a safe spot off to the side of the branch you are cutting, however, a falling branch can be very unpredictable. So, always be prepared to power off your pole saw and move to safety if need.

Clear The Work Area

After each branch falls take your time to clear your workspace and remove the fallen pieces into a separate area to avoid clutter and risk.

Move Up To The Next Level

Once you have cleared your workspace to move up to the next layer of branches and proceed to carry out the cutting process again. Remember, be patient and follow the correct safety procedure, you cannot afford to make mistakes with this type of work.

Best Pole Saw Round-Up

Okay so we’ve just about covered everything we need to get you guys geared up with top notch equipment, and attacking your unwanted trees with surgical skills.

Whether you want the grunt of a gas pole saw, or a high value 2-in-1 combo saw, there’s a loads of great products for you to pick from on this list of our best pole saws for DIY users.

Just remember our guidelines on safety and how to work your way patiently up the tree canopy and you will have a great deal of fun letting that beast of a pole saw make you a hero!

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