The Bottom Line
It can be hazardous for the do-it-yourselfer to be standing on a ladder to cut high branches with a saw. Instead, keep your 2 feet planted firmly on the ground, and use a pole tree pruner! My preference is for the light-weight choice offered by fiberglass models.
- These pole tree pruners have an adjustable extension of up to 12 feet.
- A cushion grip for makes the pole tree pruners easy to handle.
- Fiberglass pole for durability and ease of use.
- Pole tree pruners are not meant to cut large limbs.
- User-friendly, with its light-weight construction and cushion grip.
- Telescoping pole extends up to 12'.
- Quality pruning blade (die-cast zinc alloy) and saw (heat-treated, Teflon-coated cutlery steel).
Guide Review - Pole Tree Pruners
This review looks at fiberglass pole tree pruners.
Pole tree pruners give you the reach you need for trimming via a telescoping pole. For the Corona brand, the telescoping action is controlled by a nut; the mechanism may vary slightly for other brands. Loosen the nut to adjust the reach (12' maximum). Tighten it back up when you have the right length. The durable fiberglass pole is light-weight, so your arms don't tire while making multiple cuts. The rubber grip is kind to your hands.
There are 2 trimming options. You can use the sawing component or the pruning component.
The former is a 12" saw that is used primarily for removing a whole limb (maximum: 2" in diameter). For trimming a portion of a limb (i.e., a branch, with a maximum diameter of 1"), you'll find the pruning component much easier to use.
The pruning component operates by virtue of a compound-action pulley system.
Its blade is housed in a hook. This blade is attached to a cord, which you pull to unsheath the blade from its housing to make a cut. Releasing the cord returns it to its housing. Sort of a reverse guillotine! To "behead" a branch, just place the hook over its "neck" (the intended location of your cut) and pull the cord.