Don't risk your safety by standing on a ladder to cut high, out-of-reach branches manually with a saw. Instead, keep your feet planted firmly on the ground by using one of these top tree pruning poles. From simple hand pruners to powerful electric saws, these tools can have a wide range of cutting power. However, no matter how powerful your tool is, it's important to use these tools smart and safely. Wear proper safety protection when pruning, and be prepared to dispose of your pruned and cut branches legally after you’re done.
Whatever the size of your project, there's the correct pruning pole for you. From ropeless pole pruners to cordless chainsaws, we found the best tools to tame those branches.
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Electric pole trimmers are a cross between pole pruners and conventional hedge trimmers. Their blades are similar to traditional hedge trimmers, but are instead mounted on a pole to give you more reach and can expand up to 10 extra inches. These extra features come with extra weight, so this trimmer is heavier than some competitors.
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Ropeless pole pruners are lightweight pruners that are perfect for beginners and are best for pruning smaller branches that are 1 inch in diameter or smaller. To use this type of pruner you must raise the "hook" end up into the canopy of the tree to be pruned. Then, let the hook nestle right over the branch to be trimmed while keeping the tool stable with your non-dominant hand. With your dominant hand, pull the bottom of the handle to engage a cable/sliding mechanism, which pulls on the blade to make the cut. When you're finished, simply release your tight grip on the bottom of the handle to enable disengagement.
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A classic manual pole pruner has a curved pruning blade, about 12 to 16 inches long. The curve of the blade, combined with its very sharp teeth, makes it amazingly effective at cutting through green or dead wood even when the pole is at its greatest length. The sawing action is primarily pulling, which feels natural when using the pole. It's a bit of a workout, but these saws can cut through limbs up to about 8 inches relatively quickly.
Many manual tree pruners come in sets containing two sections of fiberglass pole (or a single telescoping pole) and one or more cutting heads. The heads are interchangeable so you can switch from a saw to a pruner-type cutter, which is operated with a rope. Some pruners have combination heads with a saw and a pruner-type cutter in one.
Saw heads typically include a hook at the base of the saw. The hook is handy for pulling down cut branches or pushing them free of other branches and even for directing the fall of large limbs.
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Cordless electric pole chainsaws are great specialized tools for more extensive tree pruning work. With a 2-in-1 detachable pole and chainsaw, this is the perfect tool for hard-to-reach branches up to 10-15-feet. These pruners are also great for cutting branches larger than a 1-inch diameter that traditional pruners can't handle. For example, these types of pruners can cut through as bare wood up to about half a foot just as seamless as smaller branches.
However, if you do not do a lot of tree trimming, this product might not be worth the investment. But if you live on a wooded property, the need for pole chainsaws might be greater and this type of pole pruner would be the best for your yard.