The Best Tree Trimming Tools for Landscaping for 2019

From Pole Pruners to Chippers

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Owning the proper tree trimming equipment can greatly aid you in caring for your landscape trees. Consult these consumer product reviews before buying, so you won't be stuck with any lemons (unless you have lemon trees, of course!). Pole pruners, electric chain saws, and ​wood chippers are all covered below.

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    Pole Tree Pruners

    Person with chainsaw bucking up a log.
    This large log can be made more manageable by bucking it up into smaller pieces. Johner Images/Getty Images

    Owning pole tree pruners promotes safety for those who need to trim small to medium-size trees. With the aid of pole tree pruners, you can maintain such trees in their proper shape without having to climb a ladder with cutting tools -- a dangerous proposition! My review uses the Corona brand as an example, but I have also linked here to an Amazon page that sells the product put out by Fiskars (widely recognized as a producer of quality tree trimming equipment).

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    Electric Chain Saws

    When you mention "tree trimming equipment," chain saws come to mind immediately. But what type of chainsaw should you buy? Gas-powered saws are fueled with a gas/oil mix, and you're forced to calculate the ratio. With electric, you just plug it in and go! That goes for startup, too. Gas-powered saws start with a starter rope that you tug at. With electric, the startup is a sure thing. At about 5 pounds the electric chainsaw I review here (a Remington) is also easy to wield once you begin to cut.

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    Battery-Powered Chain Saws

    Despite all the advantages they possess over gas-powered chain saws, there's one disadvantage in using an electric model such as the Remington (see above) that may dissuade you from buying one: the cord. For some jobs, dragging a cord around just doesn't cut it (if you'll pardon the pun). Not only is it a hassle, but it's also dangerous. So is there an alternative that gives you the best of both worlds? You bet. Chainsaws that run on batteries may be the best thing since sliced bread if you're seeking the ultimate in convenience for slicing through limbs (there I go with the puns again!).

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    Wood Chippers

    Okay, you've cut down a bunch of branches, perhaps with one of the tools mentioned above. Now, what do you do with them? You could set them out for the town's crew to take, but that means first cutting them up into manageable lengths and tying them in bundles. What a waste! Especially if you are going to turn around and buy wood-chip mulch every year from someone else. Why not just own a wood chipper and make your own mulch? 

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    Black & Decker Alligator Loppers

    Ultimately, the Alligator Lopper must be judged in light of its capabilities as a specialized tool. Matched to the right job, this tool excels. I discuss what jobs I would recommend Alligator Loppers for, plus features of the tool itself, in this review of Black & Decker Alligator Loppers. Click the "Compare Prices" button to check for availability.