If you are trying to reach tall shrubbery or tree branches to prune them, then the only tool that is going to allow you to do that job safely, quickly, and effectively is the pole saw. These elongated saws are a gardener or a landscaper’s best friend.
However, with so many pole saws on the market, it can be hard to find the best one. That is where we come in handy. In this article, we are going to be reviewing the best pole saws.
If you want to skip the reviews and find out what the absolute best pole saw option is, we are going to go ahead and crown the Sun Joe SWJ803E Electric Multi-Angle Pole Chain Saw.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Pole Saws 2020:
Sun Joe SWJ802E Electric Multi-Angle Pole Chain Saw
To open up our best pole saws review list, we wanted to do a review of a pole saw that is relatively affordable, easy to use, and above all else, effective at what you need a pole saw to do.
The candidate that best fits all of these criteria is, in our opinion, the Sun Joe SWJ802E Electric Multi-Angle Pole Chain Saw. This is a relatively affordable pole saw that still manages to deliver the reach and cutting power that you look for in a good pole saw.
For starters, this is an incredibly easy pole saw to use. There are a lot of criteria to consider when determining whether a particular pole saw is easy to use and the Sun Joe checks all of those boxes.
First off, it is remarkably lightweight pole saw. Some of these tools, especially the longer ones, can be a bit heavy, but that isn’t the case with the Sun Joe SWJ802E Electric Multi-Angle Pole Chain Saw. The light weight of the tool makes it simple to keep a good hold on it when using it.
Secondly, the Sun Joe SWJ802E Electric Multi-Angle Pole Chain Saw is incredibly easy to extend on the fly, which makes keeping up a good pace when working quite easy.
Given that this is a corded pole saw, it has quite a good power output. The 8 amp motor puts out a good amount of power and you shouldn’t experience any snag cutting through thick bushes or especially thick tree trunks. We will talk more about power output and the differences between corded and cordless models in our best pole saws buying guide.
Our only real critique of the Sun Joe SWJ802E Electric Multi-Angle Pole Chain Saw is that the blade could afford to be a bit longer. As it is, the blade is a bit on the short side, which can limit its ability to reach certain out of the way shrubbery or branches. It isn’t a damning issue, to say the least, but it is something to consider before you buy.
- Great power output.
- Relatively affordable option.
- High-quality 8 amp motor.
- Easy to adjust length on the fly.
- Easy to use.
- Blade could afford to be a bit longer.
Poulan Pro PR28PS 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw
The next product that we want to review we want to is definitely going to be a unique entry on our best pole saws list for one distinct reason, it is gas powered. Much like their cousin, the chainsaw, pole saws come in 2 main varieties, gas and electric.
While this list will lean more towards electric models (for reasons expanded upon in our buying guide), we did feel like we should include gas models because some people prefer them to their electric models.
The Poulan Pro PR28PS 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw, because it is a gas powered saw, has some great advantages that you won’t see on electric models. Easily the biggest one is the fact that this brings a lot more cutting power to the table than your standard electric option.
Gas powered models are usually more powerful than an electric counterpart, and that holds true with the Poulan Pro PR28PS 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw. It is a lot more powerful than basically any other pole saw that you will see on this review list.
This makes it great for cutting through particularly thick brush, uncut bushes, and extremely thick tree trunks. If you have some very large trees on your property, this is a great tool for keeping their limbs manageable.
The issues that plague the Poulan Pro PR28PS 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw are the same ones that plague most other gas power tools. First off, gas motors are a lot noisier and much more difficult to work with, which is always a big issue when working with gas power tools.
Likewise, gas power tools tend to have fairly unreliable starters, especially as they age and get wear and tear. One day the starter may work fine, other days it may not, it can be a gamble.
- Gas powered tool that is more powerful than many other options.
- Great gas motor.
- Easy to keep functioning.
- Good starter for a gas powered tool.
- Gas saws are noisy.
- Doesn’t always start up reliably.
WORX 2-in-1 Attachment Capable WG349 20V Pole Saw
The next product that deserves a mention on our best pole saws review list is definitely a bit on the unique side. As you can see from the product name, the WORX 2-in-1 Attachment Capable WG349 20V Pole Saw is a 2-in-1 pole saw.
What does that mean exactly? Well, as you are going to see in this review, the WORX is capable of being detached at the head to form a completely different tool that does a bunch of different jobs. So, it was a must-have item on this review list.
We obviously have to begin this review by explaining exactly what the 2 tools that make up the WORX are. The first tool is quite simple, it is the actual pole saw. It works just like every other pole saw that has appeared on this list. It is a long saw attached to the end of a telescopic pole. However, what is really unique about the WORX is the 2nd tool that is included.
See, unlike with most pole saws, you can actually detach the saw at the end of the WORX and use it like a miniature chainsaw. This is a good feature and it really helps to make the tool as a whole more versatile. You can even use the 2 tools together.
For example, you can cut off branches or shrubbery with the telescopic handle, then detach the chainsaw to cut them into smaller pieces once they are on the ground and easier to cut.
Of course, the fact that it is so versatile isn’t the only reason why we wanted to take a look at the WORX 2-in-1 Attachment Capable WG349 20V Pole Saw. For example, it has a really great power output and it is easy to use, so it is still an extremely good pole saw by any metric and it is easily deserving of recognition on this list.
As you might expect, the fact that WORX 2-in-1 Attachment Capable WG349 20V Pole Saw offers you 2 tools means that it also offers you more value. At the same time, higher value means higher cost and the WORX is definitely quite a bit pricier than many of the other pole saws that we have reviewed so far on our list. If budget is a concern for you, then this might not be the option for you.
- Very versatile product.
- Head can be detached to serve as a different tool.
- Really good power output.
- Pretty simple to use.
- A bit more expensive because it is 2 tools in 1.
Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner
If you are in a position where you need a very long pole saw, then you absolutely need to give the next entry on our best pole saws review list some serious consideration. The Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner is an absolutely amazing option for those who need a ton of length and power.
Let’s begin this review by talking about what is definitely the most unique aspect of this particular pole saw, which is its length. While we have reviewed some long pole saws on our list so far, the Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner is easily the longest entry that we have yet reviewed.
Whereas your average pole saw has a length of about 8 to 10 feet, the Fiskars has a maximum length of around 16 feet. It is also very versatile since you can extend it to be anywhere from around 7 feet all the way up to 16 feet.
Something else that we want to emphasize is how high performance this particular pole saw is. With a high-quality blade and a powerful motor, it is able to both accurately and powerfully cut through just about anything that you can throw in front of it. It cuts through thick tree branches without stopping.
One issue that we have to mention regarding the Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner is actually related to one of its benefits, which is its size.
On the one hand, the Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner is easily the tallest option that we have looked at so far. On the other hand, its size can make it heavy and unwieldy for some, which is definitely something that you want to consider before you buy this pole saw.
We should also explain the high-quality of the pole. It is made from strong fibreglass, which is not only a very durable material, but also a very flexible one as well. So, it manages to achieve a great mixture of strength and flexibility.
- Longest reach of any pole saw on the list.
- An extremely powerful pole saw option.
- Strong, yet very flexible pole.
- Easy to stretch out.
- May be a bit too heavy or unwieldy for some.
Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw
For the final review on our best pole saws list, we want to take a look at a tool from a brand that makes a wide variety of really high-end electrical tools. Greenworks is known for making a bunch of really good, energy efficient tools.
One such example is the Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw. As you are going to see in our review, this is an extremely efficient, affordable pole saw that also delivers reliable, high-quality performance.
A big aspect of this pole saw, and all Greenworks products, are the fact that they are extremely energy efficient. They don’t use a lot of energy, despite providing performance that is roughly on par with other pole saws on this list, all while using a fraction of the energy.
What does that mean for you exactly? Well, since the Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw is a cordless option, it uses a lot less battery life than you would expect. A battery at full charge will last a whole lot longer than the battery on any other pole saw does.
Something else that is good about the Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw is its price. This is easily one of the most affordable pole saws, both on our best pole saws list and on the wider market as a whole.
So, if you have a small area to manage, or if you think that you won’t get much use out of a pole saw, then the Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw can be a great option because it allows you to get a cheap pole saw, all while not actually having to invest a ton into a higher-end model.
It also worth saying that a big part of why the Greenworks’ price is so impressive is because it manages to offer this price, while also being of decent quality. It isn’t a cheap tool that is going to break easily.
- Very affordable option.
- Probably the cheapest option on our review list.
- Long battery life.
- Super energy efficient.
- Good performance, despite low price.
- A bit underpowered compared to some other entries on the review list.
Best Pole Saws Buying Guide
Above we gave you a list of really good pole saws. You could easily pick any of the above pole saw options and be completely satisfied. Even if we did pick one particular pole saw as our overall “best” option, there are a ton of good options above for you to try out.
However, in this second part of our article, we are going to stop with product reviews and do something else, which is to focus on some important things that we feel like everyone should know, which is what we are going to cover in this buying guide.
You are going to find out the most important information that you need to know before you buy your pole saw. In particular, we want to focus on the differences between the different types of pole saws that you saw on the review list.
The Types Of Pole Saws
On our best pole saws review list, we looked at 2 different kinds of pole saws, electric models and gas models (with the former being by far the more common). However, electric models themselves are further divided into corded and cordless models, each of which have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. That is what we are going to discuss in this section.
Gas Pole Saws
The first thing that we need to discuss are gas powered pole saws. These are the least common type of pole saw featured on our list, and for good reason.
They are very powerful, but unlike with regular chainsaws, power output isn’t as important for pole saws as for regular saws, so that benefit isn’t as important. On the other hand, they are noisier, pricier, and just more of a hassle to work with. So, you can clearly see why gas pole saws didn’t get a lot of mention on our best gas pole saws list.
Corded Electric Pole Saws
The next type of pole saw that we want to talk about are corded electric pole saws. Corded models are the more powerful of the 2 different types of models. This is obviously due to the fact that they can draw power directly from a source, as opposed to a battery.
On the other hand, you do have to deal with the fact that the cord does make the pole saw a bit less mobile. This takes on a special connotation with pole saws because often your trees and shrubs are far away from an outlet.
Cordless Electric Pole Saws
Finally, there are cordless models. These are by far the weakest of the 3 different models. However, what they lack in power output, they make up for in other ways. This includes the fact that they are a lot more mobile and easier to use, as well as the fact that they are often the cheapest of the 3 types.
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