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Offline g_man

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Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« on: August 06, 2010, 08:24:13 PM »
I think I want to retire my manual pole saw. I'm not getting the job done anymore.
I'm not a professional user but I spend alot of time in my woods trimming several miles of trails and branches on promising young hardwood trees. I probably don't need the best saw but I hate junk tools. I'd like recomendations on what would be a reasonable choice. My manual saw is 18 feet with my home made extension so I can reach over 20 feet when I have to but I've not seen any pole saws that long.
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2010, 08:38:50 PM »
I've had good performance out of my Stihl pole saw. Not always long enough, but then holding it up there has its limitations too.  ;D

Last I used it was to saw off a 6" dead walnut limb about 20+ feet up. Could reach it ok from the bucket raised high as it would go.
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2010, 08:46:09 PM »
I have a Silky Hayuchi 21' from Bailey's.  I think this is still the same one at this link:

http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdetail.asp?item=17939&catID=205

It is a fantastic saw and I would not hesitate to buy it again.  Cuts very fast and is very well built and can buy replacement parts from Bailey's.   I think I dropped it or dropped something on it which made a little ding along the shaft.  Since there are 3 telescoping sections this made it a little harder to open but still satisfactory with WD 40 on it.  Just don't drop something on it.
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2010, 12:28:12 AM »
Now laugh,giggle ,roll on the floor or call me dirty names but I have a cheapy Poulan power pruner .Light weight,not of professional quality and cost me all of 2 hundred bucks 3 or 4 years ago .

Now let me tell you though that little cheap thing has saved me tons of work .In all that time I haven't ran it long enough to even needing to  sharpening the chain but it has saved me countless hours of time .An idea perhaps or an option if you choose .

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2010, 12:03:47 PM »
If your looking for a power model, we have an older telescoping type Echo power pole saw with a 5ft extension.  The regular reach is a standard 8-12ft + the extension is 5ft for a total of 17ft, plus whatever half your height would be.  Add another foot for the bar and chain.  You can stand on the bed of a truck for another couple ft.  Its been a good unit always starts easy and hasnt needed anything.     

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2010, 06:10:08 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I'm not against inexpensive I'm against stuff that when you look at it you immediately know it won't stand up to normal use. Like some chinese screw drivers whose bits twist before the screw is even tight. I'll check the Poulan out.
Sharkey how do I learn more about your Echo? I saw them in a Bailey's catalog.

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2010, 06:21:01 PM »
I have an Echo, but If I was in the buying market, it would be a Stihl.  I haven't had any trouble with the Echo, but.
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2010, 07:26:12 PM »
Sharkey,
I may have interpreted your post wrong. At first I thought you had one for sale but maybe you were just giving a subtle plug for Echo.

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2010, 08:29:27 PM »
I do alot of pruning on my english trees which are 40'-50' in height.  I use the 8' Husky pole saw from a bucket lift and can only reach 30' or so.  From the ground I have a Fanno hand saw with a fiber glass pole that is about 18' long.  I do use it from the bucket from time to time to reach 45' or so.    I would not like the manuverability of a gas saw with the weight of the head out even 12' if you are cutting very much.   It simply wears you out not to mention tweeking your back.   A good sharp hand saw (pole saw) is really fast and easy......

Suggest trying the power saw before buying is possible to see if it is really practical.  Food for thought.
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2010, 09:11:38 PM »
Thats a great suggestion - I should rent one and use it for a day. Maybe I'll find out the hand saw isnt so bad.

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2010, 02:34:46 PM »
At the end of the first day, you will never buy one.  They will give you a workout.   ;D  :D
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2010, 02:52:08 PM »
You don't need to spend a fortune to use what the pros use. Look beyond the cost of the initial unit and look at the cost of replacement blades. Some of those fancy aluminum extendable jobbies use blades that cost $75 each. I own one and it sits in the shed unused. I use a standard polesaw head like this one http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdetail.asp?item=FM+U1R&catID=205 with a standard blade like this one. http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdetail.asp?item=FM%20S20 I use the fancy fiberglass pole sections http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdetail.asp?item=21661 but that is because I work around power lines a lot and my storage boxes on the truck are only so long. You can make a pole handle whatever length you like using 1¼" dowel rod. The wooden dowel rod is actually stiffer than the fiberglass sections and many wise old tree guys use them instead of paying through the nose for bright fancy stuff. Shave the end to fit the polesaw head tightly and then paint the whole thing with a couple coats of polyurethane.

Buy a few extra blades so you can replace them when they get dull or bent. They are cheap so it doesn't hurt to put a fresh blade on once every 6 months.

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2010, 05:18:24 PM »
When I was looking at power pole saws, I fast came to the conclusion that the extended ones would be too heavy for this old man to use. When they are fully extended and horizontal, it takes all my strength to lift it to vertical.

I ended up buying a fixed length  Husqvarna that I can reach to about 12+ ft and I just love it. It will zip thru  a 5inch limb real fast and I can use it to cut fire wood lengths. I use it to cut up old fruit trees, you can just about stand in one spot with no bending or stooping. It will also make short work of eliminating blackberry bushes.
 

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2010, 08:06:58 PM »
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions.  They were not at all what I expected.
I am really curious now about power pole saws and will rent one very soon.
Maybe I'll find out all I really need is a new blade on my hand pruner  :D
That would be nice.

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2010, 09:17:26 PM »
I have 2 each of both the Stihl and Echo power pruners and the Echo is the best. They both have the same reach and weigh the same but the Stihl has some drawbacks. The splined shaft inside the Stihl is weak and will twist. It's happened 3 times to me so far. When that happens you can no longer extend or retract it. Also the outer shaft is smaller in diameter, so when it is fully extended it is a lot more flexible and can bend real easy compared to the Echo.
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2010, 08:43:24 AM »
Thanks Bill - Thats the kind of info that is real useful

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2010, 04:49:12 PM »
Made me glad that I have an Echo after all.   :)
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2010, 08:51:31 PM »
The splined shaft inside the Stihl is weak and will twist. It's happened 3 times to me so far. When that happens you can no longer extend or retract it.
It's not so much the twist but if they get dropped in will warp the shafts .

I did a thread on another forum of attempting to un warp  out an HT 75 Stihl ,if that's the right model number .As it turned out the job was only partly successful .It would extend and retract part way .The cost of new shafts exceeded the value of the pole saw .Eventually some low life stole the thing any way so my work was in vain .My only hope is they drop a limb on their head or something . >:(

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2010, 08:58:08 AM »
Now laugh,giggle ,roll on the floor or call me dirty names but I have a cheapy Poulan power pruner .Light weight,not of professional quality and cost me all of 2 hundred bucks 3 or 4 years ago .

Now let me tell you though that little cheap thing has saved me tons of work .In all that time I haven't ran it long enough to even needing to  sharpening the chain but it has saved me countless hours of time .An idea perhaps or an option if you choose .

I have the same one and for the fairly light duty I need it for I've been happy with mine too. I got mine used pretty cheap because the original owner said it didn't cut for beans. I guess the kids at Home Depot don't know  which direction the chain is supposed to go. I changed it around and got a winner.
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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2010, 04:42:56 PM »
I've never used the weedwacker because I have a dandy of an Echo already .Now did you know you can also get a tiny little tiller attachment for that power head which is about like a Mantis .I think Sears and Roebuck carries them and they pop up on flea bay every so often .

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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2010, 07:52:25 PM »
I've never used the weedwacker because I have a dandy of an Echo already .Now did you know you can also get a tiny little tiller attachment for that power head which is about like a Mantis .I think Sears and Roebuck carries them and they pop up on flea bay every so often .

Thanks! Good to know that. I'll keep an eye out for that attachment.

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2010, 12:59:01 AM »
No Gman, sorry nothing for sale.  Just trying to explain what we use and how long it is etc..   

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2010, 02:53:08 PM »
I retired my 10 yr old Stihl HT75 polesaw about 4 yrs ago. Engine still runs perfect but after 2 bent shafts and a broken hand from being knocked off a orchard ladder I said to hell with it.
So I  cut the shaft off about a foot from the clutch, reinserted the nylon bushing and installed a 45 degree angled Stihl hedge trimmer attachment on it. Now I got a perfect easy to use hedge trimmer. I don't do alot of hedges but sure works good. I put the chainsaw head back on and without all that extra shaft it cut alot faster then what it did. But with a 1 foot exstention it doesn't make it very useful :D
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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2010, 10:43:05 PM »
I have used all three brands recently.  I dislike the poulon--it may be a slight improvement over a manual pole saw. It had limited power and stalled frequently. The echo and stihl both performed well.  I was cutting limbs off of a lot of live oaks and some water oaks.  They all get heavy after a couple of tanks of fuel with them fully extended and working over head. 
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« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2010, 07:53:55 AM »
Well the Poulan is not abundantly blessed with a lot of power,that's for sure . To get mine to run correctly I had to pull the limiters off the carb .

Fact is within the last month I have used it to reach a limb out of a 60 some foot bucket truck on an ash I tripped in my woods . It was better to bomb out 25 feet of the top rather than damage the surrounding trees on the fall . Between the Poulan  stick saw and a Stihl 200T ,got-er-done . Worked well .

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2010, 12:12:31 PM »
I'm late to this discussion, but I have the Echo also and I highly recommend it.  I was looking at the Stihl and the Echo when I bought it, but everyone I talked to about it and everything I read said the Echo was a better machine and it was a little bit cheaper to boot.

I originally just bought this to trim all my field edges and fence lines, and then I was going to trade it or sell it.  Now that I have it though, I don't think I can part with it.  So beware of that aspect.

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Re: Looking for recomendations on a pole saw
« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2018, 04:26:06 AM »
My father uses silky over 25 years trimming trees, this is the best, easy to use. Cuts so saey. A must-have for someone who likes the best. It is not cheap, it is very effective, durable and easy to use. 16' is a good length that is reasonable to handle and still gets way up into the tree. This is just what I needed, bought it for around $130. The 20 ft Hayate would probably be better, but at $250 was more than I wanted to spend.
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« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2018, 02:19:08 PM »
Annia, I have used Silky Hayauchi pole saw blades in my tree service for many years now and I agree Silky makes a great blade.
I wish to try a Silky extendable pole one day but I've always been stubbornly using the heavy duty industrial grade Jameson 8 ft poles.
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