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Offline wng-2

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Gas Powered Pole Saw
« on: June 12, 2017, 04:53:00 pm »
I'm looking to buy a high quality gas powered pole saw. While I'm not a professional, I do have a 2000' driveway, and property that just keeps encroaching in on me. Would appreciate recommendations for a professional model. Essentially, I want the highest reaching and most durable. Thanks very much.
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 05:09:57 pm »
I've had a Stihl for years. It only gets used a few times a year but has worked flawlessly.
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2017, 07:11:38 pm »
I have an old Echo.  I don't remember how long it is but extended out it gets heavy so put your "big boy" britches on.   ;D
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 08:56:23 pm »
I also have an Echo.  I think it has an 11' reach with 1 extension.  Yes, its heavy.
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2017, 09:12:27 pm »
I like my echo and can use weed eater head, brush head or pole saw with or with extension and yes it is a handful with extension.

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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 09:10:29 am »
  I have a Stihl Kombi setup with pole saw, hedge trimmer, weed eater, blower and one extension, very handy to use one expensive motor and get multiple uses. Like others said it gets heavy so I do as much as possible without the extension.
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 09:23:30 am »
I have a Husky which works OK, but is is mean to run for long periods of time.
I about killed a young friend, 19 yrs old 240 pound high school football lineman who pruned my 600 or so red oak saplings about 4 yrs ago.
Any of them that have a straight bar will bind in the cut  at full extension on larger branches.
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2017, 10:08:10 am »
I'm a diehard Stihl fan and have 6 of their chainsaws.

With that said, I have an Oregon battery powered pole saw and love it.  My weedeater gets used infrequently enough that the gas goes stale, maintenance, etc..  Figured it would be the same with a polesaw, so I went electric.  If you get two batteries, the second charges before the first is used up.

It doesn't like anything bigger than 3" though.  Usually not a big deal for me. 
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2017, 01:33:50 am »
I've run a Tanaka tps-260pf for 3.5 yrs now, 8' LOA w/2' extension. Works well w/18" A041 bar in oak and with a Granberg Clip-N-Trim on a 12" bar for whacking multiflora rose tangles. I've managed to slowly wear out (3) 10" chains on it. Too bad it's NLA. Recently, preserve where I volunteer got a Husqvarna 525p5s, 134" LOA, 2-piece shaft. That gets used for the higher-up cuts.
Both of these have weight under control, engines that perform well, and can work long & hard.

Land trust I volunteer with had a fixed-shaft stihl, can't remember model- likely ht 102. Mostly plastic, down on power relative to the above, broke in half pretty easily next to engine (not by me). Rear grip was rubber covering on outer shaft- allowed whole machine to torque noticeably on revving engine.

That Tanaka still behaves like new. If it ever went away, I'd look first for another. Fellow volunteer who's used a variety of stihl polesaws says he really likes the relatively light weight of the Tanaka's aluminum outer shaft relative to stihl's he's used. Pound or so makes a big difference before long.
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2017, 06:25:20 am »
I've used the Stihl trimmer with the shaft which works great .I've also attempted to straighten the shafts on several that got dropped and bent .Partly successful .
My own personal use is with an inexpensive Poulan with a flex shaft .It isn't the most powerful thing but it gets the job done . I have a 500 foot tree lined drive way that gets a prune about twice a year .

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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2017, 07:00:55 pm »
Well, I was at a power equipment store yesterday. The wife and I pulled the trigger on a zero turn mower. I asked about pole saws. I bought a Stihl HT 103. Haven't tried it yet. Hopefully it will suit my needs. Thanks for the replies.
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2017, 08:58:49 pm »
Another thing to remember is not to try to cut a branch off in one felled swoop, unless its a small branch and the saw can cut through it before it folds over on itself. It should be a 3 cut process and shouldn't pinch the bar, just Google pruning cut
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2017, 04:53:35 pm »
Gotcha Joe,
My young friend just cut straight thru and some of the larger branches folded over and stripped some bark
Lesson learned.
I assume the 3 step method you advise  is to cut from below a little then above out from the stem first than cut the stub close to the stem?
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 10:09:07 pm »
It will also fold over and pinch the bar/chain.  You are in a mess then.   :-\  :-X
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Re: Gas Powered Pole Saw
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 08:44:45 am »
I have found also that on the highest branches with a straight blade you cut thru sideways and it binds.
does anyone make a saw with an adjustable blade?
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