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05-24-2013 05:19:51

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What electric polesaw should i buy? Or would a gas powered be better? Thanks for your help.

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06-13-2013 20:50:27

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to 46m, 05-24-2013 05:19:51  
I've got a Remington also and am surprised at how well it works but I don't use it everyday, either.

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05-26-2013 16:32:15

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to 46m, 05-24-2013 05:19:51  
Elcectri pole caws are heavier on the front end and more strain on your back to hold up there...

Something to think about.

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05-24-2013 18:33:12

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to 46m, 05-24-2013 05:19:51  
Depends on how much you use it.

Here is my situation. I have small 17 acre farm in country with quite a few trees to trim branches on. I don't have a lot of heavy use here where I live in Condo. So I bought five 18V rechargeable tools from Black and Decker. I have Pole Saw, Chain saw, String Trimmer, Leaf Blower, and Hedge Trimmer. When I take Pole Saw and Chain Saw to farm I take all 5 fully charged batterys. By the time I run all 5 batterys down I am tired and ready to quit for the day.

That being said if I had much more regular use I would buy gas powered saws. The electric works well for me in my limited useage.

Oh and I was telling myself how smart I was getting all these units that use same rechargeable battery and what happened ? Black and Decker came out with same tools I have now with 32V Lithium Battery ! More power , longer run time and of course won't interchange with my 18V tools. Dang. Kind of like buying new car or truck like you have always wanted and then the next year they come out with new model that you want even worse !

Anyway rechargeable electric works for me and sure beats getting gas powered units started and running after setting all winter.Especially if I left gas in them ! ☺ ☺ ☺

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D beatty

05-24-2013 15:33:07

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to 46m, 05-24-2013 05:19:51  
If your going to use it a lot you don't want a cheap saw and the ones that will hold up to hard work will start out at $175.00 to as much as $550.00. If you don't have generator thats another added cost. The gas powered pole saws that I have used use the same power head as a weed eater.

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George Marsh

05-25-2013 04:45:11

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to D beatty, 05-24-2013 15:33:07  
Where some of us live, we can't always count on the power being on. Especially in the winter and after storms, so it's nice to have a generator to run the well and refrig. I picked up a used RV 3500 watt genny for $150, new it's around $300. Believe it or not, the 4 cycle genny uses less gas than a chain saw, starts on one or two easy pulls, only weighs 100 pounds. I put a chain around it, connect it to the loader and off I go to the woods. My total cost, even if I bought a new genny $300, saw $100, would be around $400. The upside to an RV genny is it has a 30 amp 120v plug and is very quiet.

Keep in mind, it's nice to have back up electricity too. Like doing 2 things at once.

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D beatty

05-25-2013 07:36:55

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to George Marsh, 05-25-2013 04:45:11  
George not knocking the electric saw if you like it. I personally have used three differant brands of electric chainsaws and was not impressed with any of them.I also don't like dragging an electric cord around when cleaning up tops and you be careful with electric saw because they will cut through protective clothing. I can cut wood faster with gas powered over electric. My saws don't use a lot of gas .I can cut 2 rank of wood to length in an afternoon and use only 1/2 gasoline.

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George Marsh

05-24-2013 14:55:40

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to 46m, 05-24-2013 05:19:51  
I only have an 18 inch craftsman electric saw, not a pole saw, which will keep up with any 18 inch gas. I use it on a genny. When on sale they sell for $99. They are made by WORX, but sold under craftsman name. I like it so much I bought a second one. I looked at it this way, a new saw I got a new bar and 2 chains. Price a bar and 2 chains and you aren't too far from $99. I also had a $25 gift certificate from sears. If the saw goes bad, I'm not out very much. BTW, it has never failed to start when I pull the trigger. LOVE IT. Don't have to worry about mixing gas, carb problems, the noise, the smell, no vibrations.

I would see if worx doesn't make a pole saw.

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Rick in Iowa

05-24-2013 12:33:19

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to 46m, 05-24-2013 05:19:51  
ive used electric one with generator to cut neighbers limbs hanging across my fence.like everything else get what you pay for.

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05-24-2013 09:00:34

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to 46m, 05-24-2013 05:19:51  
i picked up a remington pole saw a few years back, its basically a 10 inch electric chainsaw mounted on a stick. i use it quite a bit cutting limbs back up in the boom truck. i have a stihl gas pole saw too, but the electric one is easier to use up in the bucket. they are about 80 dollars or so, and you can take the saw off the pole and use it as a regular chainsaw.

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Dusty MI

05-25-2013 04:03:44

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to glennster, 05-24-2013 09:00:34  
I have a Remmington 16" electric chain saw I just wish that I had the pole to go with it.


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05-25-2013 03:56:36

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to glennster, 05-24-2013 09:00:34  
I use an $80 Remmington electric pole saw too. It works very well but has a limited reach compared to a longer manual pole saw. The electric saw in the head is light weight, but it is still heavy enough that I would not want it to extend out any further. I adapted the long handle from the Remmington electric to also hold a Black and Decker electric hedge trimmer. That combination works well for trimming and shaping tall, wide bushes.

Gas powered pole saws are easier to handle as the power head is low so its weight acts as a counterbalance to the long pole length. I would try to rent a gas pole saw before spending a lot of money on one, but they do seem to hold their resale value pretty well.

For a one time job consider hiring someone with the proper equipment, you can always do the cleanup and hauling yourself if you need to reduce the cost.

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05-24-2013 11:36:50

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 Re: electic polesaws in reply to glennster, 05-24-2013 09:00:34  
I just bought one of those this spring also. Needed something to trim up after the April ice storm. I like it pretty well. It cuts reasonable well for what it is. They were $79 at Menards awhile back.

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