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Hello guys...well I have been picking up more tree jobs on the side...I am thinking about buying a power pruner....do any of you guys have or use the Greenworks 20672 or Greenworks 20302, they just came out this spring I believe...this job would pay for the power pruner, so I can use it on the rest of the jobs I get in the future...

Another option is the hand pole saw like a silky....you can reach further with them...

Anyway just looking for opinions from all you guys that use this stuff all the time...


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Dale Hodgins has some experience with various pruners, take a look at his threads. This site even creates related thread links at the bottom of the page where you can find some related options.
 
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I don't have any experience with powered saws but the silky saws are great.  Cut super easy and the weight of the saw does all the work.
 
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My b-in-law got an electric one a couple years ago and I've tried using it a little, trimming on a suburban lot. This one isn't worth anything. Too heavy, too short, just plain awkward to get into position, etc. Way easier to use a good manual pole saw; the clippers many come with have been useful, as well.

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Silky never needs porting.....
 
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I could never understand the purpose of a gasoline driven pole saw. MAYBE if a person was a landscaper and did it often, but a homeowner? A hand pulled pole saw cuts so fast as is, it eems silly to spend money (invest is a poor word) for a machine.

It would be like me suggesting using a small chainsaw to cut butter to spread on a persons toast: overkill!
 
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Mark Tudor wrote:Dale Hodgins has some experience with various pruners, take a look at his threads. This site even creates related thread links at the bottom of the page where you can find some related options.



Mark is correct. I just Googled my own name and Long Reach saw, and this came up.
https://permies.com/mobile/t/47122/Dale-cordless-electric-long-reach

This Thread starts off talking about my long-reach hedge cutter but then later on you will see the Long Reach chainsaw. I've had it for 3 years and no problem with either tool. They were expensive, but I had a really good run of work and paid for them in the first week. Absolutely worth the money. The battery goes a long time, longer than your shoulders will hold out.

Other than the awesome way these tools work, the next best thing is that over the fence sales quadrupled, because there is no more chainsaw noise and the accompanying stench. People come and talk to me while I'm using them, and this results in doing work for them.

I believe Husqvarna also has a line of high quality cordless electric stuff.

For stuff that is cheaper, try the E-go brand that comes from Home Depot. They may try to sell you Echo or Ryobi.   Both lines of tools are vastly inferior, yet they aren't much cheaper.

I just found the link for the one that's about just the saw.

https://permies.com/t/47690/Dale-cordless-electric-long-reach
 
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I have the Greenworks 20672. It's worked surprisingly well I had previouisly purchased the Greenworks battery powered lawn mower and was very impressed with it. My main use was to clear ladder fuel off of the pine trees on my property and have had no issues.
 
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I bought a 12 ft step ladder.  
 
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I have a Lee Valley pole saw and I really like it. (https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/garden/sets/10243-pole-pruning-set?item=PB143) I've used saw/pruner combos and the saw gets in the way of the pruner and the pruner gets in the way of the saw and it's also heavier, and strength is *always* my limiting factor. I've used it while standing on a ladder (that gave me a better angle and decreased the risk of being under the falling branch!!!) I've used it for jobs when many people would use a hand saw because I can use my whole body so my arm and hand don't get tired as quickly. I have occasionally gotten it pinched and been concerned I'd never get it out, but usually that's at least partly fatigue, so if I just let it hang for 10 minutes and go have a rest, I usually can then get it without summoning help. Mind you, there's a reason why I refer at times to the two people I live with as "BSBs" - big strong boys - and I figure I make yummy food, so they can rescue my saw when I get desperate!
 
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I am an old but experienced tree farmer, and also very frugal. I have used a 10 foot stick of EMT (electrical matalic tubing)  and the pole saw blade of my choice for many years. Lay the EMT on cement and hammer the end flat. Position the blade on the flattened end at the desired angle and mark the holes. Drill out the holes and bolt the blade on using lockwashers or a nut with a nylon insert. It's efficient, lightweight, dirt cheap, and lasts for years.
 
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Use 3/4 inch EMT
 
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I want a pole saw extension that attaches to my recprocating saw.
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