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    Gas Powered Pole Saws.

    Any comments bad or good on gas powered pole saws for trimming trees? Brand?
    Anyone use a hydraulic pole chainsaws using your tractor for the hydraulics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Any comments bad or good on gas powered pole saws for trimming trees? Brand?
    Anyone use a hydraulic pole chainsaws using your tractor for the hydraulics?
    I bought a Stihl Kombi system a couple of years ago, and I have a pole saw, and extension attachment for that. It works great, you can cut an 8 inch branch. I think the dedicated stihl pole saws are even more heavy duty
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    I have a Husquvarna string trimmer that will take attachments. I bought a Pole Saw ad on, real cheap one at Lowes called a "Trimmer Plus" It's an eight inch chain. You woulden't believe the stuff I've cut down with that little thing. It's still going. I paid around $100. for it. I replace the sprocket on it for about $9.00 after cutting down piles of branches as seven inches thick. I also owe it to the Husquvarna trimmer being able to stand up to the abuse. If that little saw quits tomorrow, I would get another. Not often you can buy a cheap piece of junk tool & have a pleasant surprise with it.
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    I have the Stihl KM130r Kombi unit and have the pole saw and an extra extension. The thing is a beast with the 4 mix engine, it cuts as fast as my little 017 Stihl chain saw.
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    I bought this from Woot.com and it's a beast. [URL http://www.greenworkstools.com/gmax4...40v-pole-saws/ /URL] It was $100 refurbished and I've had no issues with it. It's a Lipo battery and 40v so it's got tons of power. Just takes bar oil. No gas or engine to maintain.
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    Kombi for me too.

    I also have the extension.

    I think it depends how much you use it. A dedicated pole saw might be best for professionals but for a homeowner a Kombi is perfect. Even for a lot of use.
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    Unless There's a bunch of twisted up storm trees that need to be snipped from a distance, or it's a 10"+ limb, I wont bother with the power pole saw.

    They are awkward, heavy, and slow compared to a good manual pole saw.

    When trimming the edge of a field for harvester clearance, I might have a couple hundred cuts to make. By 30, the Husqvarna is fighting me
    Our Structron and Sily pole saws just take 4-5 slices to get through a 6" Maple, so why fight the weight?

    Any time I have used the power pole saws, there are always a bunch of little branches to snip to get to what justifies using the power saw.
    It's the little stuff that makes the things a pain. One Jab with the Silky and they drop without folding out of the way. ;)
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    I had a cheap Poulan, paid for itself with the first job. I had a 8" limb hanging over the house, started from the roof cutting off pieces, then by standing on the seat & rear tire of my 1958 JD 520 until it was down. Tree wound has healed nicely by now! Used the saw for some time until it started turning at the shaft connection, hammer & anvil took care of that problem for a while, now the engine doesn't run anymore! I have a good 16' hand pole pruner with fiberglass pole that does what I need now.

    I'm waiting to see what Core Outdoor Power comes up with: Products – Core Outdoor Power

    I have one of their trimmers w/2 batteries, a pole pruner that uses the same batteries would be nice! ~~ Lowell

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    I just have the Fiskars manual pole saw. Anything bigger than 2" I grab my recip saw with a 12" pruning blade. I get the chain saw out if I need to, but that thing and I have a love hate relationship. I hate to use it and it loves to not work.


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    Yet another Stihl Kombi here. I bought mine mainly to reach out into my juniper bushes and cut the larger branches the Kombi hedge trimmer won't do. Using the extension with the tool in the horizontal position makes me wish I was 10 years younger, but it really is handy and quick. Last spring I cut a bunch of ex-neighbor's bordering hemlocks and it really will cut 8" thick branches with ease. Makes short work of the final branch collar cut, nice and smooth.
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