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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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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. :good2:
 

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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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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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I bought a Black and Decker 18 volt pole saw from Amazon that works pretty well, has an extension you can put in the center for longer reach. But since you mentioned gas, I have a regular Remington pole saw that plugs in to AC, I use it with a little gas-powered Honda generator that I just throw in the ATV or FEL when I have more to do than I think the B&D battery will hold out for.
 

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I got an Echo PAS - 225 which is a combo type unit. It has pole saw, 3'? extension, blower, string trimmer, blade cutter, hedge trimmer attachments. I love it, I got it based on the recommendation of my small engine shop as the owner has the same machine at home. It is 3 years old, I dont recall but with all those attachments I estimate maybe $6-700? IDK. But it is a good machine.

BTW, safety note. At the auction one day this guy was inspecting a plug-in pole saw. He had it leaning up against his neck, well, it started when he plugged it in, and it fell and dang near cut his throat. A close one.
 

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Yep, you all just made my search a whole lot more difficult. Thanks, I do appreciate it and it is exactly what I wanted.:thumbup1gif:

****Dingeryote, A lot of truth to your post. I got focused on a gas pole saw and forget about all the problems with using them. Which Silky do you have?

****spferdil, I also have a Remington pole saw that plugs in to AC. The thing works fine but is heavy when extended and moving our generator around with it just isn't working for me any more.

I like the Kombi set up but don't think the reach is far enough.

I will be using it mostly to trim the pasture lines. My wife drives me around with the tractor while I am up in the cage on the FEL arms.
 

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I bought a Stihl HT131 (extendable pole saw) before I bought into the Kombi system. The HT131 saw is awesome, but it is probably my worst Stihl purchase decision, especially for what I wanted it for. I didn't look into the Kombi pole saw when I bought my Kombi motor, because I already have the HT131 and I assume that unit is heavy too, and I think it is shorter than the HT131.

The HT131 cuts really fast, but the saw is too heavy and too short for me. It only extends about 15 feet, and the further you get away from vertical, the weight increases rapidly, especially at full extension. I read there is a harness I can get to distribute the weight off my arms and onto my shoulders, but that was getting too complicated. I even tried using the saw while standing on a short ladder, :crazy: not a good idea ... the pole saw is supposed to keep me on the ground in the first place.

I bought a Silky Hayauchi pole saw a few years ago, I chose the long 3 section version, and it extends about 21 feet. That saw is awesome, especially for limbs up to the 6-8 inch range. I've cut larger limbs with it fully extended and even used it on a ladder (still crazy :crazy:), it can give my arms a good workout, but I got the limbs cut. I considered the Silky Hayate, about 6" shorter and 50% more money. I don't remember, but the hayate may be a little lighter weight.

Since I bought the Hayauchi, I use it about 10 times more than the Stihl HT131. If I get around to it, I'll probably sell my Stihl.

But it depends on what you want a pole saw for, the size and height of the branches you want to cut. The best scenario is like my situation, have one of each :laugh: (or know someone who has both)

Just my 2 cents.
 

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The Kombi with extension is about as long as I would want. If it was any longer the extended weight at an angle would be too much to handle unless you were cutting directly under the branch.

But the most important thing about the kombi to me is the 4 cycle (hybrid) powerplant. It always runs which is partly from the fact it gets more use and doesn't sit between jobs because I use it for more functions. Any two cycle tool I have that gets occasional use never runs right and I have to mess with it after extended sitting.

I have the blower, weed whacker with brush blade, blower, extension, pole saw and mini cultivator. So it never sits too long.

And its quiet.
 

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I have a Stihl KM130 Combi with string trimmer, pole saw, hedge trimmer and shaft extension attachments. It's a powerful tool that starts easily every time. It is a bit on the heavy side and I tend to have some lower back discomfort when using the string trimmer for a while. I really like the pole saw feature but with an extension in place it's a bit of a heavy handful. Does the job though!!
 

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Ok, although not gas powered I just ordered the Silky HAYAUCHI 21-ft Pole Saw, 3-extension (XL teeth).
I guess you all opened my eyes as to what I really wanted/needed and probably save me a bunch of money.
I knew I could count on all of you! Thanks.


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Geez gizmo I feel like a failure. Never my plan to get my friends to spend less money!
 

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I bought a Black and Decker 18 volt pole saw from Amazon that works pretty well, has an extension you can put in the center for longer reach.
I have the 18V B&D pole saw as well and I am simply amazed at the jobs this thing will handle. I have two batteries which is enough to do any job I may choose to tackle. Last year I used it to trim up three large pine tress and it cut everything I threw at it. I had a 5x10 ft. landscape trailer piled 5 feet high with the limbs I cut.

For a somewhat inexpensive battery powered pole saw it is a very impressive unit.
 

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Geez gizmo I feel like a failure. Never my plan to get my friends to spend less money!
:thumbup1gif:Maybe next time. :lol:
 
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