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Old 04-29-2014, 01:53 PM
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Looking for suggestions on a MANUAL pole saw/pruner/Lopper

Most of my jobs have been below 12'. Usually, I'm capable of reaching most(so far) with a ladder and medium-sized loppers & a hand saw. Looking for an extendable-type that covers all the bases below 12' & up to say 20'(not lopping, but sawing at that height). Having the up to 12' be as LIGHT as possible would be a major plus.
For like, crown thinning Crepe myrtles & larger Jap. Maples.

Also, I'm not looking for cheap as much as value.

Any suggestions(from personal experience) would be greatly appreciated,

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Old 04-29-2014, 02:45 PM
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:59 PM
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I have a Sthil manual pole saw that is awsome. Very sharp, i have only had it for just over a year but so far so good.
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Old 04-29-2014, 05:05 PM
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I have a Jameson pole. Foam filled fiberglass. Top of the line, with their center cut pruner, a saw head, and a cable hook end. I really don't think there is anything better out there.

But, the fiberglass poles are heavier than the wood equivalent. The 6' lengths of fiberglass pole are just a tad heavier than the same length of wood in a Seymour Smith pole pruner of mine, and you can really feel it when you put three poles together.

Still, I reach for the fiberglass more, because it is a little stiffer, and that makes a big difference when sawing (not on the pull stroke, where bite on the cut comes from the curve of the blade, but on the push stroke where springiness in the pole causes your saw to bounce out of the kerf).

I have a few blades. Silky is known for their blades. As is Hyabusa (if I spelled that right). Stihl blades look about the same. Right now I switch between two different Fiskars blades. One looks like the Stihl blade (if you know saw blade design, it is a "fleam blade" of the same style as the previous three sources). The other is a "woodzig" type blade that sharpens with a round file like a chainsaw. The former is a little more aggressive, and can get stuck more easily in some situations when I switch to the latter. In any case, I spray my blades with silicone to prevent sticking, and it keeps sap from gumming them up.

The trees you described may be easier to lop than saw. Just a note, if you're lopping with a pole and rope, wrap the rope about 1 turn around the pole every 10 feet. If you don't, the pole will bow in the direction the rope pulls.

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Old 04-29-2014, 08:43 PM
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I just looked up the Stihl PP900 pole pruner. The picture online looks like a dead ringer for the Jameson setup I have, although I do not know if the Stihl is foam filled and tested for dielectric strength.
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:28 PM
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I just looked up the Stihl PP900 pole pruner. The picture online looks like a dead ringer for the Jameson setup I have, although I do not know if the Stihl is foam filled and tested for dielectric strength.
Thanks, I couldn't remember the model that i got when i was replying, I am not sure about foam filling though.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:46 AM
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I really appreciate the suggestions guys.
Been looking into the Stihl product and will probably end up going that direction due to service, support & of course the price!

Thanks again,
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:40 AM
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I've tried Lesco's pole pruner, Used one time, you can have it! It's heavy and the hook type cutter head does not allow for flush cuts. At around $90 it was not worth it.
I've run a wolf system pole pruner with anvil head pruner and pruning saw (with short handle) for at least 15 years and love it. I've replaced the pole once because it was worn out and once because some dingbat broke it. (Which is why I tried the other one .....) Lightweight, nice operation, interchangeable heads. I priced a full replacement once and it would have cost around $300 I think for the pole, pruning head, saw and short handle. $20/year ain't bad.

You did specify "Manual", which Stihl obviously isn't.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:24 AM
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You did specify "Manual", which Stihl obviously isn't.
Stihl does indeed sell hand tools. They have telescoping, and multi-piece manual pole pruners.

Not quite in-line with this thread, but I own a Stihl PP-100 manual pole pruner (it is fixed at around 6' long, and works like a high powered handheld pruner, but with extended reach), and it is my absolute favorite pruner. The best part is how the pruning head swivels 270 degrees from the grip, and is mounted at an angle, so you can really cut exactly where you want.
http://www.stihlusa.com/products/pol...pruners/pp100/
Any time I can't reach a branch with my Felco's, that's what I go for.
It's super light, and even sort of possible to one-hand. Try that with an extension pole pruner!
But 12' is past it's reach. I'd say if you're tall, but still keep your feet on the ground, 10' is more like it's real maximum reach (when you're stretching, and one-handing it).

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Old 04-29-2014, 10:20 PM
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I picked up one of these at Lesco years ago. Aluminum sliding pole is very light. Lopper works well and saw is still very sharp. Don't dismiss it based on price until you try one. Inexpensive but good tool. http://www.benmeadows.com/wolf-garte...140430021413:s
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