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Old 12-07-2013, 08:34 PM
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Pruning Date Palms w/Reciprocating Saw?

I've heard people do this. anyone try it vs hand saw?
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:50 PM
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yes it has been done

some have killed bears with a butter knife


you can do it But it's time consuming

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Old 12-21-2013, 12:27 PM
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i did 2 sylvesters today. i first used my silky katanaboy to cut the fronds and then my reciprocating saw to do the angled cuts....was way easier than using a had saw for the angled cuts. i didn't time it but it def took less time and was less physical work.

i got the reciprocating saw for $20 from HF.

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Old 12-21-2013, 06:12 PM
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I use a stihl pole saw on pygmy palms. Does a great job.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:58 AM
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I use a stihl pole saw on pygmy palms. Does a great job.
Pole chainsaws are the best on date palms. Beats getting stabbed.
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:20 AM
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What's the going rate to prune palms ?? We have a lot of Mexican fan palms down here in the southwest..
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:32 AM
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What's the going rate to prune palms ?? We have a lot of Mexican fan palms down here in the southwest..
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depends on the palm, size, frequency of pruning. i charge $50/ea. on the one in the pic. thats bc they are pretty small though. date palms take a little time to do correctly bc of the angled cuts. if we are talking a 20 ft. coconut that gets done twice per year i will charge about $25 as i can have it done in 10 minutes. if its in a tight location i charge more...point is there is really no set price.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:46 AM
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Pole chainsaws are the best on date palms. Beats getting stabbed.
yea....BUT, i wouldn't use it if i wanted a date palm that has proper angled cuts. its very easy to nick the palm or screw up the cuts.....
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:28 AM
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I have an echo ptt-266 pole saw too but if it needs cleaning out of berries and old berry pods, it's a ladder and hand saw and yes poked hands are almost unavoidable. Otherwise you end up hitting fronds you want to stay. For the trunk the small chainsaws designated for this type of work and not cutting trees is the ticket to cutting all those angles properly and quicky. I think the one I have is an echo cs-341

Lower left looks like that zoysia you renovated. Looking good.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:13 PM
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I have an echo ptt-266 pole saw too but if it needs cleaning out of berries and old berry pods, it's a ladder and hand saw and yes poked hands are almost unavoidable. Otherwise you end up hitting fronds you want to stay. For the trunk the small chainsaws designated for this type of work and not cutting trees is the ticket to cutting all those angles properly and quicky. I think the one I have is an echo cs-341

Lower left looks like that zoysia you renovated. Looking good.
thanks! yea due to the warm winter it is growing just fine. all im going to do this year is scalp, aerate, and topdress. if winter stays warm im going to do it in march before it gets super hot. plus, i now have 3 other zoysia lawns that i will be renovating each year. best to get this little one out of the way early.
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