Good "manual" pole saw?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Jason Rose, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry if this had been discussed before, I tried a search for "pole saw" and it told me that the word "saw" was too common. So here I am.

    I'm lookig for a good, and LONG pole saw, one without a motor. I don't plan on using it that much, but would also like the ability to reach very high if need be. I've seen the power company using them that have sections that click toghter, about 4 or 5 foot each. They slap 4 or 6 together and can catch limbs from the ground that you would think only a bucket truck could reach. They also had a metal hook on one pole for dragging stuck limbs down.

    I've looked at eBay and Googled. The closest thing I can find are the Silky saws. They have the 21' model, and can add a hook that fits on the back of the pole behind the base of the blade. I have heard good reports of the Silky saws, but I didn't know where to look for other options. Kinda like the click together sections, opposed to the extendable teloscope kind, I would think that the sectioned kind would be a little easier to use (lighter weight).

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  2. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have a stihl and got 2 extra pole extentions. its a great tool handy too
     
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    you recall the price with the 2 extra extentions? I totally forgot that they sell those, i've seen them at my dealer before but never priced them. Also how long is it with all the extentions?

    I guess I could just go to their website and answer some of the questions myself...
     
  4. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    18' with the extension.
     
  5. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Look for a blade that says "made in Sweden" , stay away from "made in China".
     
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about Japan? Like the Silky saws...

    I just looked at the Stihl, I'm sure its an excellent saw, but with the extra extention you have to buy to make it 18' I'm betting it's well over $200. I found I can but the Silky 21' for $200, plus 7.99 shipping, and another $20 for the hook attachment. And that's from their site.

    I'd love to have a gas powered Echo, but I would never in my lifetime use it enough to warrant having it... so the hand saw would last me a lifetime, where the powered saw would rot from sitting all the time. I've used the Echo one many times, and wow are they nice though!! Very heavy, but fast.
     
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We bite the bullet and got the $225 dollar Stihl and it is a real saw. We use it in combination to our Echo pole saw and you can do a lot from the ground. The only thing needed on that stihl saw is a second blade for fine cutting of small stuff...guess it is available. I talked them down on price a little on the saw by convincing them that they could tell stihl that they actually sold one this year.
     
  8. east sooke man

    east sooke man LawnSite Member
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    Silky saws are decent blades they have the japanese style of blade which is aggressive and cuts very cleanly. Usually you can take the blade to sharpening place and they will sharpen it up at smaller cost than replacing.
    I built my own with a piece of 1.5 inch dowelling and attached the blade with bolts so I can sharpen or replace it. Wrapped some tape around the end for a bulbous handle and it works great, nice and light and easy to place into the branches without hitting others. With my pruning ladder I can reach 20 ft.
     

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