pole pruners

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Laidback03, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. Laidback03

    Laidback03 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    i live in flordia and offer tree trimming as a service. For palm tree's,
    Do pole saw pruners work with the string or do i need a gas powered deal?
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  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    The pole saw's are a pain in the butt.. Get an extended power saw, you will thank me later..
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,207

    We bought the top end echo pole saw with big motor and it is one of the best productivity tool we have ever got. We do a fair amount of palm trees and it works great on those.
  4. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 367

    For pure power and torque get the STIHL HT131
    1.9 hp about twice of what anybody else is offering and it is extendable.
  5. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,579

    That's the newest bad @ss saw out now, but if you don't really need all the power of the 131 you could go with it's little brother the HT101.

  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    best not to offer palm tree trimming -its a pita and not worth the $
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    The extend able Hand Saws when sharp do a great job on the palm trees. It is a good way to build your biceps though. On the large trees I used a ladder with a small arborist chain saw. On the really big ones I rented a man lift for the day.

    Palm tree trimming is great winter work in Florida when the grass slows down. In orlando I did all of my palms in Jan-Feb. Very easy to make 60-70 and hour. Provided your landfill will take em...

    Its also very low risk work. if you don't have to leave the ground....Nolarge branches that will crush a car, although the seed pods of the Queen Palms can be hefty....
  8. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    the proper time to trimm a palm is in june! not the winter! real fun when it allready in the 95 -100 degree temp range not to mention the danger of bee stings and rats (yes rats!) and they are full of roaches too.
  9. CRF500

    CRF500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    When I bought my Echo 260 I did alot of research and I was told that the Echo pole part was much more durable than the Sthil pole. Then I went on Ebay and saw a few Sthil up for auction with bent poles.

    From what I was told the pole and drive head on the Echo were way more durable so I bought one!

    One of the best tools I have ever bought besides prostitutes. :cool2:
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    Yeah but your not supposed to cut grass on a set schedule either (1/3 rule) or water on a set schedule, but we do it any how....

    My biggest problem with them was the big black ants that would fall out....Trimming palms are much easier than regular trees....I'll take palm trees any day...

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