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extended reach pruners

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Stonewall, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Stonewall

    Stonewall LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

  2. They are handy to use. On larger branches the best way to get a good cut is to make 1st cut 1-2' out from trunk, the make final cut at collar. This helps prevent the weight of the branch from causing damage. Only other thing is sometimes its hard to get a good angle for a correct cut, but they are definitely a time saver.

    I've been happy with all tools purchased at Gemplers.
  3. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Extended reach pruners are a wonderful tool. The originals were a 4' shaft to which you could add any workable number of 3' extensions, then add the cutting head of your choice. Newer extendables come in two lengths, and there is a "swing head" style that allows turning the head to different angles.

    Click the "view related items" link at Gemplers and look good at the "Cut and Hold" head. This head cuts through over 1/4" stems, and holds the cut piece in the head, allowing you to throw it behind you. Instead of 2 seconds to make a cut 12' high, and a minute to fish the cut piece out of the plant. LOL. Also has a long bladed shearing head. Head replacement is the only hassle; need to loosen one bolt and remove another to switch heads. On the original design, where you added different sections, you just popped a different head on.

    A more complete listing is at http://www.orchardsedge.com/longreach-p.jsp . However, you do not need to buy a separate tool for each head to start. The heads can be bought as extras, and changed as needed. I usually work with two setups, using the cut-&-hold mostly; if I get a heavier branch, switch to the plain pruner head.

    ARS distributor hits a lot of winter ornamental trade shows. Can see and feel all available tools, and often order direct at a discount right at the show.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Do these really work better than a standard high quality pole pruner that has a rope-pulley and combination saw blade?
  5. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Runner, for heavy work, the pole saw/pruner is still the best way to go. But for the light duty pruning of tall shrubs and small trees. the extension pruners are a dramatic time and effort saver. Just remember they are pruners; won't handle the heavy stuff you tend to grab the loppers for.

    Run down here for a day this winter and try them out.

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