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i am looking into getting a new(er) pole pruner and i like the stihl, shindaiwa(which i currently run all shin stuff) and the husky. they each have their advantages but my main concern is price it seems.

for some reason the shindaiwa p230 and husky are $499 and $479 while the HT70 stihl is $389. in my eyes, these units are all in the same "market" and are quite comparable. why is it then, that the stihl is some $100 less?

someone shed some light on this for me?
 

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i hate to say it but even if echo is the better product, i wont buy echo anymore.

if it came down to getting a telescoping pruner, i would just get the stihl.

i am looking for input on the fixed units as these wont be used every day and for taller trees i have guys that like to climb, lol.
 

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Stihl. I have rented the fixed unit several times and never had any trouble with them. After consulting with a friend who is a professional tree trimmer and uses only Stihl, I decided to buy my own. I just bought the HT75, telescoping unit. An awesome machine.
 

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Why not just clomb up and trim the tree. That way limbs don't fall on you and you can prune the tree properly. Otherwise, STIHL makes an awesome product.
 

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Originally posted by polecat63
Why not just clomb up and trim the tree. That way limbs don't fall on you and you can prune the tree properly. Otherwise, STIHL makes an awesome product.
If you are just limbing up a tree its so much easier to pull out the pole saw and cut the limbs instead of putting on all the safety gear to climb, and its especially nice for the people who are afraid of heights and dont like to climb trees. Why cant you properly prune limbs with a pole saw?
 

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I only take out my power pole pruner about once per month.

The manual saw is still one of my favorites.

Fanno or ARS blades mounted with a hook.

I got my poles - snap-together - from TREE TOOLS in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

The fiberglass poles come in 8' sections with aluminumn ends. Those can be cut down to any length desired.

My truck bed is 6' long, so I keep three 6' poles with one 4' one. That's 22' of reach above my outreached arms (at 8' ), not to mention adding an orchard ladder.

The poles are cheap - maybe $25 each.

Ideally, I think the best combo is two 8' and one 4'. That allows for every 4' increment of length up to 20' of pole and saw.
 
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