Pole saw questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lee b, Nov 16, 2002.

  1. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,147

    I'm looking to buy a new pole saw next week for a large job coming up. What brand would ya'll recommend, I like Husky chainsaws, but fell out with the Husky dealer. My Stihl dealer is great on service, but high on price. Thinking about going to Alamia on-line and getting a Husky, but it's not extendable. I don't think I'll need the extra reach, but you never know what you may run into. I need advice, thanks.
  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    I have a Stihl that is not extendable. I really like it. Echo and Stihl both make pole saws that extend, considerably heavier though and akward. I figured if I had to reach a branch, I'd get a ladder or if it required more than that I will not do the job. Keeps me safe.

    My Stihl pole saw came as a pole saw, but I can put different attachments on the end. I have 2 different hedge trimmer attachments that go on it as well. Works very well.
  3. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    Echo extendable is about $595 plus tax, could get it for $550. Dealer that sells both echo and stihl said to go with the echo. I can rent it for $40. Renting is the way to go if you don't have much use for it.
  4. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    I just bought the split shaft pole saw for my Stihl FS85RT. This is just like the straight shaft trimmer with a pole saw head but you can take off the lower shaft, and switch to another tool in a few seconds.

    Anyway I bought this for a large trimming/ clearing job I had lined up. The vines and stickers were so tall and thick I had to use this to reach in under the bottom and cut off these things without getting poked. The Stihl worked flawlessly!!!

    If you have ever used a large chainsaw to clear brush (like around the base of a tree) you know that the chain will get thrown off in no time. Well the Stihl did not throw a chain once and I was swinging it like a mad man.
    I actually mounted the head side-ways and was swinging it back and fourth like a string trimmer to clear this jungle.

    I cut branches up to 4" diameter along with the other weeds, vines, stickers, and the blade stayed sharp all day long.

    Pretty sweet tool.

    I did make one modification which allowed the weed, and wood chips from clogging the unit. Simple mod and if you buy one I can send a picture to you.....might not be necessary in normal application? Then again i think it might.


    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    I have a power pruner, which I believe was taken over by Echo or made by Echo or something like that ... It extends to I believe 12 feet or so. It's nicly balaced when collapsed, but fully extended is a bit awkward, you have to really position yourself to handle it. But it speeds up the job so much it's worth the extra effort...
  6. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,147

    I have been checking around and found an Echo srm 2400sb trimmer with the pole saw attachment for $495.00 on Alamia. I think a comparable Stihl set-up, bought at my local dealer would be much higher. I've decided that a trimmer with a split boom and the added attachments will be the better choice for me, than a dedicated pole saw. Does anybody know approximately what a Stihl split-boom trimmer with the pole saw attachment comparable to the Echo set-up would cost? I've never used Echo equipment before, are they as good as Stihl or Husqvarna?
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    The Echo Power Pruner is the way to go. It has a longer reach and a slightly larger bar (12" compared to 10") than the Stihl, and a more user friendly handle (loop) setup. The horsepower is just a tad bit more, and there are extensions that are optional for it. The thing pays for itself quickly.
  8. Greenie

    Greenie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I've used both Stihl and Echo pole saws. Spend an extra $80 or so and get the Stihl as there's no comparison. The echo has less power and I find the controls - especially the throttle safety latch - to be really uncomfortable on any cut that your arms aren't fully extended making.
    If money is tight the echo will do the job - the Stihl is just a better saw. No matter which saw you end up getting, you'll know you've done something after a few hours holding that saw up high.

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