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power pruner help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jds720, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. jds720

    jds720 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Used HT 75 STIHL ($185) or a new Echo PPF-210 or the Troy-Built pole saw attachment. I need a pole saw for palm tree frawns. Im trying to stay in-expensive. I wont be using it everyday, but Its still a need. Any suggestions? Those are my options. :dizzy:
  2. jds720

    jds720 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

  3. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    jd, inexpensive isn't going to get you much in quality. Price out the Stihl HT 101, it'll be worth it in the long run for you to get a new, quality, professional piece of equipment. If you buy used it's a 50/50 shot if it will be reliable or wind up costing you money.
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Echo's PPT230 has served us well over the years. In my opinion its one of the best out there although it get heavy especially when fully extended.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I have the echo as well, and it is just so smooth. the loop handle makes it MUCH easier to handle, an of course with Echo, you always get that 2nd to 3rd pull startup that is is always nice.
  6. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    We use the echo ppt261.
    Very smooth and well balanced.
  7. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    For palm fronds, I find a Silky Hayaugchi (21' telescoping hand powered saw) to be very nearly as fast, with a LOT longer reach, and a whole LOT lighter weight (easier on the arms). I own both this and a Stihl powered telescoping saw, have used both on palm fronds, and prefer the handsaw most of the time. Having said that, if there are lots of fronds, or lots of trees close together, and the powered saw will reach, that is sometimes faster.

    Bottom line is Silky is around $200.00 and, like Stihl, a TOP OF THE LINE product; the Stihl is likely 3 times as expensive.
  8. escient

    escient LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Forget them both

    Get a ladder and a small Echo or Stihl chainsaw for fronds... and I mean a small one! Get up there and with a small saw you can cut fronds ten times faster than with a pole saw. Not to mention your arms will be worn out because the leverage you get with those things stinks when you really have to reach.

    Both Echo and Sthl make chainsaw that you can swing with one hand. Trust me - it's not even a close comparison.
  9. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    Ay-uh (that's Northeastern speak for yes), google one hand chainsaw injuries. I don't care how careful you are trying to be, using a saw one-handed is asking for trouble.

    For me, moving around a 10'-12' ladder from tree to tree will take longer than using a Silky.
  10. escient

    escient LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    What google search WON'T tell you is how many people get hurt simply changing the chain on their saw.

    There's tons of injuries in this business period - if you're not careful.

    There are plenty of chainsaws out there that weigh less than 8 pounds...

    I'm not saying get up there and swing away.. But for the most part, any frond you cut without a boom truck is either gonna be low enough to the ground you only need a 6 foot ladder or high enough to go up to a 30 foot ladder... either way, i'd rather be using a 6-7 pound chainsaw at a minimum of twice the speed instead of swinging a pole saw 8 feet further away than I need to be while grasping for leverage.

    I cut well over 500 palms last year. Used a pole saw on about 15.

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