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Pruning Palm Trees - Pole Saw

Discussion in 'Tree Climbing, Pruning, Felling' started by yukon202, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. yukon202

    yukon202 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I just completed six palm trees using the Stihl PP800 Pole Pruner. It did the job, but took quite some time and taking down the dead seed pods was a chore. 5 of these trees were too high for a power pole saw (which I don't have anyway), but the manual pole saw was time consuming. Is it safe to buy the powered pole saw and use with a step ladder? I have read before it's not advisable to go that route, but how do the guys that do a lot of palm trees get done quicker with out a power pole saw? I have offers for another dozen palm trees. Also would the battery power Oregon or Stihl pole saws be a good choice? I just do Palm trees on the side line of the lawn care business and no other trees.
  2. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Please make sure you clean your saw with Pine-sol or alcohol between each tree. If a palm has a disease you don't want to transfer to the next one with a dirty saw. Tell your customers this and they will think very highly of you trying to protect their investment.
  3. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,901

    They use a ladder. I tried it one time and it wasn't stable at all.

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