Did you not read my post, if you only need an 8' to 9' pole, the manual pole saw is the way to go because it is very easy to cut. It is the tall one that is the kicker. I did a lot of research on this pole saw thing, and I end up buying an electric one that is 10' and only $90 because it is not worthy to buy a long one for a few times a year, and not even worthy to get the attachment type because it is short. The manual pole saw is a lot quicker than people think. I cut up to 4" branches. It is just not working out if you have to be on the stepper and you need the leverage to saw the branch.