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Does anyone make a cheaper equivalent to Stihl's really long pole-pruning saws?

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by d000hg, 6 Jul 2018.

  1. d000hg

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    I recently upgraded my typical 2.4m telescopic lopper to a Fiskar UP86 which goes up to 4m. It's bloody brilliant, night and day to be able to reach so high where previously I'd need a tree surgeon (who was the one recommended it).
    BUT it will only happily cut up to an inch or so thick, sadly... there's an attachable saw blade but I'm told it's not great. We have a lot of mature trees and they're always higher than you realise until you walk up and see the 'low' branches are 4m up!

    I saw Stihl do an amazing-looking HT range which go up to 5m(!) but these are approaching £700. I saw some cheapo alternatives for home use but they are about half the length. Does anyone else make something this long, but at a slightly lower level than Stihl? My tree surgeon uses one day-in-day-out but I need only sporadic use.
     
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    That's basically the same as my UP86 without the lopper function, and shorter, isn't it? In my experience using a hand saw on a pole is really difficult - or does the handle and blade make a huge difference? I'd wondered if these blades are all the same fitting so I could buy a good one like a Sikly hand-saw and use the blade.
     
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    4.27m has no problem using mine on high branches.
     
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    Oh yes, same length as mine - I screwed up the math. 4m is good enough. I'll have to have a proper go, when I tried it on my S&J one I couldn't get the blade to stop wobbling around. And since you need an undercut to avoid splitting, even more tricky. Perhaps the Fiskar will be better.
     
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    have a look at the wolf multi change system
     
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    Wow it looks great but pricey! Are you paying for the blade, or is the handle/pole design equally important?
    I'd wondered about somehow attaching a decent blade to a generic extendable pole or even a fixed length one
     
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    Your paying for a quality item The blade cuts really fast, pole is oval and thick for strength so both equally important. I think I may have uploaded a picture in a previous post but can take some close ups if you need
     
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    I have a number of Gardena tools including the pruning saw
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gardena-8738-20-Combisystem-Gardeners-Multi-Colour/dp/B00GHDMV4M/ [1]

    and I easily cut branches c. 4" thick with that.

    This will fit on the 1.3 and 1.5 m handles. I also have a telescopic handle 2.1 to 3.9 m
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gardena-3721-20-Combisystem-Telescopic-Handle/dp/B00WCDGQ1U

    When cutting high branches I mostly go up a ladder (safely tied to the tree) and use either the handle that is part of the saw or the 800mm handle.

    However I have used the saw and a long handle, for example when there was just one branch to cut and I could not be bothered to get a ladder.

    1. That is the current one. I have the old one
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0001E41WS
     
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    Cutting branches off a ladder,tied or not , is crazy in my opinion
     
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    Without a reason that is totally unhelpful.
     
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    TBH,I would have thought the reason would be self explanatory given that to use a polesaw in a controlled way requires the use of two hands . I have also witnessed cut branches swinging back into the ladder bending it.
     
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    Would need to be a huge branch to damage a ladder unless the ladder was unsuitable for the job in which case it would be idiotic to try.
     
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    You say idiotic,I was being kind referring to using a ladder of any sorts as “ crazy” :)
     
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