Those of us who have planted trees on our property, know that rewarding feeling of watching them grow from little saplings to large, beautiful mature trees. But caring for a tree is not just about watering it. You have to watch out for and prune dead branches. If you do it at the right time, you make the tree look better and encourage the growth of healthy branches.
Pruning is also very useful if you own shrubs or bushes. If done right, you can give them a really appealing look by trimming them the right way. But sometimes, this may not be an easy task. How do you cut that dead branch from a tree which is now standing 10 feet tall? What about those unkempt, out of reach bushes? Well, that’s what pole saws are for. They can cut through thick branches and save you the trouble of grabbing a ladder to reach those high places.
We’ve chosen three of the best electric, corded pole saws available, so you can save your time and get right down to pruning.
Black + Decker
Our first contender is the Black+Decker PP610. This brand needs little introduction, as it usually delivers solid products, and the PP610 is no exception. Its 6.5 Amp motor and 10-inch bar provide good cutting power for branches of up to 9.5 inches in thickness.
Weighing just 8 pounds, it is quite lightweight, meaning you will have no trouble maneuvering it and won’t get tired easily. It features automatic lubrication of the chain, so you won’t have to worry about it too often. The visor for oil level is a nice addition because you can keep an eye on it and keep it from going dry. Speaking of the chain, it is manufactured by Oregon, so you know it will have the quality the brand is known for.
The extending pole gives you a nice, 9.5 feet reach. At the end of the day, with the PP610 you get what you pay for. Nothing too fancy, no extraordinary accessories, but just a solid, well-built pole saw.
The solution presented by Worx is slightly more powerful than the others. It is adequate for light and medium duty trimming, but certainly heavier duty than most in its class, thanks to its powerful 8 Amp motor. At 10 pounds, it will be a little less easy to handle and make your muscles go numb a lot quicker. But it will certainly rip through branches up to 9.5 inches thick.
Worx has a patented auto-tension chain system which is said to extend the life to the chain and bar, and they have included it in the WG309. It also has automatic lubrication and, like the PP610, has a gauge to help you keep an eye on the oil level. The pole extends to a maximum of 8 feet, giving you a total reach similar to the one on the PP610.
The handle on the pole can be rotated, so you can cut those distant branches in multiple directions. The great thing about the WG309, though, is that the pole is detachable, making it a normal chainsaw. No tools are required for this, which is very convenient indeed. You can use the pole to reach distant areas, then for the nearest branches, you can remove it and finish the job with the regular chainsaw.
The WG309 could be a bit lighter for easier handling, but it comes with a lot of features and will be enough to meet most of your pruning needs.
Sun Joe did an amazing job with the SWJ802E, delivering a high-quality pole saw. It features a 6.5 Amp motor with an 8-inch bar, enough to slice through most branches up to 7.5’’ in diameter. It is the most lightweight of the tested products, weighing only 7.9 lbs. This low weight makes it a pleasure to handle this pole saw. The extension pole also has the best reach, extending up to 9.4 ft. According to Sun Joe, this gives you a total reach of an astounding 15 feet.
The quality of the bar and chain are guaranteed, seeing as they were manufactured by Oregon. Like its competition, the SWJ802E features automatic oil delivery to the chain and a window to monitor the oil level. They’ve also added a convenient safety switch so you won’t start the saw by accident. In fact, this saw has a lot of great little details. On the pole, it has a foam wrap that enables you to grip it firmly with your other hand without developing any calluses. This grip, combined with the ergonomic handle, makes it very comfortable to use.
But the best feature about Sun Joe’s saw is the multi-position head. Before turning on the saw, you can set the head’s angle to 0, 15 or 30 degrees through the adjustment dial. You won’t find this feature on most saws, and it is incredibly convenient to help you trim those weirdly positioned branches or bushes. All of this is approved by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and comes with a full 2-year warranty.
Among the reviewed electric pole saws, the Sun Joe SWJ802E comes out on top. It is the lightest, has the longest reach, and has all the basic features you would expect from a pole saw, including a high-quality Oregon chain. But more importantly, its multi-position head makes it the most versatile and enables you to handle the most challenging pruning tasks.
This isn’t to say that other pole saws cannot perform their job well. The Black+Decker PP610 is a great, all-around saw, with no crazy features, but a nice weight and good build quality. The Worx WG309 is the heaviest of the three, allowing it to handle more power-demanding tasks. Also, its greatest feature is that you can detach the pole from the chainsaw.