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How To Use A Pole Saw Correctly (Step-By-Step Guide)

how to use a pole saw

Trees make a garden attractive. Their branches provide cool shade in scorching summer days. But, you need to maintain these tree limbs properly to keep them in a good shape. Yes, I am talking about cutting unwanted branches of trees and turning your patio a better place to walk around.

To do so, bring or buy a ladder so that you can climb on these trees carrying a chainsaw or you can get a pole saw to do the same thing while standing on the ground.

Here, I’ll explain how to use a pole saw as well as share some helpful tips so that you can properly utilize this extraordinary tool.

A Simple Guide On How To Use A Pole Saw

There are 2 types of pole saw available in the marketplace. One is manual pole saw and the other is battery powered pole saw. Manual pole saw is the cheapest option and simple to use. However, powered ones may cost slightly higher but once you learn to operate it perfectly, you will enjoy playing with this machine. Here are eight steps you should follow:

1. Choose a perfect day

You can get the world’s best pole saw but it can’t serve its purpose if you prefer a wrong day. Remember, a rainy or snowy day is not a suitable day for this job. Your saw can drift if you apply it on a wet surface. Also, you should avoid an extremely hot and humid day. Because these powered pole saws are fashioned to work within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C.

2. Check the saw

It is a good practice to make sure that your pole saw is in a good mode. I mean, before starting to rip tree limbs, ensure that the saw is fully charged, the chain is well-tensioned and sharp, and the automatic oiler is working smoothly. Don’t take this testing and checking step lightly because an unfit saw or dull chain can create various problems and harms.

3. Secure the working area

It doesn’t matter whether you are cutting a large branch or small limb, you should clean the surface where the sliced piece of wood is going to fall. Keep everyone and everything away from that place while you are doing the task. You should barricade that place using a rope to stop people re-entering there.

You must plan your retreat paths at the same time. And, ensure that there are no obstructions or tripping hazards on these paths.

4. Holding the saw

You need to grip the pole saw correctly to perform its tasks properly. You need to grab the pole saw with both hands. If you are a right-handed person, you should hold the shaft with your left hand and rear handle with your right hand. Do the opposite for left-handed operation. Never grasp the pole saw loosely while operating with it.

Another point I would like to highlight here is that you must grab the saw at about a 60° angle. This least exhausting working position will help you to do the task for a longer period. Moreover, this 60 degree angled position will keep you at a secure distance.

5. Make a plan and stick to the plan

Planning is a significant part of any important job. And, you must plan and determine your cutting position before applying your pole saw on a tree branch. Once you’ve marked the cutting spot, you should approach there slowly by removing obstacles that come on the way.

Let me clarify things for you. If you want to cut the highest branch of a tree, you should remove limbs that are positioned lower on the tree and blocking the way. After wiping out these obstacles, you should employ your saw on the targeted highest limb. Cutting lower branches will provide a clear view while ensuring a smooth and safe cut.

6. Stand properly and wear harness properly

Keep both feet on the ground firmly, with weight equally divided between them. Now, hold the pole saw close to the body to get further control.

After that, put on the safety harness over the head while adjusting the strap length. Make sure that the clip height remains equal to the hip height. Keep the saw flat by facing the harness loop upward. Finally, add the harness loop to the harness clip. Now, this harness will balance the pole and make the pole saw more comfortable for extended use.

7. Adjust the shaft

Once you tied the harness properly, you should fine-tune the length of the pole. All powered saw features an extendable pole that can be adjusted according to your needs. Never expand it more than necessary as extended portions can create issues in pruning.

To do that, switch off the pole saw first. Then, unlock the shaft lock and slide the pole outward to reach the needed length. Now, fasten the shaft lock firmly holding the pole in that position.

8. Start cutting

This is the most crucial part of the process. In this stage, some would suggest you to start cutting at a low saw speed. But, it could make your pole saw dull. So, I would recommend you to apply the saw on the branches when the saw chain achieves full speed. Never put extra pressure on the limbs with the pole saw. Lightly press the tool and it will do its job. You need to take different pruning strategies depending on the shape and type of the branches.

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Final Words

The good thing about a pole saw is that it is super convenient and durable. You can easily cut hundreds of tree limbs with a pole saw. And, most importantly, this powerful tool is easy to assemble and requires less maintenance.

I hope this tutorial on how to use a pole saw will guide you to operate your newly bought pole saw. Just follow the above-mentioned steps and it will do wonders for you.

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About Jose Wilson

Jose Wilson

Hi, I am Jose Wilson. I am an avid DIY woodworker. I love to try out new woodworking tools. In over 6 years I have tried several wood working tools including circular saws, table saws, chain saws, and jigsaw among the rest. My inspiration came from watching my dada work. I also learned that many people didn’t quite understand how to use these tools. Today, I have helped so many people to learn the use, benefits, and how these DIY woodworking tools operate. I have created a number of work-tools related posts, built websites, and developed social media pages. Follow me here to learn more.

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