An Electric Pole Saw is simply as the name suggests, a saw that Is attached to a pole that is run on electricity. It gives the users a better reach and helps them access high lying areas without their feet leaving the ground.
A pole saw is of two types:
Electric and Gas Powered. Also a third, which is a manual pruner if you classify by the functionality.
Electric Pole saws come in two variants, corded (battery powered) and cordless. Most of the pole saws have a good 12 to 15 feet Foot reach. The companies advertise the reach including the users average arm length. The height of the pole is adjustable as per the requirements of the users.
An electric pole saw is generally used for pruning and cutting branches which the users are unable to reach from the ground. It is also highly effective and faster. There are two kinds of electric pole saws available, Cordless (battery powered) or Corded. If you have a small garden, then a corded saw should work for you but if the garden is big then it’s better to have a cordless electric pole saw as you would not want to run wires all over the place.
The benefits of an electric pole saw over a manual pruner is that it’s a faster and effective way to get the job done. It requires less energy. Also compared to a gas powered pole saw, it’s lighter and there is no smell of the gas to deal with. Nor is there a need to keep refilling the gas. They are also cheaper when compared to the gas powered pole saws.
How to use an Electric Pole Saw:
- Rid the work area of Clutter: You need to have a clean and uncluttered area to effectively work with this equipment so that your movement is unhampered.
- Choose the correct position to stand: You need to be at an angle to the branch which needs to be pruned. Do not stand directly below the branch as when it falls, otherwise an injury might occur.
- Select the branch that needs to be pruned/cut: Before the actual pruning starts, the user needs to be sure of the branch which needs to be pruned. One needs to effectively reduce the weight of a branch before actually cutting it.
- Placing of the saw: The saw needs to be placed at the spot where the pruning is to be done, with the weight of the saw resting on the branch
- Motion of the Saw: The user must make good and clean motion keeping the saw parallel to the branch. This way the saw gets in deep to create a path for the quick cuts which come at the end.
- Complete the Cutting: When the saw has made enough headway into the branch, the user must increase the speed of the cut and complete the pruning process. One must also be aware of their surroundings to be able to move out of the way before any harm comes from the falling branch.
- Clear the area and begin again: User should clean the clutter and begin again to do further pruning/cutting.
Safety Issues to be considered:
- Saw Kickback: One major concern for the users is the kickback of the saw, which if not handled properly can cause significant damage to the users.
- Protective Eyewear: Users must wear proper eyewear to protect their eyes from any dust or residue as while handling such equipment, absolute focus is a must.
- User Position: Proper position is very important for the user while cutting the branches as a heavy branch might fall over them and trap them under. They must be quick to retreat if they feel such a situation might arise.
An effective maintenance of any equipment is absolutely important. Here are some:
- The electric pole saw must be regularly cleaned so as to make it effective over a long period of time. The saw cover can be opened to remove the chain of the saw and clean it with a toothbrush dipped in soap water.
- The groove on which the chain rests should also be cleaned as some gunk might get stuck in it.
- The oil reservoir on the saw must be filled routinely to make the chain lubricated and avoid overheating.
- In case of corded electric pole saw’s, the voltage of the source must be checked.
- In cased of the cordless saw (battery powered), the battery must be regularly charged.