When a regular saw just isn’t long enough to cut that out-of-reach tree branch or limb, you need a pole saw. A pole saw takes a normal saw and attaches it to the end of a—get ready for it—pole.
Pole saws give you the extra reach you’ll need to trim those hard-to-get-to tree limbs. But, there are a few different kinds of pole saws and a ton of brands to choose between.
So, how do you know which pole saw is the best option for you?
In this guide, we’ve covered a list of the best pole saws across a variety of pole saw types and price points as well as highlighted the main differences between the different types of pole saws.
We’ve listed the best electric pole saw, the best gas pole saw, the best cordless pole saw, and the best manual pole saw.
So, whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly pole saw, or a high-end pole saw, there’s probably an option that will meet your needs below.
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Quick Picks: Top Pole Saws for Everyone
If you’re just looking for a quick list of some of the top pole saw options, the table below highlights our selections for the best pole saws across a handful of different categories.
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1. Greenworks 20672
The best cordless pole saw
- Weighs 8.4-pounds
- Comes w/40-volt battery
- Pole extends up to 8-feet
- 8-inch bar & chain
If you’re looking for a solid cordless pole saw that can be used for light-to-moderate trimming jobs and won’t break the bank, we recommend the Greenwork 20672.
The 20672 comes with a 40V battery that has the capacity to make up to 65 cuts per charge (tested on 4×4 lumber). It weighs in at 8.4-pounds and the pole can extend up to 8-feet long. When you include the 8-inch bar and chain, the total reach extends up to a little over 8.5-feet. That means, with the Greenwork 20672, assuming you’re an average height, you should be able to reach tree branches up to ~14-feet high.
At a little under ~$140, the Greenwork 20672 is priced well when compared to its competitors. However, if you’re looking for a sub-$100 option, you might want to consider our Budget Electric Pole Saw pick listed below. Just note, though, that that pick is a corded pole saw and will require an electrical outlet within 100-feet of your workspace in order to use.
Ultimately, the Greenwork 20672 is a nice option for carrying out routine trimming maintenance on moderate-sized yards and medium-size trees. If you have a larger budget and you’re looking for a pole saw that is better-suited for heavy-duty jobs, you might want to check out our pick for the best gas-powered pole saw below.
2. Remington Maverick
The best gas-powered pole saw
- Weighs 13.9-pounds
- Comes w/25cc gas engine
- Pole extends up to 7-feet
- 8-inch bar & chain
Remington’s 25cc 2-Cycle RM25PS Maverick is our pick for the best gas-powered pole saw. The Maverick is well-suited for tougher jobs that require cutting thicker limbs and branches. And, at just a little over ~$170, it is moderately priced as well.
The Maverick comes with a 25cc 2-cycle gas engine and a pole that can extend up to 7-feet. It also comes with an 8-inch bar and chain, which means it has a little over a 7.5-foot reach. Remington suggests that the Maverick can comfortably reach tree branches up to 12-feet. However, with the gas engine, the Maverick weighs in at nearly 14-pounds, making it the heaviest option on this list.
Although, if you need a pole saw for heavy-duty jobs, there’s really no way to get around the heavier weight that gas-powered pole saws come with. In the end, the Maverick is the perfect option if you don’t mind spending a little extra to get a pole saw that can handle bigger jobs.
3. Sun Joe SWJ800E
Budget-friendly electric pole saw
- Weighs 7.7-pounds
- Comes w/6.5-amp motor
- Pole extends up to 8.7-feet
- 8-inch bar & chain
If you’re planning on trimming trees that are within 100-feet of an electrical outlet and you don’t mind lugging around an extension cord, the Sun Joe SWJ800E is worth considering.
By opting for a corded electric pole saw over a cordless battery-powered pole saw, you’re going to save a ton of money. Whereas our pick for the top corded pole saw comes in at well over $100, the Sun Joe SWJ800E only costs a little under ~$50. And, it has the same basic functionality.
The SWJ800E’s 6.5-amp motor and its 8-inch bar and chain give it the ability to cut through tree branches up to 7.5-inches thick. The SWJ800E also comes with a pole that can extend up to 8.7-feet.
So, if you’re an average height, you should be able to cut tree branches and limbs that are up to ~15-feet off the ground with no problems. And, with no battery pack to deal with, the SWJ800E weighs in at nearly a pound less than our top cordless pole saw pick as well.
The bottom line, though, is that if you’re willing to deal with using an extension cord and you have outlets close enough to your trees that it won’t be a problem, you can save a lot of money by opting for the corded Sun Joe SWJ800E over similarly-specced cordless options.
4. Silky 179-39
Extra long manual pole saw
- Weighs 6.9-pounds
- Telescoping style pole
- Pole extends up to 21-feet
- Comes w/15-inch blade
Do you need to trim some really tall trees? Your best bet might be a longer manual pole saw, then. While gas and electric pole saws make trimming branches a lot quicker, they are limited on how high they can reach. Manual pole saws, on the other hand, can extend much higher.
And, our pick for the best extra-long manual pole saw is the Silky New Professional Series 179-39. The 179-39 has the ability to extend up to 21-feet long and it has a maximum working reach of up to 26-feet. It also weighs in at just under 7-pounds.
This pole saw isn’t cheap, though. At well over ~$250, it is by far the most expensive pole saw on this list. But, if you want to cut down branches and limbs that are high off the ground, it might be your only option.
5. Fiskars 393951-1001
Budget-friendly manual pole saw
- Weighs 4.3-pounds
- Telescoping style pole
- Pole extends up to 12-feet
- Comes w/12-inch blade
If you don’t mind a little manual labor and/or you don’t have a lot of branches/limbs to trim, then you can opt for a cheaper manual pole saw like the Fiskars 393951-1001. At ~$40, the 393951-1001 is the cheapest option on this list.
The Fiskars 393951-1001 isn’t intended for heavy-duty tasks, though, as it probably can’t handle cutting branches more than a couple inches thick. But, the fiberglass pole can extend up to 12-feet, which should allow you to comfortably reach branches up to 18-feet off the ground.
Overall, if you’re just looking for a lightweight and affordable pole saw that will allow you to periodically clean up the smaller branches on your trees, the Fiskars 393951-1001 should do the trick.
Which Pole Saw Type is Right for You?
There are a few different types of pole saws and not all of them may be suited for you. In this section, we’ve listed all of the different types of pole saws and highlighted how they differ from each other.
Electric Pole Saws (Cordless or Corded?)
Electric pole saws use electricity (shocker, right?) to power the mini-chain saw attached to the end of the pole. Electric pole saws come in two varieties: cordless and corded.
As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, cordless pole saws are battery powered and corded pole saws must be plugged in to an outlet.
The advantages and disadvantages of each, then, are apparent…
Cordless pole saws are easier to move around because they aren’t restricted by long extensions cords, but they are heavier (because of the battery), require a charged battery, and they have the least amount of power.
Corded electric pole saws, on the other hand, don’t require charging, are lighter (because they don’t have a battery), and are a bit more powerful than cordless pole saws. However, with a corded electric pole saw you’re restricted in where you can plug it in (most corded pole saws must stay within a 100-foot range of your electrical outlet) and you have to deal with moving your extension cord around.
Corded pole saws are typically less expensive than cordless pole saws as well, both in initial cost, and in maintenance (you won’t need to buy new batteries.)
In terms of bar length and reach potential, though, eletric pole saws are typically the shortest types of pole saws. So, if you need to get at some tall branches, you’ll likely want to look at a manual pole saw or a gas pole saw.
Gas Pole Saws
Gas-powered pole saws are powered by a small gasoline engine.
If you’re looking for a pole saw for some heavy-duty tree trimming, then you’ll likely want to get a gas pole saw as they are the most powerful options. As mentioned above, gas pole saws are also longer on average than electric pole saws so they work well for trimming taller trees.
Gas pole saws aren’t without their disadvantages, though. For starters, gas pole saws are the most expensive type of pole saw. Not only do they come with the highest initial price, but they also need to be refueld periodically.
The gas engine also makes pole saws the heaviest options.
Ultimately, though, if you’re looking for the most powerful pole saw option, whether for commercial purposes, or to use in your own yard, gas-powered pole saws are your best bet.
Manual Pole Saws
A manual pole saw is simply a pole with a pruning saw attached to it and it requires manual force to operate.
The advantages of manual pole saws is that they are typically less expensive when compared to the other types of pole saws when you compare them by length. However, even manual pole saws can come in at prices over ~$200.
And, that is namely because of how long manual pole saws can go. Some manual pole saws can be as long as 20+-feet. These pole saws are the only option for people who need to trim extra long brances.
Of course, the downside of manual pole saws is the fact that you have to provide the force in order to get them to do the job. So, if you’re not up for manually sawing tree branches, a manual pole saw probably isn’t for you.
If you don’t have a ton of trees/branches to trim, though, and/or you need to reach some high branches, then a manual pole saw might be the best option for you.
Ultimately, the right pole saw for you will depend on the kind of job you need to do and how much you have to spend.
If you’re willing to spend a little more to get a heavy-duty pole saw, then a gas-powered option would be worth looking into.
If you need a pole saw suited for light tree trimming, an electric pole saw (corded or cordless) or a manual pole saw might suit you better.
Regardless of the kind of pole saw you need, one of the options listed above should work for you.