If you have trees on your property, then pruning is going to be a concern at least a couple of times a year. Instead of breaking the bank with a gas-powered saw many of us might find ourselves better served with a battery powered option to make short work of errant branches.
We’re here to show you some of the best battery operated pole saws on the market, and then help you pick one which suits your yard’s needs.
Victoria, Homethods Author
Best Overall !
Overall this is undoubtedly the best saw on the list, but it’s also the heaviest and the most expensive so it might be a bit overkill for those with only a couple of trees in their yard.
For those who have the budget to cover it, this pole saw from Oregon is one of the best on the market hands down. The 40V 4.0 mAh Max battery provides an impressive amount of power, and it can extend from being the shortest on this list to the longest depending on what you need.
While the weight of this saw is fairly considerable, coming in at 13.5lbs you’ll find that the motor placement keeps it well balanced and it’s still quite agile in most situations. If you do start getting tired, the extra weight can be used to bring down limbs quite easily with the correct technique as well.
Some people have had a bit of trouble assembling it properly (Pro Tip: Make sure all the screws are fully tightened and engaged before using) but if you’ve assembled one before you should be fine.
Long battery life
Super sturdy design
Cast aluminum branch hook
Hard to assemble
If you’re looking for a simple cordless pole saw with a lot of reach, then the Black+Decker LPP120 might be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s not the highest powered model available, but for lighter work it’s a no brainer.
It’s the lightest pole saw on this list as well, it only weighs 6.3lbs which makes it easy for pretty much anyone to handle. The three piece setup allows you to adjust the height from 6’ 6” to 10’ depending on how high you need to go as well.
The scabbard for the bar has a place for chain oil, which is handy when you need to perform some maintenance while already in the yard as well.
It has an 8” fixed bar so it lacks in the ability to re-angle the cutting edge, but it definitely does the job respectably for lighter tasks.
For light-duty use on a budget, this cordless pole saw is exceptional but it does lack some of the power of more expensive models.
Good battery life
Two year warranty
Only two adjustments on handle
GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX
This is a great, powerful pole saw which most people will find is well worth the cost. The 40V 2.0mAh battery provides a ton of power and lasts for a surprisingly long time, with most people finding it still going strong after an hour or so working with it.
The total length of the tool comes out to 8.7’ which gives it a good amount of reach for someone of average height although it’s not the longest of our favorites.
The battery also charges quickly, you’ll be back up and running inside of two hours, which is great if you’ve got a lot to do with your trees.
The 8” cutting bar comes with a slight angle which makes it good for cutting vertically through branches, although the lack of adjustment might turn some people off.
That’s not to say it doesn’t have some issues. It goes through oil quite quickly, so make sure you have some on hand and the battery can be a bit tight, but it’s easy to overlook for the value you’ll get out of it.
This is a great workhorse saw for those who have some serious issues with their trees, allowing them to get a lot of power and a long lifespan for each run.
Long lasting battery
Quick charging battery
Angled cutting bar
Goes through oil quickly
Battery can be hard to remove
Poulan Pro 967044201
The Pulan Pro is a respectable choice for around the house, with a lot more power than many saws but the main focus here is on the extended battery life
It utilizes a 40V battery optimally to allow you to cut for hours at a time without having to stop and recharge. It also recharges quickly, which makes it ideal for those who might have long and hard projects ahead of them.
The automatic oiler is a nice afterthought, but it has a tendency to leak so keep an eye on it. When it’s functioning perfectly it’s a good compliment to the long life.
The chain is easily reachable for optimizing your chain’s tension as well. This is a crucial feature, as some saws will take a lot more work to keep them functioning. It’s also lightweight at 11.8lbs.
While issues with the oiler keep it from being a perfect pole saw, it’s definitely a good, budget priced option for those who have a lot of trees in their yard.
Oil level indicator
Automatic oiler sometimes leaks
Doesn’t come with chain oil
If you’re looking to cut through some of the thicker branches in your yard, then the Earthwise LPS42410 is a great option. Coming in with a 10” bar and a bar that can be adjusted to 30° it’s a pretty versatile saw.
The pole’s range is a bit short, however, extending to only 9’2”via a telescoping mechanism. This wouldn’t be much of an issue, except for the fact that it really only extends an extra 1’6” which doesn’t leave you with a wide range of adjustments.
The battery provides quite a bit of power and charges quite quickly. Unfortunately the actual cutting time of the saw is only about 15 minutes. This is a big drawback if you were planning on getting the whole yard done with it.
On the plus side, the whole thing is adjustable without tools, so you won’t have to go digging for a hex wrench to make sure it’s running tight. User friendliness is something which should be an industry standard when it comes to gardening tools and on this front the saw delivers.
This Earthwise cordless pole saw may not be the best option for the majority of people, but the 10” cutting bar and surprising amount of power is great for those who just want to handle a single tree with thick limbs.
While you probably won’t be maintain an orchard with one, a cordless pole saw offers some pretty distinct advantages over gasoline fueled and plugged in options.
The first thing that comes to mind is the lack of a tether. While not as high powered as some of the other options, you simply won’t have to worry about dragging a cord or gas can with you while you’re working.
This makes them great for intermittent maintenance. Frequently you’ll find that you only need to cut a couple of branches here and there and a battery powered model will have the juice to get it done easily.
There’s also a lack of maintenance involved. Apart from sharpening the chain, there’s really not a lot to these tools. The simple electric motor which powers the cutting bar doesn’t require any advanced upkeep and as long as you keep it clean and keep the batteries charged you’ll be good to go year round.
As a bonus, the cordless models also tend to run the quietest of the different power variations available. This means less ear splitting shrieking coming from your tool while you’re working.
Of course, they also offer some serious advantages over mechanical variants as well. They’ll require less effort and the extra reach you’ll be able to get while using one of these tools is fantastic, as well as being much safer than attempting to perform any cutting action while standing on a ladder.
What to Look for in a Cordless Pole Saw
When it comes down to it, there’s a lot of different things to keep an eye out for but the entire assembly is pretty simple. It’s a small chainsaw bar attached to a long pole. A cordless one is decidedly the best tool for most homes where the extra power afforded by a more powerful saw isn’t really necessary.
That said, keep an eye out for the following qualities:
Most saws will be between seven and nine feet long, allowing you a lot of reach without becoming unwieldy. Due to the nature of the tool you’ll have to position yourself carefully when you’re cutting, so a telescoping pole is ideal for a lot of people since it allows you a wider range of positions to cut from.
Any shorter than that and you’re not going to get much of the reach advantage which a polesaw is built for, any longer and you’re going to have something very unwieldy with added complication of a moving saw on the end.
Power variations aren’t quite as broad when it comes to batteries since the power source is limited. In general a lower amperage battery will last longer but have less power, while a higher amperage battery will have more cutting power but will need to be recharged more frequently.
A power output of about 8 amps makes for the ideal middle ground.
Cordless pole saws will tend to have shorter bars than their more high powered relatives. This is for both performance and battery life. A cordless pole saw really shouldn’t be used for anything much bigger than a four inch branch anyways, and even then you’ll want to be cautious.
A cutting bar of six to eight inches is all you’ll need.
The weight of your tool is definitely a consideration. Since the weight of a pole pruner tends to be focused on the head, where the motor and cutting bar are located, even seemingly minor weights can get quite heavy during your tree cutting session.
Go as light as you can without sacrificing the things that you really need while you’re using your saw.
Being Safe with Your Cordless Pole Saw
While they’re fairly easy to use, even a lower powered pole saw can cause quite a bit of havoc if you misuse it. Keep in mind the following when you’re using your pole saw in order to avoid injuries or biting off more than you can chew:
Make sure to use protective gear. Gloves and goggles at the very least, but also consider a helmet if working with heavy branches.
Wood is When you’re cutting anything 3” in diameter or larger try cutting off lengths of a foot or two at a time instead of trying to lop off the branch where it connects to the tree.
Keep track of the ground when you’re working the saw, the area needs to be free of obstructions so you don’t trip while working.
Never cut a tree branch while standing directly under it. Failing to abide by this can cause some serious damage.
Plan your cuts after clearing the work area, having a good plan to approach the whole process from can make it a lot easier.
If you get too tired with the saw, put it down for a minute and go sit down. Despite being a power tool they still take quite a bit of physical effort to use properly and overtaxing yourself can lead to bad situations.
Keep the above in mind, and you’ll soon be trimming trees like an old pro. Once you get the hang of it, it might even become your favorite piece of yard maintenance, and your new cordless pole saw will be one of the best investments you’ve ever made.