After a careful selection process and several rounds of testing and analysis we came to the conclusion that we’ve found the best cordless pole saw. The results of our extensive tests made us a believer in the Oregon Cordless 40V Max PS250-A6 Pole Saw. If you’re a discerning amateur arborist then read on and we’ll show you how we came to that conclusion.
This battery-powered monstrosity was able to outperform the competition by a huge margin. It’s powerful, heavy, and has the ability to run for a long time if you’re discerning with power usage. Simply put: it makes short work of most trees which it comes across.
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How We Selected Products
Our first order of business was to call up a couple of arborists. After they got done laughing about the idea of using a cordless pole saw, they recommended the brands Oregon and Poulan to us shortly before trying to sell us on their tree trimming services.
It sounded nice and all, but we were looking for something to help consumers handle the smaller jobs themselves.
The one model of Poulan we really liked the look of wasn’t available online at the current time so we decided to go with a VonHaus model instead.
After that we had to do our research into what makes for the perfect pole saw. The length of the saw’s bar was the first thing we checked on, followed by the length of the pole. The idea behind a pole saw is to save some effort, after all, and we decided they’d be a bit dangerous to use on a ladder.
Afterwards we decided to rely on what online consumers had said. We spent a total of six hours researching the different models of battery-operated pole saws available before coming to our final conclusion.
Reliability, breakdowns, and other problems removed quite a few from our consideration. For most homes they’re a rarely used maintenance tool but the last thing we wanted to do was recommend something which was going to break down quickly.
Lastly we considered the power of the saws.
Cordless pole saws will almost always cut through any branch their bar can make it through but after some forum checking we also found out that there are a lot of different factors which make up how fast a pole saw will cut.
Weight was a big one that we didn’t think about, a very powerful motor on a very light saw might not cut as quickly as something more modestly powerful with a lot of weight behind it.
We quickly noticed that the big names that were recommended to us were also rather expensive.
We still picked one of each but we had to make some consideration for the fact that many consumers are only going to use their saw once or twice a year on a small number of trees.
Once the five arrived it was time to get testing.
How We Tested the Pole Saws
It took some doing, but we found someone with an orchard that needed trimming and didn’t mind having amateurs do it as long as we didn’t charge them.
We also had our reviewers test them out on any trees which they had around the home to see if there were any large variations between the dry avocado trees in the orchard and the wide variety of different ornamental trees which can be found around homes.
Pole saws have a pretty big power differential between when they’re cutting and when they’re not. That meant that our usual run-time test wasn’t ran.
Instead, under careful direction of the orchard’s owner, we had our reviewers begin using the saws and noting how they handled over the duration of the day and which ones ran out of charge the quickest.
We found that those which were best for “sticks” were a bit different than those which handled “limbs.”
We’re not arborists, so for the sake of argument we’ll call anything 1” or less in diameter a stick and anything bigger a limb.
The Oregon model we tested quickly proved to be a favorite. It’s incredible power and heavy weight were a big advantage when it came to tearing through larger limbs. It was a bit unwieldy for pruning style trimming of sticks however, and it outweighed the others on the list by a pretty big margin.
The VonHaus model was another favorite in the avocado orchard. It lasted longer than the Oregon for the most part and was able to handle limbs without too many problems, but the self-oiler made a pretty big mess that we weren’t fond of.
The others, as we expected, didn’t quite match up to them but they had some good points:
- The BLACK+DECKER LPP120 was extremely lightweight and lasted for quite a long time in the field. It also took a good bit of time to cut through any limbs bigger than 2” or so.
- The Earthwise LPS42410 was really adjustable and user friendly with a 10” adjustable head but it lacked the running power of most of the others.
- The Greenworks model was between the best and the cheaper saws in power and made a good amount of cuts before dying although the estimated 65 was probably optimistic.
Performance at the orchard and performance at home didn’t seem to differ much, but the actual usage of the saws did. Most of our reviewers decided to do some pruning when they got home rather than the heavier tree modification we did in the orchard.
Pruning was handled better with the lighter saws, since they’re more maneuverable. Oddly enough, the Earthwise LPS24210 was the favored model for pruning since it was lightweight and the longer bar made rough shaping the trees a lot easier, the problem was that it didn’t have the lasting power to allow you to handle everything on one charge.
At home the battery power mattered less than when we were testing how the saws could handle something they weren’t really built for, which is something to keep in mind. The amperage, which we’d assumed was super important, turned out to be nice but not nearly as necessary as we initially thought it would be.
The length of the saw’s pole also mattered more since the trees being cut weren’t nearly as uniform in height as the orchard’s trees.
The Oregon Cordless 40V remained a favorite. The only real complaint was about the weight, although we imagine the high cost might turn off those with only a couple of trees.
Basically, we stand by the idea that Oregon’s saw is the way to go if you’re willing to spend the money on it, but the others are all solid options.
Top 5 Cordless Pole Saws
|Oregon Cordless 40V Max PS250-A6||7’3” to 10’4”||13.5lbs||Check Price|
|VonHaus 40V Max 8″ Cordless||8’ to 10’||11.8lbs||Check Price|
|GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX||8.7’||8.4lbs||Check Price|
|Earthwise LPS42410||9.16”||7.3lbs||Check Price|
|BLACK+DECKER LPP120||6.5’ or 10’||6.3lbs||Check Price|
1. Best Overall Cordless Pole Saw
Oregon Cordless 40V Max PS250-A6 Pole Saw
Reviewed by: Max Perzon
It’s a beast. There’s no other way to describe this saw. The 40V 4.0 mAh Max battery provided an impressive amount of power, and the pole 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 we found that the motor placement keeps it well balanced and it’s still quite agile in most situations.
The extra weight can be used to bring down limbs quite easily with the correct technique as well. Just allow the blade to fall downwards and apply some downforce farther up the handle, and make sure to stand clear and be ready for the blade to swing free at a moment’s notice.
It was the hardest to assemble of the bunch. We also found that adjusting it in the field was more difficult than most of the other models on our list, you’ll need the tools to move things around. It’s probably not the best saw if you like to play with your options.
Overall this is undoubtedly the best saw on the list. If you have multiple thick trees that need heavy pruning a couple of times a year then you’ll be able to make short work of them if you add this to your garden shed.
- Extremely powerful
- Long battery life
- Super sturdy design
- Cast aluminum branch hook
- Well balanced
- Hard to assemble
2. Longest Running
VonHaus 40V Max 8" Cordless Pole Saw
Reviewed by: Max Perzon
We found the VonHaus to be 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 which seemed to run pretty much forever.. It also recharged quickly, which made it ideal for those who might have long and hard projects ahead of them.
Compared to the Oregon model we tested it was longer running, a bit less powerful, and not as long. This made it a little bit less useful for taller trees, but it had the weight to handle things easily and quickly as long as it could reach.
In the field it proved to be quite well balanced. The whole thing seemed designed for much heavier use than we saw with the remaining three models.
While we didn’t run into the problem, VonHaus has one big issue: they don’t have a parts department. If something breaks then you’re going to need to pick up a whole new saw, which kept it out of the top running as well.
If it breaks, you’re out of luck which makes this saw less suitable for heavy-duty than you’d think. On the other hand, it runs for an extremely long time and if you only use it a couple of times a year it’s going to be a long time before you have to replace it.
- Budget priced
- Long lasting
- Ergonomic handle
- Extendable handle
- No replacement parts available
- A bit heavy for some people
3. Best Cordless Pole Saw for Serious Yard Work
GreenWorks 20672 G-MAX
Reviewed by: Max Perzon
If you’re looking at this model from Greenworks… well, it’s pretty awesome if you only have a few trees but need to do some serious modifications.
The 40V 2.0mAh battery provides a ton of power and lasts for a surprisingly long time, with our reviewers finding it still going strong after an hour or so working with it at home. In the orchard, where we were making faster cuts it lasted for around forty five minutes of cutting.
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 the ones we reviewed. Look into something a bit longer if you’ll need to cut high up.
The battery also charged quickly, we weree back up and running inside of two hours.
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. We found that the fixed vs. angled debate didn’t mean as much when we were actually using the saws, although as an intellectual exercise it’s certainly nice to be able to modify the angles for optimal cutting.
That’s not to say it doesn’t have some issues. It burned through oil quickly and the battery seemed to fit a little bit too tight.
It’s got some great points to it, however, especially at the price point.
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
- Well balanced
- Goes through oil quickly
- Battery can be hard to remove
4. Best for the Big Stuff
Reviewed by: Max Perzon
Coming in with a 10” bar and a bar that can be adjusted to 30° it’s a pretty versatile saw, we quickly found that it seemed to perform well above its low price point.
The pole’s range is on the short side 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 for hitting where you need to.
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 cutting through a lot of trees and if you’ve got more than one or two big guys in your yard then you should probably look eslewhere.
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.
Despite being surprisingly user-friendly we’d only recommend it for those with few trees. The 10” bar was awesome for rough pruning the outside of trees… but the short run time severely limited its use there as well.
It’s not useless, the battery will let you get through perhaps a dozen thick branches before it’s done, but it’s a bit limited in use unless you’re planning on chipping away at your yard over the course of a week.
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.
- 10” bar
- Fast charging
- User friendly
- Includes a shoulder strap
- Adjustable head
- Short run time
- Low range of adjustability
5. Best Budget Pole Saw
Reviewed by: Max Perzon
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 was a bit weak when it came to tearing through thicker limbs, but it’s got enough power to get the job done.
Just don’t be surprised if you have to recharge it a few times after you’ve gotten done.
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 lightweight build allows it to be extremely agile and it makes a good pruning saw as well.
The three piece setup allows you to adjust the height from 6’ 6” to 10’ depending on how high we needed the bar.
One nice touch: the scabbard for the bar comes with a place to put your chain oil. It’s not a big selling point but it did come in handy and the reviewer who ended up carrying the saw in the orchard turned out to be our go-to guy for oil so it’s not entirely useless.
It has an 8” fixed bar so it lacks in the ability to re-angle the cutting edge. We found that didn’t matter for smaller limbs and sticks but when it came to heavier stuff which was farther up it’s always nice to be able to get the angle and let the weight of the saw do the majority of the work.
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.
- Super light
- Adjustable length
- Good battery life
- Two year warranty
- Low powered
- Only two adjustments on handle
Why Did We Choose to Review Cordless Pole Saws?
When we began looking into what was needed to trim trees, we ended up deciding that cordless pole saws were the way to go for the average person for quite a few reasons.
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
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 pole saw 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.
We did find one thing out, however: a high amperage saw with a lot of weight and good technique cuts faster which means you end up using less of the battery per limb than you would with a less powerful saw that takes longer to buzz through.
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.
We found out that longer bars do have their uses during our testing, but it’s mainly for rough pruning trees on the outside of their leaf canopy rather than for cutting wider branches.
Going into this we had assumed that the weight of a saw should be as low as possible. After all, it’s true for most of the garden tools out there.
What we found out in practice was that more weight could be used to cut faster if you angled the bar correctly and allowed it to “drop” while placing just a bit of pressure farther up the pole.
So the biggest place where weight ended up being a serious consideration was in how far you were going, rather than during the actual usage of the tool.
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.