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How To Use a Manual Pole Saw? Everything You Need To Know

How To Use a Manual Pole Saw
Written by Randall Glenn
Last Update: August 23, 2021

Choosing a manual pole saw is a smart choice. We know about the gas and electric saws are way more powerful than manual pole saws. But, why would you invest your money in expensive stuff when you have minor jobs to do in your small garden?

Manual pole saws are expert in pruning small branches where less effort needs to be exerted. But, it requires more manual labor comparatively. Worried already? Do not bother because we have come here with a helping hand to take you out from such dilemmas.

How To Use a Manual Pole Saw

The ways that you can take into consideration to use a manual pole saw:

Safety Measures

  • Inspect the working condition of the pole saw and if it is stable enough to work or not. You should also put oil on the bar or chain before you start.
  • Make a plan first. Mark the places, branches, and the position where you would prune trees. You should also make sure that no hazards come in between trimming. Hazards can cause a major accident.
  • Extend the height of the pole saw as per your requirement. Do not forget to lock its length.
  • You should know a pole saw can be extended up to 8 feet and as the height increases its weight increases as well. So, you should extend it considering your weight bearing capacity.
  • Practice on the ground first before you take it to the branches.
  • Keep yourself aloof from power lines and maintain a safe distance from them.
  • Do not prune on windy or rainy weather and night time.
  • We would also suggest you take expert’s help in trimming thick branches.

The next thing you should do is start trimming branches with the help of manual pole saw. Here, we have listed few steps that explain how to use a manual pole saw:

Step 1 : Reducing the weight

To reduce the weight of the branches and make the final cut easier, start with few jump cuts at first. Always start to make cuts at a horizontal angle and start from underneath the branches.

Step 1 : Reducing the weight

Step 2 : Holding the saw firmly

Now, hold the pole saw firmly, vertically and at your chest level and stay in a balanced position. Readjust if you face any problem with your or the saw’s position.

Step 2 : Holding the saw firmly

 Step 3 : Making the right strokes

Start with slower and perpendicular strokes and try to make a deep cut. If it were an electric pole saw, you would not require putting any manual effort. For cutting with a manual pole saw, push and pull it backward and forward and apply force for the cut. The cut, in this case, is directional. You should know the relation of gravity and the cut that forces the branches to come down. The tip of the pole saw resists slipping.

 Step 3 : Making the right strokes

 Step 4 : Doing the job with intervals

This step describes the advantages of taking interval between each stroke. It is very much needed to relax after cutting one branch to make your other cuts successful.

 Step 4 : Doing the job with intervals

As the trimming is done, watch over the falling limb and move from dangerous places. Ensure every safety measures as possible. Clean the area after your work is done.

So, this is how you can use a pole saw. Never forget to take good care of your pole saw afterward.

About the author

Randall Glenn

A Certified Hand and Power Tools Technician

“Hey Glenn, can you help me with my cordless saw that won’t start?” “Hi Glenn, are you okay? I was wondering if you can put your hands on my inverter generator; its engine failed!” These are just some of the talks I usually hear 7-10 times a week. So, who am I? A hand and power tool expert; that’s what I do for a living. It’s my passion too as I love to see my neighbors working peacefully with their ‘noisy’ appliances and tools. Want to see what I’ve got to let you know? Read my articles on this website!

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