Pole saw power options include electrical, cordless (battery-operated), and gas-powered. Not only does the type of power affect the cost of the saw, it also factors into its intended use. Get to know these three types better to find the best pole saw for your landscaping needs.
Electric pole saws
For homeowners with small yards, an electric pole saw is an affordable choice, running $60 to $125, depending on quality and added features. Because it plugs into a power outlet, however, you’ll be restricted in how far you can trim by the length of an extension cord. Electric pole saws usually weigh less than 15 pounds and are quieter than gas-powered models, but don’t expect silent operation—all pole saws make noise. Electric pole saws aren’t as powerful as gas-powered models; the power they produce is measured in amperes (Amps) and most range from six to 10 Amps, which is powerful enough to cut branches two to five inches in diameter.
Cordless pole saws
For medium to large size yards, cordless pole saws, powered by rechargeable batteries, are a good choice if you don’t want to be restricted by the length of an extension cord and prefer a lighter saw (around 13 to 15 pounds). Cordless saws, ideal for branches three to eight inches in diameter, are quieter than their gas-powered counterparts and more expensive than electric models, averaging $125 to $300. Their power capability is measured in volts, which relates to battery size, and ranges from 40 to 80 volts. The higher the volts, the more powerful the saw.
Gas-powered pole saws
If you have a lot of trees to trim, and you don’t mind the noise, a gas-powered pole saw is a good option. Running $100 to $300 or more, depending on quality and engine size, they can be used in remote settings where electricity isn’t available. They’re often heavier than electric or cordless models, weighing in around 14 to 20 pounds. Professionals often use commercial-grade gas-powered pole saws because they can operate for hours and cut through branches up to eight inches in diameter. (Branches larger than 12 inches in diameter are usually cut with heavy-duty chainsaws.) Gas-powered saws are measured by engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) and range from 20 to 40cc. The larger the engine, the more powerful the saw.