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How To Use a Manual Pole Saw?

If your home garden or neighbouring gardens have trees that have grown above head height you will need a pole saw to help prune branches that are out of reach without calling a professional. Trimming branches that overhang sheds or roofs is essential to prevent potential incidents and damages from happening to your property. If you have young kids pruning the branches within arm’s reach will not only help your tree grown straight up but will also stop children from trying to climb and potentially injuring themselves. By trimming branches that overhang your gutter you will prevent unnecessary leaves and debris falling into your gutter reducing the amount of labour in clearing them.

Different Types of Pole Saw

Pole saws come in different designs and sizes, the simplest one is a manual pole saw. These generally have a light metal tubing with a non-slip grip on one end and a saw-like cutting blade on the other. Most will be telescopic that will start around 2 meters and extend to 5 meters. The curved saw cutting blade can be detached for ease of transport and maintenance. You can get longer pole saws and fixed pole saws that do not extend depending on the job at hand will help you decide which would suit your needs best.

Parts of the Pole Saw

The pole saw will consist of a saw blade, the pole and some sort of handle or grip. The saw blade will have a curve on it and will have hooks on either end of the cutting edge. This is to stop the saw blade from slipping off the branch whilst cutting. The saw blade usually can be disconnected from the pole. It is usually connected with a couple of bolts and locking nuts. Remember that when assembling your pole saw, slide the bolts in from the top just incase the nuts come undone the bolt will not fall out. You don’t want to leave your saw blade attached to the branch and no longer attached to the pole. The pole is more often than not telescopic with fastening clips for locking the pole to a certain height, this helps adjust the pole saw to the correct height. Lastly the grip is usually an ergonomic, simple non slip handle designed to be held with one or two hands at the end opposite end of the pole to the saw.

Using the Pole Saw

  • Making sure the pole saw has been adjusted to the correct height and everything is fastened and secure, select the branch you wish to cut down.
  • Rest the saw blade on the top of the branch with the hook of the blade closes to you also resting against the branch.
  • Get in a strong sturdy stance with feet shoulder width apart and one foot a full pace in front.
  • Make a strong and deliberate pull back towards yourself using the full length of the blade only stopping when the hook of the blade furthest from you hits the branch.
  • Then push the blade back to the start position. Pushing the blade back to the start position isn’t a cutting movement, it is simply putting the blade in the correct position to perform another cut.
  • Repeat this until you have successfully cut through the branch and it falls to the floor.

Under Cuts

  • With some branches will need a cut made on the underneath of the branch. This helps the branch fall straight down and stops the branch from hanging to the tree by the bark.
  • This cut doesn’t need to be deep, no more than a ¼ of the branch. You don’t want the weight of the branch to pinch the blade getting it stuck at height.
  • After the initial cut small undercut start again from the topside of the branch. Remembering to line the cut up so it meets the undercut.

Safety Precautions

Your pole saw should always have a blade cover or sheath. Make sure that the saw is kept covered in-between jobs and when stored, this will protect you from accidents and protect the saw blade from damage. When using your pole saw make sure you have suitable eye protection to stop saw dust and slinters falling down into your eyes whilst you are looking up. The main safety precaution is to look where the branch may fall, you do not want to be stood under a falling branch if you find you are too close to the branch you should extend your saw further to give a greater gap between you and the branch. You will find this will also give you a better cutting angle. Always wear a hard hat, even if you don’t think the branch will land on or near you, they can hit other branches, get caught or swing from the cutting sight. It can be unpredictable so always best to manage any risk with proper protection. Never cut near power lines if you need work done close to electrical powerlines call a professional.

Final Thoughts

Using a pole saw doesn’t have to be difficult, but due to the nature of the tool there are some safety precautions that you need to take before and whilst using it. As there are different types of pole saw, it helps to know how they work so you can easily use and maintain it to ensure safe usage. Follow our easy how to guide to make sure you get the best out of your pole saw.

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