One of the most basic uses of a pole saw is chopping branches between two and eight inches (20 to 30 cm). If you want to cut branches that will remain upright or do delicate pruning of thick foliage, the best pole saw could be the next best thing. In addition to its general purpose, it can also do things like trim the top end of a vine to make it less dense (if it can get that far).
A good general-purpose wood saw with several heads can take a tree several steps in size. The head and the head on small diameter or thick branches are often better for pruning than those with straight blades.
What About a Chisel?
For those who want to remove thick branches, a chisel should not be viewed as a replacement for a pole saw. The large chisel handles will help cut branches and prune tall twigs, and the two kinds have a lot of similarities in their operation.
With the pole saw, you can cut into two sizes of sheet metal in one easy process. Now you have a set of tools to turn any scrap from your home into a usable cut piece. This can be extremely helpful if you get stuck on a certain issue like a hole your home is missing, or you got an existing one that needs a little attention.
To get started, start with whatever scraps you have on hand and get a good feel for how big each one is. When purchasing a set (or more than one), you can get all the pieces for a pole saw that you’d require for the project from one company.
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After you have the parts you need, you can make your first cut on the pole saw. This is the one part that can be hard. It doesn’t take you long to get the first one, though, if you’re willing to put in the effort. The pole saw should only be used if you have a strong hand.
You can either hold the tool with both hands, or the handles can be used separately where you wouldn’t need to hold anything. Then place one pole onto the scrap piece, press the blades together and slide them down while keeping the blades open. Then with the blade still open, carefully cut the sheet with your small saw.
This step can feel a little awkward because you’re trying to do the entire handle first. But once you get the hang of it, this step is speedy and makes the whole cut job a breeze.
This cut will be smaller than the one you would start with but should still be just big enough for your blade handle to hang over as one would do by hand.
Next, you would do the same process but with the blade of the saw. Once you’ve cut your sheet with the saw handle open, carefully lower it onto the scrap piece so that it doesn’t bend and damage the cut you just made on it. Then close the blade handle back up and repeat the process. Repeat this step for all the other cuts you make before you move onto the saw.
If the branch you want to cut off has a small, fine root structure, use a wire brush to tap out the root and remove the wood. Use a knife to trim away some of the larger branches as well, which helps the tree to be more aerodynamic when standing upright.
Finally, set the tree on the pole that will fit with the branch and begin to slide it down the trunk. Use your hands or a pole sander to smoothen the branch and remove any excess foliage.
For extra support, put a small weight on your back, and push the pole as far down the trunk as possible. After a short time, you’ll be left with a tree ready for the new growth to grow on.
Once the branches have been removed, move on to the next branch. Make no mistake—this part of the process is very similar to how you might clean out a toilet bowl with a toothbrush.
Begin by gently spreading the branches apart by hand using the same method to ensure that they are the correct diameter and orientation.
Then, place the branch on the pole that fits with the trunk and slide it down the trunk to the bottom. Use your hands or a pole sander to smooth the branch before finally laying it flat in a corner.
While keeping a few branches trimmed at one time will help the tree look its best, if you happen to run out of branches on your project, go back through it with the help of a tree pruner and continue pruning until you have a well-drained, well-spaced tree.
The key is to avoid excessive pruning on your tree, resulting in the trunk becoming too rigid and preventing the trunk from growing into your desired shape.
The tools listed that are included in this guide are the best of the best for your budget and also work well for all woodworking projects. However, we think having an extra knife or saw on hand will help you get the best results.