Chain Saw Pole Helps Make Higher Cuts
Different manufacturers make different options of a chain saw pole available, but the common ground is that they consist of a pole attached to the chainsaw, with controls transferred to the handle in your hands. Saws used with a chain saw pole are typically 12-inch or 14-inch and are available with gas engines or electric motors. They also share the common safety concern of maintaining control while working over your head.
Most of the chain saw poles are adjustable, anywhere from five-feet to 11 or 12-feet, depending on the brand and all require a mounting bracket available only on chainsaws designed to be used in conjunction with a chain saw pole. With a non-slip covering on the handle, they can be used to cut limbs up to about six-inches in diameter.
The weight of the saw is about the only pressure available to force the cutting chain through the limb as attempting to apply too much pressure by way of the chain saw pole could cause a loss of control at the top end, especially if the chain saw pole is fully extended.
Watch Out For Falling BranchesAnother major safety concern is not standing directly under the branch as it is being cut. Once the cut is made, it is going to fall down and you do not want it falling on your head. Care is also needed so the branch to insure the branch does not catch on the chain saw pole and carry the saw to the ground with it or, if using an electric chainsaw, it does not get tangled up in the cord and swing into the operator.
Practically all of the models of chain saw poles can be detached from the chainsaw so to make the chainsaw available for stand-alone use. Another important safety tip is to never use the saw to cut logs on the ground with the chain saw pole still attached. This will diminish the control of the user and increase the risk of injury. When using the pole attachment there is more opportunity to twist the saw while cutting, resulting in kickback.