An electric pole saw is the best tool to use to cut tree branches. It is long and powerful, yet easy to handle. Here are the basis steps for operating an electric pole saw. It is great for trimming trees especially if you have an orchard.

Step 1: Assemble the Electric Pole Saw

The first thing to do is assemble the electric pole saw. Most models have three sections - the handle module, the center extension pole, and the saw head module. The handle module contains the battery compartment, a grip, trigger switch, and lock button. The pole segment of the handle module extends a couple of feet. Depending on the model, there might be a section covered with foam grippers. The end of the handle module contains a threaded pole.

The center extension pole is narrow and cylindrical in shape. There is a threaded sleeve at one end. It is held by the off-hand and helps guide the saw to its target.

The saw head module contains a chain, guide bar, sprocket cover, and alien head screws. A scabbard is included with most models. It covers the saw chain. An alien wrench and oil bottle might be included as well.

Put all the pieces together. You don't have to use the center extension pole. Without it, the saw can cut branches that are six feet off the ground. To reach higher branches, attach the center extension pole. With it, you can reach branches that are nine feet off the ground. This is comparable to other types of chainsaws.

Step 2: Charge the Battery and Install It

An electric pole saw runs on battery power. There is a battery pack that attaches to the handle module. Charge it before using it. A typical recharge time for an electric pole saw battery pack is four hours. The charger is compatible with most outlets. Slide the battery pack into the charger. Some models have a LED light that indicates that the battery is charging.

The optimum charging environment is 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't leave the battery pack in a warm environment, such as a metal shed or trailer. It can be kept on the charger.

If there's a trigger lock button, make sure it is depressed before installing the battery pack. Install the battery pack into the handle module. Listen for a click to ensure the battery pack is secure.

Step 3: Clear the Work Area, Make Room for Falling Limbs, and Gear Up

Before cutting, inspect the work area. It should be free of obstacles. The area below the branches should be clear. Don't let anyone near the tree. A distance of 50 feet is recommended. Within this zone, you could get distracted by others and lose control of the electric pole saw. Check for electrical lines as well. Don't cut branches that are within 50 feet of an electrical line. You could be electrocuted.  

Before entering the work area, wear the appropriate gear. This includes safety glasses, work gloves, long pants, head protection, and steel toed shoes. The safety glasses will protect your eyes from flying debris. A clear field of vision is required to safely cut branches from a tree. Work gloves will protect your hands from flying debris, and it will help you hold the pole chain saw securely. A helmet will protect the head from falling limbs and other flying debris. Steel toed shoes protect the feet from falling debris. It also protects the feet from injury while walking though hazardous areas filled with obstacles, such as logs.

Step 4: Cut the Branches, Fix the Saw, and Take Breaks

Here's the best way to cut the branches. Hold the electric pole saw with two hands. Keep one hand on the handle and one hand on the center extension pole. Don't overreach while cutting and don't raise the handle over shoulder height. Stand firmly on the ground with two feet, but don't stand under falling debris. Don't stand on ladders, steps, rooftops, or trees. Divide weight evenly on both feet.

When you cut a branch, use this method. Cut the underside of the branch, approximately 1/3 of the way through. Then move the saw head module over the branch, and cut the topside of the branch all the way through. Before cutting each side, let the saw reach its maximum speed. Most pole saws have a trigger lock. Depress it first, then press the trigger. Release the lock, but continue holding the trigger. Cut six inches away from the trunk.

Every 10 minutes, stop and check the saw. To stop the saw, release the trigger. Remove the battery pack and inspect the saw. Wait for it to cool down. Check the tension. The tension is optimal under this test: pull the chain 3 mm away from the bar and release it. If the chain sags, it's not tight enough. Loosen the alien head screws to adjust tension. Rotate screw in the front of the housing using the wrench (included with scabbard). Avoid over-tensioning; this will lead to wear and reduce the number of cuts per battery charge.

Lubricate the chain. Use high quality chain oil or motor oil. SAE30 weight motor oil is recommended. You can also use vegetable-based oil.

If the electric pole saw isn't working, then try these solutions:

  • Check if battery is properly installed
  • Check if battery is charged
  • Charge battery for 8 hours
  • Press lock button and squeeze trigger
  • Adjust chain tension
  • Apply lubricant
  • Replace chain

Step 5: Disassemble and Store the Electric Pole Saw

After cutting the tree, disassemble the electric pole saw. Start by removing the battery pack from the handle. Then, cover the saw chain with the scabbard. Next, remove the saw head module. Hold the center of the saw head module with one hand and use the other hand to loosen the threaded sleeve. Pull the saw head module away from the center extension pole. Then remove the handle from the center extension pole using the same method.

With this handy guide, you can safely operate an electric pole saw. Refer to it while planning to cut branches from a tree. Everything you need to know is right here.

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Nigel Willaim writes for An Toolazine online magazine about home, DIY, woodworking, gardening, cars and other related topics. Find Helpful How tos, interesting information and reviews.