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Topic # 138200 24-Dec-2013 15:15 Send private message

I can either get the one+ cordless or else an add on which goes on my 1000w line trimmer motor.

Does anyone have either and do they do the business?

Anything else sub $200 that's a good alternative? Need to buy it today since I can't tomorrow.




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  Reply # 956967 24-Dec-2013 15:47 Send private message

I'd go petrol but then hey I really have no idea on this department



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  Reply # 956994 24-Dec-2013 16:40 Send private message

Not keen on petrol as every previous weed whacker I have had which was 2 stroke never went without lots of hassle after being stored for a while no matter if stored with or without fuel or leaving straight petrol with no oil in the tank. Electric just plugs in and works which is easier.

I thought I would look on amazon and they have other brands of saw and hedge attachments for way less than the ryobi at bunnings and with the free shipping deal look attractive.




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  Reply # 956996 24-Dec-2013 16:49 Send private message

Annually use a petrol powered Stihl. (Borrowed)
Have thought an electric unit would be better for cutting tops, if blade can be angled ( thinking an electric device would be easier as motor is at the head and you're not sending power up a shaft). But my key comment would be that some units have very small (short) cutting bars which would make them harder to use effectively. There's some skill in controlling the tip the further away it is and at 5m it can be hard to work a short blade onto a supple growth.

Would appreciate your comments on how what you end up with works out.



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  Reply # 956998 24-Dec-2013 16:53 Send private message

I just need to chop the neighbours overhanging trees over the driveway so a truck can get in Thursday or Friday. Nothing major but I got thru 3 branches with the handsaw on a pole before deciding stuff this... may call a landscaper friend of a friend and wait and get one off amazon for next time.

The add on one's say they work with any of the older home lite trimmers which means if my piece of crap starts I could use on that as well.




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  Reply # 957013 24-Dec-2013 17:29

richms: Nothing major but I got thru 3 branches with the handsaw on a pole before deciding stuff this... may call a landscaper friend of a friend.


You must have the wrong handsaw on a pole. I use a curved Bahco on the end of 5m of aluminium pole. When sharp it is easy. The blades are a stupid price compared with US. Your landscaper friend may have a longer lasting saw with carbide teeth.



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  Reply # 957015 24-Dec-2013 17:32 Send private message

It kept jamming in the cut and I had to use a broom to lift the branch to get it to not jam.




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  Reply # 957019 24-Dec-2013 17:47 One person supports this post Send private message

Best pole saws are 'Silky' brand from Japan. (Local importer is based in Nelson). Not cheap, but can't argue with the quality.
You can also use their saws off the pole as they're supplied with handles for the blade.
If you haven't used a decent 'pull' saw, you'll be amazed what they can do

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  Reply # 957062 24-Dec-2013 19:12 Send private message

richms: I just need to chop the neighbours overhanging trees over the driveway so a truck can get in Thursday or Friday.


Won't the truck cut them itself as it goes down the driveway ;-)

In all seriousness, if the blade is jamming on a pole saw it usually means the weight of the branch you are trimming is pinching the blade - if you can move to a slightly different angle so you are coming down through the cut rather than pushing up from the bottom it should be far easier.



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  Reply # 957064 24-Dec-2013 19:19 Send private message

They refused to bring the truck down the drive because of the tree. Wish I could just get it done and send the bill to the inconsiderate tree owners.

Have bought the add on one at bunnings so I can hopefully use it on my petrol one too. Can't remember if it has the connector half way up the shift or not tho.




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  Reply # 961744 6-Jan-2014 09:14 Send private message

Why not just hire one for an hour or so?

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