16 Best Electric Pole Saws 2020 + a Detailed Buyer’s Guide

Trees are awesome, aren’t they? They’re probably one of the most awesome things on the planet.

They’ve given us so much down the years – wood to build shelters and tools, nutrients to improve our soil, oxygen into the air while eating up carbon, all while providing a habitat for vital wildlife.

Not to mention shade for when the sun gets too hot. I should do a review article just on trees.

But like all things, they need a little maintenance every now and then – to help them grow in the right way, stay healthy, and protect us from the danger of falling branches and property damage.

And since most people aren’t comfortable climbing a ladder with a chainsaw (top tip – don’t even try it), I’ve got a safer option right here – a rundown of the best electric pole saws available.

A buyer’s guide will follow for additional help with purchasing.

Let’s find out who will finish in pole position.

16 Best Electric Pole Saws 2020

Earthwise 8 in. Electric Pole Saw

At the budget end of the pole saw scale we have this eight-inch, 6.5 Amp corded electric model from Earthwise. Fully extended, the telescopic handle reaches to a generous nine-foot five inches, which is ideal for most yards and gardens.

The tool weighs nine pounds and features an automatic oiler system to keep the chain functioning smoothly, an oil level window to keep tabs on the reservoir, adjustable three-position cutting head, and no-tool fiberglass pole assembly and comfortable grips.

There’s plenty to like about this affordable pole saw option and then some, nicely setting the pace for what’s to come.

Pros

  • Great price.
  • Ergonomic handle.
  • Retention cord hook.
  • Safety start.
  • Lightweight design.

Cons

  • Not suitable for heavy-duty jobs.

Conclusion

Right off the bat we’ve got a top-quality pole saw that is very hard to fault and will certainly take some beating – especially when you consider the price.

Sun Joe SWJ803E Electric Pole Chain Saw

Next up is this 10-inch multi-angle pole saw from garden tool pros, Sun Joe. This has a powerful eight-Amp motor and a full working reach of just under nine feet, so you can make short work of hard to reach branches in no time.

The tool starts up with a push of a button, with a safety switch to prevent accidents, and a plastic blade cover for protective storage. The multi-angle head can tackle growths of up to 9.5 inches in diameter, with a durable Oregon bar and chain complete with auto-oiler.

And speaking of Oregon, check out some of these excellent chainsaw sharpeners if you want to keep your pole saw performing at maximum capability.

Pros

  • Name to trust.
  • Great price.
  • Lightweight.
  • Comfortable foam grip.

Cons

  • None apparent – let me know if you find any.

Conclusion

Probably one of the best corded electric pole saws available on the market today, Sun Joe have hit a home run with this very highly rated garden power tool – and it even comes in red, purple, and camouflage options for the fashion conscious.

Senix Electric Pole Saw

This Senix pole saw has an eight-inch bar that is backed by a 6.5 Amp motor and a handle that can be extended to 8.5 feet, with a total reach of 14 feet.

Also utilizing Oregon manufacturing for the bar and chain, it provides you with smooth cutting as the auto-oiler keeps things lubricated, while the angled cutting head improves visibility from the ground.

With the ability to cut branches that are seven inches in diameter, the unit also weighs just seven pounds in total, making it one of the lightest models in the review – which is ideal if you’re going to be raising your arms and working overhead all day.

Pros

  • Affordable price.
  • Scabbard included.
  • Adjustable fiberglass pole.
  • Quality construction.

Cons

  • Again, might be a little too lightweight for some.

Conclusion

A solid effort from Senix at an affordable price point, and a tool that certainly gives the Sun Joe a run for its money as the best cheap electric pole saw.

Scotts Electric Pole Chainsaw

Lawn care experts Scotts offer a fair selection of useful garden power tools, and you should check out some of these front tine tillers if you don’t believe me. This is their take on a 10-inch, 8 Amp corded electric pole saw, complete with an Oregon bar and chain for improved performance and long life.

Fully extended, the telescopic pole reaches to nine feet five inches, with an ergonomic rubber over-molded handle for control and comfort. The three-position rotating cutting head makes chopping through branches a breeze – allowing your eyes on target as you show that unruly tree who’s boss.

Pros

  • Name to trust.
  • Cord retention hook.
  • 100% copper motor.
  • Electric ignition.
  • Automatic oiling system.

Cons

  • Locking tension pin isn’t the most durable.

Conclusion

Scotts add another excellent product to their ever-increasing garden tool range – they’re not just all about the condition and health of lawns.

WORX WG309 Electric Pole Saw

This is the first of our convertible pole saw/chainsaw combos designed so you can separate the extension pole from the saw for maximum versatility. Backed with an eight Amp motor, this powerful 10-inch, 2-in-1 tool is perfect for all manner of jobs around your property.

In total, it will offer up to 10 feet of pruning height, but you can simply remove the business end of the pole to convert back to a versatile chainsaw with ease.

And with a built-in automatic oiling and chain tension system, you’ll get many years of use out of this practical – and affordable power tool from Worx.

Pros

  • Versatile use.
  • Tool-less conversion.
  • Ergonomic comfort grip.
  • Powerful motor and cutting action.

Cons

  • It will be too heavy for some people.

Conclusion

A quality combo tool that offers numerous uses around the yard. If you’re looking for a dedicated chainsaw, check out these budget-friendly chainsaws instead. But this is a perfectly decent option for general purpose, light yard work.

Earthwise CVPS43010 Electric Pole Saw

Another Earthwise model now with this seven Amp, 10-inch tool that also offers 2-in-1 corded capabilities, converting from a pole saw to a handheld chainsaw in seconds without tools.

The Oregon chain and bar has an adjustable pivot cutting head with five different angle settings for a fast, clean cut, and an automatic oiling system with oil level window and tool-free tensioner adjustment.

The over-molded rubber grip handle is comfortable and easy to use, while the eight-foot telescopic pole makes it easy to reach troublesome high spots. A handy shoulder strap is also included for added safety and control – which is a solid plus point if you’re struggling to make a decision.

Pros

  • Highly rated.
  • Instant start.
  • Protective sheath included.
  • 20 to 60 degrees cuts.

Cons

  • The chain needs to be regularly tightened.

Conclusion

Another decent 2-in-1 combination that works well for small to medium-sized branches and light yard tasks. For the price, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck, here.

Sun Joe SWJ807E Electric Pole Chain Saw

Not to be outdone, Sun Joe offer this convertible pole chainsaw that also comes highly recommended and sits at an affordable price point. Powered by a strong eight Amp motor, the 10-inch bar and chain offers low kickback and can handle stubborn limbs of up to 9.5 inches thick.

The telescopic pole extends to 8.8 feet, allowing an excellent reach to tackle higher branches. A safety switch prevents accidental starting, while the automatic oiler and window gauge ensures the chain is constantly lubricated – and you know when to top up.

And when the tree has been pruned, quickly convert to a lightweight chainsaw to finish the job.

Pros

  • Safety guard and switch.
  • Highly rated.
  • Quality construction.
  • Plastic blade cover included.
  • Handle lock.
  • Available in a choice of colors.

Cons

  • For lighter duties only.
  • No adjustable angle option.

Conclusion

Sun Joe produce another excellent and popular pole saw here that comes highly recommended for light to medium-weight work around your house and garden.

Black+Decker Corded Electric Pole Saw

It’s rarely a good power tool review that doesn’t feature at least one Black & Decker product, so they enter the pole competition with this 10-inch 6.5 Amp corded electric model.

With an Oregon bar and chain that offers low kickback and automatic oiling, the sturdy 9.5-foot pole allows you greater reach when accessing the higher branches.

The motor is made inline for direct pruning and a clear line of sight for added safety, and a transparent oil window notifies you when a top-up is required. And with a large cut diameter of up to ten inches, this is a popular, powerful, and reliable option from the household name.

Pros

  • Brand to trust.
  • Quality construction.
  • Safety scabbard included.
  • Tough and durable.

Cons

  • None to speak of – let me know if you find any.

Conclusion

Tried and trusted, Black & Decker produce another excellent product here with this solidly-built pole saw. If pushed for a downside, having an adjustable head would have really made it a winner.

Ryobi 8 in. 6 Amp Pole Saw

Japanese manufacturer Ryobi are up next with an eight-inch pole saw backed by a six Amp motor and an extendable shaft that can reach over nine feet. Featuring an automatic oiler system, with an instant start, and an inline motor that offers precision cutting and an angled head for accuracy and control.

The durable eight-inch bar can make short work of branches up to six inches in diameter, and the tool-less tensioning allows easy adjustment of the chain when required.

Pros

  • Quality design and construction.
  • Name to trust.
  • Highly rated.
  • Scabbard included.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Chain tightening mechanism isn’t the best.

Conclusion

Ryobi continues to manufacture quality home and garden power tools and equipment, and they certainly have an eclectic range. This is another string to that bow, a popular and powerful pole saw that will get the job done.

Remington Ranger II Electric Pole Saw

This Remington Ranger II is another 2-in-1 pole saw and chainsaw combo that converts between the two within seconds, without the need for extra tools.

Featuring a ten-inch bar and chain with automatic chain oiler, and a full, wrap-around handle that allows for more maneuverability when cutting.

With a clever design that keeps the handguard at the bottom when in pole saw mode, you’re less likely to get snagged when lopping branches above your head. And with an inline motor for accurate cuts, it offers excellent control and good sightlines when you’re tackling those trees.

Pros

  • Practical design.
  • Angled head.
  • Branch hook.
  • Generous 10 ft reach.
  • Tool-less tensioning.

Cons

  • One of the heavier electric pole saws available.

Conclusion

Remington have put some serious thought into this design, and if it wasn’t for the extra weight it might be the best telescopic electric pole saw out there. Still, it’s a quality machine and well worth a look.

Black+Decker LPP120 Pole Saw

We move on to the first of our cordless pole saws with another Black & Decker entry. With a 20 Volt battery and charger included, you can get up to 100 cuts of 1.5-inch pine branches on average per charge.

The lightweight, fiberglass pole allows you to extend your reach up to a generous 14 feet, with easy to tighten locking collars that provide secure, fast assembly.

The eight-inch bar is able to cut through branches up to six inches in diameter, while the 20 Volt battery is compatible with multiple tools in this Black & Decker range.

Pros

  • Name to trust.
  • Very highly rated.
  • Oil and wrench included.
  • Simple, durable construction.

Cons

  • No automatic oiling system.

Conclusion

One of the most popular, affordable, and highly rated cordless pole saws out there – and yet it has the significant downside of requiring constant manual oiling. Still, it’s a terrific option for the price alone.

Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Pole Saw

Here we have a similar version from Ryobi, with a few notable differences. This time it’s an 18-Volt cordless battery and it does have an automatic oiling system.

The telescopic pole can be set at either 6.5 or 9.5 feet, with an eight-inch bar that is capable of tackling branches up to six inches in diameter. The in-line motor and angled cutting head help you to remove branches easily, even in tight spaces, while the clear-view fluid window informs you when it’s time to replace the oil.

And like the Black & Decker, this machine is part of a range of compatible tools, and I believe Ryobi has claim to boasting the largest selection on the planet.

Pros

  • Name to trust.
  • Quality construction.
  • Quick charger included.
  • Great battery life.

Cons

  • Reports of oil reservoir leakage – but I think this happens to all machines.

Conclusion

A worthy rival to the Black & Decker, the inclusion of an automatic oiler sets it apart in the brand wars, even if the B&D model offers a little more power.

Greenworks PS40B210 Cordless Pole Saw

Popular eco-friendly company Greenworks are next with their take on a cordless pole saw. With a powerful 40 Volt battery and an eight-inch chain and bar, you’ll be able to handle trimming small to medium-sized branches with ease.

The pole comes in three parts which makes storage simple, and it can be extended to a maximum of 8 feet. An easy-adjust chain tensioning system makes tightening the chain a breeze, while an oil reservoir automatically applies lubricant to keep things running smoothly and increase the life of your saw.

And as with all good battery-powered tools, it’s part of a compatible range.

Pros

  • Name to trust.
  • Solid construction.
  • Low kickback chain.
  • Cushioned, over-molded grip.
  • Easy to assemble.

Cons

  • Some users might prefer a fixed pole.

Conclusion

The Greenworks’ 40 Volt tool collection continues to impress, and this pole saw is a great addition to the range. While the three-part-pole might not be for everyone, it certainly makes storage and transport convenient.

SENIX CSPX5-M Cordless Pole Saw

We’ve not heard from Senix in a while, so let’s check out this very powerful 58 Volt cordless model that has a great reach of up to 14 feet.

The generous 10-inch Oregon bar and chain has an articulating head, ensuring those difficult angles and out of reach areas are all in your stride, while visibility and line-of-sight isn’t a problem.

The motor offers gas-like power for unbeatable cutting performance, while an automatic oiling system provides continuous lubrication to the bar and chain. For safety, a handle mounted lock has been included to eliminate false starts, and a harness shoulder strap is also included.

Pros

  • Well-designed saw.
  • Excellent safety features.
  • Scabbard included.
  • Tool-less tensioning.

Cons

  • It’s one of the heaviest pole saws in the review.
  • Reported oil tank problems.

Conclusion

Altogether a powerful pole saw that can make quick work of larger branches – but the trade-off is that it’s heavier than other machines. Still, the shoulder harness is a very welcome addition to help share the load.

Dewalt DCPS620M1 Pole Saw

Next up we have the unmistakable livery of Dewalt – arguably the best power tool company in the business, but sitting at the upper end of the price scale as per usual.

For those that decide to splurge, this is a highly rated cordless pole saw that utilizes their 20 Volt battery system that’s compatible with other tools in the range. With an eight-inch bar and chain, the brushless motor can deliver up to 96 cuts per charge, with a ten-foot extendable pole that will give you a maximum reach of an excellent 15 feet.

With auto-oiling, bucking strips for extra grip, and a tree hook to easily remove branches, this is possibly the best cordless electric pole saw available. I dream of a shop filled with Dewalt tools.

Pros

  • World-class quality.
  • THE name to trust.
  • Powerful, durable cutting action.
  • Oil level indicator.
  • Built to last.

Cons

  • It’s pricey – but like all Dewalt tools, there’s a reason for that.

Conclusion

Quite possibly the best electric pole saw with self oiler there is, this is an outstanding workhorse of a machine that will run season after season with correct use and a bit of TLC. But what else would you expect from these guys?

Snapper XD 82V Cordless Electric Pole Saw

Drawing our review of the best telescopic electric pole saws to a close is this very powerful machine that gives you the equivalent of gas with its 82 Volt Briggs and Stratton battery.

The base-mounted motor offers you more control and makes overhead cutting that much easier, with an 8.8-foot reach with the telescopic pole. A 10-inch Oregon steel bar with micro chisel tooth chain will shred limbs and branches with ease, while the pivoting head can rotate 90 degrees to allow improved line of sight and to access difficult to reach areas.

And of course, it’s compatible with a full line of other tools in the range.

Pros

  • Manufactured by premium brands.
  • Very powerful.
  • Built to last.
  • Ideal for heavy-duty yard work.

Cons

  • The heaviest pole saw by a long way.
  • Very expensive.
  • No auto-oiling feature.
  • 30 minute run time might be too short for some.

Conclusion

Get past the downsides and this machine truly is a beast – but unfortunately those negatives count for a lot in this game and are probably some of the most important things when looking for the best eclectic pole saw. Still, this will get the job done with aplomb – and the base mounted battery is a winner.

How to Choose the Best Electric Pole Saw

Man trimming tree with pole saw

There’s plenty to consider when browsing for a new electric pole saw, so below you’ll find a handy buyer’s guide to help point you in the right direction.

Here’s what you need to be looking out for prior to adding to cart.

Yard Size

How much shrubbery you need to cut, chop, and maintain around your property will determine the power and size of your pole saw. The more you have to cover, the more heavy-duty the power tool should be.

Working Height/Reach/Pole Length

Another important factor in choosing the right saw – is how long you need it to be.

And there are several measurements that can be taken into consideration here, which can make things confusing. Sometimes, these terms are interchangeable – which makes even researching the article a challenge.

The working height is the length of the pole, saw, and average human reach into the tree. Here’s where manufacturers like to add a foot or two to get your attention – which can often make specs misleading.

Especially since we’re all not the same height with the same length arms.

The pole length is the length the telescopic pole can achieve once it has been fully extended. It’s this figure that you should most keep in mind when searching for the right length of pole saw.

Most pole saws will be able to reach somewhere between 9-12 feet. Any more than that and things can start to get dangerous – since it’s basically a lethal tool on the end of a long stick.

When choosing the right length of pole saw for you, keep safety in mind – as well as your ability to operate it.

Never (quite literally) overreach, and as mentioned – stick to the telescopic pole’s maximum length as a guide for how high you can safely trim branches.

Bar Length/Cut Diameter

Just like chainsaws, pole saws come with different length bars and chains, capable of handling a variety of branch and limb sizes.

Like the length/reach of the pole for height, it’s not difficult to figure out that the larger the bar length, the thicker the material it will be able to cut.

Again, consider the vegetation on your property, and go with a bar size that will be able to handle the thickest branch you need to trim.

Power Options

We’re covering electric pole saws in this article, but gas-powered and manual machines are also on offer – all with their advantages and disadvantages.

Your choice of power source will depend on what you need to use the saw for.

If it’s just one or two branches, a manual tool might be all you need. For larger jobs with some tough trees and no socket access, gas power is the way forward.

Electric pole saws sit nicely somewhere in the middle. Quieter and more eco-friendly than gas, with little maintenance required, yet they’re not nearly as powerful and useless in wet conditions.

You have two choices here – corded electric or cordless battery.

Of the two, corded will offer more power and constant juice. The huge downside is that you need to be close to a suitable socket, or have access to compatible extension cables.

Remember the further away from the power source you are, the less power your machine will have.

If you’re over 100 feet from a usable socket, then a battery-powered pole saw should be considered. Or, if you simply prefer the freedom that not worrying about tripping over or chopping up an electric cord gives you.

Weight

Man holding a pole saw

It’s a common mistake to look at the weight of a tool and think “that’s very light.”

Because it certainly won’t be after you’ve held it above your head for several minutes.

By their very nature, pole saws are meant to be used to reach up into branches and trim trees that are high up – which means fatigue can quickly set in.

Weight, therefore, is an important consideration. You might be able to hold it steady for a while, but once in action and with your arms up you’ll soon feel the burn.

Choose a pole saw with a weight that you know you’re going to be comfortable with – and strongly consider getting a shoulder harness to help bear the load – particularly if you’re working on a large job.

Detachable Chainsaws

You’ll notice that some tools included in this review are 2-in-1 chain/pole saw combo.

This is basically a lightweight chainsaw that can be easily attached to a telescopic pole included – usually without the need to use additional tools.

These are very useful, highly versatile products as you get the best of both worlds – the ability to trim branches above head height, and then to switch things up and further break down the material on the ground.

Of course, some people prefer the stability of a single, fixed pole and chain bar – and that’s perfectly fine. There’s a reason both options exist, so choose the one that best suits your needs.

Additional Features

As well as the pole and the saw, pole saws come with plenty of additional features that can help make your tree trimming life easier.

One of the most notable of these is an automatic oiling system. As with all chainsaws, it’s vital you keep your chain constantly lubricated. If the machine does it automatically, you’re not always having to stop work and top this up.

Likewise, an easy chain tensioning system is useful to save time, and ensures your chain remains in the right place throughout the job for improved performance and longevity.

Adjustable heads that offer multiple angles are also highly recommended – perfect for getting into awkward places, or if you’re having trouble with sightlines.

Ergonomic grips and wrap-around handles that provide superior comfort and control. Remember – you’ll want the handling of the machine to be as effortless as possible, with maximum maneuverability.

What safety features are included – and does it come with a blade scabbard for when not in use?

The bells and whistles that work from person to person are often very different, so choose yours carefully when you’re shopping for the best electric pole saw.

Cost

By and large, electric pole saws are cheaper than their gas counterparts – but they can still run into a fair few bucks at the top end.

With that in mind, always choose the best you can afford – but a tool that suits the size of the job.

You’ll never get a forestry worker using an electric model, and likewise you won’t see old Dorothy at number 14 wielding a gas-powered behemoth for her lone Eastern Redbud.

How to Use an Electric Pole Saw

When it comes to using a pole saw, there’s a lot that can go wrong. You’re brandishing a mini-chainsaw on the end of a long pole – so adequate care must be taken, steps adhered to, and safety precautions taken.

Always wear a hard hat when working with anything overhead. If you don’t, and even one of those lighter branches decides to rest on your head – it’s going to be lights out.

Safety goggles are essential, but a full faceguard is preferable. That saw is going to be flinging all kinds of debris your way – and it’s not just your eyes that need covering.

Find yourself a pair of protective gardening gloves for your hands.

Keep children and four-legged friends away while you’re working. Better yet – tell the kids to take the dog for a very long walk.

And for some expert advice on how to use your electric pole saw, check out the short but informative video below.

Summary

If you’ve got any trees or thick shrubs on or around your property, then you should consider investing in one of these essential garden maintenance tools to help keep things in order.

I hope this article has gone some way to shedding some light on the crazy world of the best electric pole saws – there’s a lot of choices out there and much to consider.

Personally, I’d go with any of the 2-in-1 combo options. I find having a separate light chainsaw would be a very useful addition to my garden armory – especially as I don’t require a full-size machine.

Let me know which pole saw you would choose and why.

Happy lopping, chopping, and sawing!