Trimming your yard can be a chore. I’m not just talking about mowing the lawn either. It’s those trees that have outgrown your yard and fence. You can either call a specialist or you could just use a cordless pole saw to get the job done.
The best cordless pole saws let you reach and cut down those unruly tree branches and bring your curb appeal back to its former glory. We chose the Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw, 2.0 AH Battery Included 20672 since it is only about 8 pounds in weight for portability and convenience. It also comes with an 8-inch bar and chain which oils itself automatically for your whole yard maintenance work. The saw is easy to handle and you can adjust the chain tension to suit your trimming needs on the fly.
As usual, we tested a bunch of products to determine the best of the best and also an array of runner ups. These products include
- Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw, 2.0 AH Battery Included 20672
- BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Pole Saw, 8-Inch (LPP120)
- Sun Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch 6.5-Amp Telescoping Electric Pole Chain Saw with Automatic Chain Lubrication System
- Ryobi One+ 8 in. 18-Volt 9.5 ft. Cordless Electric Pole Saw without Battery and Charger
- MAXTRA Gas Pole Saw,42.7CC 2-Cycle 8.2FT to 11.4 FT Extendable Cordless Gas Chainsaw, Powerful Long Reach Tree Trimmer Pruning Chain Saw with Portable Bag
- Greenworks PRO 80V 10” Brushless Cordless Polesaw, 2Ah Battery Included PS80L210
- LiTHELi 40V Cordless Pole Saw 10 inches with 2.5AH Battery and Charger
- WORX WG323 20V 10″ Cordless Pole/Chain Saw with Auto-Tension, Black
- Oregon Cordless PS250 8-Inch 40V Telescoping Pole Saw with 2.6Ah Battery and Charger
- Greenworks 8 Inch 40V Cordless Pole Saw with Hedge Trimmer Attachment 2.0 AH Battery Included PSPH40B210
- EGO PSA1000 10-Inch Pole Saw Attachment 56-Volt Lithium-ion Power Head System
- Hooyman 655236 Cordless 40 Volt Lithium Pole Saw with Carry Case for Cutting Trimming Hunting and Camping
- MAXTRA Gas Pole Saw,42.7CC 2-Cycle 8.2FT to 11.4 FT Extendable Cordless Gas Chainsaw, Powerful Long Reach Tree Trimmer Pruning Chain Saw with Portable Bag
- Remington RM2599 Maverick 25cc 2-Cycle 8-Inch Gas Pole Saw
- Remington RM1035P Ranger II 8-Amp Electric 2-in-1 Pole Saw & Chainsaw with Telescoping Shaft and 10-Inch Bar for Tree Trimming and Pruning
- Poulan Pro PR25PS, 8 in. 25cc 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw
- TrimmerPlus PS720 8-Inch Pole Saw with Bar and Chain
17 Best Cordless Pole Saws Reviews
When convenience, power, and affordability are your goals, then this cordless pole saw from Greenworks is the one. It checks all boxes and throws in a few more tantalizing features that will ensure you’re fully satisfied with your investment. And did we mention that this is our editor’s choice? Just a heads up.
We start with the battery. As a cordless pole saw, the battery is a necessity rather than a luxury. The lithium-ion battery system that comes with this saw gives you 40 volts and can be used with many other tools, not just the saw. In short, it can power all your yard trimming equipment for a well-manicured and aesthetically pleasing yard.
Cutting capacity is another satisfying quality in this pole saw. At 8 inches, it has enough power to go through those stubborn and unruly branches that defy gravity and your idea of how a tree should look and behave itself. Add to that a moderate weight of 8.3 pounds, and you know you got a lightweight tool to handle.
Another feature that sealed the deal for us and helped this saw clinch the top spot is the self-oiling capacity. It comes with an oiler that applies oil to the bar and chain when needed to keep it running smoothly and effortlessly.
- 40-volt lithium-ion multi-purpose battery.
- 8-inch cutting capacity.
- 8.3 pounds in weight.
- Equipped with an oiler to apply oil.
- Extendable shaft with an 8-feet range.
- The electric motor is at top of the pole.
- Oil not included in the package.
Pruning isn’t always an easy job nor is it a fun thing to do. Without the help of a trusty pole saw you could be facing endless hours of toil and hardship. And that’s something that the LPP120 from Black n Decker workes hard to resolve and render as effortless as possible.
Thanks to an extendable shaft, the pole can reach heights between 6 and 10 feet which is enough to cover most tree varieties that dot the gardens and lawns this side of the hemisphere. Add to that a decent cutting capacity of 8 inches that can saw branches of up to 6 inches in diameter and you know you got a powerful saw in your hands.
The LPP120 is powered by a 20-volt lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The recharger is included and it guarantees continuous trimming on a single charge. And while the saw offers about 100 cuts overall, with good maintenance and proper care, you can extend its life and efficiency.
Vibration is another feature that gives this saw its high standing among customers. Most pole saws, we have tried, have a high vibration rate that tends to irritate the handler and those within earshot as well. The LPP120 has a suppressor and excels with 40 percent less vibration than other comparable cordless pole saws in the market.
- 8-inch power capacity.
- 20-volt high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
- 40 percent less vibration.
- On the heavy side.
- Battery capacity decreases over time.
While it’s not really cordless, the SWJ800E from Sun Joe is a pole saw that matches all the other cordless saws on this list feature for feature and excels in other categories as well. We’re talking about weight. Thanks to the lack of a battery system, the SWJ800E is lighter in your hands and on your wallet as well.
So why did we put it here then? Well, we liked many things about it and thought it fits right in. For starters, it has a telescoping pole that extends to 7.8 feet. Combing with your own height, that gives you about 15 feet of reach. That should be enough for you to get all the overhanging limbs that your neighbor keeps nagging you about.
Another compelling feature we liked was the self-oiling ability of the saw. You don’t have to stop your work to oil the chain and bar to prevent erosion. The supplied oiler does this for you with a simple push. Add to that the low sound output of only 108 dB and you know this is a pole saw for keeps.
- Low noise output.
- Telescopic shaft.
- Less weight.
- Self-oiling feature.
- Safety switch.
- Needs power supply.
- Oil container leaks when not used.
Back to the cordless realm and a brand that has been around for years earning the praise and trust of countless customers. Ryobi is distinguished with its high-quality home appliances especially outdoor ones. This cordless pole saw is a testament to the company’s good craftsmanship.
One thing about cordless pole saws that run on rechargeable batteries is that these batteries tend to lose efficiency every time you recharge them. But this saw from Ryobi has a battery that gives you the same power no matter how much you use it. This fade-resisting quality keeps your saw running strong for years.
With a cutting capacity of 8 inches, it is suitable for all the hard-to-reach and unrelenting branches that defy your well-manicured yard and make a mockery of your curb appeal. You can use it on trees, shrubs, and anything in between.
The one drawback we didn’t like was the fixed head. It’s not adjustable and at this slightly sloped angle, you need to adjust your own arm or even your posture to get the best cutting angle of that awkwardly positioned branch.
- Fade-resistant rechargeable battery.
- 8-inch cutting capacity.
- An automatic oiler.
- Fixed head.
- Consumes more than average chain oil.
If you’re like me, you prefer to have your feet on terra firma rather than hanging precariously on the steps of a treacherous ladder. But that’s not always easy when you have high trees to trim and wild branches to prune.
This is where the Maxtra cordless pole saw comes in. With its extendable shaft that reaches anywhere between 14 and 15 feet, you can stand on the ground and reach any branch or twig you feel like cutting. But that’s not all you get with this super powerful saw.
The 42.7 CC engine has the capability to bring down branches as much as 9 inches in diameter thick. And because you’re on your feet rather than dancing on a ladder, you can circle that tree and prune it in a matter of minutes rather than hours.
Its versatility is another thing we liked about it. The saw can function as a bush trimmer or a hedge pruner without the need for extra equipment or purchasing other tools. The device comes with a carry on bag and one year warranty.
- Extendable pole that reaches 15 feet.
- 42.7 CC powerful engine.
- Cuts 9-inch branches.
- Runs on gas.
- Steep price tag.
If you liked the raw power of the Maxtra, wait until you read about the PS80L210 from Greenworks. This is the same company that gave us our top choice on this list, so we, of course, were expecting more out of it. And it didn’t disappoint.
We’ll start with the engine because it’s the one that gives this saw its unique power. The engine is brushless which is responsible for giving the motor more torque, less noise output, and longer life. Then you have the 10-inch bar and chain. With such a long blade, you can reach the furthest branches and cut through the thickest of tree limbs.
Along with this power comes an auto oiler and a fast recharger to keep your saw nimble and always ready to see some action. And did we mention that the chain is a quarter of an inch thick to give you fast and clean cutting? You can also order it with a replacement chain to act as a backup. On the whole, a very decent cordless power saw that is worth every cent you sink in it.
- 10-inch bar and chain.
- Powerful 42.7 CC brushless engine.
- Less noise output.
- A heavy device that is a bit unwieldy.
When handling power tools such as a chainsaw, you need to take safety, both yours and those around you, very seriously. Accidents do happen and a chain breaking or swerving in the wrong direction can cause serious damage. This is where Litheli comes in. With its double protection steel and chain pitch, it puts safety above everything else.
That doesn’t mean that quality takes second place with this product. Because it certainly doesn’t. The 10-inch chain and bar backed by a powerful and brushless motor give you a lot of power for all your gardening needs. With 2,400 RPM you can use this baby to do just about any pruning, trimming, or cutting your yard or garden needs.
We also liked the two-setting system that makes this saw easy to handle even for total beginners. You can adjust the tension of the chain to improve the cutting capacity of the tool with the different types of trees you need to cut or prune.
The adjustable head angle makes it convenient to cut at just about any position you set it to. You can adjust the head to any of 4 positions without interrupting your work.
- Double protection steel and chain pitch.
- Adjustable head angle.
- Automatic oiler.
- Not easy to use because of its weight.
The WG323 from Worx combines power with convenience in a way that only few cordless pole saws can. We’re not just talking about the 10-inch chain and bar or the auto-tension adjustment feature that both beginners and experts would love. This is a compact tool that is full of many surprises so let’s unpack it.
Running on a 20-volt battery, you get enough power out of this compact, albeit heavy, machine to make your yard detail as painless and fumes-free as you can only hope for. It makes fast and clean cuts to any branch without the need to give the branch a few goes before it finally falls.
The auto chain tension is another thing we liked. As you shift from tough branches to smaller twigs and supple shrubbery, your tool adjusts the chain tension on the go without any input from you. This saves you time and keeps the saw working at optimal performance.
- Auto oiling.
- Auto chain tension adjustment.
- 20-volt battery.
- 10-inch chain and bar.
- Issues with the battery.
The cordless PS250 from Oregon boasts of a 40-volt battery that supplies the powerful motor with enough juice to keep you going and going. The only problem with so much power is you might get carried away and trim more than you need to just because it’s so easy and fun.
The secret behind the continuous supply of power is the no-fade feature which makes sure the lithium-ion battery provides constant power. Recharging the battery is easy and quick. You can charge it for over 1000 times before it starts to show age and deteriorates in quality.
The durability of the tool is also remarkable. You can make around 325 cuts of medium-sized branches. If we calculate that you’re only using it on your own yard and that your average tree needs to be trimmed about twice a year, then this is one saw that will keep your lawn in good shape for many years to come.
- No-fade power.
- 40-volt Lithium-ion battery rechargeable 1000 times.
- Makes 325 cuts.
- Metal plate holding chain to bar is not durable.
You can’t have too much of a good thing. And seeing just how good the last two cordless pole saws we tried from Greenworks have been, we decided to try a third one. Why not? As usual, we went in with high hopes and expectations and the quality work we got out of the PSPH40B210 has been nothing but amazing.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery outputs 40 volts and can be used with many other power tools. This versatility is quite handy and extends beyond the batter system to include the pole saw itself. You don’t just have to use it to prune wild tree branches and wayward twigs, you can also use it to trim hedges and cut shrubs.
The dual-action steel blade makes your yard work as easy and fast as one would like. No more sweating or straining yourself trying to get that twisted branch that’s just out of reach. The automatic oiler keeps the chain and bar well lubricated for longer service and higher performance.
- Dual-action steel blade.
- 40-volt rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
- Multi-purpose saw for trimming, cutting, and pruning.
- Poor battery place design.
- Hedge trimmer blade not sturdy.
We have covered many pole saws so far and if there’s one persistent issue we met many times it was the nose of the saw not fitting well among the branches. It’s not exactly a design problem as much as a specific situation that keeps arising with certain branches. It’s either the saw head cant connect properly with the branch or the chain just slides off chewing instead of cutting the wood.
So when we saw this PSA1000 from Ego Power Plus we wanted to try that narrow-kerf sprocket nose. It seemed just like the answer to our gardening prayers. The sprocket nose allows the chain to get more traction and cut through the live branches with satisfying decisiveness. The double guards are just for extra protection.
The high-quality materials ensure you get a durable and powerful tool. It is also water-resistant so whether you leave it out in the rain or the leaves rain dew on it as you trim the trees, it won’t rust or diminish the performance of the saw.
- Narrow-kerf sprocket nose.
- Double guard bars.
- Auto lubrication.
- Rather heavy.
When it comes to cordless pole saws sometimes it’s not how long can the saw extend, rather, how small can you pack it. For a saw with a pole that reaches 10 feet fully expanded, when you’re done with your job and ready to stow away the saw it only takes up 4 feet of space. That’s as handy as they come.
The 8-inch chain and bar are sturdy and don’t give you problems that longer bars have such as bending when cutting a hardy branch. The auto-oiler takes the hassle of keeping the chain and plates lubricated off your hands and the battery has a charge level indicator.
All the important components of the saw are made from lightweight and durable materials. The chain is heavy duty and will give you years of service before you have to replace it. Add to that the ergonomic grip and relative lightness of the saw, making it an easy to use tool for those taking their first steps in gardening.
- Ergonomic grip.
- Battery with charge level indicator.
- Lightweight and durable.
- Heavy-duty chain.
- Heavy at the cutting end and requires a good grip.
Maxtra has another entry on our list. This time with a powerful pole saw that runs on gas. That makes it technically cordless although gas a fuel source might be a problem for some environment-conscious people. However, with the way this device is designed, that shouldn’t be a problem.
The engine has already passed the EPA certification which makes it safe to use in an outdoor environment. Of course running on gas instead of electricity spells more power. And in this department, the engine delivers in spades. The 42.7 CC engine is super powerful and lets you cut through branches with relative ease and less effort.
Doing away with electricity and batteries has its advantages. You can run the pole saw as long as you have gas in the tank. Another advantage is, you can use the pole saw for different purposes with equally good results.
- EPA certified.
- 42.7 CC powerful engine.
- Portable bag.
- Instruction manual isn’t very useful.
I think by now we have established that two things are a no-no when it comes to pruning your trees, ladders and power cords. Ladders are an open invitation for accidents and power cords are not a convenient way to show your trees who’s the boss.
That leaves you with two options: gas or batteries. Each has its good points and shortcomings. The RM2599 from Remington falls under the gas variety. Its 25 CC engine isn’t the most powerful of its kind but it will get the job done. The 8-inch bar and chain hang at the end of a 7-foot pole giving you about 12 feet of power. No branch is out of your reach.
You can use attachments to turn the saw into a blower, an edger, or a trimmer. The garden, as they say, is your oyster. You can do whatever you like with this device.
- Auto oiler.
- Plenty of attachments to various gardening jobs.
- 12 feet of reach.
- More suitable for light jobs.
Here’s another Remington that you can use to attack your trees and hedges. Only this one relies on batteries for power rather than on gas. It’s also more powerful and gives you more reach. The 10-inch bar and chain will pound your trees into submission and give you the garden you’ve always wanted.
As we all know, you can’t send a kid to do a man’s job. And when you’re about to make a frontal assault on your trees, you’d better be equipped with the right tool. The RM1035P is the weapon of choice for turning those wild trees into pieces of art and beauty.
The saw gives you 15 feet of reach and at the top of the pole, you got a hook to help you pull down stuck limbs and make room for your cutting tool in the foliage.
- 10-inch bar and chain
- 15 feet of reach.
- Hook to clear fallen limbs.
- Rather heavy.
- Chain tends to slip.
One of the common complaints about using gas-powered pole saws is thein inefficient fuel system. Not that they use too much gas, rather it’s the way gas is fed to the engine is inefficient leading to engine stalling. Now that’s not something you’d like to happen when you’re blade-deep inside a stubborn branch.
The PR25PS from Poulan is equipped with SureFire delivery system that streamlines the process of feeding gas to your engine and ensures smooth operation. The device is easy to start and operate as well. If you know how to operate a lawnmower, this one would be a stroll in the park.
The pole saw is easy to detach and store. It doesn’t take much space thanks to the decoupling feature that allows you to separate the shaft and put it in the trunk of your car for easy transportation.
- SureFire fuel delivery system.
- Smooth operation.
- Easy to store and detach the shaft.
- Not very powerful.
And here we are at the end of this round, bringing you the PS720 from TrimmerPlus. It comes with an 8-inch bar and chain and accepts attachments for doing other gardening chores as well. The interesting part we liked is that we could plug in attachments from other companies as well.
The 7-foot pole gives you a reach of up to 12 feet. The pole gives you two options for height to deal with trees of various heights. You need to take your own height into consideration as well.
- 8-inch bar and chain.
- 12 feet of reach.
- Not very sturdy.
Things to Consider Before Buy
Unless you’re the buffed up and well-built type who spends hours every day pumping iron, the weight of the cordless pole saw should be a concern to you. You wouldn’t want to be lugging around a heavy machine that puts a strain on your back and shoulders.
On average most of the cordless pole saws we introduce in this review are anything between 6 pounds and 10 pounds. Lighter doesn’t always mean better though. Quality of material and durability go hand in hand with weight. So you might want to go the middle way and choose a saw in the 8 pounds range.
Power and weight are correlated. That means a lighter saw wouldn’t give you the power you need to tackle big tree branches. This is another reason why you would want to factor in many features when picking and choosing the right saw for your needs.
Again power is a relative need. The more powerful the pole saw the heavier, energy-hungry, and expensive it gets. So it’s a tradeoff between all of those features really. If you have a lot of trees in your yard or expect to be doing intensive trimming and cutting work, then a powerful pole saw is exactly what you need.
Cordless pole saws, as the name indicates, run on batteries. They do away with a power outlet and rely on batteries to run and do the heavy lifting. That’s all dandy and convenient, except that batteries come in different shapes and have their advantages and disadvantages.
Batteries are either rechargeable or disposable. The first save on money but take time to recharge and get the pole saw functional. Disposable batteries work out of the box and once installed the saw is ready to go. But of course, they cost you money down the road to replace them.
The length of the cordless pole saw is determined by many factors. For one, how high are your trees? The grown trees need a lengthy pole to reach the top, while stunted trees don’t need you to overextend your arms and pole saw.
Your own height is also another factor. If you’re often mistaken for a footballer or can reach the basketball hoop without the use of a ladder then a short-to-medium cordless pole saw will do just fine. The length of the pole saw impacts its weight, power consumption, and power. Also, a long pole saw doesn’t work that well with short trees and vice versa.
Angle of Head
The angle of the head is crucial when it comes to cutting both vertical and horizontal branches. Yes in most cases you’ll be standing below the branch which means it’s a vertical cut. In which case a pole saw with a fixed head will do fine.
But other times you’ll be on a level position with the branch. This is especially true if the tree is a short one or you have the height and arm length to get you level with the branch. A pole saw with an adjustable head lets you change the angle of the head and work with various branches from different levels.
Bar and Chain
The bar and chain are the real heroes here. They’re the ones who do the real cutting. The pole’s job is to get this crucial part of the pole saw to the branch. But it’s the bar and chain that do the actual work. So the cutting capacity of this important component should be high on your list.
A 10-inch cutting capacity saw goes through branches like a knife in butter. It consumes more energy but it does a quick job of your trimming detail. On the low end of the scale are saws with 6-inch cutting capacity. They’re light and don’t need powerful batteries to rev them up. But they’re only good with saplings and thin branches.
After taking a look at the things you need to consider when buying a cordless pole saw and reviewing 17 of the best products in the market, it’s time to wind down our review as we announce the winner. It’s the Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw, 2.0 AH Battery Included 20672. Combining power with convenience, it is lightweight, doesn’t hurt your ears with a loud noise, and is quite affordable.
For these reasons and a lot more, we recommend this powerful cordless pole saw from Greenworks for your tree trimming jobs.
Mike Zhang. Founder of FamilyLifeShare