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Not a Stihl Pole Saw
« on: November 18, 2021, 05:13:35 PM »
It's a Ryobi.  I have a ~16' or 18' Echo pole saw but it is a beast to handle, especially since I have had a few birthdays since I bought it.  It's now for Grandsons only.  Sooooo


 
This is on the same 40 volt platform that my weed wacker, hedge trimmer, and chainsaw are on so it should fit into the herd quite nicely.


 
It's first limb.  The electric motor is a bit heavy but I had read about that on the reviews and it is not unreasonable.  It has an extension pole so it will reach about 6' and 9'.  
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2021, 06:04:40 PM »
I keep the 18V version of that in the toolbox on my truck.  I've had one of the telescopic Stihl's for a couple of decades, but it's very heavy to use when you don't need the extended length.

Even the 18V one does a fine job of light limbing.  I'm sure that one is a good one.

It's nice how they break down so easily, and you don't have to use all the extension pieces, if you don't need that height.

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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2021, 08:45:59 PM »
I have an Echo 2 cycle pole saw that uses the same power head as the brush saw and weed whacker.  I use it a lot to clear briars and brush and with out the extension it is a work out.   If I add the 3' extension it does not take me long to feel the burn and give in to the rest time.  I also have this fear of getting it in a pinch point and the extra work that would mean.  I have not started down the electric higher voltage yard tools yet, but I can see a day for it and not to far off.  My grandson is about 15 years out on being able to do this for me!

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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2021, 05:58:19 AM »
Looks like a fun tool to prune fir limbs up. Easier than manual push/pull. ;D

P.S. fir limbs don't get big diameter unless a tree is in a field. A field tree ain't a log tree. ;D
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2021, 06:10:15 AM »
I could use one of those.
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2021, 06:20:48 AM »
I could use one of those.
Get the stihl one and youll have popeye arms in no time lol 
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2021, 07:11:57 AM »
I bought a SunJoy since i just have a Ceder Bush that is hanging over my back fence, an 100 foot ext. cord gets the SunJoy where it's needed.

Cost was around $80 from Amazon and with it's 10 inch chain head had the branch's cut off quickly.

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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2021, 09:42:06 AM »
I bought my wife a cheap, corded China-made pole saw and it works fine but they are a bit unwieldy. 

Does that fat battery pack help balance it a bit? I like the bend at the saw, mine is a straight shot out and it seems like the bend would be useful. 
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2021, 11:37:53 AM »
Yes, the bend is much better than my Echo which is straight.  It allows the bar to be horizontal when sawing.

Also yes, it is much better balanced with the battery inserted than without.  (runs better too)  ;D
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2021, 11:41:35 AM »
I second the like of the head turning.
My straight Husky is straight and it binds fairly often.
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2021, 11:43:18 AM »
The Stihl one is big bucks, they know how to charge, a little pun. No charger included, and batteries can be $150 to $1500 bucks. Which works out to $150 bucks every 2 hrs of power. Pass! :D
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2021, 11:44:46 AM »
Yeah, even a good hand pruning saw is curved. Works a lot better. ;D
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2021, 11:58:14 AM »
CND$258 at Home Depot Canada, seems reasonable, includes charger. ;D

You can get 6 aH and 7.5 aH batteries to, but that adds more weight.
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2021, 12:19:13 PM »
You're a very bad man Lynn, just snagged one off Home Depot with the 7.5 Ah battery. :D :D

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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2021, 12:27:37 PM »
Hmm, new pole saw, cup of tea out at the lean to at a fire during breaks. 8)

Snowshoes just shipped today, hopefully I can prune some before the snow adds up. ;D
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2021, 02:59:29 PM »
I was seriously thinking about getting the fixed length Stihl for this one job.  It's about an acre, and a half, behind a rental house.  I wanted to limb up the trees, so I didn't have to lower the rollbar on the big mower.  I don't need it lowered anywhere else.

I decided to try the lightweight 18V Ryobi that I keep in the truck for getting limbs that would scratch the truck or trailer out of the way.  It did much better than I thought it would.  I only needed to swap batteries once.  

I forgot to take a before picture, but thought about it when I had a bunch of limbs on the ground.

One good thing about the angled head is you can undercut a larger limb easier than with the straight Stihl.

Another thing about the straight Stihl:  When you are at max extension, cutting a big limb almost straight up, you'd better be capable of moving fast enough to get out of the way before it gets down low enough in its fall to hit you.



 

 

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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2021, 04:39:21 PM »
I got the bigger capacity battery because I like to work out there at least 4 hrs straight when pruning. We'll see how it holds up, battery charge. It's off the road at least 300 yards and deeper.  ;) No way I could leave it out there, no shed. The bears would eat it for lunch. They love plastic. :D
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Re: Not a Stihl Pole Saw
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2021, 08:02:20 PM »
Mine came with the 2ah battery but I already 3 of the jumbo batteries with the 3 other tools plus the chargers so I should be OK battery wise.

I am super pleased with the 3 other tools and I have never run any of the batteries down while using them.
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Re: Not a Stihl
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2021, 03:13:18 AM »
Don't forget the bar oil though. ;) If the motor get's overheated it will blow the fuse. And it is inside the pole. ;D

For longer reach the larger batteries help balance tip weight more. :)
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Re: Not a Stihl Pole Saw
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2021, 10:30:02 PM »
If the motor get's overheated it will blow the fuse. And it is inside the pole.
@SwampDonkey Help me with this.  My Owner's Manual makes no reference to a fuse that I can find.
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