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Re: Pole saws
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2021, 02:54:22 AM »
Are you getting any maple regen yet?
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Re: Pole saws
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2021, 09:34:00 AM »
I'll cast a vote for the Echo dedicated Pole Pruner. I've had mine close to 20 years. Not fun to run but it is dependable and fast when the chain is sharp. Only repairs that I've made to it was the inner support bearing kit. 

It was about $600 when I bought it IIRC. In the long run, it was well worth it because it is so dependable.
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Re: Pole saws
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2021, 12:58:54 PM »
Mine was new in 1999, and I think it's an HT85, but don't remember exactly (eighty something).  It's still working fine.

The one I end up using the most stays in the toolbox on the pickup.  It's a cheap, 20V Ryobi.  It doesn't cut anything like as fast as the gas fueled one, but comes apart into three pieces that fit fine in the truck toolbox.  

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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2021, 01:22:56 PM »
Are you getting any maple regen yet?
No new growth that I've noticed.  I'm just trying to help the better trees get bigger and make the area look nice.  
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Re: Pole saws
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2021, 02:09:55 PM »





42ish yr old maple stump in wife's friend's backyard.  3/8ths to half inch growth rings from about year 10.  I dont know for sure what type but we tend toward red maple.  Very dark, moist, and thick topsoil. 





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Re: Pole saws
« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2021, 10:47:19 PM »
Stephen, thank you for starting this discussion about pole saws, cause it really isn't about the saws themselves, its about TSI.

Admittedly, I am finally getting to that stage of micro management where I can really make those improvements to things that will yield dividends long after I'm worm food.

Leant my Stihl pole saw to a friend for the past week, and his only report was "dang that's heavy after a few hours use".  Will loop back and send the specs of my saw when it comes back this week.

On the upside, I like the new Stihl system I have where the main shaft is interchangeable with various implements.  I have a tiller head and a sweeper head that really make it versatile and cost efficient.
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« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2021, 03:23:45 AM »

42ish yr old maple stump in wife's friend's backyard.  3/8ths to half inch growth rings from about year 10.  I dont know for sure what type but we tend toward red maple.  Very dark, moist, and thick topsoil.

Silver maple.
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« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2021, 05:42:51 AM »
What gives it away?
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« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2021, 04:33:15 AM »
Form and branching habit, mostly.

I had one home owner who was insistent it was a box elder in his yard because some old guy said so. I was thinning some of his ground out back and he thought he would test me. :D

Had some kids and their dad at another place wanting to test me. The kids had planted a hardwood tree in the yard. They knew what it was. 'Yellow birch', I said. Their eyes got big and smiled, 'How did you know?' I said, 'Magic. Here, taste this twig. Minty?' Them, 'Yup'. :D :D
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« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2021, 04:52:05 AM »
Tree shape, bark, soil type, rate of growth - all say Silver maple.

Messy trees, and not much good for anything compared to other maples. 

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« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2021, 04:57:07 AM »
 We were at our husky dealers yesterday to talk about a 345 saw that quit, at 2 to 3 hundred :o we decided to get Rita a small used saw that she can handle. The 345 was 16 yrs old not bad for a homeowner saw. Anyway while there we looked at the pole saws the smallest ones were $599.95 that was a shock to Rita so I didn't get it :(. She will have to ride in the bucket to trim branches with the pull type a few more times ;D.

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« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2021, 10:07:21 AM »
Everything is crazy expensive.  The poor keep getting poorer. 
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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2021, 09:51:42 AM »
   Well Mr SD had a chuckle after reading your post.  Back in the day of the Botany labs with Professor GR Powell and the twig identification test those of us at the back of the class went by ...bite ...marks on the twig not smell or taste. By the time any yb twig passed 28 young foresters there was not much left.   :D
   Now when push comes to shove on a ... Whats this test in some ones back yard full of ornamentals  ... my go to is ...Arctostaphylos uva ursi... They then ask what's that ?  I think of GR fondly and respond.. I don't know the common name I only studied the Latin. :D

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« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2021, 11:28:51 AM »
     I got tired of pinching the bar in the cut on larger limbs, so I got the angle drive Stihl sells for the pole pruners and hedge trimmers.  I have an HT 132 pole saw.  I didn't learn about the angle drive from Stihl, it was discussed on another forum.
     In my humble opinion, Stihl is missing a lot with their poor marketing, it may be on the corporate end via the sales rep, or there aren't dealers really interested making a few more dollars.  The fact that most of the local (within 50 miles) dealers are Ace Hardware, Southern States Coop stores and John Deere dealers doesn't help things.  Sure, they have stock on the shelves, but the sales staff should have experience with the tools they sell.  Now this is Mid Atlantic Stihl territory, other areas may be better.  And my years working in a saw shop that catered to loggers could have based my thinking....
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« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2021, 10:56:09 PM »
    In my humble opinion, Stihl is missing a lot with their poor marketing, it may be on the corporate end via the sales rep, or there aren't dealers really interested making a few more dollars.  The fact that most of the local (within 50 miles) dealers are Ace Hardware, Southern States Coop stores and John Deere dealers doesn't help things.  Sure, they have stock on the shelves, but the sales staff should have experience with the tools they sell.  Now this is Mid Atlantic Stihl territory, other areas may be better.  And my years working in a saw shop that catered to loggers could have based my thinking....

Actually, that is why Stihl doesn’t allow the big box stores to sell their products. I’ve certainly met employees at Ace who knew Stihl saws and some that don’t. I can guarantee you that no employee at Home Depot would have a clue about chainsaws.

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« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2021, 04:56:32 AM »
Up here I avoid John Deere shops that sell Stihl. Only remember a parts man at the counter, and many times walk in and no one manning the shop at all. Forget service. :D I have to go to a saw shop and these days getting scarce. One here has changed hands twice after the long time owner retired in 2014. That fella knew his saws and he pushed sales/service big time. None of this coming back in 5 days for the saw, it was fixed pronto. Parts was most of the time there on the shelf.

The previous owner could not afford insurance, a lot of thefts. We'll see how the 3rd owner does this year.

Pruning trees in the yard and woodlot, I'll stick with my Fiskars. ;D
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« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2021, 10:32:41 AM »
     SwampDonkey, I bet the Fiskars is much lighter, too!  How far up will the Fiskars pruner cut, and how thick a hardwood limb can be easily cut?  I understand the doubtful service, believe me.  I've seen and heard so much in my time....  I can fix it if I can get the parts, including the Motronic, if I had the computer program. 

     Clark, I agree with you, but that aspect isn't my problem.  My gripe is that Stihl parts and accessories are hard to find in their website, even the "Stihl guru" counter man at the Farm store couldn't find a 20" 3005 bar to fit my 036.  Come on, guy, don't you know it is the same as the bigger saws up to 088?  And no, I don't want to go back to work as a parts man, I am retired!  I guess it is hard to find employees who are interested in their job, other than the paycheck.
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« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2021, 04:21:03 AM »
    SwampDonkey, I bet the Fiskars is much lighter, too!  How far up will the Fiskars pruner cut, and how thick a hardwood limb can be easily cut?  
I can go 12 feet high. I wouldn't want to cut a limb much bigger than 2 or 3", if I was cutting them for hours. I have cut bigger, but that becomes too much work if doing all day. I mostly have been pruning softwoods that heal fast, like balsam fir. Limbs not much bigger than 1".  Our fir here live longer, grow bigger than south of us because the land is more elevated. Fir don't like wet feet, even though they grow dog hair thick with cedar. They are like a bad weed. But they sure look nice, straight as an arrow. Smell nice to. :D
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