How to Use a Pole Chain Saw

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How to Use a Pole Chain Saw
Pole chain saws allow you to trim tall trees without having to climb a ladder. (the part of chain saw with sharp tooth image by Valentin Mosichev from

Pole chain saws are chain saws that are attached to a pole, extending the range of the chain saw by the length of the pole. Pole chain saws were produced to make trimming trees and branches much easier than climbing a ladder and using a regular chain saw to trim them. Electric pole chain saws use a power cord or a rechargeable battery pack for power. Gas pole chains saws use a gas and oil mixture for fuel. Gas-powered pole chain saws release exhaust fumes near the operator and into the environment. Cordless electric pole chain saws do not release any fumes and are not restricted by a power cord.

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    Grip the chain saw with both hands in the designated gripping areas. Keep your feet shoulder-length apart and your footing strong.

  2. 2

    Push down the trigger-lock near the handle to release the trigger, and pull the trigger. Pulling the trigger will turn the pole chain saw on, and releasing the trigger will shut off the motor.

  3. 3

    Move the running chain saw toward the target and apply light pressure to the target with the saw. Too much pressure could overwork the motor and damage the pole chain saw.

  4. 4

    Release the trigger and wait for the saw to stop completely before laying the pole chain saw on the ground.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your fingers and thumbs wrap all the way around the pole chain saw grip.
  • Make sure your left hand always grips the front grip and your right hand always grips the back grip.
  • Keep your weight evenly distributed while operating the pole chain saw.

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