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If you’re looking for the most powerful pole saw you can buy, a gas pole saw is the way to go. Electric models simply can’t provide as much cutting power as a saw powered by a gas engine. With the extra cutting power of a gas model, the time required to make a cut will often be reduced.
With a gas can on hand, a gas saw can run for hours each day, every day of the week.
What are the downsides of gas pole saws? They are heavier and noisier than electrics, but newer models are quieter and lighter than you would think. The cost is higher with a gas model, but they’ll withstand years of heavy use. Gas motors also need a bit more maintenance, but it’s mostly limited to replacing the air and fuel filters and performing regular cleanings.
If you run a landscaping business or have a large job to tackle, I would recommend passing up any of the many electric models out there and going right to a heavy duty gas model.
Below you’ll find a comparison chart of Husqvarna vs. Poulan vs. Troy-Bilt gas pole saws:
|Brand||Model||Horsepower||Bar Length||Maximum Extension||Weight||Price||Warranty|
|Husqvarna||327PT5S||1.2 hp||12"||13'||16.1 lb||under $600||2 yr. parts/labor|
|Husqvarna||327P5x||1.21 hp||12"||11' 6"||14.1 lb||under $500||2 yr. parts/labor|
|Husqvarna||128LDX||1.1 hp||10"||9' 4"||13.9 lb||under $225||2 yr. parts/labor|
|Poulan||PP338PT||1 hp, est. (33 cc)||8"||9'||15 lb||under $200||2 yr. parts/labor|
|Troy-Bilt||PS720||n/a||8"||8'||6 lb (attachment only)||under $100||2 yr. parts/labor|