Operating a pole saw is easier and safer than an ordinary chainsaw when done properly. Follow this guide to make sure your tree trimming is safe and simple.
First and foremost, get some protective gear for yourself. At a minimum, wear a pair of goggles or glasses with full coverage. Sawdust will be flying and you need to keep it out of your eyes. I also strongly recommend a pair of safety gloves, as they help you grip the handle and will provide a bit of extra protection. It’s also a good idea to wear shoes or boots with good grip. Pants, long sleeves, and a hard hat will give you a little extra coverage from falling branches and debris. Lastly, an inexpensive dust mask will keep you from inhaling sawdust and is recommended if you’re working for an extended period of time.
Check Your Saw
Before each time you start operating your pole saw, you should inspect it. Check the chain for excessive wear or missing teeth. Replace the chain if you see damage. Chains also need to be oiled properly to ensure they don’t break during use. Most pole saws have an automatic oiler. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure the oiler is working.
Safely Using Your Pole Saw
First, survey the tree you will be trimming. Ensure there are no power lines nearby and there are no other obstructions in or around the tree before you get started. Before starting up the pole saw, make sure your footing is secure. If the ground below you is rocky or muddy, try putting down a large, flat piece of wood to give you a good place to stand.
Once the saw is running, be sure not to put your hands anywhere near the blade or attempt to cut anything directly overhead. The best way to prune trees is to cut branches at a 45 degree angle. This will reduce the effort needed to hold the saw while keeping you a safe distance from falling branches. Slowly pull the blade of the saw across the top of the branch you’re cutting. Once you’ve cut over halfway through the branch, be sure to grip the handle tighter as the pole saw will start to drop along with the branch.
Be sure not to overreach to cut a branch. Step to a spot where you have secure footing and extend the pole saw further if necessary. If your arms or legs start to get tired, stop working and take a break right away.