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5 Best Gas Pole Saws of 2024 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a gas pole saw

a gas pole saw

There are two ways to cut the tall branches on the trees around your home. You can climb up a ladder and risk life and limb attempting to cut the branches with a chainsaw, or you can get a gas-powered pole saw and cut it with both feet safely planted on the ground. We’re going to assume you want to survive your yardwork with no significant injuries, so let’s discuss some pole saws.

After getting tired of our weak electric pole saw bogging down on every branch more than four inches in diameter, we decided it was time to get something more powerful; a gas pole saw. Of course, we couldn’t settle for any pole saw, we needed the best. So, we tested as many as possible to see which one that is!

To help you save the time and money it takes to test all of these machines, we’ve compiled our findings into the following five reviews of the best gas pole saws on the market.


A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2024

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Poulan Pro 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw Poulan Pro 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw
  • Starts easy with SureFire fuel delivery
  • Spring-assisted starter
  • Lightweight (14 lbs.)
  • Second place
    Maxtra 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw Maxtra 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw
  • Extends from 8-11 feet’
  • Cuts 8″ branches with ease
  • Can convert to other tools
  • Best Value
    Third place
    TrimmerPlus 8-Inch Gas Polesaw TrimmerPlus 8-Inch Gas Polesaw
  • Great value
  • 11′ foot reach
  • 2-year warranty
  • Husqvarna 525PT5S Gas-Powered Pole Saw Husqvarna 525PT5S Gas-Powered Pole Saw
  • Extends to 13′
  • 12″ bar can cut the largest branches
  • Lightweight and easy to operate
  • BLUE MAX Gas Pole Saw BLUE MAX Gas Pole Saw
  • 32.6cc motor offers decent power
  • The 5 Best Gas Pole Saws

    1. Poulan Pro 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw – Best Overall

    Poulan PR28PS gas pole saw

    Poulan Pro is known for making quality chainsaws, so it shouldn’t come as much surprise that their Poulan Pro PR28PS pole saw is our pick as the best gas pole saw. It solves one of the biggest issues with gas tools; difficult starting. Since it’s equipped with a SureFire fuel delivery system, starting it is simple. Just prime, choke, pull, and it starts right up. It even has a spring-assisted starter, so you don’t have to yank on the string like you’re trying to pull Excalibur from its stone.

    Compared to some of the other pole saws we tested, the PR28PS is pretty light, weighing only 14 pounds. After hours of trimming, this saw is much less punishing than some of the heavier units. With an 8-inch bar and a 12-foot reach, it’s suitable for most non-professional settings.

    However, it will take a bit longer to get the job done because the smaller 28cc motor that helps this machine stay light doesn’t have overwhelming power. We also noticed that the saw sputters if held at the wrong angle. This wasn’t a constant issue, more like an occasional annoyance. Still, the Poulan Pro provides high performance for a reasonable price.

    Pros
    • Starts easy with SureFire fuel delivery
    • Spring-assisted starter
    • Reasonably priced
    • Lightweight (14 lbs.)
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • 28cc motor isn’t the most powerful
    • Touchy carburetor

    2. Maxtra 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw

    Maxtra 6955185710333

     

    With a telescoping pole that extends from 8 to 11 feet, the MAXTRA 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw lets you cut branches as high as 1,415 feet off the ground. It has a 10-inch bar that gives you plenty of reach to cut off limbs less than 10 inches in diameter.

    A powerful 42.7 cc motor makes sure the chain never gets bogged down. This is the largest motor we’ve seen on a pole saw, and it provides plenty of power for cutting through the most stubborn branches. However, the large motor also weighs more, so you can expect the Maxtra to wear your arms out since it’s pretty heavy compared to the others we tested. The weight is what keeps it out of the top spot.

    Power tools are always a pretty hefty investment, but theMaxstra includes a 1-year warranty. And if you want to expand its usefulness, it can convert into many other MAXTRA lawn tools with optional attachments that you can purchase separately.

    Pros
    • Extends from 8–11 feet
    • Can convert to other tools with optional attachments
    • Powerful 42.7cc motor cuts 8″ branches with ease
    • 1-year warranty
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Heavy
    • Attachments not included with this model

    3. TrimmerPlus 8-Inch Gas Polesaw – Best Value

    Trimmer Plus PS720 8-Inch Pole Saw

    The Trimmer Plus PS720 might not have the “Cadillac quality” of the two previous saws, but it’s still probably better than an electric model. Many motorized bases now accept multiple attachments. If have a powerhead, pole saw, or even a compatible string trimmer, you can save money by just purchasing this the PS720. It has a pole, bar, and chain; you just need a motor to run it.

    This pole saw includes an extension that allows it to reach 11 feet so you can easily get the highest branches. It’s built well and will hold up to many cuts, as shown by the impressive 2-year warranty that’s twice the length of the warranty protecting most other pole saws.

    Between the extra protection of the longer warranty and the cost savings of purchasing just the extension, we think the TrimmerPlus 8-Inch Pole Saw is the best gas pole saw for the money.

    Pros
    • Great value
    • 11′ foot reach
    • 2-year warranty
    Cons
    • Needs adjustment out of the box
    • Not a trimmer

    4. Husqvarna 525PT5S Gas-Powered Pole Saw

     

    Husqvarna 525PT5S

     

    Husqvarna is a well-known and respected name in gas-powered lawn tools. Their 525PT5S Telescopic Pole Saw is an excellent tool that’s just priced too high for us to recommend, but it’s a great device with some impressive capabilities. For instance, the telescoping pole allows this saw to extend to a full length of 13 feet! That’s the longest pole saw we’ve seen, and it should allow you to cut branches as high as 16-18 feet off the ground.

    Of course, all that reach is only helpful if you can use the saw when it’s extended that far! Luckily, the Husqvarna pole saw is light and maneuverable, making it easy to operate, even when fully extended. It’s even equipped with an extra-long 12-inch bar that can cut through large branches that other pole saws can’t reach.

    Since this pole saw costs more than three times what other reputable pole saws go for, it’s hard to look past any flaws, even minor ones. Though it has a 25.4cc, 1.34 HP motor, we felt it was underpowered. The large bar can reach almost any branch, but the weaker motor made it difficult to cut through.

    Pros
    • Extends to 13′
    • 12″ bar can cut the largest branches
    • Lightweight and easy to operate
    Cons
    • Very expensive
    • Underpowered

    5. BLUE MAX Gas Pole Saw

    BLUE MAX 53542

    The Blue Max 53542 Gas Pole Saw has several plastic parts that give it a cheap feel. The 9-foot reach is underwhelming, too. Despite this, it’s still more costly than some of the better-performing pole saws we tested, such as the Poulan Pro that earned our top recommendation. Surprisingly, those plastic parts didn’t help reduce the weight. It was one of the heaviest machines we tested, and our arms definitely felt it after using the BLUE MAX.

    One thing we did like about it was the 32.6cc motor. Some of the other pole saws we liked were a bit underpowered, but the one thing we can say positively about this one is that it had plenty of power. We never felt like it needed juice to get through a branch.

    We did have an issue changing the length of the pole, however. With most of these devices, it’s a quick and straightforward process that takes a few seconds. On the BLUE MAX, it’s a giant pain and takes far too long. Worse, it only extends to 9 feet at the farthest, leaving us in need of several more feet of reach.

    Pros
    • 32.6cc motor offers decent power
    Cons
    • Heavier than other pole saws
    • Made with plastic parts that feel cheap
    • Only extends to 9′
    • Difficult to change the length

    Buyer’s Guide – Choosing the Best Gas Pole Saw

    At this point, you’ve seen our recommendations, and you know how some of the most popular pole saws stack up against each other. If you’re new to pole saws or are unsure how to decide which one is the right choice for you, this short buyer’s guide was written to help.

    What to Look for When Purchasing a Pole Saw

    Every user has different needs and will need to pay more attention to certain features. If you keep the factors that are most important in mind, you’ll be on the right track to choosing a pole saw that will suit your needs.

    Reach

    How high are the branches you want to cut? And how tall are you? Saws come in different lengths with extensions to add more reach. Some of them have telescoping poles, so it’s easy to make adjustments on the fly.

    The longest poles we saw could extend to a maximum length of 13 feet. Remember that your actual reach will be determined by not just your pole’s length but your height as well. Shorter individuals will have a bit less total reach than taller people. Therefore, shorter people may need to prioritize the length of their pole saw more than tall people.

    Using a gas pole saw

    Weight

    After considering how much reach you need, you’ll need to think about the tool’s weight. Remember, the heavy part will be at the far end, so its weight will seem even heavier.

    You’ll have to extend this saw above your head for extended periods, so even a lighter saw will take physical exertion. If you are unaccustomed to lifting heavy tools, finding a light saw is essential. Otherwise, you may end up with a pole saw that you can’t operate.

    Power

    Once you can lift the pole saw high enough to reach the branches you need to cut, it’s time to think about power. If you have an underpowered pole saw, you may hold it fully extended for a long time while it slowly works its way through the branch.

    On the other hand, a powerful pole saw can cut through branches in mere seconds, reducing the time you have to hold the saw overhead and the time it takes to do your lawn work overall. However, you don’t want to purchase the most powerful saw you can find.

    Unfortunately, more power comes from a bigger engine, which weighs more. You will have to look for something with a good balance of power and weight based on your strength and endurance.

    Bar Length

    Even if you can reach the branch and have the power to cut through it, that doesn’t mean you can. The bar length of your saw will limit you since you can’t cut through something longer than the saw itself.

    With an 8-inch bar, you can cut through branches less than 8 inches in diameter. With a 12-inch bar, you can cut through 12-inch branches or smaller. Pole saw bars range from 8–12 inches, so choose the size that will work with the branches you need to trim.

    Safety Tips for Proper Pole Saw Operation

    So far, we’ve discussed choosing a pole saw to fit your needs. Let’s switch gears and talk about how to operate the pole safely saw. If you’re new to pole saws or gas-powered yard tools in general, the following tips will help ensure you’re working as safely as possible.

    1. Work When You Have Plenty of Light

    It may seem like a no-brainer, but common sense isn’t always common. You shouldn’t work when you can’t see, so only work with pole saws and chainsaws during the day when there’s ample light.


    2. Pay Attention To Wires, Roofs, and Anything Nearby

    Before you start to cut, look around and take in your surroundings. Power wires often run right through tree branches and will be sliced by a running pole saw, creating a dangerous light show.

    Roofs can also be close to the tree branches you’re trimming, so as a general rule, pay attention to your surroundings before you cut.


    3. Wear Proper Safety Equipment

    There’s a reason that safety equipment exists: to keep us safe. But it can’t do its job if you’re not wearing it. Cutting tree limbs above your head is dangerous work, and certain precautions should be taken. Hard hats, face and eye protection, and ear protection are essential when using power saws.


    4. Check Your Machine Before Use

    The last thing you want to experience is an equipment malfunction. It has the potential to be a dangerous situation. Remember that gas-powered tools require a lot of maintenance. If the maintenance hasn’t been kept up, the saw could be on the verge of a real problem.

    Ensure chain oil is in the reservoir and the chain is tight. Always check these before cutting to ensure you’re not headed for destruction.


    Conclusion

    Now that you know exactly what you should look for in a pole saw, we will revisit our recommendations from the reviews you read earlier.

    Our best gas-powered pole saw overall was the Poulan Pro PR28PS. This pole saw addresses the poor starting experience with most gas-powered tools using a spring-assisted starter and SureFire fuel delivery system. The result is an easy-to-start pole saw that’s lightweight and reasonably priced. The MAXTRA 2-Cycle Gas Pole Saw is our runner-up for best gas pole saw. It’s equipped with a powerful 42.7cc motor that keeps the chain spinning no matter what. Plus, it extends to 11.4 feet long and is protected by a 1-year warranty.

    For the best value gas pole saw, we recommend the TrimmerPlus PS720 8-Inch Pole Saw. If you already have a motorized base to attach to, this attachment pole saw can save you money without sacrificing features. It extends to 11 feet at full length and even includes a 2-year warranty.

    We hope our article helps you find the best gas-powered pole saw for your needs!

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