10 Best Pole Saws of 2020

Do you find it unnerving to climb up on a tall ladder and use a chainsaw to cut off those dangerous or unnecessary branches from your trees?

With good quality and safe pole saw like our top pick for 2020 – the Black+Decker LPP120, you can cut off those branches and prune your trees and shrubs while standing safely on the ground.

Look at our top 5 list for the best pole saws available in 2020, so that you can pick the best one of these handy landscaping devices to suit your needs.

Best overall

BLACK+DECKER LPP120 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Pole Saw

This cordless pole saw from Black+Decker is our definite favorite for 2020. It is an extremely handy cutting tool which will help you cut branches without effort and without emitting any harmful carbon emissions. Plus, you will not be restricted by a power cable, so you can move around easily and get all of those branches pruned without too much effort.

It is powered by a 20V MAX lithium ion battery, which will hold a charge sufficient for cutting up to 100 branches 1 ½ inches thick. The battery has a very long lifespan, so you will be using this gardening tool for a long time.

The LPP120 has an 8-inch cutting blade and chain with an ability to cut branches up to 6 inches in diameter.

Thanks to the enter extension of the pole saw, you can adjust the length of the handle from 6.5 to 10 feet and will be able to reach up to a height of 14 feet without the need for a ladder. The overall length of the tool is 115 inches, and its motor has a 375’ RPM.

The cutting tool has an in-line power head, which provides excellent visibility and maneuverability so that you can reach and cut exactly the branch you want to. The entire pole saw weighs only 6.3 lbs. so just about anybody can use it without too much effort and hassle.

Once you are done with the cutting and pruning of the branches, you can easily disassemble the pole saw so that you can store it away or transport it without taking too much space.

The pole saw is sold with an oil bottle, a blade guard, an Energy Star certified battery charger, and a wrench. Plus, you will receive a 2-year limited warranty and detailed instructions for use.

We love how lightweight, easy to use, and how efficient this battery powered pole saw is. You can use it to prune a bunch of branches and get the whole work done without the need for stopping for recharging. It is eco-friendly, easy to store and transport as well as safe and easy to use, so we can strongly recommend the LPP120 to just about anyone shopping for the best pole saw in 2020.

The runner-up

Greenworks 8.5′ 40V Cordless Pole Saw with Hedge Trimmer Attachment 2.0 AH Battery Included PSPH40B210

If you are looking for something more versatile than just a pole saw, the Greenworks PSPH40B210 could be the best universal gardening tool to opt for in 2020.

The tool is actually a set of multiple ones suitable for complete backyard maintenance.

The pole saw has an 8-inch pole saw blade and is perfect for pruning and trimming branches without a ladder. The tool also has a 20-inch steel double action blade which will provide you with the safest and easiest cutting and trimming experience, and will withstand a lot of wear and tear.

The good news is that this gardening tool is a combination of a pole saw and a trimmer. The attachments can easily be interchanged as you are working on your garden, and instead of buying, charging and carrying a bunch of tools needed for trimming and pruning, you can invest in just one instead. Thanks to the 8.5-foot long extension, you can easily reach even the highest branches without having to get up on a ladder. Instead, you will be standing safely and comfortably on the ground while pruning and shaping those trees and bushes.

This multi-use pole saw is powered by a G-Max 40V lithium-ion battery. It has an automatic oiler system which applies oil to the chain and bar whenever it is necessary, so you don’t have to bother about stopping to oil them manually while you are working.

The oil tank is translucent, so you can keep an eye on the oil level and make sure that it doesn’t run out in the middle of the job.

This versatile pole saw and trimmer is the perfect gift for any gardener who wants a universal and highly efficient tool to keep the backyard or other outdoor space in pristine condition.

Best budget option

Sun Joe SWJ802E 9 FT 6.5 Amp Electric Pole Chain Saw with Adjustable Head

If you are shopping for an affordable and yet safe and well-made pole saw, we strongly recommend the budget-friendly Sun Joe SWJ802E.

It is the perfect gardening tool for cutting thin logs or overhanging branches without the need of getting on a ladder and risking falling down and injuring yourself in the process.

The head can easily be tilted and adjusted at different angles – from 0 to 15 and 30 degrees, so you can get the branch you need without needing to stand and hold the tool in an awkward or uncomfortable position. Thanks to the telescopic pole, you can reach any dry or dangerous branches at a height of up to 15 feet.

Thanks to the powerful 6.5amp motor, and the 9 inch Oregon bar, you can cut tree branches which are up to 7.5 inches in diameter.

It has an automatic oiler, so the bar and the chain will be properly lubricated at all times during use.

The tool itself weighs only 7.9 lbs. so you will be able to hold it and use it without feeling tension and fatigue in your arms and shoulders.

The Sun Joe pole saw is approved by the CSA and is sold at a low price but with a full 2-year guarantee.

It is a corded tool, which is easily powered up with the push of a single button. It does have a safety switch to prevent the saw from being switched on by accident.

So, if you don’t mind having to deal with a power cable, and want an affordable and yet highly efficient and safe pole saw, you should definitely check this one from Sun Joe out!

And our other favorite pole saws for 2020 are:

Fiskars Chain Drive Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7–16 Foot)

You will be able to cut all branches located up to 16 feet in height with the help of the chain-driven adjustable pole saw and pruner by Fiskars.


  • The length of the pole can be extended from 7 to 16 feet
  • A chain driven cutting mechanism with 3 times more power
  • Comes with a steel pruner which is precision ground for cutting off branches up to 1 ¼ inches thick
  • Also included is a 15-inch WoodZig saw which is suitable for cutting off larger branches
  • The hooked saw will keep the branch in place and the saw in its groove during the cutting
  • Very easy to hold, maneuver and use thanks to the lightweight, oval-shaped aluminum and fiberglass poles
  • A safety secure double locking system will ensure that the pole remains in position when extended
  • Sold with a complete lifetime warranty

Ryobi RY15520 Expand-It 10 in. Universal Pruner Attachment Pole Saw

The Ryobi RY15520 Expand-it is another excellent cutting and trimming tool which will make your life easier when it comes to pruning those shrubs and trees.


  • A universal brand fit which works with all other power tools from Ryobi
  • A 10-inch bar and chain with a capacity to cut branches with diameters up to 6 inches
  • An angled cutting head which makes cutting much easier and allows for better control
  • The extension shaft can be extended to reach up to 12 feet
  • An automatic oiler keeps the blade and chain oiled at all times
  • No tools or adapters are required for its use
  • A weight of 6 lbs.
  • It is sold with a pruner attachment, a scabbard, extension shaft, combination wrench, a shoulder strap, a hanger cap, a strap hanger and a user’s manual
  • A 3-year full warranty

Types of pole saws to choose from

The pole saw may seem like a strange tool, but for those of you who perform regular pruning of tall trees and shrubs it is an absolute must-have landscaping cutting tool.

In general, the pole saw is a light chainsaw attached to a pole, but there are many different types of pole saws out there to choose from.

Cordless pole saws

These devices, like our top pick and the runner-up in our list are very useful especially if you need to reach the branches of a tree or other which is far away from any power outlets. These battery operated tools are still powerful enough to tackle branches of different diameters and sizes. They are portable, easy to move around with, and with a long-lasting lithium-ion battery you will be able to do all of the pruning you want before needing to recharge it.

The cordless pole saws do not require too much maintenance apart from sharpening the chain, unlike gas-powered pole saws which do require quite a bit of maintenance.

Electric powered pole saws

The electric powered pole saws like the budget-friendly option from Sun Joe are very popular because all you need to do is plug them in and use them for cutting and trimming branches and others. Usually, these saws have blades sized from 6 to 10 inches.

These pole saws too require very little maintenance just like the battery powered ones. They do not require recharging and you can cut for as long as you want without worrying about the battery running out. The only inconvenience is the cable which can limit your movements and which may be difficult to extend if the tree is in a remote location.

Gas powered pole saws

These are the most powerful of them all and are usually equipped with heavy-duty chains and bars than the other two types.

They come with shafts as long as 9 feet, and with very powerful motors. They are noisier than and not as eco-friendly as the other types of pole saws, and they do require quite more maintenance than the battery and electric powered ones.

Final words

Hopefully, we have helped you pick the best pole saw to meet your needs and expectations. All of our top picks are of high quality, very safe to use and highly efficient landscaping tools.

With a good pole saw you can say goodbye to the risky ladder climbing while operating with a heavy chains saw. Instead, you can easily reach the branches you need to cut while standing steadily and safely on the ground.

This tool can save you a lot of effort, as well as save you from potential injuries from falling down the ladder or accidentally cutting yourself with the saw.

We wish you good luck with your purchase, and enjoy the comfort of being able to reach even the highest branches without even having to stand on your toes!

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Last update on 2020-10-21 at 07:13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API