If you know anything at all about chainsaw safety, you’ll know that keeping your feet firmly on the ground at all times is pretty much rule number one. Combine this fact with the length of the average tree and we have the obvious invention of the pole saw.
If you’re new to the subject, a pole saw is exactly what it sounds like, a long pole with a saw on the end. In other words, it’s a useful invention that allows the average homeowner to cut high branches without doing anything ridiculously unsafe.
My personal pole saw of choice is the Remington RM1025SPS Ranger. It’s not the most powerful pole saw on the market. But it may well be the most versatile, user friendly tool in my entire shed.
As you can probably guess, this is going to be a positive review.
If you’re new to pole saws, learning where to stand as you cut will be your biggest problem. If you’re more experienced, on the other hand, you’ll be cutting within ten minutes at most.
Before I list the many perks of the Ranger, let’s get one thing very clear. Combine 8 amps of power with a 10 inch bar and you are looking at a tool with limited application.
This isn’t a design defect. This is a pole saw defect. Pole saws need to be light and a lack of power is therefore pretty much universal.
I just wanted to point out that if you’re looking to cut trees rather than branches, you need an actual chainsaw not a pole that happens to have a detachable one at the end.
In saying that, the Ranger can comfortably be used for:
- Cutting small branches
- Cutting small logs
And when I say comfortably, I mean just that.
It takes a little while to get used to i.e. you need to stand in certain way and change positions as you cut. But once you figure this out, you might be surprised to learn how easy it is to hold a chainsaw 10 feet over your head.
Don’t get me wrong, all pole saws are a little cumbersome. And use the Ranger long enough and your arm will start to strain. But out of all the pole saws that I’ve tested, Remington appear to have come up with the best balance of power and usability.
Part of this is down to the tools weight; a mere 11.5 pounds. And the other part is simple ergonomics.
Speaking of ergonomics, the handle is made of cheap plastic but it’s comfortable to hold and grip with or without gloves (always wear gloves!).
The length of the fiberglass pole is adjustable too so you’re not stuck with ten feet if you only need two. This is achieved with “flip and lock clamps” which I’m assuming is pretty much self explanatory.
My Favorite Feature
There’s no shortage of reasons to like the Ranger but my personal favourite is the simple fact that the chainsaw can be detached. Detachment takes all of 3 seconds and what you’re left with is an ultra light, ergonomic chainsaw that’s perfect for small jobs.
According to Remington, this feature was added to allow you to cut branches into smaller pieces after removal from the tree. Personally however, I use mine mainly for small jobs that don’t require the weight and length of heavier alternatives.
Despite the obvious limitations, it still makes relatively light work out of:
And as a result, this is something that I’m using pretty much every weekend. Keep in mind however that if you’re backyard isn’t full of small trees like mine, this is probably more of a bonus feature than an actual reason to buy.
2 years ownership. Almost weekly usage. Aside from a few broken/dull chains, I’ve yet to encounter a single problem. For a hundred dollars, I can’t complain. This is obviously a case study of one but I don’t see many durability complaints online either. So I think it’s safe to say that it scores full marks for durability.
Some chainsaw decisions are difficult. But if you want a pole saw and you’re happy with the limited length and power, this is a very easy decision to make. The key to the Rangers popularity is easy of use, versatility (detachable chainsaw), and the hundred dollar price tag.
I’ve owned mine for over two years and aside from the minimal specs, I’ve yet to find a single fault. Provided you understand what it can and can’t do, it’s an easy purchase.