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 02-20-2004, 19:58 Post: 77436
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Can anyone recommend a good quality lightweight gas pole saw for tree trimming? That season is coming and I want to be ready! The idea of standing on a ladder with a chain saw gives me the willies. Yes, I have a safety helmet and glasses.






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 02-21-2004, 01:57 Post: 77450
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Ken, I stand by Stihl. They make the best equipment for this purpose in my opinion.






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 02-21-2004, 03:55 Post: 77452
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If you have any amount of work for it,get the heavy duty
model. I have used both and the small lightweight one
is limited. Stihl,Husky, and Echo has made some major improvements. I bought the echo backpack blower and it is
a nice machine. Didn't think I would ever say that about an Echo, I read somewhere that they have made some major
changes. I'll see if I can find it.
The trimmer is a great tool! stay off the ladder!!
Can't play on your tractor with a broken neck.






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 02-21-2004, 09:55 Post: 77478
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The county guys who keep our road clear of overgrown trees use Stihl. I stopped to talk with them once and they said they thought it was good quality but heavy. Maybe they all feel heavy when you have to use them for hours on end. I'm curious if some of them have some sort of a support harness to help carry the weight, though the county folks didn't use one.






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 02-21-2004, 13:30 Post: 77510
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They do come with slings on the Stihl as well as the Husky units. There are different styles as far as the lengths and that does make a difference as to the weights.






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 02-21-2004, 14:39 Post: 77513
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Anyone ever hear of Tanaka pole saws or power equipment? Their pole saws sell for about 2/3 the price of Stihl. Any good?






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 02-21-2004, 18:05 Post: 77526
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Here is an alternative. I still think the Stihl is your best bet. They cost a bunch but they last a life time.






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 02-21-2004, 19:05 Post: 77529
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Thanks Chief, but at $600 I'd probably just buy the Stihl. The Tanaka is ~$300-400 on ebay and in my research they have gotten good reviews but users were hard to find. We'll see, I'll stop at the local Stihl and Husky dealers the first of next week.






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 02-22-2004, 08:59 Post: 77570
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Ken, you will love this but I agree with Chief on the choice. I do sell both but warrantee work is about half on the Stihl product line up.






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 02-25-2004, 07:43 Post: 77844
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Art, did you realize that Stihl is owned by John Deere??? Just kidding! ;o) Here is yet another alternative that you should not feel too bad about throwing in the trash can if you tear it up. I have never used it and have no idea how it will perform. I can say that I have never been disappointed by a Stihl. They must be part Kubota with that orange paint. ;o) I am not sure if you have TSC out your way Ken but I thought I would throw this out there just in case.






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