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The advent of powerful, lightweight lithium-ion batteries has been a huge plus to the powered tool category, and a battery-powered pole pruner is a classic example. With these devices, you’re no longer tethered to an extension cord or need to haul spare gas into the woods as you clear brush and shooting lanes. For trimming branches, vines, and saplings, nothing works quicker than a chainsaw on a stick. Here are three things to think about when choosing one for your property.

Top Pick

An easy-to-adjust chain tensioner keeps this model working at peak efficiency. Greenworks

While it’s tempting to purchase a powered pruner with the longest shaft possible, be aware that it can be difficult to control the saw when it’s extended far overhead. If you plan on trimming branches and limbs 10 feet off the ground, you’ll want to opt for a lighter saw to maintain safe cutting.

Great Value

This unit has a metal bucking strip and tree hook. DEWALT

Battery-powered chainsaws still require regular oiling of the bar and chain, which can be a pain when the chain is on the end of a 10-foot-long pole. For the most convenience, look for tools with a self-oiling mechanism. Otherwise, you’ll have to manually oil the chain. It’s not a huge issue but certainly cuts into efficiency.

Easy to Use

This product has a three-piece adjustable aluminum shaft. Greenworks

Many manufacturers build a range of battery-powered tools that operate on the same proprietary battery units. If you already own a battery and battery charger by a certain brand, you might save money if you choose a cordless pole pruner by the same manufacturer as long as it uses the same battery. And always make sure you know what you’re buying. It’s common for manufacturers to sell battery-powered tools without the battery and charger, which requires a separate purchase.