If you regularly need to prune high branches or vines in your garden, an extendable electric pole saw is a useful tool that makes the job much easier, quicker and safer to complete.
Pole saw safety
Using a pole saw can be a dangerous job if not done properly, so it’s very important to take certain precautions – read our tips below before you get started.
- Make sure you buy your electric pole saw from a reputable dealer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- It’s important to register a new pole saw with the manufacturer so that you can be contacted if a safety notice or recall is required. It also makes it easier for you to return a faulty product or order a repair. To register any of your appliances, regardless of age, visit Register My Appliance.
- Use our free online checker to see if you have any recalled electrical items.
- Check that your appliance has a UK plug; if it doesn’t, don’t try to use a UK travel adaptor. Seek advice from the retailer.
- Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
- Any socket you plan to use to plug in a pole saw should have RCD (residual current device) Protection. An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider installing an RCD socket or use an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.
- If you have to use an extension lead make sure it is suitable for outdoor use, is fitted with a thermal cut-out and is fully unwound before using it.
Using your pole saw safely
- Ensure pets and other people stay well away from the area you’re working in – they could be injured by falling branches – and also remove any trip hazards.
- Don’t use an electric pole saw when it’s raining or there are high winds.
- Never attempt to cut branches located within 50 feet (15 metres) of power lines.
- Make sure you’re wearing the proper protective equipment: you’ll need a helmet, eye protection, hearing protection, non-slip work gloves, long trousers and non-slip work shoes.
- Pole saws can be heavy and awkward to work with, so take regular breaks and don’t try to do too much work at once.
- Keep the cord behind you and as far out of the way as possible during use.
- Always hold the pole saw with both hands, close to your chest.
- Cut branches at a 45-degree angle.
- Go slowly, make sure you always maintain secure footing and avoid overreaching.
- If the pole saw jams, turn it off and wait a few seconds for all moving parts to stop before attempting to rectify it.
- If you notice a burning smell or any unusual noises, switch the electric pole saw off immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer.
- If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get to safety and call 999 immediately.
- Always turn off the pole saw of at the socket or unplug before cleaning it, and follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions carefully.
- Store your pole saw in a cool, dry place.