3 Things to Look for in a Telescoping Pole Saw

Tools to help you extend your reach when you need to clear tree limbs for a tree stand or viewing lanes

pole saw hooked on tree branch
A pole saw with a pruning attachment can tackle all sorts of chores that are out of reach.Fiskars

Every year, just as summer begins winding down, and hunters begin preparing their hunting locations, one of the most overlooked tools for preseason maintenance is the telescoping pole saw. Just as it has innumerable uses around the home, it is an invaluable asset when setting up all types of deer stands—from ladders, to climbers, to hang-ons—as well as clearing shooting lanes and just generally policing deer camp ahead of opening weekend. Here are a few things to consider when looking to extend your reach.

Maximum Length

Notch 40207 Pole Saw Set, Yellow
The farther you need to reach, the stronger your saw construction should be.Notch

Most pole saws telescope anywhere from 12 to 15 feet. The longer you extend them, the less leverage you have, so pay attention to the construction material as well as the locking mechanism to make sure you are getting a tool sufficient for your needs. Cross-section geometry also affects stiffness, with square or oval handles being a bit more rigid than perfectly round handles.

Branch Pruner

Fiskars 393981-1001 502999 14' Extend Tree Pruner
A pole saw with a pruner attachment makes it easy to trim nearly any sized branch.Fiskars

Some pole saws have an integrated pruner for clipping branches an inch or so in diameter. Anything larger than that, and you are better off sawing. But the branch pruner is great for doing the more delicate work of clearing shooting lanes of arrow-deflecting sprouts and twigs that flex under the saw blade and are difficult to saw.

Other Attachments

DocaPole 5-12 Foot Pole Pruning Saw
If you have other chores that are out of reach, consider a product with several other useful attachments.DOCAZOO

Why limit all that newfound range to sawing and pruning? Some telescoping models offer a multitude of accessories for turning your pole saw into a pole mop, a pole brush, a bulb changer, or a random whacker-knocker for those hard-to-reach high places around camp and home.