Best 'POLE SAW' Guide for Beginners/Home Owners | Silky vs Notch vs Corona vs STIHL

Tune in to find out the best Manual Polesaw options available in the market right now, and also learn basic techniques and best practices to get started in correctly using this versatile tool. In this video, Stu discusses popular blades such as the Hayauchi and Hayate Blades, and compares popular brands such as Silky, Notch, Stihl and Corona.

TIP: Watch till the end to find out a combination that gives you up to 35 feet of reach!

Pole saws can prove to be a vital tool in the arsenal of any landscaper, and even homeowners, that need to reach up to cut high branches while remaining safely on the ground.

While it’s basically a chainsaw attached to a long pole, a pole saw holds the blade securely, letting you reach up to cut branches while remaining safely on the ground. To find out which pole saws perform the best, we field-tested some of the best options on the market.

The Ultimate Guide to Manual Pole Saws for Homeowners

Looking to cut those high branches in your yard? It can be a hassle. Hiring someone with a bucket truck is pricey, and gas pole saws are heavy and expensive. Ladders? They’re dangerous. But there’s a solution: manual pole saws.

Why Manual Pole Saws?

Manual pole saws are perfect for homeowners. They help you reach those over-10-foot limbs effortlessly. Here’s why they’re the best option:

  • Cost-Effective: No need to spend $600-plus on a gas pole saw.
  • Lightweight: Most manual pole saws are considerably lighter, making them easier to use.
  • High Reach: You can reach up to 20 feet or more, far above what a gas pole saw can achieve.

Common Misconceptions

People often come into the shop and say, "I’ve had one of those, and it didn't work." But what they’re referring to is a cheap, flimsy pole saw, not a quality one.

Take the Corona pole saw, for example. It’s cheap and doesn’t cut well. I’ve tested it, and the results were dismal.

The Gold Standard: Silky Pole Saws

Silky is the top brand you may not have heard of. These saws are the gold standard. Why? Because they last ten times longer and cut much faster than average pole saws. Silky blades are:

  • Chrome Plated: Keeps them sharp for longer.
  • Impact Hardened: Makes them durable.
  • Efficient: Cuts in a fraction of the time.

Comparing Silky and Corona Pole Saws

I put both to the test. The Silky pole saw took only a third of the time to make a similar cut. Plus, it provides cleaner cuts and is easier to manage. The Corona pole, on the other hand, flops around, making it hard to cut anything efficiently.

Notch Pole Saws with Silky Blades

Notch, a company that specializes in these tools, now runs Silky blades on their pole saws. These are some of my top picks:

  • 16-Footer
  • 21-Footer
  • 20-Footer with Hayate Blade: This one’s the fastest and longest lasting.

Practical Demonstration

Let’s take this outside. I used a Corona pole saw and then a Silky saw to cut the same limb. The Silky took a fraction of the time and effort, making clean, swift cuts.

Reaching New Heights

One of the Notch pole saws reaches up to 20 feet. This tool is a game-changer for high branches. You can work from the safety of the ground, avoiding the dangers of falling limbs or sawdust in your eyes.

For even higher cuts, combine the pole saw with a Hasagawa tripod ladder. This setup feels as secure as a bucket truck. I tackled a 32-foot-high limb without breaking a sweat.


Manual pole saws are a vital tool for any homeowner. They’re cost-effective, lightweight, and can reach impressive heights. If you’re in the market for one, go for quality. A Silky or Notch pole saw will serve you well for years. Visit any of our stores in Winter Garden, Claremont, or Ocala to see these top-notch pole saws in person.

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