In this article, we explained how to extend a Stihl pole saw, and we also gave other tips on how to use a pole saws generally. This is necessary because the use of a pole saw is very dangerous. It requires a lot of experience. Ironically, the bulk of the danger in the use of a pole saw is not posed by the cutting tool. Rather, most of the danger lies in the branches and limbs being cut.
So, if you have to cut, trim, or prune the trees around your house, you have to apply a lot of caution. In whatever you do, remember that safety is of utmost importance. So, let’s get down to the business of the day. One more thing – we only focused on a Stihl pole saw because the brand is one of the most popular brands in the pole saw niche. However, most of the tips that we gave below can be applied to other brands of pole saws.
How to Extend a Stihl pole saw?
Extending a Stihl pole saw, or any other pole saw does not require any expertise or any experience. It is one of the simplest tasks to perform. Although it is very likely that it has been explained in its user manual, we will still explain it here.
There is a pole extension attachment. This pole becomes necessary when you want to cut, trim, or prune tree branches that are several feet or meters above the ground. You just need to attach the extension pole to the saw.
Select the preferred cutting/pruning/trimming head and attach it to the long pole. Ensure you attach it firmly. There are several models of Stihl pole saws, and their extension poles vary in length. But they all have the same extension techniques. Now that we have explained how to extend a Stihl pole saw, it is important that we move to a more important issue that is relevant to the use of a pole saw. The issue is safety.
You understand how dangerous it can be to prune or cut trunks that are way taller than you. It is necessary to apply all safety tips.
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Tips on using a pole saw
Read the user manual
Virtually all pole saws come with a user manual. As for Stihl, its user manual is in PDF form. It has up to 72 pages. A large part of the manual is meant for safety tips. So, we will implore you to take the time to read through the user manual of your pole saw before you start using it. This is in your best interest because the user manual is filled with numerous safety tips.
If you are using your pole saw for the first time, we will advise you to seek guidance. You need to have an expert around to walk you through the steps. After using the saw with supervision a couple of times, you can start using it on your own.
Give a distance
It is not enough to cut with a pole saw. You must consider where the cut branches may land. So, you have to stay away from its path. You don’t want a trunk falling on you. It can lead to serious injuries. In the user manual of a Stihl pole saw, it is stated clearly that you should leave a distance of at least 15 meters or 50 feet from the base of the tree whose limbs you want to cut. So, the cut limb will not drop close to you.
For the same reason, we will advise you to put on your goggles. Remember, you will be looking up as you cut, trim, or prune. This exposes your eyes to dirt, dust, and debris. Also, make sure nobody is around the place. Your kids and pets should be locked away.
Don’t use the saw when it is windy
This is important because the wind can change the trajectory of a part of the tree that you just cut off. So, you may not be able to tell how the cut trunk will be blown. The wind could blow it in your direction, and that can lead to a serious injury. The branches could also be blown towards parked cars or the windows of buildings around. Once it gets windy, you need to stop cutting or trimming. It is also not advisable to trim or prune trees when it is raining either.
Cut only one limb at a time
To avoid kickbacks, you should cut only one limb at a time. Don’t cut limbs with the nose of the guide bar, and never let the nose of the guide bar come in contact with any object.
You can’t control the saw with one hand
Never attempt to control your pole saw with one hand. It is a very powerful tool, and the chances are very high that you’ll lose control when you use one hand. This could lead to a fatal injury. Remember, power without control is very dangerous.
Avoid power lines
Avoid trimming trees near power lines or other power facilities. The pole saw is not resistant to electricity. It could come in contact with a naked wire while using it. Electrocution is better imagined than experienced.
Change your blade quickly
Once you notice that the blade of any of your cutting heads is getting dull, it is better to change it immediately. The sharper the blade, the faster the saw will cut. Dull blades will only slow you down.
We have discussed how to extend a Stihl pole saw and we have also discussed safety tips to apply when using a pole saw. To wrap things up, let’s give you a few tips on how to store your pole saw. After using the saw, you also need to store it properly. We will advise that you store it in a dry and well-ventilated place. Bear in mind that the chain oil will seep out a bit whenever it is not in use. So, store it where the seeping oil will not be an issue. Don’t keep it in a place that should be pristine. Most importantly, keep it out of the reach of your kids. Maybe you should store it in a place that is under lock and key.