How to Use a Manual Pole Saw With Rope

If you’re looking for an easy way to trim large branches or thin trees, a manual pole saw with rope is the perfect tool. These saws attach to a long pole and use a blade and rope to cut through branches.

How to Use a Manual Pole Saw With Rope

They are easy to operate and can be used by anyone. This blog post will show you how to use a manual pole saw with rope. We’ll also provide some tips on how to get the most out of your saw. Let’s get started!

How to Use a Manual Pole Saw With Rope: Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Clear the Area

Pole saws can be dangerous if you’re not careful, which means clearing the area and removing anything nearby that could get caught in the blade (including people). Move any obstacles out of your path. If needed, remove objects hanging from nearby branches to avoid dropping onto anyone below when cut off. Do not use a pole saw inside your home or garage.

Step 2: Prepare the Pole Saw

Before you turn on a pole saw, make sure it’s in a safe position and can’t fall onto someone below. Positioning a pole saw means getting the right angle so that when the blade hits a branch, it will cut through with minimal resistance. You can do this by practicing with the saw; if you’re not experienced, it’s best to cut off low-hanging branches first before moving up. Make sure the attachment bolt is tight.

Step 3: Cut the Branches

There are two main types of pole saws: gas-powered and manual. Either way, start cutting at the branch’s base and work your way up. Using a saw with an angled blade will help you get into hard-to-reach branches more efficiently while using one with a straight blade helps get the job done more efficiently.

Step 4: Clean Up

Once you’re finished sawing through branches, unplug the pole saw and move it to a safe place. If included with your model, place the blade back into the protective case. Ensure no branches or other objects are surrounding the area you’re working in, and sweep any debris away from the area.

Unplug the Pole Saw

Step 5: Store the Pole Saw

Store your pole saw in a dry place with enough room for it to be hung up. Don’t store the pole saw with gasoline inside its tank, and avoid storing it near any flammable items or outdoors where it’s exposed to the weather. Check the oil if you’re using a gas-powered model; if needed, add oil and replace the cap securely. Finally, clean any dirt off of the pole saw before putting it away.

Step 6: Disposing of Tree Branches

Tree branches are considered yard waste in some areas. However, they pose a fire risk when piled near any combustible surfaces. So ensure they’re placed far away from any structures, mulch piles, or plants before discarding them in an area where they won’t create a hazard.

Some Tips and Suggestions

Here are some tips and suggestions on how to use a manual pole saw with rope.

1. The longer the pole, the more control you have over the saw. So make sure to choose one that fits your height.

2. Don’t rush cutting through branches; this makes it harder on you and may lead to injury. Instead, take your time and slowly cut down each branch before moving on to the next.

3. Keep your hands on both the saw and the pole at all times. This way, you will avoid serious injury if the saw comes down unexpectedly.

Keep Your Hands on Both

4. Make sure you have a firm footing before cutting anything. You can do this by placing one foot on either side of your target branch.

5. After removing branches from a tree, let the blade come to a complete stop before moving on to the next branch. This will help ensure a clean cut.

6. Before moving onto thicker branches, make sure your saw is properly lubricated and that the teeth are fine-toothed enough to handle smaller twigs.

Different Types of Pole Saws

1. Manual Pole Saws:

Most manual pole saws are made of metal and come with a rope attached to the end-user for cutting. They can also cut some vegetation types but will struggle to cut others. This type might be better than an electric pole saw if you don’t need electricity.

2. Electric Pole Saws:

Electric pole saws are powered by electricity and can cut branches up to eight inches in diameter. Because they are powered by electricity, you will need an extension cord to operate them outside your home. They might not be as powerful as gas pole saws, but make up for it with convenience.

3. Gas-Powered Pole Saws:

Gas-powered pole saws are the most powerful type of pole saw. They cut branches up to twelve inches in diameter, but they are harder to start and require more maintenance than electric or manual pole saws.

Gas-powered Pole Saws

4. Pole Saw Ropes:

Most manual pole saws come with ropes attached to the end to help cut branches. The size of branches that can be cut with a rope depends on how thick or sturdy the ropes are, but should be able to cut any vegetation smaller than eight inches in diameter.

5. Cordless Pole Saws:

Cordless pole saws are powered by a battery and have recently been developed. They do not require an extension cord, which is a massive advantage over electric pole saws. However, they can’t cut as much vegetation as electric or gas pole saws because people haven’t figured out how to make them powerful enough.

Can You Use a Pole Saw as a Hedge Trimmer

Pole saws are versatile tools that allow you to prune high tree limbs without climbing a ladder or pulling out a step ladder. You can also use it to trim low-hanging branches or shrubs surrounding your home, but understand that using the pole saw as a hedge trimmer will be difficult because it’s challenging to maneuver the long pole. 


If you are interested in using a manual pole saw for your tree trimming needs, use the tips we’ve shared to get started. We hope these guidelines on how to use a manual pole saw with rope help make this task easier and safer for you.

Remember that safety is number one when it comes to tackling any project! Let us know how things go with your newfound knowledge of using a manual pole saw if you have feedback or questions about our advice here.

Jennifer Branett
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