Time was when a string trimmer was just that. But now, some of the outdoor power equipment manufacturers have done us home gardeners a big favor by offering interchangeable devices to be used with that same engine that previously ran our string trimmer only.
Tillers, blowers, and edgers are some of the tool options now available to us without buying another 2-cycle engine that we'll need to keep fueled and serviced.
Today, we're looking at the pole saw attachment that we can add to our Troy-Bilt power head. It's a simple matter to loosen just one bolt by hand (no tools or wrenches needed), release the shaft of our string trimmer and slide it off, before attaching the shaft and cutting head of our pole saw attachment.
Be sure to add chain and bar oil before starting the device, and be sure it is oiling properly while in operation to avoid damaging the device. What we have basically is a "chain saw on a stick", and as such we need to follow all the same rules of operation and caution for the use of our power pole saw that we exercise when using any other chain saw.
These include wearing eye protection, wearing gloves, keeping the work area around us clear of children and pets, and maintaining good footing and balance. Take note of where your cuttings will fall and drag them out of the way as you work. Also, use caution not to hit the cutting chain on foreign objects such as rocks, which will dull and damage the chain.
Advantages of using the power pole saw as opposed to the manual pole saw are: ease and quickness of cutting, not getting the pull rope of the manual saw/pruner tangled up, being able to easily reach up and into trees and shrubs, and cutting more limbs in less time--thus avoiding user fatigue.
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