Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Black and Decker 20V Lithium Ion Pole Saw. This item was a needs based purchase and it just happened to be a great one in the end. As many of you know we had to place my Father-in-Law in a memory care facility this last year. Once we did that we sold his house to help keep him at this great facility as long as possible. It really is the best place we found after many months of searching, it is called Silverado and if you ever needs such a place check them out before making a decision.
Anyway in his front yard was a large pecan that he and my son planted many years ago. I decided to take some large limbs from it and have some stuff made for the family from the wood. I tossed my Oregon Power Now Saw into my truck and headed for his place.
When I got there I looked at this tree and found limbs I could take without ruining its form for the new buyer. The problem? None were really safe to take without a pole saw, I had no pole saw. So off to the local Lowes I went to find something and found this one, figured I’d give it a shot and get the job done, if it was crappy, I’d just return it same day.
Let me tell you, this little sucker cuts and does a great job. I use it all the time now to lop limbs of the oaks here, this is something I have to do yearly as they constantly coppice back. I want them all pruned up high enough that you don’t take out an eye walking around. I have also used it to top quite a few trees that needed to come down and were far easier to fell correctly once topped.
This tool has its limits mind you, it is perfect for the small homesteader that will use it a few times a month or a quarter for the type of work it is intended for. If you have other Black and Decker stuff with 20V Lithium Ion batteries you can buy it as a bare tool, and if you won’t use it much that makes sense. However as a battery by itself sells for 30 bucks picking up an extra battery and charger for a 35 bucks makes more sense to me.
So if you need to use a pole saw daily I would say look to a quality gas tool, but if you will have the occasional homestead need, this thing rocks, and it could save you from injury or death. Some things just should not be done with a regular saw from a ladder or up in a tree.
As a teenager I spent one summer working for Asplundh and did a lot of topping. I saw two pretty shitty injuries occur to guys that said, “don’t worry I got it”. Don’t be that guy! Instead check out the Black and Decker 20V Lithium Ion Pole Saw today.
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