Pole Saw Attachment vs. New Pole Saw: Which To Buy?

Pole saws and their various pole saw attachments make these power cutting tools very versatile.

Whether you have an existing tool that can take a pole saw attachment, or you’re looking for a new pole saw altogether, you’ll want to know what your options are when buying a new tool or attachment to perform pole saw type tasks.

Whilst this article is more informative than a ‘review’ type piece, you can head over to Best Pole Saw: Buyer’s Guide & Reviews if you want to read more about pole saw and pole saw attachment reviews, and other more specific buyer related information.

Onto the options …


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4 Best Pole Saw Attachment & New Pole Saw Options To Consider When Buying


Option 1 –  Buy A Standard Pole Saw

So, no massive surprises here…

Your first option is to buy a standard pole saw tool, which is the most common option new buyers choose.

Standard pole saws are designed to be just that – a tool which functions only as a pole saw.

They come with two main parts/components – the power head, and the pole saw attachment.

Standard pole saws usually come in the following power types:

Electric corded pole saws

Portable Cordless (battery operated) pole saw

Gas Powered portable pole saw

Manual Pole Saw (no power source – come with a motor free handle, and the attachments are usually much longer than a powered pole saw)


You can read about the different pole saw types and standard pole saws in Best Pole Saw: Buyer’s Guide & Reviews.


What Do You Get? –  Pole Saw Power Head/Motor, Pole Saw Pole/Attachment

What Do You Supply? – Nothing



Option 2 –  Buy A Stand Alone Pole Saw Attachment

Your second option is to buy a stand alone pole saw attachment.

This option is usually best if you buy the stand alone pole saw attachment from the same manufacturer that made your power head, but some attachments are made to connect/attach to power heads from other manufacturers (check the compatibility before purchase).

So, sometimes this option is economical and suitable, sometimes it isn’t – you need to weigh up cost and need when you go to buy.

Examples of stand alone Pole Saw Attachments are:


1. TrimmerPlus PS720 8-Inch Pole Saw with Bar and Chain (On Amazon)

TrimmerPlus tools and attachments come under the Troy Bilt name.

The TrimmerPlus PS720 can be attached to all string trimmers that are attachment capable and have split boom technology – mainly the Troy-Bilt, Remington, and Craftsman trimmers.

No tools are required for attachment.


2. Poulan PP5000P Pro Pole Pruner String Trimmer Attachment (On Amazon)

The Poulan PP5000P is a click and go attachment – you click it into your existing power head and you’re ready to go.

The Poulan attachment

  • Works with Poulan Pro split shaft trimmers
  • Also fits Ryobi, John Deere and Craftsman Models with split boom technology


3. Echo 99944200532 Power Pruner Attachment(On Amazon)

The Echo 99944200532 attachment is for use with other power heads in the Echo range – specifically the PAS-225/230/231/260/261/265/266/280, and SRM-210SB/211SB/225SB models.


4. Hitachi CGPS Pole Saw Commercial Grade Attachment for CG22EADSLP (On Amazon)

The Hitachi CGPS is a commercial grade attachment, compared to a homeowner type attachment.

It is for use only with Hitachi’s CG22EAP2SLD split shaft grass trimmer – so you have to have the Hitachi grass trimmer already or purchase it separately to use this attachment.


What Do You Get? – Pole Saw Attachment Only

What Do You Supply? – Pole Saw Power Head

Who Does This Option Suit Best? – People that already have a power head to connect the pole saw attachment to – usually a gas power head, and usually from a string trimmer, or similar cutting/trimming power tool.



Option 3 – Buy A 2 in 1 Pole Saw Tool

2 in 1 tools are common among many power tools. They are designed and manufactured to function as more than one tool – which is value for money when you are making only one purchase.

When it comes to pole saws, the most common 2 in 1 combination is a pole saw that also doubles as a chainsaw.

The way this varies to a standard pole saw is that instead of the standard pole saw attachment, the attachment you get with the tool is a chainsaw attachment – that functions as a stand alone alone chainsaw when you detach it from the pole.

Examples of 2 in 1 Pole Saw tools that come with chainsaws are:

1. WORX WG309 Electric Pole Saw, 10-Inch

2. Remington RM1025SPS Ranger 10-Inch 8-Amp Electric Chainsaw/Pole Saw Combo


You can read about both of these pole saws in Best Pole Saw: Buyer’s Guide & Reviews.


What Do You Get? – Power Head, Pole Saw Attachment Which Also Doubles As Another Tool

What Do You Supply? – Nothing

Who Does This Option Suit Best? – People looking to buy a new pole saw, but also might have a need for another tool such as a chainsaw.



Option 4 – Buy A Pole Saw Head, Or Pole Saw Tool, That Accepts Several Other Tool Type Attachments

So, in the above options we are talking about the pole saw attachment first.

Well, your fourth option is to buy a pole saw that allows you future flexibility to attach a range of other tool type attachments.

So, we are considering the power head first – specifically that its comes with a pole saw attachment, but mainly that it has this versatility for our future plans to use other outdoor tools – and we cater to this in our buying criteria.

Common types of other tool attachments are blower attachments, hedge trimmer attachments, edging tool attachments and more.

An example of a pole saw that accepts other tool attachments are:

1. Husqvarna 128LDX 28cc 10-Inch Detachable Pole Saw (accepts other Husqvarna tool attachments)


You can read about this pole saw in Best Pole Saw: Buyer’s Guide & Reviews.


What Do You Get? – Power Head (which can connect to other compatible tool attachments – not just pole saw attachments), Pole Saw Attachment

What Do You Supply? – Other attachments you want to use

Who Does This Option Suit Best? – People that want a new pole saw, but also want the option in the future to buy other tool type attachments to use with the one power head – and not have to buy new tools all the time.

Could suit someone who is in their backyard every weekend, or a professional like a gardener or landscaper.


Pole Saw Attachment Resources

1. https://tooljuice.com/best-pole-saw-buyers-guide-reviews/

2. http://www.troybilt.com/

3. http://hitachipowertools.com/

4. http://www.poulanpro.com/



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