It’s quite easy to maintain the appearance of your home garden’s plants by trimming away overgrown or dead areas if you have the right tools. However, it can be quite a hassle to clear overgrown or unruly tree branches from overhead areas like power lines, tree houses, and window openings.
To fully clear them away, you have to climb up a ladder with a pair of shears or an electric saw, both of which could be dangerous while trying to maintain your balance.
Thankfully, this danger has become a thing of the past with the invention of pole saws, which are capable of extending your reach from the ground level. Today, we’ll be examining the Greenworks 20192 and the Sun Joe SWJ803E-CMO pole saws to determine which model offers the best features overall. In order to determine which provides the best deal, we’re going to examine how these two models compare in the following categories: general build, extension and adjustment capabilities, and chainsaw features.
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Sun Joe’s SWJ803E-CMO features an impressively strong 8-amp motor that is powered by plugging it into a wall outlet, so you’ll never need to worry about refilling it with gas. It starts with the press of a button, so you won’t have to spend time cranking a pulley just to get it to start up, saving time and energy.
It weighs a mere 8 pounds, so it won’t be strenuous to keep aloft if you’re cutting multiple branches. Its lightweight design also offers more assurance that you’ll be able to deftly navigate any density of branches if you’re looking to trim and shape your trees’ foliage. The pole also features a foam handle that adds an element of comfort to your grip as you stabilize it.
Greenworks’ 20192 features a 6.5 Amp motor that quickly starts up by pressing the trigger on the handle. It is also powered by electricity, so all you’ll need is a connection to a wall outlet or generator to use it. This means you won’t need to spend money on gas to get it to run continually—you’ll only need to replace the lubricating oil that is used for the bar and chain. It weighs 10.5 pounds, which is easily manageable for overhead use. It also comes with a carrying bag for easy transport and storage when not in use, which adds an extra element of comfort and ease.
Conclusion: The Sun Joe pole saw features a more powerful motor and is lighter, giving it a slight edge over the Greenworks model in this category. The only other difference between the two models in this department is the carrying case that accompanies the Greenworks saw, which is a nice addition, but not an essential feature for use.
Extension and Adjustment
Sun Joe’s pole saw measures 8 feet in length when fully collapsed. Its telescoping pole can extend up to 7.2 feet, which provides 14 feet of overhead reach when fully extended. Its head, which houses the chainsaw, is adjustable from 0° to 30°, giving you more control over the angle of your cuts and saving you the hassle of straining yourself while holding the saw overhead.
By angling the head to be parallel to the ground once it’s overhead, you can let gravity take over, which saves you energy. This is also safer in the long run since you won’t be applying excessive downward force once the chain breaks through the branch you’re cutting.
Greenworks’ pole saw offers 6 feet of reach before adjusting its length. It utilizes a 3-piece system that provides an additional 8 feet of reach when all three pieces are connected. To extend, simply unscrew the chainsaw portion from the handle and insert an extension shaft between them.
Each part of the shaft is made from aluminum, which is sturdier than the plastic that other brands often use. Unlike the Sun Joe model, there’s no way to adjust the angle of the chainsaw. It is designed so that its angle is parallel to the ground while in use, which allows you to simply place the chainsaw on your target before gravity takes over and does the hard work for you.
Conclusion: Due to its adjustable angle and its ability to offer a more customizable length when extending, the Sun Joe pole saw sweeps this category as well. It also offers more length in general, making it possible to tackle higher projects without adding a potentially unstable ladder to the mix.
The Sun Joe model is composed of a 10” Oregon cutting bar and chain that is ⅜” in thickness. It is capable of comfortably cutting branches up to 9.5” in thickness. The chain automatically applies lubrication to the blade as it is in use, which ensures that the chain will smoothly run around the bar and helps prevent breakdowns and snags while in use. This lubrication system uses chainsaw-specific oil that needs to be refilled semi-regularly. Like other Sun Joe products, it features a safety switch that prevents you from accidentally starting the chainsaw until you’re ready.
The Greenworks model features an 8” Oregon bar and chain for cutting limbs in harder to access areas and is capable of cutting limbs and logs that are up to 8” in diameter. It also comes with a system that automatically applies oil to the bar and chain, thus ensuring stability and a longer life for your chain. It features an adjustable chain tensioning system for easy tightening of the chain, which makes the product safer overall and preserves your chain for longer. Simply crank a knob on the side of the chainsaw portion to adjust the tension to the desired setting.
Conclusion: Sun Joe once again takes the lead due to its larger cutting bar and ability to cut through thicker branches. Because chainsaws are already dangerous before you hoist them overhead, its innovative safety switch feature provides an added peace of mind that the Greenworks pole saw simply cannot.
And the Winner is…
While there are a lot of similar features and capabilities between the two models, the Sun Joe SWJ803E-CMO pole saw offers the superior trimming and pruning capabilities. Its stronger motor, longer extension potential, adjustable angle of the chainsaw head, and built-in safety features are all stand-out examples of why it is superior to the Greenworks 20192 pole saw.
With the Sun Joe model, it’s easier than ever to maintain a fully manicured landscape without having to scale a ladder to reach your overhead foliage. While the Greenworks model offers a pretty close race for its peer, it can’t offer as much power or convenience in the long run.