Spring Tree Pruning

With a Little Help from the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw

Tree pruning can be a real hassle. Sure, you could hire a professional—but that could run thousands of dollars, which is why most people like to do it themselves. With the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw, you can make quick work of tree pruning—saving time and money while facilitating good health for your trees. Before you go firing up the pole saw though, there are a few things you should know that could make the difference between beneficial trimming and a detrimental crew cut!

Experts agree that the best time to trim most trees is when they’re leafless in winter. However, if you can prune before they start growing, that still counts as dormant pruning and ideal due to the benefits.

But spring is in full swing, so is it too late? Not by a long shot. Here are a few general guidelines to follow if you’re pruning in spring.

  • Don’t remove more than 10% of the tree’s branches
  • Remove dead, dying or decaying branches
  • Prune enough for aesthetics without going over board—shape the tree, don’t butcher it!

Note that overpruning in spring could limit a tree’s bloom potential for the year as well as make it more vulnerable to insect infestation and disease. However, there are several trees that could especially benefit from trimming in late spring or summer—maple, walnut and birch trees. Pruning in winter tends to cause these species to ooze more sap!

There are other trees for which pruning is recommended once they’re done with their spring blooming: apricot, chokecherry, crabapple, dogwood, flowering cherry, flowering plum, juneberry, lilac and magnolia.

Caution: There are trees you should never prune in spring—or summer and fall for that matter, including oaks (to reduce the chance of oak wilt), elms (to reduce the chance of Dutch elm disease), sycamores (to reduce the chance of anthracnose) and honey locust trees (to reduce the chance of stem cankers).

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to get pruning! The Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw is ideal to meet your pruning needs. The power tool features a 9-1/2 bar with 3/8 in. pitch Oregon® chain, automatic chain oiler, easy chain adjustment and safety features including hand guard and reduced-kickback design. And no need for a ladder—the saw features a telescoping fiberglass pole that extends from 6 ft. to 8 ft, 10 in. In addition to assembly, care, operation and safety instructions, the user manual also provides helpful pruning tips.

Cutting tip from the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw user manual

 

With over 1200 reviews submitted to date, this electric pole saw has earned an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here are some of the actual customer reviews:

Used this saw one afternoon. Did everything I needed it to do. Every homeowner should own this saw. – Matt, Cape Code, MA

Tree damage from wind storm, did not want to use my chain saw off of ladder. I bought the pole saw and it handled the ten-inch section of the tree with no problems. If I never have need for it again, it has paid for itself. Very satisfied!! – Hugh L., Chattanooga, TN

Was easy to assemble. Instructions were easy to follow. Saw works great. Used it to trim the palm tree and fruit tree. Easy to handle. The safety feature required it to start at a horizontal level then raise it to cut what you intend to do. Great saw. – Suzi, Mesa, AZ

Plenty of power. Reaches very high, no ladder needed. Did all my trees in a single morning, golf in the afternoon. Easy adjust, easy to use and very lightweight. – Pat the Pruner, Orem, Utah

Assembly is easy and operating the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw is even easier—check out this video from TheLightHouseLady on YouTube—please note her husband toward the end of the video is not utilizing the prescribed safety gear as outlined in the product manual when operating the electric pole saw—ANSI-approved safety goggles, hard hat and heavy-duty rubber work gloves.

Make quick and easy work of pruning with the Portland 7 Amp Electric Pole Saw, available exclusively at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

7 Amp Electric Pole Saw
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Source material:
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Treeremoval.com

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light

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This Rotating Magnet LED Work Light stays put on metal surfaces via a powerful magnetic base and provides 180 lumens, making it ideal for automotive repairs, shop work and hobbies. It’s also a great emergency back-up light.

Other features include an easy on/off switch and a 360-degree swivel head that enables you to direct the beam exactly where you want it. The work light is powered by three AA batteries providing between 3 to 6 hours of run time—batteries are included.

Customers really love this work light:

Handy light to have around. Bright and easy to use in tight and difficult places. – COS Mac, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Great little light with magnet bottom and rotating head puts the light just where you need it. – Don, Bewood, NC

I use the magnetic rotating light to work on farm machinery in tight places, within the engine area, under the vehicle, and in buildings that have no lighting. This light puts out a lot of light. – Rocking Double B Ranch, Russellville, MO

I got this to help provide a small spotlight when working under the hood. It is great for that. It also helps when checking the air pressure in the dark … – Dave, Antioch, CA

Great value for this product, lots of light and the magnet holds good when I clean our pellet stove. Very good quality, will purchase more. – Lil SKI, Plattsburgh New York

Pick up one or more of the Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light
item#62955

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair

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Now you’ll always have guaranteed seating at sporting events, concerts, picnics and other outdoor activities with the Foldable Aluminum Sport Chair available at Harbor Freight Tools. Lightweight yet durable enough to support up to 250 lbs., this foldable chair features three side pockets, bottle holder and a folding side table.

Chances are you’ll want to pick up more than one after seeing what other customers had to say about them:

The wife and I love this chair … I bought four of them. Very comfortable and very well built. Would suggest them to anyone. – paw paw, Pasadena, TX

This folding chair is much better than I anticipated. Very solidly built and well designed. Will use it primarily as a fishing chair, for which it is well suited. – Bill, Lancaster, SC

A few years ago, I purchased a “director’s chair”, as it was advertised, that is designed about the same as your sports chair. The primary difference between the two is the weight. The chair from HF was about 10 pounds lighter, and just as comfortable. I purchased 2 more as gifts for 2 of my sons at their request. The one I recently purchased is for me, since my wife seems to have adopted my first one. They are comfortable around the campfire or anywhere else when we are outdoors. The fold-up side table is great for beverages. Will probably buy another in the near future. Great product. – Bob O, Harbor Beach, MI

No sagging when I sit down on it. I weigh 210 lbs. I can get up from it with no problems. The side table can fold up if you want. It’s perfect for my camping and fishing trips. It doesn’t take up much room when it’s folded flat. The price here was less than the stores that had similar models … M.B., Albany, NY

I have a difficult time trying to get in and out of the conventional folding chairs with or without arms. This is the FIRST chair that not only is it easy to sit or get out of, it is also the ONLY one I have found which supports my back for hours on end at car shows. I highly recommend this chair. The folding pop-up table along with the storage holder on the other arm makes it ideal for anyone who wants to have a “hands free” seating arrangement. – Chief, Gastonia, NC

Whether you’re off to an event, going on a road trip or enjoying that much-needed staycation on your front porch or patio, you can’t go wrong with the Foldable Aluminum Sport Chair available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair
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3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher

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Now you can tackle three yard tasks with only one tool, the Portland 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher available at Harbor Freight.

Featuring a lightweight and balanced design, you’ll experience less fatigue compared to other brands when blowing leaves and other debris. Once you have the leaves in a pile, simply convert to vacuum mode and turn those leaves into valuable mulch!

The 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher has two speed settings and a 12:1 mulch ratio.

Customers are raving about this powerful tool:

My Black & Decker died and this replacement has a few more safety features that are good to have because the unit will not start if any of the attachments are not properly attached. – leafman, Earie, PA

It was more than I expected. Cleaned up my front yard in less than an hour while filling two yard trash bags … – Ramfan1m, Lake Placid, FL

Great product, works well and is built with great quality. – Mils, Winter park, FL

I have a ton of oak leaves and pine needles in my yard and this mulcher handles it with ease … – Big Ed, Pinetop, AZ

Pick up the 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

3-in-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher
item#: 62337

EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool

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This handy tool extends your reach nearly 3 feet and can lift up to 5 pounds. Quickly and easily pick up items without having to uncomfortably bend down or overreach. This tool also features super suction cup grippers and a trigger lock that keeps the jaws locked on the item.

Customers don’t know how they ever got along without the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool:

When I first took it out of the box I had little faith that it would hold a slick 16 oz can. But I took it out to my shop reached up and it picked up the can and held it solidly. I tried a number of things and it held them all just fine. I even picked up quarter inch dowels off the floor with it (boy was that a surprise). – Ken P, Spokane, WA

This is the best “pick up” tool I have ever seen. I have severe back trouble that prevents me from bending over. This tool will even pick up a pill I might have dropped. I now have one in almost every room in the house for picking up anything that falls or is put on the floor. – bern, Michigan

Wife just had a knee replacement and the orthopedist recommended the device for her. Your product was better designed and significantly cheaper than those at pharmacies and stores that sell medical devices. – Frank, Martinsburg, WV

I used it to pick up screws and nails and worked awesome! – Suzanne, Alvin, TX

I use this for everything. This fall I used it for pulling leaves out of holly bushes to keep from getting my arms scratched up. I am sure I will find many more uses. – Tinkerbella, Pennsylvania

Keep one in the garage, shop, kitchen … But before you can start picking up items with the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool, you have to pick one up at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool
item#: 62752

Bigfoot Panel Wagon

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This tried-and-true classic with upgrades is great for the kids and also ideal for hauling gardening tools, outdoor supplies and more.

The Bigfoot Panel Wagon is constructed of sturdy steel with a rust-resistant powder-coat finish. High stakes securely fastened to the wagon and wood paneling keep passengers or cargo secure.

Customers give this red wagon high marks – check out these five-star reviews:

Purchased to pull our young grandson. Easy to put together. Very sturdy. Will pull easily thru sand. – Stella, Boise, ID

Going to use the wagon for hauling firewood for my backyard fire pit. – cruisingbear, Rogue Valley Southern Oregon

My first job as a teenager was putting together trikes, bikes and wagons. So I have seen hundreds of them. This is the best and highest quality wagon I have ever seen. – C10, Sonoma, CA

The pneumatic tires and wheel bearings make it very easy to pull heavy loads across rough or soft terrain. The side rails are great for keeping the kids safe. It’s well built and a great value. – Buddy, Michigan

My husband and I purchased this wagon for our first grandson when he was 16 months old. He is now a high school graduate and driving a car. Wagon is as perfect as the day we purchased it. In fact, I just ordered another one. – Grandma Jean, New York State

I just took it to a junkyard and hauled an AWD transmission and torque converter and more, which well exceeded 300 pounds, through the rocks … All said and done, the thing is still up and running. This thing was a workhorse and a huge help. If you have to carry a lot of weight over a distance, for the price, this thing is worth its weight in gold. – Chris, North Highlands

I LOVE THIS WAGON. I use it to pull garden supplies around the yard. I pull my 2-year-old granddaughter around in it also. It is a great value. I was looking at a big name wagon which cost much more than the Bigfoot. Saved me a bunch of cash and I can’t see a lot of difference. – Dave, Pennington Gap, VA

You can pick up the Bigfoot Panel Wagon at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Bigfoot Panel Wagon (for ages 5 and up)
item#: 60570

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc

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These gloves are ideal for professional mechanics, contractors, crafters and hobbyists! Nitrile gloves provide better chemical resistance compared to latex gloves and won’t trigger latex allergies.

The nitrile gloves provide a protective barrier against dirt, grime and oil as well as many chemicals and solvents. The gloves fit right or left hands with a comfortable fit and feel. Available in medium, large and extra-large sizes, they’re ideal for janitorial work, painting, maintenance, light shop work and even food processing.

You’ll definitely want to keep several boxes of the gloves on hand after you see what these customers said:

Get two boxes—you will be glad you did … have used them for years. – Shooter, Kingsport, TN

Always use nitrile for disposable gloves in my shop. They last longer, take more abuse, and don’t puncture as easily as latex, especially with some liquids like naphtha and paint thinners. – Mr. B Jr., On the Island

This is a more reasonably priced version of the nitrile gloves you find anywhere else. The quality is every bit as high, but the price is better. – Jim, McLean, VA

I use for painting and working with glues or two part putty. Durable enough to stand up to these kinds of uses. – BFABGH, Savannah, GA

Pick up the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc today at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc X-Large
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5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc Large
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5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc Medium
item#61363

6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA

6.5 HP 212cc OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA

Since its inception, the Predator line of engines has received rave reviews from customers who want the best while paying less. This 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA available at Harbor Freight Tools is a real work horse and can be used to replace the engines on lawn mowers, log-splitters, pressure washers, cement mixers, compressors, water pumps and dozens of other machines.

The engine features gas-saving overhead valves for cooler, cleaner performance and a ball-bearing mounted horizontal shaft. The powerful gas engine also features a durable cast iron cylinder to improve wear, low oil sensor and auto shutdown when the oil level is too low for safe operation and user-friendly controls.

With over 450  reviews, this engine has earned an average rating of 4-1/2 out of 5 stars. Here’s what customers are saying:

Cranks every time and has plenty of power. The price is unreal. – Douglas, Houston, TX

I purchased this motor to replace a locked up motor. No modifications had to be made to put this motor on. Works great! – Bill, Parker, CO

I bought this engine to replace the 5hp engine from an older Toro 521 snowblower. The engine was a perfect match and was easy to swap out. The engine starts right away, was easy to break in, and is ready for use. – Nick, Providence, RI

Installed this on my 1996 troy bilt horse rototiller. Entire motor was cheaper than just a few parts for the old motor. Install was cake, just needed a few washers to space out the pulley and a 5/16th x 2″ long bolt. 24 pitch. Added oil and gas and the little motor fired on the first pull and purred like a kitten! – Jhelms, Laveen, AZ

I needed to replace my 1966, 5hp shredder engine after this one finally died. Did my research and found this little beauty for way less than I expected to spend. I bought it with no second thoughts, yanked the old one out and installed the new one in. The bolt pattern was the same ( as in 1966…?) … Filled the oil, filled the gas tank and fired that little puppy. I have put now 3 days of work, shredding leaves and twigs and that engine is the greatest. I love the speed control to fine tune the rpm of my shredder. The only regret I have is that I should have replaced my old motor sooner. I have a 1962 tiller ( also a LawnBoy) and I’m going to replace the engine in the spring with this same engine. I’m very happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you. – Vince, Statford, CT

To pick up the 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA
item#69730

Note that this engine is for sale outside of California only – refer to 69727 for the California compliant model.

10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit

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The 10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit is designed to cut tubing, pipes, re-bar, wood, metal and plastic. The band saw cuts at no-load speeds between 0 to 420 FPM and only weighs 16 lbs. for easy handling and less fatigue.

Features include a needle-bearing-mounted spindle and three wheel-bearing blade guides for even, accurate cuts. The band saw also features a 5 in. x 5 in. deep cut capacity, superior ergonomic design and balance for accurate cuts, storage case and 14 TPI blade.

Here’s what customers are saying about this must-have power tool:

The Harbor Freight 62800 band saw not only performed any task I gave it, but saved me money over the more expensive competitors’ saws … Saw was smooth cutting and had plenty of power to cut the 1/8 thick steel bars. I would indeed recommend this to anyone. – Nearpar, Port Huron, MI

I have cut 2″x2″ 3/16″ wall tubing, 1/4″ plate, clamped three pieces of 1/8″ plate together, and 1.25″ solid round bar. It cut through all of them like butter! Very easy to control while cutting. Feels solid … My first time using a band saw and I have found it easy to operate. Speed controls have handled all of my needs. – MHSAW, Wichita Falls, TX

This saw has a nice blade change feature that the older model did not have and that is you do not have to remove the cover, just turn the blade tension lever and change the blade. The drive and tension wheels both have a softer rubber on them. I have 2 of the older saws and both are going strong. The only reason I bought the new model was because I gave my son one. This new model has a lot of power, cut 2″ heavy wall pipe,1/2×3 steel and 3/8x4x4 angle iron with no problem. This is another great buy. – Royknpp, Carmel, NY

You can pick up the 10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit at your local Harbor Freight store.

10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit
item#62800

 

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc

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Whether you’re a professional mechanic, contractor or arts & crafts hobbyist, you’ll want to keep several boxes of the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc on hand. They come in medium, large and extra-large sizes.

Nitrile gloves provide better chemical resistance compared to latex gloves and won’t trigger latex allergies. They provide a protective barrier against dirt, grime and oil as well as many chemicals and solvents. The gloves fit right or left hands with a comfortable fit and feel. They’re ideal for janitorial work, painting, maintenance, light shop work and even food processing.

Customers have made these gloves a staple for their shops, garages, tool boxes and glove compartments.

They are excellent quality, great value, and serve many purposes. Overall you cannot beat these for their value. – Brian the Refinisher, Fort Worth, TX

The nitrile gloves work great in my wood shop when applying finish. Very strong, I can use them several times before wearing out gloves from putting them on. – Wayne’s Woodworks, SE Portland, OR

Use them for everything from grease and oil to processing deer. –  Larry, Rome, NY

Can’t ask for a better glove to do dirty work or to handle things that could bring harm to your health. – Cowboy Ken, Vancouver, WA

I use them on everything, car repair to household cleaning. – Big T, Mechanicsville, VA

Pick up the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc today at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc X-Large
item#68498

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc Large
item#61360

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc Medium
item#61363