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
item#62896

 

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

High Lift Riding Lawn Mower / ATV Lift

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This heavy duty ATV/riding mower lift has a foot-activated pump that quickly elevates your riding mower or ATV for easy access during routine maintenance. A powerful hydraulic pump lifts up to 300 lb. to a maximum height of 24 in. and a three position safety lock keeps the load secure.

Additional features include 5 in. wheels for easy positioning and maneuverability, one-handed six position wheel saddle depth adjustment for different sized tires and separate foot pedal for a slow, controlled release.

Customers give the lift great reviews:

This lift makes changing blades a snap, nothing else to have to disassemble and reassemble. Thanks Harbor Freight. – Scoot, ATL.

I use it for ATV and Lawn Tractor. Like it. Easy to assemble and use. Stores easily. Great Price and fine quality. Would tell everyone to buy this, if you have riding equipment. – Jake, Head Foreman, Bland, MO

I bought this for servicing my Troy-Bilt riding mower. I have used it about 2 years now, and it still works fine. I have never needed to adjust the jack or bleed it. It has worked great ever since I took it out of the box. It makes blade removal and deck cleaning relatively easy … I would purchase this again in a heartbeat. A friend of mine borrowed it and liked it so well, he bought one for himself. – Jim, Raymore, Missouri

Using lift for two lawn tractor mowers I use. Foot controls to raise and lower lift are great. – Hill Billy, Austin, TX

You can pick up the High Lift Riding Lawn Mower / ATV Lift at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

High Lift Riding Lawn Mower / ATV Lift
item#61523

Bigfoot Panel Wagon

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This classic red wagon features 10 inch pneumatic tires that handle rough terrain and a 330-lb. weight capacity. It’s great for your kids or grandkids but also ideal for hauling garden tools and outdoor supplies as well. A wide wheelbase provides added stability while the red powder-coated finish resists rust.

I am in my second or third childhood and wanted something to carry “stuff” in.  This fits the bill, easy to put together and easy to pull. Just what I needed.  – GMA Pat, Beaumont, TX

Assembly very easy, nice ride, very useful. I used this wagon to transport much stuff for my garden: blocks, plants, mulch, etc. – JC Milford, MA

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 Big Foot. Saved me a bunch of cash and I can’t see a lot of difference. – Dave, Pennington Gap, VA

The Bigfoot Panel Wagon makes a great gift and is available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

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

17 Ft. IA Multi-Task Ladder

ladderWall Ladder 1 Staircase Ladder 1 Scaffolding 1The 17 Ft. IA Multi-Task Ladder available from Harbor Freight Tools provides 23 different configurations and has a 300-lb capacity. It’s the only ladder you’ll ever need for countless jobs around the house or at the job site.

Configurations include stepladder, wall ladder, work bench and scaffold. When not in use, the ladder folds flat for easy transport or storage. Other features include: super strong aircraft-grade aluminum and a wide base for added stability. The ladder meets ANSI standards.

With over 420 reviews, this ladder has earned an average rating of 4.5 stars:

Folds up small enough to easily fit in my minivan. Easy to use and excellent quality. My favorite HF purchase to date. – Captain Jack, Grand Haven, MI

This ladder is superb! It allows me to reach areas that I couldn’t before and areas where I now feel secure and safe. Well made. Very strong. Many positions give great versatility. You want to fall in love with a ladder? Get this one! – Dan, South Central Pennsylvania

This ladder is so strong and easy to use. I am 72 years old and found this the ladder of my dreams. It can be anything I need in just a few seconds. – Bob, Florida

I’ve had my eye on the name-brand version of this ladder for a long time but the price scared me off. I bought this one during the parking lot sale and I must tell you, it is all you’ll need. Solid as a rock, fairly light-weight, secure latches and configurable for nearly every application. I’m very happy with it and I think you will be, too. This one they got 100% right. – My wife’s handyman, Albuquerque

You can pick up the 17 Ft. IA Multi-Task Ladder at your local Harbor Freight store!

17 Ft. Type IA Multi-Task Ladder
item#67646

1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw

7 Amp Electric Pole Saw

The long-reach 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw from Harbor Freight Tools provides a quick and safe way for trimming high tree branches. The telescoping fiberglass pole extends from 6 ft. to 8 ft. 10 in. And with the easy chain adjustment for convenience, you’ll prune trees like a pro! Safety features include a reduced kickback design and hand guard.

The 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw has received high praise from customers, averaging 4.5 out of 5 starts after 400+ reviews:

I used this immediately after easy assembly trimming about six ash tree limbs approximately the size of my forearms. It cut flawlessly like a hot knife through butter. – Ken, Hamel, MN

This pole saw is a great tool for small high up jobs. Pretty light weight and very powerful. – Sam, Olympia, WA

Trim one tree yourself and you’ve saved more than the cost of the saw. Plenty of reserve power. Easily cut off branches up to 5-6 inches thick. – Kevin, Newport, PA

This little saw has already paid for itself by allowing me to trim without a ladder. Very sharp blade & self-oiling. – Harry O, Hilliard, OH

You can pick up the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw
Item #: 62896

Concrete Performance While Cementing the Savings

3.5 Cubic Ft. Cement Mixer

Mix stucco, mortar, concrete and more with this general duty 3-1/2 Cubic Ft. Cement Mixer from Harbor Freight Tools! Constructed of solid steel, this mixer is great for both construction as well as farm applications such as seed inoculation or mixing feed. Features include an ample 15-inch drum opening, switch and safety lock plus large 9-inch wheels providing easy maneuverability.

Customers have given the 3-1/2 Cubic Ft. Cement Mixer rave reviews:

The price is amazing for this tool that will make mixing easier and save your back. Putting it together was not that difficult … Worth the money you save by building it yourself. It works great. First job paid for itself. – DW, Riverside, CA

I can now do all my projects with ease!! The biggest regret is that I didn’t buy it sooner!!!! Love it. – Ricky P, Forest, MS

Bought this to mix feed. Was easy to assemble, and works great. – Tom, Winfield, PA

For the price you cannot beat it … 1st day ran over 50 bags through it with no problems. Will never mix concrete in a wheelbarrow again. – Mark, Yakima, WA

From mixing soil to cement, the 3-1/2 Cubic Ft. Cement Mixer is sure to become your go-to for construction projects, gardening and farm work! You can pick up the 3-1/2 Cubic Ft. Cement Mixer at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

3-1/2 Cubic Ft. Cement Mixer
item#67536

A Blast to Use!

1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer69488_I_A

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69488_I_CWash dirt off walls, yard equipment, vehicles and more with this powerful 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer from Harbor Freight Tools! Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features a pressure hose over 13 ft. 8 in. long so you can reach tougher areas and 5 in. diameter wheels for easy transport.

This is a great pressure washer for any auto garage or shop that wants to clean larger items quickly! And it’s great for everyday jobs around the home.

Here’s what customers are saying about the 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer:

Easy assembly. I used this for three days straight pressure washing my driveway, 2nd story deck (stairs & railing), and 220 feet of fencing. 30 hours without any problems. Well worth the price! – Vinny, Medford, OR

The product works great!!!! Good value and performance. – Efren, Houston, TX

Neat little pressure washer. Light weight, easy to use and maneuver, stingy on water, but does the job. We use it for cleaning outdoor shades, porch floors and vehicles. Light enough to easily move around and very compact to store. No problems after several uses. – CAPTTOMB, New Braunfels, TX

And check out this fan video we found on YouTube of a customer putting our power washer through its paces!

You can pick up the 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer
Item#69488

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile Brick Saw

If you’re looking to remodel a bathroom or kitchen—or maybe redo a driveway or patio, the 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw from Harbor Freight Tools definitely makes the cut!

The two-position cutting head enables you to adjust the blade to accommodate a wide variety of tiles or bricks. Features include a built-in 3 gallon-per-minute water pump, removable and easy-to-clean high-impact ABS water tub, pivoting head that allows 22.5° and 45° bevel cuts, powerful dual capacitor motor, heavy duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration and an oversized steel frame with precision linear bar system for smooth operation.

Customers love the 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw …

I just got this saw for a paver crew … with a 10″ serrated diamond blade, it goes through pavers in no time at all. The build and fit quality is actually excellent. It cut square right out of the box–I usually spend a good hour fine-tuning my tools, but this one did not need ANY adjustment. This saw would be a deal at 2x the price, glad I could get it so cheaply from HF. – OldBiker, Menlo Park, CA

Had a project with 2 1/2″ caps for block that needed cut and used for a couple tile areas. Easy to use worked great with no issues, have had it over a year and after 3 different projects no problems. Great price compared to other brands! – rken, Hollister, CA

I bought this saw a year and a half ago and was not sure what to expect because of the price compared to every other wet saw out there but this saw is amazing. Since buying it I have done 4 full tile bathrooms one very large kitchen and two large solid brick patios and this thing is still going strong. Never had one problem at all. –  Gary, Cincinnati, OH

For your next remodeling job, check out what the competition charges just to rent a tile saw for the duration of your project compared to buying the 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw from Harbor Freight and using it for future jobs as well! You can pick up your tile saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw
Item#69275

Stand sold separately. Diamond blade shown, sold separately.

Predator Performance!

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 300 reviews, this engine has an average rating of 4-1/2 out of 5 stars. Here what customers are saying:

I installed this engine on my log splitter and it started on the first pull. It is powerful and quiet! – Farmer Marc, Williamsport, PA

Recently ordered a new engine to repower my tired old roto-tiller. Checking prices from various suppliers, I decided on the new 6.6 HP Predator engine from Harbor Freight Tools. After installing the engine and going over the mechanicals to make sure everything was ready, I filled it with the correct amount of oil and fuel. When I was ready, the engine started up the very first pull of the cord. For the price, it’s an excellent value! Plus my old tiller is now ready for another 25 years! – Mechanic, Huntington, ID

Replaced the old engine from my John Deere snow blower, starts easy when cold or hot, has great power to throw the snow. I am very satisfied. Have used for 2 and a half winters so far with no issues. –  Guyforlogos, Minnesota

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

If you want power and performance–and a price that won’t attack your budget, look no further than the 6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engine EPA from Harbor Freight!

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.