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

10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit

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The 10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit is ideal for cutting 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.

Customer reviews have been extremely favorable:

Great buy. I don’t see how they make a profit selling it soooo cheap … – Sal, Greensboro, NC

I have used this saw several times with no issues. Runs very smooth, cuts very clean. I bought the bi metal blades with it and made several cuts in steel with no problem. This is the tool I use now instead of the chop saw. Excellent product for the price. – Don, Kankakee, IL

Used this Saw to cut 1/4″ tubing and it cuts through it like butter. Use this saw a lot. I have used the Milwaukee Band Saw and this Band Saw cuts the same. – Mac, El Paso, TX

Great price … this unit operates just like my $320 that was stolen. – Land of promise chessies, Chesapeake, VA

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. I did buy a 24 tpi blade for all of my metal cutting. My first time using a band saw and I have found it easy to operate. Speed controls have handled all of my needs. – MHWSA, Wichita Falls, TX

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

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

10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw

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The Chicago Electric 10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw features a powerful 15 amp motor that delivers up to 4800 RPM for smooth cutting, miter gauge for accurate cross cutting and extra-wide die cast aluminum table to support a large range of ripping applications.

Additional features include overload protection and a 3-inch rear dust shoot for a clean working area. A 10-inch 36 tooth carbide tipped circular saw blade in included.

Customers have made this power tool a staple in their garages and shops:

I can do so much more woodwork with this new 10 inch, 15 amp benchtop table saw. Works great and the price was even better. – Fireby13dragons, Des Moines, IA

I use this saw frequently for large projects and it exceeds my expectations. – Ron, Cave Creek, AZ

This is a great portable saw that you can take with you and set up effortlessly on any job site, or home project. – Krebs, San Antonio

Cuts just as good as my last saw that cost over $400 … – J, Rolling Meadows, IL

You can pick up the 10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Stand sold separately.

10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw
item#63118

 

10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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The Chicago Electric 10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw makes clean cross, bevel and miter cuts. Features included a powerful 15 amp motor, 45-degree cutting blade, dual linear slide rails for smooth, stable and precise cuts, easy access brushes and clamp assembly with extension wings included.

Customers love this workhorse of a power tool:

I am a novice wood worker. I was tired of getting uneven cuts using hand saws and circular saws. This does everything I need and more. It has also motivated me to do more projects that I would never have attempted with hand saws. – Novice wood worker, Albuquerque, NM

This product is well worth the money. The sliding action is always the way to go especially when cutting wider boards. I’ve been searching for a miter saw for a while ‘til I walked into HF and found the right one for the right price. – Tejay the fix-it man, Riverton, WY

I am very pleased with the many functions and the ease of use. I recommend this for anyone who needs a good compound miter saw. –  Bill, Pennsylvania

Only had it for about two weeks and have cut approximately 150 2X4s and 75 1X4s and I haven’t had any issues. I would recommend it to any one and put it up against the name brands. – Aaron, Lincolnton, NC

Love the fact that it’s portable and the power is great. –  Joe, El Paso, TX

You can pick up the 10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store! Please note the blade is sold separately.

10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw
item#61971

12 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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WINNER – Best Value Award, The Family Handyman

The Chicago Electric 12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System handles large work pieces up to 12 inches in width. This workhorse features a powerful 15 amp motor, trigger-activated laser guide that lines up accurate cuts including 45 degree left and right bevel cuts—and dual linear slide rails for stability.

This saw is a favorite among customers:

Product is well built and performs great. I owed a more expensive miter saw that I sold a few years back. I was pleasantly surprised after a few uses—the Chicago 12″ Miter is an excellent purchase for a fraction of the money I had spent before. – PL hobbit, Paterson, NJ

Impressive product and great deal. Thank you! –  Bob G, Northern KY

Couldn’t ask for a better saw for remolding my son’s house. – Pep, Conway, AR

I picked this up for the occasional job where I need something that my 12″ Dewalt Compound (non-sliding) saw couldn’t quite get thru in a single pass. I was surprised at the torque and generally pleased overall with the construction of this saw. As a break-in project, I used this with an Admiral 60T blade from HF to cut tongue & groove knotty pine paneling … amazingly the cuts were near perfect with no jagged edges or splintering … – Crab, Louisville, KY

You can pick up the 12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System at your local Harbor Freight Tools store! Blade sold separately.

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#61969

 

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

 

1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw

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With its telescoping fiberglass pole, the 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw from Harbor Freight Tools extends from 6 ft. to 8 ft. 10 in., providing a quick and safe way to trim high tree branches.

The electric pole saw also features easy chain adjustment, reduced kickback and hand guard.

The 1.5 HP Electric Pole Saw has received 4.5 out of 5 stars after 600+ customer reviews:

I needed a power pole saw for some limb pruning. I saw the Harbor Freight Pole Saw, on Y- Tube. So I purchased it. Easy assembly, and started right up. Used on several 3 – 4 inch diameter limbs. Sliced through real easy! H. F. People real nice, and helpful. Thanks for a great tool! – Happydayze, Lake Tapps, WA

I was surprised how well it cut through 6″-8″ maple limbs. It had plenty of power. I would recommend. Alan, Wichita, KS

Great tool and I wish I had bought it years ago. Powerful motor and an easy to use extension adjustment makes branch clean up easy. Works so well it is easy to generate a big pile of branches in a very short time. – Rural NC customer, Northeast, NC

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

12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw

12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Harbor Freight’s 12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System makes smooth cuts in large work pieces up to 12 inches in width. The trigger-activated laser guide makes it easy to line up and cut wood accurately, including 45 degree left or right bevel cuts. Additional features include a powerful 15 amp motor and dual linear slide rails for stability.

Check out these customer reviews:

This is a great saw for home projects, etc. The sliding arms allow you to cut 2×12’s with ease. The 12 inch blade cuts better than smaller blades and will last longer. Cutting miters and bevels is much easier with a sliding saw too. – Don Ho, Western Colorado

Great value, Easy to use, set up and works hard. – Mark the Handyman, Kansas City, MO

Put down over 500 square feet of laminate flooring using this saw. The cuts were excellent, and this was set up and ready out of the box, 90 degree angle and all. Will use for molding, and other related projects. Seems well built, and you can’t beat the price … 3railgreg, Vermont

Pick up the 12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#61969

Blade sold separately.

10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw

10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw

The 10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw from Harbor Freight Tools features an extra-wide die cast aluminum table to support a large range of ripping applications, powerful 12 amp motor that delivers up to 5000 RPM for smooth cutting and an adjustable miter gauge for accurate cross cutting and overload protection. The table saw also features a 3 in. rear dust chute for a cleaner working atmosphere.

Check out these customer reviews:

I use the product in house projects. It is very easy to operate and at a very competitive price. – Miguel Angel, Miami, FL

I bought this saw because I didn’t want to pay a lot for one and so far it seems to be just as good as the top brand saws on the market. It cuts smooth and I’ve ripped down 1×4’s to use as window jams and it is very accurate as every board is smack dab against the window with no cracks. Very straight cut … Lowoncash95, Pageland, SC

I have a woodworking shop and this 10″ table saw is a great addition. The safety features and the sawdust port makes this a must-have for my shop. – woodworkingforfun, Hazel Green, WI

You can pick up the 10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw
item#68827

(stand sold separately)

Remodeling Made Easy

10 in. 2.5 HP Tile Brick SawRemodeling has never been easier with the 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw from Harbor Freight Tools! Cut tile or brick for remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, driveway, patio and more!

The two-position cutting head enables you to adjust the blade to accommodate various material. 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.

Here’s what customers are saying about the 10 in. 2.5 HP Tile/Brick Saw …

I use this saw for residential tile and stone jobs. Invest in a high quality diamond blade and you will get great results. I like the smooth action of the slider and the ability to do plunge cuts. – Lehomeimprovement, Seattle, WA

An amazing saw, quite a value. Using it to cut pavers for my fairly large patio. Plenty of power. I am most amazed with the accuracy of the guide for size measurements. Most accurate I ever used. I was a tile installer for a number of years and used many different wet saws over the years, this one is amazing especially considering the low cost and great value it is. – Hunter 2, Lebanon, PA

Just finished tiling kitchen with marble and a detailed design as center piece in the kitchen. I was able to make all types of detail cuts around cabinetry. Made the job and outcome easier with great results. Very pleased with the product and cost. Wish I invested in this when I remodeled a house or two with my girlfriend. – SC-JT, Littleton, CO

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 then using it for future jobs! 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.