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

BATTLE OF THE IMPACT WRENCHES

Real Tool Reviews tests the EarthQuake XT 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench side-by-side against the Snap-On MG725

The professional-grade EarthQuake XT Impact Wrench is a big hit with customers. Features range from the lightweight design for reduced fatigue to its through-the-handle exhaust that keeps debris away from the operator. However, when it really comes down to the nuts and bolts of EarthQuake XT’s performance, some question whether this tool performs as well as it claims, especially compared to its Snap-On counterpart priced significantly higher.

In a recent product comparison video produced by Real Tools Review, the EarthQuake 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench goes head to head (or this case—anvil to anvil) with the ½ in. Snap-On MG725. Brace for impact because the results may surprise you…

Snap shot EarthQuake XT Side by Side Snap On MG725

The review starts off with basic feature comparisons.

Features

Weight with a fitting installed
XT: 4 lbs, 7 oz.
MG725: 5 lbs., 1 oz.

Height (top of impact to bottom of fitting)
XT: 9-1/2 in.
MG725:  9-1/2 in.

Width
XT:  2-3/4 in.
MG725: 2-3/4 in.

Length
XT: 7-1/4 in.
MG725: 7-3/4 in.

Speed/Power Modes
XT: 3 speed/power modes that work in forward and reverse; large dial for easy switching between modes
MG725: 3 speed/power modes that work in forward, reverse operates in max torque mode only; small dial knob for switching between modes

Triggers
XT and MG725 both have variable speed triggers

Housings
XT: Metal and composite housing
MG725: all metal housing but with rubber overmold grip and top pad

Fittings
XT and MG725 both have 3/8 in. air fittings with ¼ in. NPT threads
(Can turn line pressure down lower compared to ¼ in. air fitting)

Anvils
Both XT and MG725 have friction ring anvils
(Enables attachment of standard sockets without falling off during use or depressing a pin to detach – ideal for automotive use)

The basic shape and dimensions of both impact wrenches are relatively similar but the EarthQuake XT is a bit more compact. Additionally, the EarthQuake impact wrench weighs in a half-pound lighter, which can make a huge difference in terms of reduced fatigue when using an impact wrench for an extended period of time.

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Speed/power mode dials on XT and MG725

EarthQuake XT has the advantage with three speed/power modes in reverse compared to Snap-On’s single max torque only reverse mode. EarthQuake XT’s speed/power mode dial is also larger and easier to operate compared to the small knob on the Snap-On model, especially with gloved or greasy hands.

EarthQuake XT’s metal and composite design has an advantage over brands with rubber on the housing because certain chemicals (e.g. brake cleaner) can swell rubber. Snap-On does offer a protective boot at an additional cost which can help prevent scratches and other potential surface damage. It also has a flat rubber top to prevent the impact wrench from falling over when set down as well as a rubber sleeve on the handle to protect the hand from freezing when compressed air flows through the tool.

After the features, the review moves on to the much-anticipated torque testing, running three separate scenarios: maximum reverse torque, forward working torque and dynamic torque (forward and reverse).

Impact Wrench Reverse Testing Impact Wrench Forward Testing
Testing reverse and forward working torque

Torque Tests

Maximum reverse working torque
XT: 1,000 ft. lbs.
MG725: 1,002 ft. lbs.

Forward working torque
XT: 869 ft. lbs.
MG725: 860 ft. lbs.

Impact Wrench Dynamic Torque Testing
Testing the dynamic torque forward—how hard each impact can hit at its peak torque with each impact of the anvil

Dynamic torque forward, lowest power
XT: 275 ft. lbs.
MG725: 332 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque forward, medium power
XT: 325 ft. lbs.
MG725: 399 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque forward, maximum power
XT: 450 ft. lbs.
MG725: 421 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque reverse, lowest power
XT: 301 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs. (max setting only)

Dynamic torque reverse, medium power
XT: 346 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs.  (max setting only)

Dynamic torque reverse, maximum power
XT: 465 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs. (max setting only)

Performance Results

Comparison 2

Overall, the three tests reveal both impact wrenches perform within very close torque ranges of each other with the EarthQuake having a higher dynamic forward torque of 450 ft. lbs., almost 30 ft. lbs. more than the Snap-On MG725.

While both impact wrenches generate identical maximum dynamic torque in reverse (465 ft. lbs.), EarthQuake XT offers more control with three settings—using the maximum setting only (as with the Snap-On impact wrench) could potentially snap the head off a bolt.

Snap-On does offer a two-year warranty on their impact wrench straight out of the box. EarthQuake XT comes with an initial 90-day warranty and the option of adding a one or two-year extended warranty for a nominal additional cost.

Where the EarthQuake XT really outperforms its Snap-On counterpart is on price—the Snap-On MG 725 sells for nearly 3-1/2 times higher than the 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench.

Check out the video and see for yourself how EarthQuake XT delivers groundbreaking innovation with seismic results.

EarthQuake XT 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench
item#62891

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

Swivel Lens Headlamp

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This lightweight headlamp allows the user to work hands free without neck strain while the swivel lens can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down to light up any project. The headlamp also features an easy on/off button and is waterproof for use outdoors.

For plumbing, electrical work or a myriad of other projects, the Swivel Lens Headlamp is indispensable! Here’s what other customers have said about it:

I do a lot of work that virtually requires 3 hands. This headlamp has already paid for itself, and I was surprised to get it at a reduced sale price. The headstrap with the crown strap makes wearing it comfortable. Lamp is also adjustable on a swivel. I had my doubts about a product at such a low price, since some headlamps cost over $40.00. I have absolutely no complaints for a great buy at much less than $5.00. – Rondo, Texarcana, AR

Allows you to work hands free and shine the light where needed.  – Cel, San Antonio

I love this product. Can’t beat the price. I use it for cleaning litter boxes and taking care of cats at night. – animallover, San Jose, CA

You can pick up the Swivel Lens Headlamp at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Swivel Lens Headlamp
item#45807

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
item#62314

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit

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Tackle all sorts of painting projects with the Kraus & Becker Airless Paint Sprayer Kit—decks, exterior walls, ceilings, doors and frames—this paint sprayer kit does it all.

The paint sprayer kit features a 3000 psi piston pump for high pressure and better coverage, easy twist knob pressure control, stainless steel paint pick-up (simple to clean and won’t rust or corrode), lightweight design for less fatigue, built-in filter for quick flushing and cleaning, No. 517 nozzle for 12–16 inch fan width and the ability to pump straight from 1-gallon cans or 5-gallon buckets making clean up a breeze!

Customers give this paint sprayer kit high marks with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars after 600+ reviews:

I have 2 expensive Titan sprayers that don’t work so I bought this cheap one and it works great. Never again will I spend thousands on “high end” sprayers when I can get this one … Dan, Dewey, AZ

I am in the process of painting my house. I was able to paint the main color on 3 sides of the house in about 3 hours. I just painted all of the soffits in about the same amount of time. It works great and was worth the money. – Bryon115, Gainesville, FL

For the price, you can’t beat this item. Got in a jam when my sprayer failed during a job. Bought this item, finished the job and it worked just as well as my regular sprayer. Would highly recommend this sprayer. – Frank, Redlands, CA

This paint sprayer works pretty darn good. Took me about 2 min to get used to this one, once I did it sprayed great. Definitely worth the price, works just as good as $1,000 sprayers. – Mark, Butte, MT

We needed an airless paint sprayer on short notice, no time to shop around, not much money. The painter worked right out of the box, did a great job and was a snap to clean up. Super value! – Granite Guy, Monroe, WA

I bought this airless sprayer to enable my grandson to finish a commercial job he was doing. After seeing the great finish and coverage it did I decided that I would use it to repaint my 1993 Dutchmen motorhome. I put in nearly 60 hours of prep sanding and removing the old decals from the fiberglass. We painted the motorhome in January in a homemade 40′ long paint booth in my back yard. Everyone that sees it says it looks great. I had priced a commercial paint job—they were all $5000 or more. – Jeff, Farmington, NM

Being a retired painting contractor, who has literally sprayed thousands of gallons of paint, I found the Airless Sprayer (from Harbor Freight) to perform exactly as advertised. Buy it, you’ll like it … and the price can’t be beat. – Rich, Tennessee

You can pick up the Airless Paint Sprayer Kit at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
item#60600

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

8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities

8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities

Here’s a security system that provides excellent surveillance and is available for significantly less compared to other systems on the market.

This security system enables you to monitor up to eight separate cameras at one time – 4 infrared day/night cameras come with the system – additional cameras sold separately.

Features include an 8 channel H.264 network DVR, huge 500GB hard drive that comes preinstalled for recording in three modes – motion activated, manual activation or scheduled programmable recording. The set-up is easy and you can navigate with a remote control (uses 2 AAA batteries, included) or mouse. The security system connects to your TV or monitor (not included).

You can also monitor from most smart phones (advanced setup and additional equipment required).

Security Camera on Smart Phone

Check out these customer reviews about the 8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities:

I’m not much of a “Techie” but default settings for basic use kick right in and after set up and running I can go further into advanced settings at my convenience. – LoneWolf, Long Island, NY

Easy installation, fast setup, clear images night and day. – Safer homeowner, Greensburg, PA

Had mine for over a year now. Added extra cameras. So far no problems at all. Very good system for the price. – David, Laurel, MS

Love this system. Very easy to setup and connect to my network. I was able to access the cameras remotely over the Internet and monitor my property in “live” time. – Doug S, Wisconsin

Set this up in one day, all 4 cameras run, all the wiring in the attic. Two days later caught the thief that was breaking in to my car. He is now in jail. Love this system. Give me a big smile—you’re on camera. – Brian, Pensacola, FL

I bought this product due to some recent vehicle damage and theft and stealing, also having my catalytic converter being cut out of my truck recently. I had it up and working in about 2 hours. Easy to follow instructions. Seems to work great so far. Very happy with this product. Very affordable and easy to use. – JRB, Wichita, KS

I bought this system as a deterrent for vandals or the like. Great price, easy setup. I had this setup and operational in no time. I am able to access the cameras from my Android phone and laptop computer from anywhere. – Tim, Hudson, NC

Capture up to 2500 hours of surveillance video with the 8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities – available at your local Harbor Freight store!

8 Channel Surveillance DVR with 4 Cameras and Mobile Monitoring Capabilities
item#62463

 

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