Companion 12 ft. Tree Pruner
- Includes a saw blade for cutting large branches
- Has a rope pulley system for ease of use
Light duty extension pruner is fine for most household landscaping. I use mine to prune queen palms
the saw did not fit over the knob made for it. I had to file it to make it fit.
<p>The blade is so imbalanced and doesn't cut at least one small branch as expected. I couldn't not use this tool at all. The balde doens't have grip and bends either backwards or sides.</p>
I've found that a little skill, strength and patiences is all one needs to get the job done. Light weight (5.5 lbs.) and well designed for the money and my needs. I purchased the Companion 12 ft. Tree Pruner two weeks ago and have finished the job intended for it.
I have several maturing Live Oak trees that I trimmed with this pruner. I sawed branches approximately 3 to 5 inches in diameter and with the cutter/pruner, cut many branches 1 to 11/4 inches in diameter with the pole fully extended.
The saw tends to wobble some at the start of a cut, especially when the pole is extended much, but slow, short sawing strokes to develop and establish a proper groove can remedy this problem. Also, it helps to remove the saw blade when using the cutter/pruner, as the saw tends to get in the way sometimes while pruning small branches, especially on a narly Live Oak tree.
The locking ring for the pole extension stays locked as needed. The one concern I have about this pruner is the cord that pulls the cutter/pruner seems a bit flimsy but so far it has held up.
<p>I purchased to cut some high limbs and storage is very hard because of the length. In order to do anything to store it you have to take the blade all the way off which sucks. The cord feels as if it is going to brake when you try to cut with the cutters on it. The saw blade is very weak as well. Would not recommend to anyone to purchase.</p>
<p>I am a mechanical minded person having extensive background with most all power equipment as well as hand operated equipment. I enjoy products that are well designed and do what they were intended to do. This pruner and saw does exactly that! If you want to cut 12inch diameter limbs out of a 60 ft tree then buy a chain saw and a cherry picker(and some insurance). For your lite work, this little pruner does the trick!</p>
Pruner does a good job of cutting, but doesn't retract to an open position after the cut. Must hit the spring-loaded bar against another branch to have it retract and be ready for the next cut. Not a major problem that probably can't be fixed with a little WD-40. But it is somewhat of an annoyance if that doesn't fix it. Plenty of branches though to do this if necessary. Works OK. Wouldn't want to spend $60 on another pruner just to fix this problem unless I was a pro, doing this every day. Required recommendation was a little "iffy" for me on the "yes".