The Oregon Chainsaw company has been producing equipment to take down trees since 1947. You’ll find their bars and chains on millions of saws around the globe, and they make some great gear themselves. Our top option from the company is the Oregon Pole Saw PS250 kit, which is our favorite pole saw in the […]
The Oregon Chainsaw company has been producing equipment to take down trees since 1947. You’ll find their bars and chains on millions of saws around the globe, and they make some great gear themselves. Our top option from the company is the Oregon Pole Saw PS250 kit, which is our favorite pole saw in the battery-powered class.
The first thing we want to touch on with this pole saw is the design. It’s streamlined and well-balanced with a weight of only 13.5 pounds. That’s due in part to their mid-mount motor system which makes it easier to work overhead and keeps the vibrations down.
We also like the adjustable collar in the middle of this pole saw. There’s no need to add an extension as the collar lets you extend the fiberglass pole from around 7 feet to a little over 10 feet in a matter of seconds. It’s one of the more ergonomic saws to make our list, and as you’d expect, has plenty of power with a 40-volt system and some interesting tech built in.
The Oregon PS250 has a planetary gear reduction system which keeps the power transition steady and efficient. It’s quiet and built to perform where others falter so it won’t fade out when the battery starts to wane. According to the company’s claims and plenty of user’s reviews, that will be a while as it’s rated for 500 cuts per charge on branches up to 3 inches in diameter.
You’ll get an 8-inch bar on this saw complete with an Oregon Micro-lite 90PX chain. The cutting capacity is listed at 5 inches, but you can go beyond that if you know how to make your cuts and handle a motorized pole saw. It also has an automatic oiler which performs admirably with very few reports of leaking.
Other features to note for the PS250 is a switch lock for additional safety and their PowerNow 40V battery. Their power packs have something called Premium Cell Technology which ensures longer runtimes and gives you up to 1000 recharges before the cells begin to fade eventually. This kit comes with a 4.0 Ah battery as well which is a step above what you’ll find in other combo kits.
There’s really no apparent downside to the Oregon PS250 which is why we feel it’s the best cordless pole saw for the money. You will need to spend some extra time assembling this one compared to other models, but everything you need is included in the box. The build quality is top notch, but the warranty is a little shorter than others with 3 years on the tool and 2 years on the battery.
Oregon’s pole saw comes with the usual accessories including a manual, scabbard, guide bar, and a few tools to help with assembly along with the battery pack and charger. It also comes with chain oil and a harness; two things you generally don’t get with other cordless pole saws!