Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by StandUpGuy poor design
Ok as 12ft pruner, but a telescoping design is more practical. Nearly unusable as 18ft pruner. Top-heavy design due to solid metal-cast pruning head causes pole to flex uncontrollably unless you either hold it perfectly plumb or rest it against tree for support. Otherwise it will flail around. When you get a few degrees off plumb, the pole wants to crash to the ground. All the flexing also puts stress on the fiberglass and it made creaking sounds when it flexed. The aluminum ends are riveted to fiberglass. I suspect this creates a weak point during flexing, probably where the creaking came from, and likely where it will break over time. One year warranty is not very long and pole sections cost $20 to $22 to replace.
April 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Artie Jameson landscape PH-11 Pruner Package W/3 6-ft Poles
This product is so convenient for pruning my palm trees. It can reach up to more than 18 ft height. The good things also is I can easily assemble to use immediately and disassemble for storage. This product is very light to carry
around. This pruner can be use also with my old 10 ft pole
pole saw being the same size diameter of pole that can be
extended 28 ft of height. I will recommend this product to
friends, neighbors and to my immediate family.
August 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kath Very happy with this pruner!
Hooray, I am finally able to get the dead limbs off my trees!
The pruner is difficult to use with just one person. For me (150 lb woman) it was hard to hold the pole and pull the rope for the pruner at the same time. Easy solution- grabbed the husband to hole the pole while i pulled the rope.
However the saw is remarkable easy to use. (you have to buy it extra) I have cut through 3 inch diameter branches in no time at all. I have not been brave enough to use all three poles at one time because it just seems a little wobbley and too heavy (for me). Honestly the two poles get very high anyway.
The only issues I had were with the screw that attaches the saw. I ended up striping it... but nothing a crow bar and a trip to the hardware store for a new screw/bolt wouldn't fix. Now my saw is secure and my trees are looking beautiful!
September 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tn01 High Quality at a Value Price!
1st of all, I am VERY pleased with the value for the dollar of this kit! I purchased this kit + Jameson Pole Saw Head + 16" Jameson Barracuda Tri-Cut blade, which gave me 18ft of fiberglass poles, a lopper(aka "tree pruner") and an excellent pole saw blade for a value price that I am totally impressed with(less than $130 Grand Total). Home Depot has the best prices I could find for Jameson products.
Of the multitude of reviews I read on a wide range of pole saws available on the market, it seemed the general theme was that:
#1) Over 12' of pole is where people start complaining about wobble, flex, weighted-feel.
#2) Fiberglass poles that link together are the best choice for dependable, long-lasting, versatile usage. Telescoping poles are susceptible to the collar mechanism breaking or allowing the poles to slip, and Aluminum poles are heavier, more likely to get damaged/crushed/bent, and are excellent conductors of electricity if you accidently touch a power line.
I have used this saw to prune a Hickory Tree whose lower limbs were incroaching on us at the corner of our house. Using all 3 extensions linked together with the saw blade on the end, I was successfully able to prune everything I needed to approximately 1-2 feet above the soffit of my 2nd story--while standing safely with my feet on the ground. The largest branch I cut off was the 2nd highest and about 7" diameter at the trunk. I was surprised how light weight this unit is and how solid the connectors are when fitted together.
My experience was as good as I could imagine using the base pole + 1 extension. When I added the 3rd, I did experience noticeably more flex that I believe slowed the job down. I am, however, pleased that I purchased a unit with separate lopper and saw blade heads! I believe that extra weight on the end would have made it unsatisfactory worse at 18ft if I had purchased the head with combined lopper/saw blade mounted to a single head.
In retrospect, if I had to make the purchase over again, I probably would look at the following 2 Options(considering my low budget & need for >14ft of pole length):
A). What I purchased: Jameson Saw Head + 16" Jameson blade + This Kit
B). Jameson Saw Head + 16" Jameson blade + A set of at least 2 Yellow Jameson poles(12-14ft) + another 6' ext pole.
All the flex at 18ft seems to come from the center and base poles when all 3 are connected, so the bottom 2 being the sturdier yellow or blue poles would be nice. I don't think the stiffness of the 3rd pole at the top will make much difference. It may be worth going without the lopper/pruner head to save enough money to get the Yellow or Blue poles, as:
1). I do not see myself using the lopper head nearly as much as the saw blade,
2). I can still cut 1" dia branches with the saw blade,
3). Weight does not seem to be as much a detriment as flex when working at 18'.
September 15, 2014