Pros: Still a very valuable piece 7 years later. Excellent performer in 2010.
Cons: Balance with arm, leg strength required. Coordination a must.
Photo of what it looks like:
Remember the first Crocodile Dundee movie when him and his fair maiden were approached by a robber with a knife? When Crocodile Dundee pulls his knife out and says " Now thats what I call a knife ". Well no difference here my friends.
This Stihl HT 75 Extended Pole Pruner Chainsaw is just that. Its normal length is 7' feet and can get those branches that have been bothersome while mowing your yard or working in your flower beds. Well if that's not enough for you, a simple turn of the adjuster knob and this pole extension goes to the maximum of 11.5' feet. This will help you to get that provided sunlight needed for your shrubs and perennials that love the sun.
This chainsaw has a 25.4cc engine to give it maximum power when pruning. The chainsaw blade rotations are different at both heights. When at the normal 7 feet, the chainsaw guide bar rotates at 13,125 rpms. When fully extended to 11.5 feet the guide bar runs at 10,500 rpms maximum. The 16 ounce fuel tank lets you run this machine for about an hour and a half of continuous work. The primer injection system lets you pump three to five times and the Bosch ignition is set up for fast starts.
At the end of the pole you are provided with a 8 ounce chainsaw oil tank. This tank automatically feeds your guide bar and last a very long time. The double gears this chainsaw sports (engine and chainsaw pole gears) are automatically lubes as well when using.
The 3/8 Picco chainsaw blade was designed to keep the blade sharper for a longer time. I can vouch for this. I have used mine on 40 different jobs and still is sharp like the day I bought it. There are two different guide bars you can use with this chainsaw. The 12" inch guide bar is recommended by the manufacturer as being the best for normal pruning and performance, the 14" inch guide bar is for those who need a little more cut for thicker branches.
I would recommend this machine for those who have a lot of trees on their property. I would strongly suggest reading the manual provided. This chainsaw weighs about 16 pounds, but after a few minutes it feels like 60 pounds. Use this chainsaw at the 7 foot level first to learn the basics. Arm and leg balance is a must when using this machine. Coordination is a must also. It took me about two weeks to learn this process, and I'm still learning everyday that I use it.
They provide you with a shoulder strap and eyeglasses to start you out. Eye, feet, hand, and ear protection are a must with using this machine or any chainsaw. I strongly suggest one person to be with you when using this chainsaw. This person should be able to help you move any branches that you cut and to help you in supervision if anything were to go wrong.
This Stihl HT 75 Extended Pole Pruning Chainsaw is not insulated so staying away from electrical wires is a must. Take great caution as I do, I wear rubber treaded sole boots when working around electrical wires. This will help you a little, but if you cut into a main electrical feed they still might not recognize you at your viewing.
This Stihl HT 75 Chainsaw has a 2 year warranty against defective parts, labor is also guaranteed for 2 years as well. This chainsaw complies with the California Emissions act and is guaranteed for 2 years for this law. This machine also complies with the standards set out by the E.P.A. . For more information on this chainsaw and other fine products by Stihl you can go to their web site at Stihl.com or go to your local dealership listed on their site as well.
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