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A polesaw with an extra pole lying beside it
Giraffe saw blade.jpg
A replacement blade
ClassificationGardening , Pruning device
RelatedChainsaw, saw

A polesaw (also pole saw or giraffe saw) is a saw attached to a pole or long handle that is used for cutting tree branches that are beyond arm's reach.[1][2] A polesaw allows its user to cut high branches without the use of a ladder.[3] Polesaws can be manual or motorized.


A polesaw is common equipment for phone- and powerline workers to prune tree limbs entangled with overhead cables, but the physical nature of the work can be a source of musculoskeletal injuries.[4]


  1. ^ "Definition of POLESAW". merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  2. ^ Skovsgaard, Jens Peter; Markmann, Jacob Johan Mohr; Attocchi, Giulia; Talbot, Bruce (2018). "High-pruning of European beech (Fagus sylvaticaL.) and pedunculate oak (Quercus roburL.): Work efficiency for target pruning as a function of tree species, pruning height, branch characteristics, pole saw type and operator". Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 33 (5): 511–517. doi:10.1080/02827581.2018.1441901. S2CID 89703761.
  3. ^ s. j. Potts; b. r. Hartsough; s. e. Reutebuch; j. l. Fridley (1997). "Manual Polesaw Pruning of Douglas-Fir". Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 13 (3): 399–405. doi:10.13031/2013.21605.
  4. ^ Okabe, Eduardo P.; Miletto, Daniel L.; Misuta, Milton S.; Brittes, José Luiz P. (2021). "Simulation of a Pole Saw Assisted by a Gyroscopic Effect Device". Volume 9: 17th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control (MSNDC). doi:10.1115/DETC2021-70112. ISBN 978-0-7918-8546-8. S2CID 244386850.