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    Default Best Power Pole Saws/Pruners?

    Looking to buy a power pole saw.
    ... a new, current model (as far as I know now).

    Have sort of narrowed it between:

    Stihl HT133
    Husqvarna 525PT5S
    Echo PPT-280

    Does anyone have any comments, suggestions, experience, etc. about these?

    ...or any other ideas?

    Thanks!
    - Robert
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    The stihl 4mix power pruner is great.
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    I'll second that.
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    I'm not seeing any power pruners with the 4mix engines on the Stihl website?
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    In Europe the HT131 is 4 mix, I suspect the 133 is as well.
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    Yeah, HT101 and HT131 or perhaps changed a bit in numbering. I run both of those just about every day, a little or a lot. They are both 4mix.

    The HT101 is nice because it is a bit lighter. The HT131 can pull 2 inches more of bar effectively (14 inch.) And it has more power in the big cuts.

    They save so much work. Be careful of bending the shafts as you take bigger pieces. Full shaft replace is about $450.

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    Thanks Merle.

    Do you or anyone know of any bad differences in the (current) HT133 vs. the HT131 ?
    - Robert
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    The newer ones are lighter and have a triangular shaped shaft instead of round. Thinner material for weight savings but stiffer. I'll stick with my old, antique HT101 for as often as I use it. Those new shafts look mighty expensive to replace.
    -Brian

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    Yeah, there are a couple of good reviews for the 133 on youtube, but the reviews on the Stihl website are only 3.75 or so stars --- and it seems all or most of the 1 and 2 stars coming from tree professionals.....they say why did Stihl ruin the 131, etc. by "improving" it into a 133.

    The Echo looks good to me because it is 12-18" longer (but it has less power and weighs 4 pounds more... but more weight at the base wouldn't make it harder to hold it seems.)

    On the other hand Stihl has a 2 year warranty, so I should be safe with it (133) no matter what.
    - Robert
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    The full-on power pole saws are heavy. They work great. They are heavy and leverage-y. Relief cuts, undercuts take some oomph, but are important.

    I occasionally use a Stihl Kombi system pole saw with extension. I hear you can use more than the recommended max of 1 extension.

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