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Old 04-06-2008, 07:09 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I am a gardening novice- not even novice- I don't like to do it.

BUT, I have recently taken part in a park cleanup and we used a tool called a lopper to cut inch-or-so thick vines. They were inexpensive. IOt was actually kinda fun- now every few days I take my dog and my loppers to the park and clip back alittle more.

I want to trim some smaller limbs in a tree that are touching my roof, but they are too high to reach, even with a ladder. Is there a lopper made with an extension handle or something for situations like this? It would take ten minutes to do, and I could do it conservatively, but would cost a bunch if hiring a tree company and the HOA would probably want to do it more boldly so that it doesn't have to be done again next year.
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:19 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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There are small curved saws on extension poles that work. They're not very expensive. Or you could borrow one.

But if I were you, I'd find someone to give you a hand. Don't you have youngish neighbors who could use some extra cash?
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:39 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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We used what is essentially a gas-powered mini chainsaw on a long expandable pole to trim a huge tree - it extended to 35 feet and was very easy to use. We rented it from a local rental service store for around $60 for the day. Check your local yellow pages. Cheers!
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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HIF, the tool you are looking for is called a pole pruner and looks like this:
Bailey's - Marvin PH-4 Pruner / Saw Combo Package

Note that they make them without the saw, but the saw allows you to trim branches that won't fit into the lopper.

They sell them at Garden centers or (a better option, IMO) look in the yellow pages under "Rental stores and yards". Unless you need to trim off a truckload of branches, you shouldn't need a powered unit.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:57 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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There are small curved saws on extension poles that work. They're not very expensive. Or you could borrow one.

But if I were you, I'd find someone to give you a hand. Don't you have youngish neighbors who could use some extra cash?
Ahmmmmm.....want to explain that last statement?! I'm not THAT old!

No, the only 20-somethings in our neighborhood are males who won't get a job and their moms won't push them out of the nest. They sit home and play WOW all day and a couple like to take presciption drugs. Real winners....

Witchdoc- That looks like a cool tool! Looks just right. Thanks.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I should have also pointed out that the saw I linked to is probably the 2nd most expensive available. That one was just easy for me to find.
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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A note of warning: If you use the items noted above always, always be careful of the limbs you cu as they come down. Wear eye protection and a hard hat if you have one. A limb dropping 15 feet will hurt!
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