Professional High Limb Rope Chain Saw - 48in., Model# CS-48
The good and the bad
After reading the reviews about this saw I was skeptical but I had some limbs 25 and 30 feet up I had to trim.
First the bad: Like others here the waited throw bag came loose after a couple throws, the hook used to secure cannot handle the weight. The storage bag split at the seam the first time I used it. It is tricky to get the blades positioned correctly.
Now the good: The saw worked! Yes it takes some effort and a little getting used to but I had to trim a few limbs 25-30 feet off the ground and it did the job well. I used my hunting bow to shoot a line over the limbs as I couldn't throw the bag that high and . The biggest limb I cut was about 6 inches in diameter and it took about 5 minutes or so. I found that if I kept just enough tension on the ropes to let them "bounce" a bit it kept the saw from binding.
Is it as easy as a chain or pole saw? No, but unless you want to climb or pay a tree company a few hundred bucks this is your only option for high limbs.
If the need arises I would definitely use this saw again.
February 10, 2014
Didn't work as I expected.
I bought this to top a tall pine before I cut it down. Got it in position but found it very hard to pull and after quite a bit of work I finally gave up and just cut down the tree. Looked at the area the saw was working on and found almost no progress. Might work on very small stuff, but I wouldn't want to try to cut anything over two inches. Takes a lot of"pull" to make any cut at all.
February 4, 2014
Do Not Buy This Product
I should have know better after reading some of the reviews, but given this was from NorthernTool I took a chance and ordered this high limb chain saw. I encourage all potential buyers to NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT as it doesn't perform as advertised (despite the video). I experimented on a lower limb before trying it on the limb I wanted to cut. The weight bag clip separated on the first throw so I had to tie it on with cord. Getting it to cut the limb (about 3" in diameter) was not easy and once it did cut part way through the chain got pinched. I had to cut it out with a pole saw. Being an engineer I decided to give it a second test.....similar results, not great at cutting and the chain once again got pinched and had to be cut free with a pole saw..
I would rate this product at a zero but there are no zero star ratings. Do not waste your money on this product.
September 10, 2013
not worth it
This saw took a great deal of time and effort to get through a 3" limb. The chain has teeth on one side so hard to ensure or get the blades on the correct side. Then it binded in the limb. - I would say the limb won. Not worth the price....
August 12, 2013
Amazing little tool
I read the first dozen or so reviews and since none were bad I decided to take a shot (especially since it's not expensive). Well, I am amazed at the ease at which this saw works. I spent all weekend taking down limbs (some as high as 50'). I have a few tips if your are interested in one of these saws:
1. Add several washers to the sand bag. If you are pitching over 20 feet the weight isn't heavy enough to drop down once the chain starts to go up.
2. As you're pulling the rope and then chain over the limb, keep tension on both ropes. I found that this helps greatly in making sure the cutting side is face down.
3. USE GLOVES!!!
May 19, 2013
I bought this saw for trimming some high limbs on a
tree that can't be taken down without removing the high limbs first. Worked great. I wish I had bought one long ago. Will be using it alot.
April 23, 2013
I probably will do everything I can to avoid using this saw in the future. Only if no other solution becomes available. As other reviewers have indicated it can be difficult to get lined up with the cutting edge in place though I found the weight does help. It requires a lot of strokes to cut through say a 6 inch limb. And the worst part is that because you are standing to one side while cutting you are cutting on the under side as well. Then, as the limb starts to fall it can (often does) bind on the chain. A pain to overcome. But it does cut and is OK for smaller cuts.
October 15, 2012
This lilttle saw will easily tackle limbs, (or trunks), up to 24" in diameter. Throwing the bag is a little tricky, but I have put up a ladder and simply draped it over the target cut. Much safer to perform while you are standing on the ground. I reccommend wrapping the rope ends around a large dowel or short 2X2 as the rope handles will take their toll on your hands/wrists.
October 11, 2012
Professional High Limb Rope Chain Saw - 48"
This is actually my second 48" High Limb Rope Chain Saw. They are great for trimming tree branches. I use them on oak and maple trees. The 48" chain allows long cutting "strokes" to cut through the branch quickly. I use a thin nylon rope to throw the weight over the branch. Then I tie the thin nylon rope to the rope of the Rope Chain Saw to pull the chain portion up on to the branch. Once in a while, a branch may split and hang (rather than drop) with the saw stuck in the hanging branch. (This is where the second High Limb Rope Chain Saw cames in handy.) These saws stay sharp but are easy to sharpen if necessary. Always wear gloves, eye protection and a helmet for safety.
October 8, 2012
The throwing weight broke off on the first throw. No big deal, secured it better. The chain has a 50% chance of landing with the cutters faceing down on the limb. The chain position weight will not roll the chain if it happens to be cut side up. It takes many tries flipping, tugging on, playing with the rope to try and right the chain. When you finally get it right, it does cut but if it binds, your pretty much stuck. Had to throw a rope over the branch and winch it till it broke and freed the chain. We did however get several large limbs off the tree. This is the only way without climbing or useing some type of lift.
October 8, 2012