Depends on how high and just how big the limbs are.
Search Amazon for Milwaukee 6509-22 or Poulan 810EPT Electric Pole Pruner
The 6509-22 is very versital but the Poulan maybe a better choice if you
have to do this more than once. Maybe a local equipment rental yard might
be better yet.
I also use a recip saw for limbs and highly recommend them. I would suggest
just going to your local tool supplier (i.e. Home Depot/Lowes, etc) and see
how they feel.
You might consider a cordless model for convenience, but remember that the
battery adds weight.
I have a good chainsaw, but have found that my cheap noname (China) Sawzall
type reciprocating saw is great for cutting up large branches for firewood,.
and also for pruning tree branches. I use a long very coarse blade and feel
it is a LOT safer than any chainsaw especially if I need to use a ladder.
For cutting branches to length, I use the trigger lock to have it run
continuously and hold the saw at the front hand position with my right hand
and use my left hand to hold the branch as I cut it (upwards) into stove
lengths. If something were to go astray it would make a mess of flesh but
not nearly as bad as a chainsaw would. I find chainsaws too powerful for
cutting small wood and (since I have used them a LOT as a faller) I have
learned a healthy respect for all that exposed sharp chain. I do wear
Also note that you can get a blade for the recip which is similar to a
D saw, designed specifically for fast cutting of branches and the like.
I have one from True Value Hardware - I think it's 9 or 12" long.
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