Hooyman 40V PB40V-S Cordless Pole Saw Review
Hooyman 40V Cordless Pole Saw Reduces Seasonal Tree Cutting
We are big fans of Hooyman outdoor tools. Our experience with the brand’s cutting, digging and impact tools has been overwhelmingly positive. At the moment there is only one cordless tool in the range: the Hooyman 40V Cordless Pole Saw. We headed over to the ranch to see how it compares to other battery-powered pole saws we use.
- Good cutting speed
- Well-balanced weight distribution
- Full hand trigger
- Angled head design
- Folds down to 4 feet
- The chain tension screw is difficult to access
- Manual pole connection is not as convenient as telescopic models
Performance of the Hooyman 40V Cordless Pole Saw
We met up with our good friend Eli Mosley at his ranch to prune some low oak branches that were encroaching on his cow paddocks. The limbs were between 2 and 4 inches thick, the perfect size for Hooyman’s 8-inch bar and inline motor to show off its capabilities.
As we’ve seen with other pole saws in the past, Hooyman uses an angled head design that gives you a more aggressive angle of attack during cuts. This vertical cutting angle results in a safer and more predictable fall when cutting limbs overhead.
Hooyman’s sharp chain smoothly sliced through tough oak branches with ease and quickly cleared wood chips and debris without any clogs.
If you are new to using a pole saw, the smooth cutting action is crucial to completing the job safely. Maintaining control without applying excessive downforce is essential to guiding the saw through the cut. If you keep your chain sharp and your oil bar full, you’ll have no problem making your cuts.
Overall, the saw’s performance is about average compared to other models we’ve tested. It’s clearly better than the entry-level models, but not as solid as the top dogs.
Hooyman 40V Cordless Pole Saw Design Notes
Full hand trigger
Hooyman’s trigger design is a big win. It’s large enough for your whole hand to wrap around, spreading the workload over a larger area. Finger fatigue can make the job harder (especially as some of us get older), but this design helps prevent it.
The Hooyman 40V Pole Saw’s aluminum shaft breaks down into three independent pieces for easy storage. Threaded couplers securely hold the extensions together and add some stiffness. We really like this design because of its sturdy feel even if there is a risk of losing a section, unlike telescopic pole saws. However, the kit includes a zippered storage bag to hold all parts and accessories when not in use.
This pole saw has a self-lubricating system similar to a regular chainsaw, so there’s no need to stop working to apply oil. The tank holds a few ounces of your favorite bar oil and a translucent tank gauge makes it easy to see when it’s time to refill. Like many pole saws, it tends to leak when sitting for a while, so consider draining the oil if you’re going to be storing the saw for any length of time.
Adjusting the chain tension is quite simple. Loosen the dial on the side to allow the bar to move then turn the tensioner screw on the front of the motor housing with a flathead screwdriver to tighten the chain. Once you’ve made your adjustments, tighten the dial to secure the bar in place and you’re good to go.
While we don’t mind using a scrench for tension adjustments, the location of the tensioner screw on this particular model is slightly inconvenient. The screw is nestled against the bar, so it is somewhat difficult to handle with the kit screw. It’s not a total deal breaker for us, but it’s something we’d like to see updated in future generations of this saw.
- 4 foot storage bag
- Lanyard loop
Hooyman 40V Cordless Pole Saw Price
The Hooyman 40V pole saw sells for $324.99 on their brand’s product page and we found it online for over $260. Their kit includes the saw, extension cord, battery and charger.
Hooyman’s Cordless Pole Saw is ideal for seasonal tree trimming around your home or yard. He has a lot of muscle cut through the hardwoods. Aside from its original tensioner screw, it’s very easy to use and its small storage footprint is attractive.
- Model: Hooyman PB40V-S
- Power source: Hooyman 40V system
- Maximum range: 10 feet.
- Bar length: 8 in.
- Weight: 9.7 pounds
- 1 year warranty
- Price: $324.99