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STIHL HT Extendable Pole Saw


Reach for high branches with ease thanks to the HT Pole Pruner. Its gearbox reduces weight at the cutting attachment compared to the previous model to provide easier handling and less fatigue. A powerful fuel-efficient, low-emission engine makes the HT the ultimate choice for heavy tree maintenance tasks. Plus, with its squared shaft, users can prune high branches with ease and precision while the large fuel tank allows for 30% longer run times than the previous model. The HT is packed with all the features of the HT , but with 35% more power for tough pruning and trimming jobs – with a reach up to 16’ above the ground. This is the no-nonsense choice for heavy-duty professionals. If you have a great deal of pruning to do, check out the HT Carrier System – designed to transfer the weight from your arms to your shoulders for more comfortable use

SHAFT LENGTH m (7&#;6&#;) telescoping to m (11&#;6&#;)
GUIDE BAR LENGTH cm (14 in.)
WEIGHT (with cutting attachment) kg ( lbs.)
DISPLACEMENT cc ( cu. in.)
OILOMATIC® CHAIN1/4&#; PM3, 14&#; Bar and Chain

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Thinking about getting a Stihl HT 56 C-E pole saw? If you’re like most homeowners, you have at least a few trees on your property that need a proper trimming. Professional tree trimming can be expensive. Also, heading up the ladder with a chainsaw is just as dangerous as it sounds. So, what do you do when you have branches to cut on a tall tree?

This is where a pole saw comes in. A pole saw, which is essentially an ultra-lightweight chainsaw on a stick. Allows you to quickly and safely trim overgrown trees from the ground. Stihl makes some of the best options on the market, and today, we’ll cover the Stihl HT 56 C-E Pole Saw.

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Before you begin shopping, there are a few critical considerations to make. Depending on your needs, these factors will help point you in the right direction. This is so you can select the best saw for yourself.

Manual or Powered

The most economical pole saws are manual versions which feature a saw blade attached to a long pole. These are ideal if you only need to trim a few branches occasionally. But, if you have multiple trees to cut or a lot of trimming to do on one tree, it can get tiring working with a hand-powered saw.

Electric and gas versions are essentially a chainsaw blade mounted to a long pole. The motor sits at the end of the pole. These saws allow you to make quick work of all your trimming needs. They’re the ideal choice if you have a lot of trimming to do, or if you cut your trees often.

Electric or Gas

If you choose to go with a powered pole saw, you’ll need to decide between an electric or gas model.

Electric models are ideal for lighter duty work. While gas-powered models are best for bigger jobs, and tree trimming professionals.

With electric pole saws, you’ll find battery powered models and models which must be plugged into power to work. The battery-powered models allow for complete freedom of motion. However, you can only work for as long as your battery holds a charge. Corded electric models don’t have this issue, but you can only work as far away as your extension cord allows.

Gas powered pole saws are the industry standard, and they’re well suited for any kind of tree trimming work.

Telescoping Pole

Whether you go the manual, gas, or electric route, it’s best to look for a saw which features a telescoping pole. This will allow you to reach higher branches without having to contend with a ladder.

Self Lubricating Chain

With all powered pole saws, a self-lubricating chain is a key feature. A chain that lubricates itself requires less maintenance. It will also do a better job of cutting through thicker branches without binding. Binding can damage your saw.

Stihl HT 56 C-E Pole Saw Overview

The HT 56 C-E from Stihl is arguably the most popular pole saw for homeowners that have a relatively large amount of pruning to take care of.

This pruner is packed with desirable features. It is designed to make it easier than ever for homeowners to do their own tree trimming. It’s also exceptionally lightweight. While this pole saw boasts some features that you won’t find on other trimmers from competing brands, it’s still an affordable alternative to most quality pole saws.

The HT 56 C-E boasts a cc engine and measures in at 9’2” long, making it the ideal size for most residential trimming jobs.

This pole saw is backed by a two-year warranty from Stihl. Even if you use the saw for commercial purposes. This means you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered if there are any issues with your saw.

What We Like

  • Easy to use right out of the box
  • Made in the USA
  • Lots of high-end features
  • Self-lubricating chain
  • Pole comes apart for easy storage

Room For Improvement

  • Doesn’t have an extendable pole
  • Difficult to find replacement chains
  • Replacement chains are expensive

Features & Benefits

Let’s discuss the meat & potatoes of this pole saw. This pole saw has all of the unique features and benefits that the saw includes.

Easy2Start System

One of the most helpful features of this pole saw is its starter, which has many advancements designed to make it easier than ever for anybody to start the tool. Except for an electric start function, you’ll be hard pressed to find a power tool that starts quicker or with less effort than a tool equipped with Stihl’s Easy2Start System.

Made in the USA

With so many manufacturers moving production overseas to take advantage of more affordable parts and labor, there’s something to be said for the companies that continue to make their tools in America. While foreign and domestic parts are used, this pole saw is entirely assembled in the United States.

Reduced-Emission Engine Technology

One of the main drawbacks of gas-powered tools are the emissions they release into the atmosphere. This trimmer’s engine produces significantly fewer emissions than what’s required by the EPA and CARB, and it’s also quieter than models without this technology.


A properly lubricated saw chain is the key to a clean cut and extended chain life. This pole saw features Stihl’s patented OILOMATIC chain, which lubricates itself during use to reduce friction and chain wear.

A self-lubricating chain will save you time and money over the life of your saw, so you can spend more time working and less time fussing with a dull chain.

Lightweight Gearbox

One of the most important aspects of a pole saw is its weight. Fatigue is quick to set in when you’re working with a pole saw, and the heavier your saw is, the harder your job will be.

Thankfully, this pruner comes in at an exceptionally lightweight lbs thanks to its lightweight components and gearbox.

Two-Piece Pole

The HT 56 C-E features a two-piece pole design which allows you to functionally split the tool in half when it’s time to pack it up for storage. At nearly ten feet in length, it can be difficult to find room to store an assembled pole saw, and this feature makes it much easier for you to stow away your pruner when not in use.

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The Stihl HT 56 C-E is one of the most popular pole trimmers for discerning homeowners, and it may be a great choice for you, as well. But, there’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to pole saws or any product for that matter, and you may find there are other options that fit your needs better.

If you’re looking for a higher-end commercial saw that’s capable of tackling even higher branches with it’s 16’ telescoping pole, the Stihl HT may be a great option for you.

Stihl’s top-of-the-line offering, the HT, is also a great alternative, especially if you’re a gearhead who enjoys having the best of everything.

Of course, if you’d like to look into other brands outside of Stihl, you’ll find plenty of options there as well. Remington has quickly developed a reputation for making great tools that are also exceptionally affordable, and their RM25CS pole saw delivers impressive features without the hefty price tag.

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Finally, if you’d like to avoid a gas engine altogether, you’ll find plenty of quality electric pruners, like the full-featured and affordable Sun Joe SWJE.

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The STIHL HTA 86 battery-powered pole pruner provides homeowners and tree care professionals with a quiet, zero-emission, low vibration option for trimming overhead branches. The HTA 85 Lithium-Ion battery pole pruner offers lightweight, balanced cutting thanks to its brushless, commercial-grade, high-torque electric motor. Part of the STIHL Battery Kombi-System, the HTA 86 cordless telescopic pole pruner runs on the same interchangeable battery system as other STIHL Lithium-Ion tools and offers long run times on a single charge up to three hours depending on which battery with no gradual drop in performance. The HTA 86 telescopes to 12 feet for those tall tree-trimming tasks and requires minimal maintenance since it has no engine or filter. Best of all, there&#;s no gasoline cost and no restrictive power cords.

*Recommended Battery (sold separately): AP &#; up to 40 min.

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Purchasing and Using a Pole Chainsaw Pruner

Chain Cutting Attachment

All you have attached to the end of a gas pole pruner is a small chain and bar. It is made of the same parts and attachments as a regular chainsaw but powered by the drive tube with a splined shaft. This drive tube must be properly attached (see manual) on detachable models but is not a problem on extending tubes. The detachable poles simply slide and snap and are easy to manage.

Mounting and tensioning the bar and chain follow the same rules as regular power saws. A sprocket cover needs to be removed and the tensioner adjusted to where the chainsaw pulls slightly off the blade track groove. Sharpening also should be done in the same way as a regular saw.

The chain oil container is mounted on this chain cutting attachment. The tank is easily located and the filler cap is completely visible and easily removed for filling. The storage capacity of the automatically applied chain oil typically lasts about half a tankful of fuel.


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STIHL HTA 85 Cordless Pole Pruner Saw

Manufacturer: STIHL
Model number: HTA 85
Price: $
Power source: 36V Li-Ion
Weight: lbs w/ Battery
Outdoor power equipment is steadily transitioning from small gas powered motors to cordless battery powered platforms. This is true not only for the major cordless tool manufacturers but also companies squarely focused on outdoor power equipment like STIHL. One of those tools is the STIHL HTA 85 Electric Pole Pruning Sawwhich I recently started using around the house and for trail clearing.

HTA 85 Features and Specifications

  • Pole Length: 8&#;-2&#; to 12&#;-1&#;
  • Bar Length: 10&#;
  • Chain: 1/4&#; STIHL PICCO™
  • Run Time: Up to 50 mins on AP Battery Pack
  • Noise Level: 76 dB(A)

Quiet and Powerful Performance

There are several benefits to moving from small gas powered equipment to cordless battery platforms. One of them is the ability to do work without the distinct sound and noise of small gas engines. The STIHL HTA 85 is only 76 dB(A) which is considerably quieter than a gas powered version.

While the HTA 85 is quiet, it certainly has plenty of power for pruning trees and cutting small brush. It has worked very well for pruning some hardwood trees around the yard. In addition, it&#;s been fantastic for trail clearing in areas where I hunt for whitetail deer. Having a quiet option for clearing trails is ideal for getting the work done without spooking the animals from the loud noise of a gas powered unit.

The big standout on this unit is the 1/4&#; STIHL PICCO™ chain. The chain is by far the best of any unit that we&#;ve tested before and really makes the unit shine especially on a cordless pruning saw. It&#;s the same chain that STIHL uses on their cordless chainsaws and we feel they are the best on the market.

Most cordless &#;chainsaw&#; type tools on the market use the thinner 1/4&#; style chains to help improve runtime. Users just need to be cognizant of thinner bar and the fact that they can &#;pinch&#; much easier than a heavy chained tool.

No Small Engine Maintenance

One of the other huge benefits to using a cordless saw vs a gas powered saw is the lack of required maintenance. Small gas engines can be a real bear to maintain especially with modern gasoline that contains ethanol. With a cordless engine users really only need to take care of the batteries and chain. Users have no concerns about whether or not the tool will start assuming they have a fully charged battery. Let&#;s face it, many if not all of us have struggled from time to time getting a small gas engine to start so this is a big benefit.

Final Thoughts &#; STIHL HTA 85

The STIHL HTA 85 is an excellent pole pruner saw. A combination of cordless, quiet power and an excellent chain that can reach well over 16 feet in the air for the average user, this pole pruner should be at the top of anyone&#;s list. The AP battery platform offers several other tools to complete an exception cordless outdoor power equipment option. Priced just under $ it&#;s a good value especially when considering the quality build of this saw.

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