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Stihl HT 101 Gas-Powered Pole Pruner

Best for: Limbs up to 5 inches in diameter and up to 16 feet high.

The verdict: A chain saw on a stick? Sounds...inadvisable. Yet this nicely balanced number is easy to operate even fully extended, and a chip deflector lets you keep your eyes on the target. Starting it was painless, even on a 28-degree morning. Bonus: The chain and 12-inch bar are oiled automatically.

Fine print: Telescopes from 7 1/2 to 11 1/2 feet; 1.4-hp engine.

Weight: 16.3 pounds

Price: $680;

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