Husqvarna MADSAW Dielectric Pole Saw Now Available In Gas Or Battery Models
Most folks that use a pole saw don’t have to worry about any special requirements. When you’re clearing around power lines, it’s a different story, and that’s where the Husqvarna MADSAW dielectric pole saw come into play.
Husqvarna MADSAW Dielectric Pole Saw – The Big Deal
MAD, or Minimal Approach Distances, is an OSHA standard for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution (OSHA 1910.269). The Husqvarna MADSAW dielectric pole saw was the first and only gas-powered pole saw to be able to meet that standard when it launched in 2021, keeping Pros safe against electric shock. Now, there’s a battery-powered version which is also the first and only battery version to achieve the certification.
As a dielectric pole saw, these tools can resist transmitting electric force through conduction and insulate you against shock. Both models meet OSHA standards for electrical safety and are third-party individually tested and verified. Considering the function of the far-reaching pole saw, this type of protection against power lines seems incredibly helpful for utility workers and arborists.
Husqvarna has designed the MADSAW for use in a bucket, in a tree, or on the ground. Two included fiberglass shaft dielectric lengths (9-foot and 12.5-foot) make it easier for operators to get the saw up into hard-to-reach areas while keeping themselves further away from the strike zone and line of fire. We also love the rear handle for better control and reach.
These fiberglass dielectric sections also easily disconnect from the cutting head and power head to store away easily. Tool-free aluminum couplers make this easy.
Husqvarna MADSAW Dielectric Gas Pole Saw
The gas-powered 525DEPS features Husqvarna’s 525 powerhead, a 25cc 2-stroke engine that provides 1.34hp, and the brand’s own X-Torq technology. You can set the pole length from 9 feet to 12.5 feet to access out-of-reach branches.
- Model: Husqvarna 525DEPS
- Cylinder Displacement: 25.4cc
- Power Output: 1.36 hp
- Bar: 12 inches
- Chain: 3/8 inch pitch, 0.050 gauge
- Length: 150 in. (extended, including cutting equipment)
- Meets OSHA 1910.269
- Price: $1,599.99
Husqvarna MADSAW Dielectric Battery-Powered Pole Saw
The battery-powered 525iDEPS features a brushless motor coupled with a Husqvarna X-Cut chain for optimized cutting performance. Like the gas version, this saw’s pole length is adjustable from 9 feet to 12.5 feet. The sections are also removable for easy portability. Since this one runs on Husqvarna’s 36V battery platform, you don’t have to worry about the hassles and maintenance that come with gas, either.
- Model: Husqvarna 525iDEPS
- Power source: Husqvarna 36V battery
- Saw bar length: 12 inches
- Chain type: S93G
- Weight: 12.3 pounds bare; 13.2 pounds with battery
- Length: 150 inches (fully extended)
- Price: $1,599.99
Final Thoughts on the Husqvarna MADSAW
This might be the most innovative pole saw to hit the market since the invention of the first battery-powered model. The fact that each Husqvarna MADSAW is individually tested to meet the OSHA 1910.269 standard speaks volumes. Every Pro who works around 36,000V or lower electrical lines should have one of these on their truck considering the former solutions were primarily hydraulic or manual.
It also looks like a great solution for storm cleanup around downed power lines—something we have some knowledge of here in Florida! Designed for on-the-ground, in-bucket, and in-tree use, this might be one of the most exciting things to hit the industry in a long time.
I’m repairing mines. I took a look at the manual and there’s nut much for part numbers on there. I need part numbers for the shafts, mainly the shaft attached to the engine. It’s like 15” or 16” long, different from the other short shaft for extension that’s like 13”
The drive shaft inside of the pole looks like a regular metal one. So if you touch wire with the saw end it will conduct electricity to the saw head. It seems to me that only the pole pipe is made of dielectric fiberglass. Is it correct?
I wonder if they will do a cordless version?
One question I have – where to get restesting of the fiberglass poles to make sure they are still insulating.