Makita 40V max XGT Telescoping Pole Saw

GAU02 Pole Saw Helps You Trim Hard-To-Reach Branches

If you’ve ever had to climb up a ladder to reach high-up branches on a tree, you know that it can be less than safe, especially once you add a chainsaw or pruning saw to the mix. Plus, you’re stuck climbing up and down when you need to change positions or maneuver around. Pole saws can help some of the most common pain points, and the Makita 40V Telescoping Pole Saw aims to improve upon this formula by adding some additional height. Let’s see if this is the best pole saw Makita has to offer.

Note: This Makita pole saw made our list for the Best Battery Chainsaws for 2023!

Makita 40V Telescoping Pole Saw Performance

Makita 40V Telescoping Pole Saw
  • Model: Makita GAU02
  • Delivers power equivalent to 35cc gas pole saw
  • Up to 150 cuts in 4×4 cedar per charge with 40V 4.0Ah battery
  • Bar length: 10 inches
  • Chain speed: Up to 3,940 FPM

The Makita GAU02 pole saw uses a brushless motor to deliver power equivalent to a 35cc gas pole saw. With a 10-inch bar length, you can achieve up to 150 cuts per charge in 4×4 cedar using a 40V 4.0Ah XGT battery (sold separately). This pole saw reaches chain speeds of 3,940 FPM at the top end.

Makita 40V Telescoping Pole Saw Design Notes

Makita Pole Saw
  • Telescoping handle
  • Length: 9 feet to 13 feet
  • Weight: 15.4 pounds (bare)
  • Pitch: 3/8-inch
  • Chain gauge: 0.05-inch
  • Single-stud lateral chain tensioning
  • Branch hook pulls trimmed branches from trees
  • Translucent bar oil tank
  • IPX4 rated for weather resistance

This 40V pole saw’s telescoping design extends the pole from 9 feet to 13 feet, similar to the XUA02 36V telescoping pole saw we looked at back in 2021.

The GAU02 40V pole saw weighs 15.4 pounds as a bare tool, and when you add a 4.0Ah battery, that weight clocks in at 17.6 pounds. It holds an IPX4 rating for weather resistance and to withstand splashes from all directions.

Other convenience features include a branch hook to pull trimmed branches down from trees, and a translucent bar oil tank to keep track of your oil levels.

Makita 40V Telescoping Pole Saw Price

This saw retails for $554 as a bare tool at your favorite Makita retailer. There’s also a kit option that includes a 40V 4.0Ah battery and charger for $769. Makita backs your purchase with a 3-year warranty.

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