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Silky HAYAUCHI 21ft Pole Saw 3-extension XL teeth

Silky HAYAUCHI 21ft Pole Saw 3-extension XL teeth

Product Review (submitted on October 24, 2014):
I do not work for Silky and this is my first experience with their pole saws. I tried both the Hayauchi and then the Hayate pole saws...both cut great, but only one survived the first day of use. The silky Hayauchi is a very sharp and light-weight (for the 21 foot length) pole saw. It was very nice to use for about an hour until problems with the manufacture/design/quality-control showed up. On the first afternoon using the Silky Hayauchi to cut branches from a few trees, I found that the black handle grip cap came UN-GLUED and the grip tape began to unravel. Admittedly, this was a minor issue, but it should not have happened on a brand new tool...the glue was gummy like it never dried at the factory. Next I experienced a major flaw with the Hayauchi saw when fully extended. I finished cutting a high branch and the pole saw began to lean as the blade headed for the ground. I wanted to bring the pole saw back to vertical, so I pulled back toward upright (like using a fishing pole), and to my shock, the silky pole BENT and kinked permanently...it broke on day one under its own weight! This flexing/kinking is unacceptable, and I am now reading that I am not the first person who this has happened to. The bend occurred in the first extension just above the first lock-down clamp.I learned that Silky makes a "new and improved" Hayate that is stronger so it bends less and has a much better grip (bright yellow *bolted-on* grip, not glued!) Plus it comes with an adjustable upper hand strap for extra grip. Well, I gave the Silky Hayate a try and I can say with certainty that the Hayate is a stronger saw with a better grip. Both saws cut great prior to failure, but the Hayauchi is weak...and sticky.If you do not plan to use the Hayauchi fully extended or much at all...it might be okay for you, but the design of the Hayauchi has flaws that Silky has improved upon in the Hayate. Spend the extra money, if you can afford it, and get the heavier slightly shorter Hayate!