How to refurbish your Silky Pole Saw and make it extend like new again.
Patience is not normally something that most of us have in bucket loads. And it can quickly get used up when trying to replace the springs and buttons in your Silky pole saws. The Silky pole saw is a key item in many arborist, landscapers, school grounds maintenance and seed collector’s suite of essential tools. They are used often, like many tools sometimes abused, so that they require maintenance.
Pole saw spring removal and placement tool
ATC Products have produced a great checklist to help with your regular maintenance check on your pole saws. But even better, have now produced a great little tool that will make replacingthose buttons and springs so much faster and easier! You can view the pictures on their website to figure out how to make one yourself, or pop into their showroom in Brisbane to have a close-up look. If all of that is too time consuming, don’t worry, just order one off their website or give them a call.
Here’s the checklist, to make your Silky pole look and feel like new again.
Step 1. Check all of the pole saw and make sure everything is where and as it should be. No splits or cracks in the scabbard or clamps. All screws still exist, springs, levers, locking pins, cramp housings and washers all present and looking pretty. If unsure of what parts should be checked, there is an exploded view of every Silky pole saw on the website at arborlab.com.au
Step 2. Check that every pole slides easily. Nine times out of 10 they are going to be covered in sap and dirt and that’s going to make them sticky and harderto extend. If this is the case give them a thorough clean using an organic oil like Australian made EASyClean. This stuff works a treat to remove built up sap. Side point, extension poles are much easier to clean if you pull them completely out from each other.
Step 3. Check whether new spacers are required for the lever lockdowns. Open all the levers and move all the extensions pastthe upper housing assembly. Close the levers. Now, pull on each extension to see if it moves with the levers locked down. If so you need new spacers! This is important as the levers locking tightly prevents the steel button from elongating the hole in the aluminium pole. This is important, as nobody wants to lose their marbles, or in this case buttons!
Step 4. (if needed) Remove the clamp housing to replace the spacer. With each extension that requires a new lever spacer, remove the pin that holds the lever in the clamp housing (hammer and nail makes this job easier). Once removed from the pole take out the old spacer. Replace the spacer, put your lever on top and refit the pin for the lever.
Now you need to reverse up, go to step 3 and do that again. If the pole is still sliding a bit, you will need a new lever as well. Replace this the same way you replaced the spacer (except obviously leave the new spacer where it is!).
Step 5. (if needed) Replace missing or broken button/spring/screw. These things can be tricky to refit! Happy days though, because ATC Products have come up with a great tool to turn this job into a quick and easy one. Prior to this tool it used to take a lot of mucking around with long nose pliers, a stick, coat hanger wire, four hands and plenty of perseverance to get a new spring into place. It now takes about two minutes. Remove whatever is left, sometimes just the spring. Fit new spring and button in tool. Slide into place and screw spring in tightly. Remove tool, job done! Easy as!
Pole saw refurbishment service
If you are lucky enough to live in Queensland and somewhere near Brisbane, you can pop into the Silky Showroom where, if you smile nicely, the staff do all this work for you. Otherwise there are a number of videos on their YouTube channel SILKY Saws Australia that show you how to refurbish a Silky pole saw.
For more information please contact ATC Products on (07) 3823 1599 or firstname.lastname@example.org