STIHL has updated its range of lightweight and powerful cordless pole pruners with the launch of the HTA 66 and HTA 86.

Replacing the HTA 65 and HTA 85 models, the new long-reach cordless pole pruners are equipped with a 1/4” PM3 saw chain as standard, offering users precise, high-cutting performance, ideal for grounds maintenance, orchards, tree maintenance and arboriculture tasks.

The battery slot is repositioned to make these pole pruners exceptionally well balanced, providing easier handling and reduced fatigue when working over longer periods.

Both the HTA 66 and HTA 86 feature a powerful EC motor that allows the user to vary chain speed with their finger, and the tools impress with quick acceleration, no emissions and a low noise output, meaning no ear defenders are required.

Both models feature a new ergonomic control handle with an intuitive start-up process to ensure the tool is only started when intended. The new handle design also ensures the tool is comfortable to use whether right-handed or left-handed and features anti-slip protection for further safety and comfort.

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The HTA 66 has an overall length of 240 cm, whilst the HTA 86 has a newly designed square telescopic shaft that can not only be adjusted between 270 cm and 390 cm without tools, but offers high shaft stiffness to protect against twisting and deflection for precise positioning even at full extension.

In addition, the cutting lengths of 25 cm (HTA 66) and 30 cm (HTA 86) enable even thicker branches to be shortened precisely and efficiently. A new robust branch hook on both models helps with removing loose cuttings.

Other features include simple chain tensioning that makes it easy to re-tension the saw chain, as well as the captive nut on the sprocket cover that allows for a quick chain change. In addition, users can always keep track of oil levels thanks to the semi-transparent oil tank and the patented innovative lock allows the tank to be opened and closed quickly without tools and with minimum effort.

Both the HTA 66 and HTA 86 can be used with Stihl’s high-performance 36 V AP battery system and are compatible with more than 20 tools to meet the needs of a wide range of gardens and applications.

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