best pole pruner
I recently acquired some property with several wild apple trees that have never been pruned. Some (most) are up to 30 feet tall. The fruit tastes good and I would like to start shaping them. Pole pruners range from $50-$200+. Are the expensive ones worth the money? Are there models with a larger throat and ratchet action to handle branches that are older, bigger and harder?
How important is the saw portion? is it important that the saw can be replaced?
Not looking for commercial production, just having fun with the new property. However, I am an experienced home brewer (beer) with an antique apple grinder/press that I have rebuilt, but never used (because I did not have access to apples til now).
Bottom line, Should I grab the home depot $50-80 dollar models, or go for the top of the line $200+ models?
Or, is somewhere in between best, because sometimes you can spend many more dollars for not much improvement in performance.