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Stihl HTA 85 battery pole saw stuck

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Hi all

The guys were using this the other day , had it out the maximum length and now it wont go back in. Its rock solid! cant turn it or go in or out.

i loosened the bolts that are by the orange release lever that is used normally to move it in or out but nothing.

I am afraid to do anything to brutal as its all soft aluminium and plastic. 

Has anyone experienced this and has a solution? 

Sprayed lube in it but not made a tiny bit of difference.


Many thanks



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Both poles are a oval and if they twist, it locks the shaft in place. Try rotating the end shaft one way or the other and see if it frees it up.

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No joy. I tied it all but to no joy. I think what happened was the plastic sleeve had broken off from the 2 indent holes that hold it in place and had gone down and wedged in , jamming it solid. 

it was coming out one way or another. It’s now about 60 mm shorter but at least I can extend or shorten. 

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