Guide To The Best Saws
saws are known by many names, some of which are, , , camp saws, , sometimes . It doesn’t matter what you call them; but, it does matter if you don’t have one with you when needed.
Types of Saws
The three most common types of saws are saws, bow saws, pocket chainsaws, and wire saws.
WIRE POCKET SAW
The folding saw and folding bow saw as you probably guessed, fold up, like a pocket knife. A pocket chainsaw is a handheld, human-powered, that works by moving the tiny blades back and forth. Wire saws and the pocket chainsaw are very cheap and quite portable. However, they also can be hard to hold and are generally only used in emergency outdoor survival.
My reviews will only cover saws and bow saws.
A is superior to a hatchet or under the following circumstances:
- Confined Spaces- They cut easier in small spaces.
- Quicker-A decent cuts quicker and easier.
- Precise Cuts- Saws can cut straight notches better, which works well for setting up traps, wilderness emergency shelters, and more.
- Versatility-Depending upon its quality, a will multiple purposes. For example, typical ones can clear bush, help you build emergency shelters, cut bone, and firewood, and perform other essential outdoor survival tasks.
- Replacement Blades: For some saws, as they are unable to be sharpened, you will be forced to buy a .
- Grip: plastic handle with leather straps
- Dimensions Folded: 7.87 x 7.87 x 11.81 inches
- : 7″
- Weight: 7.1 oz,
- Teeth Per Inch: 7
- Can It Be Sharpened: No
The Bahco Laplander is manufactured in Sweden by the same business that makes Snap-On tools. Snap-On Tools are known for their quality workmanship. So, you would expect the Bahco to be a high-quality .
Based upon over 5,000 overwhelmingly positive ratings, it seems that the Bahco is top-notch. The question that needs to be asked is if the Bahco is as good as it appears, or is it overrated? I will answer this question and more in my review.
- Highly Rated-It has over 5,000 reviews, with the majority of the ratings being between four or five stars. (This is the most that I can recall seeing for any product.)
- Top-Notch- Bahco also makes the highly-respected Morakniv knives, which are known for being some of the best, lower-priced, knives.
- Quickly Gets The Job Done-Many reviewers stated that the Laplander when correctly used, cuts quickly.
- Comfortable Handling-The plastic handle, with a curve in the middle, is said to be very easy to use.
- Learning Curve-A few reviewers, who likely didn’t use it properly, complained that it took forever to cut wood. However, based upon the overwhelmingly positive reception, it seems reasonable that the Bahco will work quite well as long as you correctly cut on the and lighten up when pushing the .
- Locking Defect- The Boho not working and collapsing during use, which is a significant safety concern, was common among the few complaints.
A faulty locking mechanism, as it is a safety hazard, is a valid concern. However, based upon very few purchasers mentioning this issue, it should not deter you from buying the Bahco Laplander. In conclusion, for its price, based upon its high ratings, the Bahco Laplander cannot be beaten.
- Grip: Metal
- Style: Bow Folded
- Dimensions Folded: For 21″ , 24″ x 1 1/2″ x 5/8″-For 15″ -17″ x 1 1/2″ X 5/8″
- : NA
- Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Teeth Per Inch: Not Listed
- Can It Be Sharpened: No-Replacement Blades are necessary.
Sven Bow Saws, except for the steel, which is made in Sweden, is made by a 60-year-old, United States company. They come in 15 and 21-inch blades and are known for being durable, and being compact. Unlike some saws, Sven is specifically marketed to be used for camping, hunting, hiking, backpacking, fishing, etc.
The does cost more than the average . But, they are affordable for most people. Why though, pay more for something if it is not worth the extra cost? Please see below for the answer to these questions.
- Excellent Ratings and Heavily Vetted- Over 90% five-star with over 400 total participating is quite impressive.
- Outdoor Use-The Sven was built to be a ,” and not just for gardeners.
- Compact-Once you’ve got the hang of it, at around 30 seconds, you can fold it up into a compact, slim package that is perfect for taking with you on your outdoor adventure. Also, especially for the size of the , it is very lightweight.
- Long – The longer the , the easier it is to cut and 15 and 21 inches is one of the largest lengths that I have seen on a .
- Durable- The steel is made from hardened Swedish steel, and the entire is made of durable metal. One reviewer even mentioned that he had used his same Sven for over 40 years.
- Results-Numerous readers praise how it cut. One impressive claim was that the could cut through a 12″ tree trunk with a knot.
- Assembly-Sven saws, to some, can be a challenge to open and close. One reviewer even noted that he bent his as a result of attempting to fold the up.
- Missing Wing Nut-A loose wing nut is used to secure it when folded up and it is removed when the is unfolded and ready to be used. The problem is that this loose wingnut, especially when you are outdoors in the wilderness, can be easily lost. So when using it you need to be careful, and it would be wise to carry an extra wingnut with you.
- Replacement Blades- Being able to only able to use replacement blades from Sven Saws, which cost around $15, was a common complaint. Replacements blades though can be purchased at a few stores, and they are manufactured by a 60-year old company. As a result, you should not worry too much about them going out of business and you not being able to buy a .
is made by an established 60-year-old business. Best of all though, Sven’s are known for getting the job done. (The 12″ claim was especially impressive) The only real downside that I recognized was the loose wingnut issue. But wingnuts are very cheap. So, just put an extra in your backpack, and you will be set if you lose one. In conclusion, the Sven is recommended, and it is worth the additional price.
- Grip: Co-molding and
- Dimensions Folded: 7.87 x 7.87 x 11.81 inches/ 8 x 17.5 x 10 inches
- : 7″-8″
- Can It Be Sharpened: No
The Corona can be purchased for under $20, and are marketed as pruning saws. However, numerous campers have bought them, specifically for and camping.
They are reasonably priced, highly rated, and heavily vetted. (Nearly 2K Ratings ) It is an exceptional camp and gardening . But, should it be taken with you and used for ? I will answer that question in this review.
- Excellent Ratings- Has almost 2k reviews with 95% of them being between four and five stars.
- Durable- A reviewer stated that she used it to cut around 70 trees that were mostly from 2″ to 3″ and up to five inches.
- Easy To the handle-The reviewer who claimed to cut the nearly 70 trees with said she was a 70-year-old woman, which indicates that this efficiently cuts.
- Cuts Smooth- Marketing claims that this can cut through wood like a knife cuts through butter, and this claim is backed by numerous verified purchasers.
- – A few reviewers noted that the does not properly fold, which results in the razor-sharp blades being partially exposed even when it is folded. The not being fully covered isn’t a big issue if it is used for gardening or taking it with you in your trailer or RV.
- Can’t be Sharpened- So replacement blades will be needed or buy a new one.
- Use Limited- It can only cut branches up to 3″, its use for is limited.
The Corona is a sub-$20 that, unlike other popular bush saws, is marketed for agriculture. It can be used for a camping trip. And many campers buy this specifically as a and for other outdoor ventures.
The first impressions are that Corona is reasonably priced and highly rated. (Nearly 2k) It is an exceptional . But, because of the problems, you need to look elsewhere if you are wanting a .
Silky Professional Big Boy 2000
- Grip: Aluminum handles with a rubberized, easy-grip, handle
- Weight: .4 oz.
- Material: Hard chrome-plated, taper-ground , which is designed for rust protection.
- Warranty: Limited, Life Time
The Japanese manufactured, Silky BigBoy 2000, is considered, by some as being the as they come with all the bells and whistles that you can need and are made for professionals and are designed to be used for camping, arborists, trimming, orchards, and much more.
The Silky compared to other foldable saws is quite expensive. So, these questions need to be asked:
- Is it worth paying the extra price?
- Is the Silky Bigboy suitable for use?
- Is Silky Bigboy one of the best saws?
- Highly Rated-Of over 1,000 ratings, 96% are 4 and 5 stars.
- Option- A has been shown to cut faster than a straight edge.
- Perfect Size For Backpacking-Silky Big Boy’s is long enough to cut trees up to 10″, but short enough to comfortably fit in your backpack.
- Handle-The rubber-like grip works well for allowing you to perform a of the .
- Works Well-Praised for efficiently and quickly
- Versatile- Designed to be used for forestry, orchards, removing brush, and other jobs.
- Works On Many Wood Types-Different teeth options for three types of wood. (Green-Wood, Softwood, and Hardwood)
- Expensive Maintenance-Without special equipment or skill, these blades cannot be sharpened, and the replacement blades are half the price of a new .
- Too Much For Some Users-Just like every driver doesn’t need a luxury car, not everyone will need a professional .
Silky Big Boy 2000
Verified purchasers appreciated Silky Big Boy’s ease of use and durability. The blades not being able to be sharpened is a problem. But, the chrome -teeth do stay sharp for a long time, and because of the lifetime warranty, you’ll get your money worth when and if you do need to replace the .
Additionally, there were a few complaints concerning the thickness of the Silky. This is likely an issue of buyers not knowing how to correctly use the Silky’s “Japanese” style .
Silky, on Amazon, states explicitly how you need to use their , and how your may break if you don’t use it correctly. Therefore, as long as you follow the instructions, you should not worry about the breaking. Thus, assuming you will use it enough and can afford it, I recommend the Silky Big Boy.
Attention: As of June 2000, only had 3 Big Boys left. So, this does not show the 1k+ reviews. The following is from a third-party distributor. Also, for your convenience, I’ve included other models that may interest you.
Final Thoughts And recommendation
Reading this post will steer you in the right direction in buying a firearms, for most people, aren’t expensive items. So, I recommend that you pay a bit more and get the best one you can afford.. The saws that I reviewed are the best of the “best” on Amazon. So, you can’t go wrong by buying any of these. Also, saws, unlike
The 7 Most Important, , Buyer’s Criteria
needs to be portable as you will need to take them with you. However, you also want them to get the job done. This balancing act can between portability and use can get quite tricky. So, I’ve given you some recommendations for buying saws that best suits your needs. Use these recommendations along with the above, and you will have the information needed to buy the best that works for your situation.
Below are the seven features that you should look for when purchasing a foldable bush .
- Portability -Portability is essential for a that you are planning on taking with you while you are away from civilization in the wilderness. However, if you just want to save space and not have to carry a bulky with you in your car, you can purchase a that may not be as portable and lightweight If you are needing to carry your with you away from civilization, you will need to sacrifice functionality for a that is more easily sorted. As a result, true , for use away from civilization, needs to be compact enough to easily fit in your backpack or coat pocket.
- Uses – How are you planning on using it? Not all blades cut wood the same. For example, some saws may work better for logs than for making notches in the wood. So, evaluate your needs before buying one and then make your decision.
- Wood- Will, You Cut Primarilly Dry or Green-Wood?
- Handle – can purchase portable, wire, saws for under $10. However, these saws have cheap handles or handles that are quite rough to hold. As a result, you should make sure the handle is durable and also easily griped during rigorous activities like sawing wood.
- Size -(When folded)-The larger the the better the will function. However, a bigger is also less portable. So, it’s a tightrope between functionality and portability. However, if you are planning on taking this out away from civilization to use in , I would err on the size of portability.
- Durability – You don’t want your to fail when you need it the most. So, other than it is safe, durability is the most crucial factor to consider when buying a .
- Safety Features – You don’t want your handle to collapse while you are working hard at wood and end up yourself. That is why a sturdy locking mechanism that would prevent the collapse from even happening is essential. So, for your , get a lock that stays locked.
Choose a For The Wood your Are Most likely Going To Be
You won’t be able to have seperate blades for each type of wood you encounter when you are out hiking or enjoying the great outdoors. You should purchase a that works well for the kind of wood (GreenWood, , and Hardwood) you are most likely going to cut.
Teeth per inch (“TPI”) on a is what you are looking to buy your . Below are recommended, TPI, numbers for the various types of wood.
- Green-Wood: 2-8