Serious pruning often demands a pruning saw. Some styles look like miniature logging saws, while the standard is a curved blade saw. Usually a pruning saw can handle cuts up to 4 inches easily. Since the teeth on this style are curved back, the cutting action is on the pull, making it easier to do overhead work. The teeth on the pruning is more course than found on the carpenter’s saw. Variations on these styles include the pole saw (on a long pole for reaching high or inaccessible branches) and a bow saw for faster, smaller cuts than the standard saw.
Saws generally have ash or hickory grip handles. More important, are the blade and teeth. Only buy saws with tempered steel blades and individually beveled teeth to provide a cutting edge. Four to eight teeth per inch is standard; 4-6 teeth is good for green sap wood and 6-8 is best for hard or dry wood.
MAINTENANCE TIP - Resins and other materials will accumulate on the cutting edges of a pruning saw and you can hardly detect them. Professionals will always wipe their saw blades with oil after every pruning session. That will keep the resins from accumulating and causing the edges to be less effective.
Classic Pruning Saw
This is the most common design for an effective and easy to use pruning saw.
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A good one from Fiskars
- Conveniently designed saw ideal for aggressive cutting without binding
- Comfortable hardwood handle with easy grip design
- 10-inch patented woodzig blade
- Easy-to-use push button lock for added safety
- Limited lifetime warranty
The Fiskars 10-inch folding saw features a patented woodzig blade made from tough high carbon steel. The comfortable hardwood handle with easy grip design swings open and closed with an easy to use push button lock for added safety. Additionally, the woodzig blade was designed for less binding during aggressive cutting. The saw is backed with a limited lifetime warranty.