As with any tool, the best bow saw is the one that fits your needs and not simply the most expensive model. In the specific case of a bow saw, look for one that is long enough to cut through the limbs or lumber you typically work with, and has the right number of teeth to quickly cut the material. The two top picks presented here fill a medium cut width, with saw teeth that are designed to work on both dry or wood relatively equally. For the average homeowner, these saws will be perfect for trimming dead branches, pruning your fruit trees, cutting your family’s Christmas tree or doing most light trimming and branch cutting jobs you need to do.
At 1.9 pounds, the Bahco 30-inch is definitely one of the top bow saws you will find. It features a 23-tooth blade that is designed for green wood, but can be used for light dry cutting as well. The ergonomic design, coupled with the patented knuckle protector and comfortable grip, is easy to hold for long periods of time without undue discomfort. Cutting small branches of 3 to 6 inches in diameter is a snap, and the saw can master a log of as much as 12 inches before you have to do any creative cutting.
The oval tube frame is crucial to the design, absorbing the stresses of cutting without bending. And to help you out initially, the factory blade is sharpened using state of the art precision tooling to give you a faster, smoother cut. There is even an engineered tensioning mechanism to keep the blade tight and reduce bowing and binding as you cut. The snap-on blade guard seem more like an afterthought, and is made of lightweight plastic, but it still works well enough, and the saw is an excellent tool with or without the blade guard.
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With more than 40 years in the industry, Truper is a Mexican manufacturing company that works hard to maintain its reputation as a premier tool company, and this tool is no exception. A little smaller than the Bahco model, the Truper 30255 is lightweight at 1.3 pounds and only 21 inches long. Designed for cutting green branches, this model was designed using the most current design and engineering technology available. The most significant feature is the cam-and-lever tensioning system which allows you to keep the blade tight and perform straighter, faster cuts without problems. There have been a few complaints that the rivets are of low quality and break easily. The good news is that they can be readily replaced with ordinary rivets if a problem comes up.