Whether you have a green thumb and love pruning trees or can’t stand the thought of it but know it needs to be done, a good pruning saw is your friend. Having the right saw on-hand can make the difference between a quick job and hours of hard cutting.
While there are numerous choices for a straight-bladed or folding hand saw, the best pruning saw for typical uses will always have a curved blade to make cutting branches up to a few inches thick feel like you’re cutting through butter. For anything thicker or if you have a large number of trees to prune, a good pole saw or small chainsaw may be a better alternative.
All of the options below are so good that any of them will quickly replace not only your hand saws, but many other pruning tools.
Starting with a 13-inch (330mm) curved, mono-constructed blade and a black polypropylene sheathe, the 270-33 Zubat has a lot to offer. The blade itself is chrome-plated and rust-resistant, with an impulse-hardened, non-set tooth design and six and one-half teeth per inch.
Featuring a detachable belt holder, this saw weighs only .65 pounds, or 1.1 pounds when sheathed.
Users often comment that the Zubat is more than a simple tree pruning saw, using it effectively for a number of tasks ranging from cutting tall grass to six-inch posts with equal ease.
The blade is durable and incredibly sharp, making the teeth less likely to get stuck when cutting tree branches than other saws. Owners of this hand tree saw also love the spring-loaded rollers use in the sheath design or superior retention.
There is one major issue with the Zubat, and it is an increasingly common problem with products across the board. Many consumers have purchased this tool only to receive a variation with 300mm blade and plastic handle screws instead of the 330mm blade with metal handle screws. This variation is prone to breaking, and you will not know which version is shipped unless you order specifically from a reputable source.
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RUNNERS-UP:Don’t let the gimmicky name fool you, the Samurai is a clean-cutting tree pruner that makes you feel like a warrior! The blade is razor sharp (seriously), and the ergonomic handle allows for comfortable gripping as you tear into tree trunks.
The included scabbard takes inspiration from sword scabbards, allowing the blade to snap in securely, while a quick release provides easy withdrawal.
Consumers from all backgrounds have raved about the sharpness of the blade, commenting that simply touching it can break skin. While this means extra care must be taken to keep it away from children and safe handling is a must, it also allows user to saw through even 12-inch logs with ease.
Some users have even commented that it works more efficiently than electric saws, stating that a groove forms on the first pull and even living branches can be cut with very little effort.
There has been very little complaint about the Samurai, and the induction-hardened blades hold up well against wear and tear. However, like other types of saws, the teeth will eventually wear out, and your first instinct will be to resharpen the blade.
Those who have attempted this have found the quality of the blade drops after sharpening, making it more practical to simply replace the blade when it wears down. The extreme sharpness of the blade also means you must be very careful when handling the saw to avoid injury.
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Corona has a reputation for quality saws, and the RS 7395 is no exception. The SK5 steel blade has a higher carbon content than other saws, allowing the blade to dull much more slowly than the competition. Likewise, the chrome plating and triple-ground, impulse-hardened teeth create less friction while removing up to three times as much material per stroke.
As a final bonus, the ergonomic, no-slip handle and blade are interchangeable, allowing you to switch between different blade lengths or handle shapes as needed for the perfect job every time.
When it comes to the blade, consumers are quick to mention the extreme sharpness, the resistance to dulling, and how little it bends when sawing. They note very little maintenance is needed, and the same blade will still cut well after years of use.
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Users also appreciate how the light weight and narrow blade is, making it an ideal tool for working in small or hard-to-reach spaces.
There are three main complaints regarding the 7395. Owners have noted that the blade cuts mostly on the pull (similar to a Japanese saw), requiring more work than a blade which cuts both directions such as a typical bow saw. While this doesn’t diminish the cutting power on the pull, the extra strokes can make it seem less effective to some users.
The second complaint is that it is not sold with a scabbard. Consumers note that between the price and the sharpness of the blade, including a scabbard improves both the value and safety for this saw. Finally, some saws have been known to arrive with one or both of the handle screws loose, and it is advised that you tighten them before using it or the first time.
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