From shaving small branches to sawing down entire trees, there are a variety of garden saws that you may need to get the job done.
Before you purchase your shiny new saw, it’s handy to know what each type can offer and some of the features available.
Types of garden saw
- Bow saw – Designed for cutting green wood or sawing logs to size, some models include a built in handle for extra comfort
- Pruning saw – Ideal for slicing thin branches or shrubs whether dry or wet. Models include a d-handle for increased comfort or a regular straight handle
- Handsaws – Popular for sawing through big branches, thick logs and tree trunks
- Chainsaws – Looking for extra power to slice up some logs or saw down a tree? Chainsaws come in both electrical and petrol powered models, helping out with heavy-duty jobs
Different features of garden saw
Each style of saw has a range of different features, which may include one or two of the following:
- Fixed-blade – Blade and handle, simple. Some models, including the pruning saw and wood saw, make use of cases to protect the blade
- Foldable – Ideal for transporting and include a safety lock to stop the blade from unwantedly opening and closing. Many pruning saw models fold away
- Telescopic – Some saws have a built in extendable handle, allowing you to reach high branches by adjusting the length of the shaft
- Curved and straight edge – To allow for a smoother cut and more ergonomic feel
- Soft-grip – A focus on comfort is provided with a soft grip to make your sawing experience as pleasant as possible
Brands to consider
Maintaining your saw
- Keep them clean – The teeth in your saw may clog, leading to it not working as well during its next use
- Sharpening your saw – Some saws come with resharpenable teeth, some don’t. If your saw has hardened teeth and they become blunt, you won’t be able to re-sharpen them so you may need to replace the blade.