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Pruning Saws: Selecting the Best Saw for the Job

 
Sometimes you need more than a hand pruner to tackle the hard stuff. And when you need to reach up high, only a pole saw will do. GEMPLER'S has professional-quality pruner saws you can rely on. Learn what to look for when choosing a pruning saw and make the hard work of pruning easier. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Sometimes you need more than a hand pruner to tackle the hard stuff. And when you need to reach up high, only a pole saw will do. GEMPLER'S has professional-quality pruner saws you can rely on. Learn what to look for when choosing a pruning saw and make the hard work of pruning easier. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
 

Why a Pruning Saw?

Most pruning saws are designed to cut branches with a diameter of 3 inches, although with more effort you can use them to cut slightly larger branches. Blades are tempered steel and their razor-like teeth remain sharp for many uses. Unlike other saws, many pruning saws cut on the pull stroke as well as on the push stroke, so that every movement of the saw produces a cut.

Learn Pruner Basics here >
 

Step 1: Select Saw Type

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Saw Type Pros Cons
Folding Saws Best for occasional use Not as good for continuous use
Takes up the least amount of storage space (Ideal for storing in a tool box, holster or pocket) Require two hands to open
Ideal for cutting live, green wood  
Hand Saws More durable than folding saws due to the full tang blade Needs to be stored and carried in a scabbard
Cuts larger branches or logs with less effort  
Pole Saws Reach elevated limbs and into dense undergrowth and foliage easier Can be cumbersome to use
Heavier poles hold up better when subjected to inadvertent bumps or drops  
 
Folding Saws



EZ Kut WOW Folding Pruning Saw
Outstanding durability and sharpness
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Hand Saws



Bahco Bow Saw
Best-selling, professional, heavy-duty hand saw
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Step 2: Select Blade Type

Length
  • Longer blades give additional reach, have larger cutting capacity and are less likely to pull out of a cut
  • Longer blades allow for a longer stroke which make for smoother cutting and are more ergonomically friendly
  • Shorter blades are less expensive, offer better control and take up less room
Curved vs. Straight
  • Curved blades slope down and away from the user, naturally diving and biting into the wood fibers
  • Curved blades give the fastest and most aggressive cut
  • Straight blades are better for detail pruning, especially ornamentals & fruit trees
  • Straight blades are used by arborists when a hinge cut is needed
 

Step 3: Select Teeth Size

 
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Size Teeth Per Inch Benefits Examples
Extra-Large Teeth 5.5 Slightly curved blade will cut faster and more aggressively
Silky Bigboy 2000 Folding Saw With XL Teeth
Large Teeth 6 Cuts faster and more aggressively for general pruning
Silky Bigboy 360 Saw With Large Teeth
Medium Teeth 8.5 Cleaner cut for cutting softer wood
Silky Bigboy 360 Folding Saw With Medium Teeth
Fine Teeth 11 Cleaner cut for cutting hardwood
Silky Bigboy 360 folding Saw With Fine Teeth
 
 
Note: Always wear the proper protective equipment when pruning. Gloves and safety glasses are a must.

Still have questions on which pruning saw will work best for your particular job? Call Gempler's Tech Support at 800-382-8473800-382-8473. We can help make pruning easier!
 
 
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