As the gardening season continues I find that there is some serious chopping and cutting required in the yard. We do not grow fruit trees that need special seasonal pruning, but we do have bunch of trees and shrubs that need to be kept under control. Also we have metres and metres of garden edging, some stone, but some wood.
The best tool for cutting live wood, or deck boards or garden edging is a saw like the one in the photo. There are many pull saws to choose from and I have been using one for many years.
I have a traditional bow saw,
but I like the Japanese style pull saw best for hacking away at garden wood. There are a couple of reasons that I like these saws, for cutting tree branches they are generally short and easy to handle, but have teeth the full length of the blade. As well find it easier to brace the tree branch against a stiff arm when pulling on the cutting stroke rather than try to control it on the push.
Another use, which is cruel (to the saw) but I have used my pull saw for cutting roots, again small size and teeth to the end of the blade make it a useful tool in that tight situation. Lastly you can buy a pull saw with very aggressive teeth for a reasonable amount of money and even if you only use it a couple of times a season it is good value.
Having a saw dedicated to the rough and ready life outdoors also means a good saw is less likely to get pressed into service and twisted or dulled. Having the right tool for the job saves time and money in the long run.