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My BAHCO Ergo Bow Saw Review

Updated on February 6, 2014

There are quite a few trees on my property so I am constantly having to deal with fallen branches. This means I have to have a good saw. For years I have been using a chain saw to deal with downed branches or to trim branches that look like they are going to fall. Recently however I decided to try using a bow saw instead, it is now all that I use.

It turns out that with a good bow saw I can deal with branches and even small trees in less time than it would take me to get my chain saw out, make sure it has gas and get it started. It is also a lot safer than using a chain saw. To be sure if I have to deal with a big tree or a lot of branches it is worthwhile to get out the chain saw but for one or two branches a bow saw is definitely the way to go.

The bow saw that I chose is the BAHCO Ergo. They make saws that are specifically designed for green wood and others that are intended for dry wood and lumber. If you are going to be using it on trees you want the one for green wood which is the one I have.

The saw itself is really quite impressive. It is made of steel so it will be durable but it is still very light. It also has a mechanism that makes it very easy to change the blades. Most importantly the blade does not wobble nearly as much as it does with most other bow saws. There is still some wobble but it is fairly minimal so making straight cuts is not too difficult.

One thing to keep in mind about this particular saw is that it is quite big. I use mine around the house so this is not a huge issue but if you are looking for one that you can take out into the woods with you it is probably best to find something a little smaller and easier to carry.

Because of its large size this saw is also not particularly good at cutting small branches. This is not a huge problem as I just use a regular hand saw or my reciprocating saw for them.

If you are still using a chain saw to cut branches you really should try a bow saw. Make sure that you get a good quality one like the BAHCO Ergo and you will be glad that you did.

Bahco 10-24-51 24-Inch Ergo Bow Saw for Dry Wood and Lumber
Bahco 10-24-51 24-Inch Ergo Bow Saw for Dry Wood and Lumber

This is the saw you are going to want if you are cutting dry wood or lumber

 
Truper 30255 21-Inch Steel Handle Bow Saw, Cam Lever Quick Change Blade Release, Orange
Truper 30255 21-Inch Steel Handle Bow Saw, Cam Lever Quick Change Blade Release, Orange

This is a good option if you are looking for something a little more portable.

 
Bahco 23-30 30-Inch Raker Bow Saw Blades
Bahco 23-30 30-Inch Raker Bow Saw Blades

It is a good idea to have a few replacement blades on hand as they do tend to break.

 

Using a Bow Saw

Using a Bow Saw

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