Best sawzall blade for pruning?

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Old 07-17-08, 02:33 AM
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Best sawzall blade for pruning?

I'm cutting some 3-6 inch branches, up in a pine tree, too awkward to use a chain saw, so I'm looking for a sawzall pruning blade that would cut fast. I thought I had one, a 12" sawzall blade #156R-6T, but it cuts very slowly and I think it's just a long wood blade. It has 6 teeth per inch, but the teeth are not very deep and look like a longer version of a standard blade. It took 5-10 minutes to cut through a 4 inch branch, which was hard to do as I was holding the sawzall up with one hand.

Has someone use a pruning blade that cuts as well as the hand pruning saw I used to finish off this 4 inch branch. The hand saw cut nicely but was tiring to use and I have a lot of branches to cut.

Any specific suggestions?

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Old 07-17-08, 05:29 AM
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Yes, there are recip saw blades available for wet wood.

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I have used this type of blade but it might take some looking to find one.
 
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Old 07-17-08, 07:45 AM
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I bought the same thing at Wal-Mart and at HD, just a few months ago, but i think HD had them on clearance when I did.
 
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Old 07-17-08, 08:36 AM
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I use the same blade for general demo rough cuts and pruning

Its been a awhile since I bought one but I got them at home depot
 
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I got mine at HD. Craftsman also makes one, but it costs a little more.
 
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Thanks for all the quick replies. I checked around and found tool stores selling the Milwaukee 12" green wood prunning blade, and the Skill Ugly prunning blade. Most stores were selling them only in packs of 5. Who needs 5 specialized prunning blades, only professionals or forest dwellers. Imagine how many individual sales they're losing by trying to force people to buy a entire pack. One tool store didn't know what I was talking about, "pruning...whaaat???", he grunted.

I called local hardware stores and that's where I found individual blades...the Skil Ugly blade was less than $5.
 
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Old 07-17-08, 07:19 PM
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Glad you found what you needed.

I'd be curious as to what the best price would be for a five pack.
I might use a few more of this kind of blade than you would but find that the five pack price is sometimes much less than half per blade than the single price.
 
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For the Milwaukee 12" green wood blade I found prices from $22(web site so add shipping) to $28 for a 5 pack.

For the Skil Ugly 9" blade I saw two prices, $13.95 and $14.95 for a 5 pack. The $14.95 price was from a local lumber yard that does not discount prices, so that may be the retail price.

The single Skil Ugly price, less than $5 was from a very good discount hardware store, here in the West Los Angeles area. I think I also saw this blade on a web site for $6.95.
 
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I seem to remember paying $3 for my ugly blade and the craftsman was $3.50. Granted, that was a couple years ago.
 
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Originally Posted by GregH View Post
Yes, there are recip saw blades available for wet wood.

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I have used this type of blade but it might take some looking to find one.
I have a five pack of those Skill Ugly Blades I bought at Home Depot and I tell you they are not as good as the Milwaukee Super Sharp Blade. Part numbers (available in 6,9,12 in)
48-00-5015 48-01-7015 6 6 x 3/4 x .050
48-00-5016 48-01-7016 6 9 x 3/4 x .050
48-00-5017 6 12 x 3/4 x .050


Compared to the ugly which requires a lot of work when cutting both very green softwood and very green hardwood (thick juniper and oak trunks) These super sharp blades cut those same trees like a chainsaw through melted butter.

I have not used them but have seen them and the Milwaukee Pruning Blade (48-00-1301 and 48-00-1303) seem like a perfect silhouette match of the Skill Ugly Pruning Blade.

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Milwaukee blades will cost more but be of obvious better quality.The Skil blades are basic consumer grade blades similar to Vermont American and most store branded blades.

If you plan on doing a lot of pruning with your recip saw the Milwaukees are worth the difference.
 
 

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