Five Different Types of Pruning Saws Explained
Pruning saws are used when branches are too thick to cut down with ordinary garden shears. Pruning trees and bushes improves their size and appearance and keeps them healthy by removing diseased limbs or branches. Basic pruning saws come with either a straight blade or a curved one, and have coarse, big and very sharp teeth and varying blade length.
1. Curved Blade
A hand-held pruning saw with a curved fine blade is very useful in nurseries and household small gardens but a coarser blade will be required for heavy-duty cutting.
2. Straight Double Edged Blades
Saws with this kind of blade are ideal to tackle sap and green wood. Similar to curved blade saws, they come with a slightly curved handle and a “pistol shot” for comfort.
3. Pole Saw
This is a pruning saw on a long pole which has either a curved or a straight blade. It is able to cut wood from 10 to 25 inches in diameter.
4. Cordless Pole Pruning Saw
This saw is operated by 18-Volt nickel cadmium batteries which provides for a hassle-free trigger starting. It has an overhead reach of up to 14 inches.
5. Saws with Telescopic Handles
This type of saw enables you to prune trees without having to climb a ladder. The saw is extended by an extension cord as the cord is pulled or extended and clicked into place for safety.
These saws are the latest on the market and are operated by a switch after being plugged in to an electrical outlet. Needless to say pruning becomes quite fun and time saving and they are not difficult to use.
Pruning saws can be found at hardware stores and garden centers. They come in different sizes and styles which can cater to everybody’s needs and requirements. Get expert advice before buying so you won’t end up with something you don’t need or is useless for your particular type of work. Try to get a saw with a non sticky coating as this helps the blade to glide easier.
Remember to keep all saws away from children as the blades can be deadly in inexpert hands. Some blades do not fold in the handle for safety or storage so they need to be locked up when not in use. Wear a safety hat when tackling high branches and always wear safety gloves as a protection both against the blades and against any thorns on bushes.
Take care of your saw by cleaning and oiling the blade with penetrating oil so it does not create any problems when you next use it. The blade has to be hand sharpened frequently or replaced, as serrated teeth are prone to break down.