Small Woodland Owners' Group

Best kind of hand saw for a sloping cut?

A place to discuss or review of tools and equipment, how to look after them, handy hints for using them.

Best kind of hand saw for a sloping cut?

Postby calvertwood » Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:33 pm

I prefer to fell trees by hand, and my usual saw (a Silky Zubat) has been brilliant for coppice-size stems up to about 25cm. Now I need to take out some bigger standards, and have splashed out on a Silky Katanaboy. It's amazingly effective on horizontal cuts but slow, hard work on the sloping part of a gob cut. I imagine that cutting down-grain is a problem with crosscut saws in general. Would a ripsaw be better, and if so does anyone have a recommendation?
calvertwood
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:07 pm
Location: Richmond, North Yorkshire

Re: Best kind of hand saw for a sloping cut?

Postby Wendelspanswick » Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:47 pm

If you don't want to go down the chainsaw route I would have thought that a decent greenwood blade in a bow saw would be your best option.
Or what about getting a length of bandsaw blade similar to that used on a band mill and sticking a pair of handles on it, it would need two of you working in tandem though.
Wendelspanswick
 
Posts: 351
Joined: Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:03 am
Location: Somerset

Re: Best kind of hand saw for a sloping cut?

Postby Daniel » Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:32 am

Daniel
 
Posts: 14
Joined: Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:42 am
Location: Nithsdale

Re: Best kind of hand saw for a sloping cut?

Postby SimonFisher » Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:50 am

How about using a felling axe?
SimonFisher
 
Posts: 614
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:00 pm

Re: Best kind of hand saw for a sloping cut?

Postby calvertwood » Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:44 pm

Lots of interesting ideas - thanks, all. Bow saw is tempting, but the depth of cut is restricted by the frame. Also I can never get the cut to go where I want. I'll try again, though, and if that's no use I'll try an axe. And if all else fails, I may have to reconsider my dislike of chain saws...
calvertwood
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:07 pm
Location: Richmond, North Yorkshire


Return to Tools & Equipment - reviews, use and maintenance

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests

cron