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Old 05-12-2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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Best Folding Saw?

In the past, I've hit the backroads with a quad, always took my Stihl 026 with me for clearing downed trees and firewood at camp. Well...this just isn't looking real practical on the DR. What's the best option for a folding saw? I'd like something big enough to handle up to say a 12" dia tree across the trail (yeah, no fun, but that's life in the forest). Also would use it on smaller limbs/trees for firewood. I've used the Wyoming bow saws for hunting, but they are a bit limited in capacity due to the bow for this use. Any recommendations?
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:25 AM   #2
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I don't know about folding saws but I've hear good things about these saws
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:04 AM   #3
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Those are pretty sweet !
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:41 AM   #4
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My buddy swears by this http://www.pocketchainsaw.com/
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:06 PM   #5
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Definitely the Gerber folding saw.

Super light (plastic handle), inexpensive, durable and will cut down a redwood (but please don't).

The one in the photos isn't the one I have (mine is a bit older, and still works great).
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:35 PM   #6
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My buddy swears by this http://www.pocketchainsaw.com/

Has he actually used it? I bought one based on the rave reviews here and don't remember the last time I was so dissapointed. It doesn't cut worth shit on dry or wet softwood in my yard. The little video on their site looks like a dry rotted punky dead standing tree that by the amount of wiggle could have been pushed over easier.

I second the folding saw type like the gerber shown, I have some offshore $9 rig I've been using for 6 or 7 years and it's awesome. I don't think the brand matters but that style of tooth, whatever it's called works well in this application.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:13 PM   #7
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Has he actually used it? I bought one based on the rave reviews here and don't remember the last time I was so dissapointed. It doesn't cut worth shit on dry or wet softwood in my yard. The little video on their site looks like a dry rotted punky dead standing tree that by the amount of wiggle could have been pushed over easier.

I second the folding saw type like the gerber shown, I have some offshore $9 rig I've been using for 6 or 7 years and it's awesome. I don't think the brand matters but that style of tooth, whatever it's called works well in this application.
He loves it, but I have to say I am not sure that this is the brand he uses. I will ask him next time I see him. He is a ranger at Mohonk Preserve and is in the woods a lot and trimming, etc. We both carry a folding saw, but he said for the big stuff his pocket chainsaw rules.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:46 PM   #8
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Has he actually used it? I bought one based on the rave reviews here and don't remember the last time I was so dissapointed. It doesn't cut worth shit on dry or wet softwood in my yard. The little video on their site looks like a dry rotted punky dead standing tree that by the amount of wiggle could have been pushed over easier.

I second the folding saw type like the gerber shown, I have some offshore $9 rig I've been using for 6 or 7 years and it's awesome. I don't think the brand matters but that style of tooth, whatever it's called works well in this application.
+1! Folding saw over pocketchain saw every time for me. The pocket chain saw needs two people to work and even then only works well in some situations. I laughed when I saw that demo vid; the bark was holding that "tree" up.
Some of the folding saws I bought needed to have the "set" of the teeth tuned up a bit otherwise the kerf was too narrow causing the saw to bind.
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:08 PM   #9
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Definitely the Gerber folding saw.
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agreed....up to 4 or maybe 6 inch...but 12"?...find a way around

I have about 6 of these scattered on different vehicles...they have saved the day...use one every year when I am hunting those wiley christmas trees

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Old 05-12-2011, 03:27 PM   #10
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I've used the Sven Saw for 30 years camping but I really prefer the buck saw above. The Sven works fine but if you get on bigger wood the back precludes making a one pass cut. The sven works great on 6" diameter wood.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:36 PM   #11
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Can't seem find them anymore but I had a Sears one that had thick, broad offset teeth just like a chain saw and a wooden handle. 1 to 2 minute job to go through a christmas tree.

Update: Sears Craftsman 10 in. Folding Pruning Saw
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:29 PM   #12
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If you want to go light and the diameter is 12", maybe a stick of dynamite might work. You can set it off with a long wire and your bike battery.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:31 PM   #13
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Hey Renegade,

If you click on the link that is on the #2 post, you'll get on a site for Trail Blazer Products. These guys have a product called a "sawvivor". May have to search around their site to find it, because they have all kinds of other products. (Probably should google it anyway just to get to some retailers and some prices.)

Anyway, this thing is a tool, not a toy. It is seriously strong, very light and well engineered. I've got the 18" model and it fits in my panniers, weighs something like 10 ozs., and the sharp-ass little swiss steel blade stows securely in the handle! Once you use it you may start leaving the chainsaw at home. Folds down to 1" x 3" x 18" too. The only limiting factor of this tool is the throat depth -- it is 5", so you'd have to go at that 12" log from both sides ---- and still break it in the middle.

The little pocket saws and folding saws mentioned previously won't hold a candle to this thing. Give it a look. Good luck and hope this helps. I own one so if you have any specific questions, pm me. HAPPY SAWING!!!

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Old 05-12-2011, 06:13 PM   #14
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I like the one on the victorinox trekker knife. If it can saw through a steel fender that was bashed in my a car it will work great for all your firewood making needs.

Also, sears has a craftsman folding saw for like $5 that looks just like that gerber above.
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:50 PM   #15
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If you can't find one here, they don't make it. Great place http://karlkuemmerling.com/store/page20.html
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