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Stand-Out Folding And Pruning Saws in Australia

A good pruning saw can be a gardener’s best friend. They can assist in the removal of dead or diseased wood, and with the pruning or shaping of plants.

Pruning saws are a great investment if you have a lot of plants in your garden to keep tidy. They can also be a great tool to take away on camping trips.

However, with so many different options on the market, it can be hard to find the saw best meets your specific needs.

In this article, we list our picks for the top folding and pruning saws on the market to help you find one that is best for you.

Our top pick: Silky Professional Series BIGBOY 2000 Folding Hand Saw

Silky is a Japanese saw manufacturer that leads the market in terms of quality, design, and innovation.

The Silky BigBoy hand saw is lightweight and has a large super sharp blade that can make light work of pruning, trimming, and all of your gardening needs.

This saw has a curved 14 1/5″ (36cm) blade that can handle larger jobs with precision and ease.

The blade is rust-resistant hard chrome-plated and low angle but can be opened to 2 positions for in-line or flush cutting.

It has non-set impulse hardened teeth which are ideal for cutting green or dried wood.

This Silky saw has a non-slip rubber grip to ensure you have complete control at all times. Its long blade makes it one of the best pruning options for larger cutting jobs.

Best portable saw: Felco Folding Pruning Saw

Felco is another well-known and trusted brand in the world of garden tools.

The Felco 600 pruning saw is a handy and compact gardening tool that effortlessly cuts through small branches and stems.

The concave shape and saw teeth setting ensure no sap or sawdust clog up the blade, so you can work quickly.

This folding saw can be placed in your pocket or backpack when not in use and it is a great option to take camping for preparing firewood. The blade locking system ensures this saw can be safely stored away when not in use.

This pruning saw’s blade can cut through small and large branches so it can also be used for more heavy-duty tasks.

The comfortable handle makes all the difference as you can grip it easily, regardless of whether you’re right- or left-handed.

WilFiks Razor Sharp Folding Saw

WilFiks’ 7′′ small Folding Saw is robust, sharp, and ideal for use in the yard. It’s easy to handle and maneuver because of its small size and rubber soft grip handle. It’s also a good choice for hiking and camping.

With three cutting surfaces, this saw blade can cut up to 50% quicker than a typical handsaw. The blade is made of hardened steel, which allows it to slice through branches quickly and easily.

This hand saw folds down to 8.5′′ and locks in the closed and open positions, making it secure and convenient to store and use.

It also features a hole for hanging to keep it out of the way.

Corona Folding Saw 7-Inch Curved Blade

This popular 7-inch folding saw blade is ideal for both professional and home use.

It’s made to cut through small to medium-sized branches, and it’s designed to make each cut cleaner and faster than traditional saws.

The handle is stable and comfortable enough to be used for extended periods of time, making it ideal for spending the day trimming the yard.

The curved blade is composed of high-carbon Japanese SK5 steel, which makes it extremely sturdy and long-lasting. The three-sided, impulse-hardened teeth are strong and efficient.

A chromium covering is added to the blade to minimize friction when cutting and prevent corrosion. The saw folds up when not in use, making it easy to carry and store.

Silky F-180 Folding Saw

The Silky F-180 Folding Saw is a handy little pocket saw that is ideal for light pruning and gardening.

To help you get the perfect cut, the 7.5′′ blade opens and locks in two different positions. It has a wide tooth arrangement that reduces resistance and ensures low friction.

The teeth have been heated and hardened to ensure that the teeth remain sharp for a long time. It’s also rust-resistant and robust thanks to the strong chrome finish.

Bahco Fixed Pruning Saw

This pruning saw from Bahco is an excellent choice for amateur gardeners. The curved blade is both strong and light. The blade is 14 inches in length and has six teeth per inch.

This saw may be used as it is or with an extension pole to reach those hard-to-reach branches.

The curved plastic grip prevents slippage and helps you maintain control of the saw at all times.

The blade is hardpoint, which means it will survive far longer than regular blades.

Opinel No. 12 Folding Pruning Saw

This Opinel saw is ideal for use in the garden as well as outdoor activities such as hiking.

The blade is compact and effective, measuring only 12cm in length. It’s suitable for cutting branches with a diameter of less than 8cm.

This hand saw’s blade is carbon steel with an anti-corrosion coating to ensure high quality and corrosion resistance.

The blade features two rows of teeth, and the handle is made of beech, which is both attractive and comfortable to hold.

A safety ring on this pruning saw allows you to lock the blade open or closed.

Pruning Saw Buying Guide

Blade Length

The first thing to consider when selecting a folding pruning saw is the length of its blade.

The length of the blade you choose will depend on what kind of material you’re cutting and how much control you want over your cuts.

Most folding pruning saws range from five to eight inches long, with a six-inch blade being the most common option.

The shorter the better for some people, because shorter blades allow for more precision and control.

Folding pruning saws are often advertised as having a “deep” profile, and this usually refers to how deep their blades are in proportion to their total length.

A folding pruning saw with a “deep” profile will be able to take larger cuts than one with a more shallow profile.

If you need your folding pruning saw for large jobs that require big cuts, such as branch removal or in-ground work, look for a deeper blade profile.

If your needs are smaller and less demanding—such as simply cutting branches off of shrubs or hedges—then you can probably get away with purchasing a smaller, shallower-profile folding pruning saw.

Folding or fixed

Folding pruning saws fold in half for easy storage and transport. They are easier to carry and store, but they’re also less durable and can break more easily.

This is because of the pivot point where two parts of the blade connect, which is weaker than a single piece of steel.

Fixed-blade saws don’t have these problems. They’re more sturdy as they have fewer mechanical breakdown points.

A fixed blade is stronger and less likely to break but takes up more space when you’re not using it and is more difficult to carry around.

Saw Blade Material

Most high-end pruning saws feature a high carbon steel blade, but there are other options. Stainless steel is more durable and rust-resistant but is also heavier.

Look for a high-quality hardened steel blade that is treated to be rust-resistant.

Straight or Curved Blade

The blades of pruning saws are either straight or curved.

Straight blade:

  • Straight blade pruning saws work best for cutting branches of equal height to your arms.
  • They provide you with a clean cut but can be difficult to control when you need to cut high or low-hanging branches.

Curved blade:

  • Curved blades are better suited for working in tight places where you need a more controlled, hook-like motion while cutting. They are best suited to cutting high or low branches.

What about pole saws?

A pole saw is a pruning saw with a long, telescoping pole that folds up for transport and storage.

They have become popular because of their versatility and ease of use as they let the user cut branches that would otherwise require a ladder.

The best pole saws are light and easy to handle, with a comfortable grip.

Teeth pattern and TPI or Pitch

The pitch of a saw blade is the measurement of how many teeth are placed side-by-side in an inch.

Teeth per Inch (TPI) is measured from tip to tip while pitch is measured from gullet to gullet.

A higher tooth count on the blade results in a finer cut and more precision, but it will also reduce speed. The lower the pitch, the more aggressive a tool will cut and be able to handle thicker branches and logs.

Bigger gaps between teeth mean faster cutting at the cost of decreased cutting precision. Blades with fewer teeth can come in handy when cutting firewood or working on tough materials like dead or diseased wood.

In general, you’ll want to choose between coarse or fine teeth depending on what you’re doing with your pruning saw.

If you have access to both types of blades I recommend trying each out so you can see what works best for your personal needs.

In addition to the TPI, there are many types of teeth on pruning saws:

  • curved back or hook-shaped teeth
  • dual edged
  • wavy teeth
  • impulse hardened
  • triple ground teeth

Some manufacturers offer interchangeable blades using bayonet attachments so that you can switch between different tooth types depending on what kind of task you’re doing.

Push vs pull saws

When it comes to choosing the right saw, there are two basic types: pull and push.

In general, pull stroke saws provide more precision, while push saws are more suited to tougher materials.

Japanese hand saws like several of those featured in our review are usually pull saws.

Handle material

Look for an ergonomic, non-slip, soft grip handle. This will usually be made from rubber or plastic.

Wooden handles are durable but can require some maintenance, while metal handles tend to be uncomfortable and don’t provide enough give to absorb the shock from cutting through thick branches.

Durability and maintenance

When considering durability, think about how often you need to sharpen the saw.

The more frequently the hand saw needs sharpening, the more time and effort you will have to invest in maintaining it.

If you prune trees regularly, it is important that your saw be able to withstand frequent use without losing its edge.

Some models of folding pruning saws have replaceable blades, which makes them ideal choices if you are looking to purchase a saw that will last a long time.

It’s also important to consider what kind of maintenance your model requires before purchase. Some pruning saws need to be oiled after each use; others can be cleaned with water or soap.

Safety features

Safety features are important to ensure you avoid injuries while using your hand saw.

On folding saws, a solid locking mechanism will ensure that the blade is kept locked open when in use, and safely closed while in storage or transit.

You should also look for a blade guard as it will protect against accidental contact with the sharpened teeth on the blade.

An easy-to-grip handle will ensure that your grip remains steady while cutting through branches, reducing any strain on your wrist or hand when working with heavier pieces of wood.

Warranty

The warranty is an important consideration for any purchase, especially if you are purchasing a tool that will be used outdoors.

It’s worth taking the time to thoroughly examine the warranty information provided by different manufacturers, so you can make an informed decision about which product best fits your needs.

Examples of warranty coverage include:

  • Warranty length – The length of time covered under the manufacturer’s warranty is essential in ensuring that there will be no unexpected expenses down the road due to product failure.
  • Warranty coverage – What parts are covered under their warranty? Are replacement parts available? How many years does each part have coverage for?
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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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