Maybe it is just me, but I can't seem to use these things correctly. I've tried a few now and wondered if I am doing something wrong or it is just time to upgrade to a different model.
First, I began with a no-name orange folding saw with a rubber grip handle. It somewhat resembles the widely available $10 Fiskars saw with the chunky handle and lockback lever on the back. After giving it a fair shake, I finally retired it since it would not really cut much of anything without a massive struggle.
Now, I moved onward to a Fiskars brand saw pictured below . I think it is one that is a little less common, but it wields the "Power Tooth" line of saw blade that exhibits aggressive teeth that cut on the pull only. It appeared to be a great improvement over my previous saw simply because a slightly functioning saw always beats a non-functioning piece of plastic junk. Even despite my efforts to get a feel for this thing, I still struggle plenty when sawing through all kinds of wood. It sticks constantly, which seems to be the point of failure for the blade. If it sticks in the wood, then the battle with the saw begins.
Is it me? Or, is it the saw? It seems like everyone on youtube cruises through wood like it is some kind of joke. As for me, I feel like I'd be better off taking my Wetterlings LHA to the log and cross cutting. I am unsure if I am pushing too hard on the blade, causing it to jam in the wood. Or, maybe my saw choice is what is lacking. Thanks for the help...
P.S. - This post serves as semi-justification for purchasing a Bahco Laplander, but I want to make sure that it will solve my problem.