Discussion in 'Other Tools' started by Pathfinder, Mar 21, 2017.
Need to buy a new camp saw. Would like recommendations. No more than $45. Thanks.
Bacho Laplander. Or just karate chop all your wood like a man.
+1 on the Laplander. I recently picked up a 21 inch Sven saw. I've only used it a couple of times and it's kind of a hassle to set up but it cuts great. It's light and somewhat compact.
I use a Silky Gomboy 240 with large teeth and that thing hogs the wood out. It's seriously pro grade and can be had on Amazon for 40-50 bucks all day. It is a pull stroke cutter so that's something to keep in mind but I absolutely love mine.
Silky Folding Landscaping Saw GOMBOY PROFESSIONAL 240 Medium Teeth 121-24 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CED1OG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_2PB0ybNHXVNFX
I've been using a 15" Sven model, mainly because it was given to me.
You didn't specify folding or full size...
I like a full-sized 32" metal-frame bow saw for any time someone/something else is carrying it (car/canoe camping). For canoe trips with a portage, I usually opt for a folding bucksaw (I have made a couple).
For hunting and day hikes, I generally make due with the saw in my SAK... good enough for a bow drill and any small bushcrafty stuff I'm doing.
For backpacking, if it's short, and I HAVE to have a saw, I bring my Silky PocketBoy. I've also used a GomBoy and the extra blade length is worth it if you have logs bigger than a couple inches to saw up for firewood.
I won a swedish bow saw on the forum in a GAW. It's large, 29", but it cuts like a beast. I harvested my Christmas tree from the forest with it. It's large, but in a static camp, I won't fuss with a little folder anymore.
Otherwise, I carry bahco laplander and I'm fairly happy with it. I have been eyeing those 21" folding Sven saws to get the best of both worlds.
I usually just grab the Bahco Laplander. Works good for me.
Also, you could put out a few more dollars and get a Boreal 21 and tell me how it works because I've been wanting one of those for a while.
I have been seriously considering. I actually had of all the way to putting my credit card in. They look amazing. But that's a big investment for a tiny piece of gear. What can that do that my ace hardware $12 bow saw can't? Its freaking cool though. Maybe Ill pull the trigger sometime.
The struggle is real.
Same here... however I saw the silky gomboy and pocket boy at rei yesterday.... kind of torn between the two on what to get tho
The boreal 21 is an awesome saw. I don't own one "yet" but I tried out one owned by my friend @CoolBreeze135 at the TN meet and fell in love. Much much better than my ace hardware $12 bow saw that cuts crooked as a dog's hind leg.
Buck tree saw.
5.5 ozs locks closed and doesnt rattle with a lanyard hole. 5160 steel.
All I need for 20.00.
All I'll ever need...I'm sure there are better out there but I've never found a reason to upgrade. Bought it on a bargain table of a local owned outdoor shop for $20.
I have a Boreal 21 and love it, I won't say its the best saw but, it's right up there at the top on my list. Easy setup and cuts like a champ.
I prefer a buck or bow saw ,as singe end handles tend to bind if you try to use the whole length of the blade.
Longer strokes produce more work burning less calories by comparison .
I'm basically a cheap lazy bum ,looking for the easiest way to do things.
Ever watch some one using one of those little saws working feverishly like their pants are on fire.
then compare some one with a bow saw taking full strokes and taking their time enjoying the job.
I have a Bob's Quick Saw from fourdog.com.
It's a little over the budget at $64, but I bought mine in the fall and now I won't be without it. It rides around with me in the trunk of my car and get slipped into my pack if I'm going out. It's just so much easier for me to use than a folding Balco if I'm going to be cutting for any length of time.
My cousin brings his Sven along for our outings and it's pretty great. I made my own break down buck saw with some pvc I had laying around.
That's pretty slick there bud!
A recent GAW featured a "Half Dandy" saw, 18 inch blade. I was intrigued and ended up ordering one. It came in a few days ago, only had a chance to use it on a couple of pieces of downed tree in my yard so far. Cuts real well, has decent nylon sheath, would carry outside a pack easily and not terribly heavy. It would be ideal for a base camp or where canoeing or packing in.
It has enough blade length to cut 12-15 inch timber at need. Price was in the mid sixty dollar range, plus S&H.
Sven saw (21") has been my standby for over thirty years. It just has more of a limit because of the throat size, and it takes a few minutes to assemble.
Folding saw- I am still using a Bahco and a Silky- both are good.
Corona 10" Razor-toothed folding saw.
I have the Friendly Swede.
Another vote for the Laplander here. I've used one for years both in the woods and also for garden use. Cuts in both directions and makes easy work of 4"-5" logs.
Yep. Know what you mean. I changed the blade for a quality bahco and now cuts straight and easy in forward and reverse strokes.
I've four saws I really like:
-A $5, 30" metal frame bow saw I've had for 40 years; I carry it the car or canoe, depending on length of stay and where I'm going.
-A 21" Bob Destrude saw; these saws are slick, a lot of saw for the weight, and it packs up tidy.
-A Bahco Laplander
-And the wee saw in my SAK Farmer
+1 love my corona 10" that thing cut's through wood like butter
here's a great comparison by @stillman
how does it hold up being pvc? any issues?
Not so far, but it only gets light use. I'm not building shelters or anything, just bucking little (3"-4") pieces of wood for splitting. I also don't know what the extreme cold would do to it.
Honestly, even if it disintegrated in my hand one day, it's no big deal to me. It wouldn't ruin a trip and I could make another one when I got home. It was very cheap & easy to make.
I think you need to first decide on what style of saw you want as there are two choices.
Do you want it for cutting small limbs, notches, and quick use like a pocket folding saw, or will you need a bow or buck saw for larger logs?
The teeth design are different, if you need a bow or buck saw for larger logs, I like the Coghlans folding saw at like 25.00, or the What-A-Saw, which is the same design, but with different blades. They're both triangular in shape though so you don't get as deep a cut. Both of these also rely on plastic to hold the blade though, and after many years of work, my Coghlans saw finally broke beyond repair.
I also like the Bob Dustrude saw, it's a little more complicated to put together, (not much...) and it's a little noisier too, but it's a box shape so it has a deeper cut. There is no plastic to break on this saw, but I suppose the wood could break and it would be hard to duplicate in the field.
I really like the Boreal 21. It's kind of a mix between the above two, and will be the next saw I get. It's all one piece like the Coghlans folding saw, but it's a box shape (almost) like the Bob Dustrude, but it's more expensive... I believe there's some plastic on this saw, but not sure...
The thing I don't like about most of the folding saws is there's no way to adjust for tension. My What-A-Saw that doesn't work well because the blade is just a little loose and comes off all the time. When it was built, the blade pins were just a couple millimeters the wrong way, and it won't hold it as tight as it needs to be, but there's no way to adjust it tighter. Also no way to adjust the Bob Dustrude or Coghlans, but both of mine seem to be perfect tension. I wish there was some way to adjust the tension like if you had a windlass type frame, but those are more complicated to put together and pack. The wood, cord, and windlass type saws are also very easily repaired in the field with wood and cordage which could be a huge bonus.
The Sven saw is also a triangular design, no plastic, I think the tension is adjustable, but it's more complicated to put together, and noisy. I don't like the way it's held, but I've never even seen one of these in real life so I may be wrong on it though...
If you just need an occasional use saw, and are ok with the smaller V shaped teeth, you can get a nice lightweight, easy to open, easy packing, pocket sized saw like the Bahco, Corona or Fiskars... I have all of them. I've never used a Silky, but I hear they're the cream of the crop, although bigger and heavier, but with a longer blade too.
My opinion is to first decide on how much and what kind of use it'll be getting, to decide on what style of teeth you think you'll need, then make your decision from those two groups of saws.
I've owned numerous saws- little Fiskars, Laplander, Sven's (both lengths), Wyoming saw (both sizes), Opinel both sizes and a few more that aren't coming to me
I now own a couple of Silky's a pocket boy ~ 5" blade when weight/size (or lack there of) are priorities and a larger Mabae ~ 10" when more serious sawing is called for
none of the above saws were bad, but the Silky's simply out cut them and have thus far proved very sturdy
I like it... I think I am going to duplicate what you got going on with some light weight aluminum pipe. Think I want all pipes to fit in the largest pipe though.
Yes , I have a 10 and 7" Corona as well as the Bahco . The 10" Corona is my favorite folder by far and I can walk into the local big box and get it cheaper than ordering a 7" Bahco .
i agree, one of these days i'll have to buy a silky to try it and see how well it compares to the corona myself, even though i've seen plenty of comparisons i still want to try it myself