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Knightfisher8
09-12-2010, 14:00
folding saw recommendations ? Looking for a folding saw for my christmas stocking filler :p

was looking at Bahco 396 Lap Laplander Folding Pruning Saw 13 http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/01kie9DiJM1ZRws8gQ86gKh0mgH0bh hXqwWpfCb9-OTWPm3An9oej1DDap955d78fCWLEww Gw1EcZr2nsgGivB88MjKBGnPAyfQaN nahEoPs5U7zC9jupe9jFAe0qbOrZDx iRp3XPDHblFroiy6PwA

but i also like the traditional ish looking saws with the wooden handle aswell as the kershaw folding saw but cant seemto find it at a resonable price in the uk .....

any experience/ ideas guys ?

knightfisher

Toddy
09-12-2010, 14:12
If I lost or damaged my Bahco (the one in your illustration) I'd go and buy another asap. It's simply that good and reliable.
That's a very good price for one too :approve: It's small enough and tidy enough to carry in a day pack without any bother whatsever.

Lots of folding saws out there though, depends what you intend to use it for.
I've cut down a twenty five foot apple tree with mine, so it's certainly a user. For the trunk though, it'd have been a lot easier with a bow saw, and for firewood, again, the bow saw's the better tool.

You'll get loads of opinions on this one :D

cheers,
Toddy

Humpback
09-12-2010, 14:13
Bahco for me too.
Alan

Shewie
09-12-2010, 14:16
Another Bahco user here, only just gone on to my second blade after five years.

The Silkys cut better from what I've seen but I do like my Lappy :)

Tank
09-12-2010, 14:31
The Laplander is a great saw, however i think it cuts to clean and think something with more bite will get though the wood quicker and easier

I am looking at getting a Stihl Handy Cut Folding Saw
http://www.worldofpower.co.uk/Gallery/product/Stihl/ST00008814110Product.jpg
if anyone has experience with one of these it would be and interesting comparison.

Baggy
09-12-2010, 14:34
Bahco for me too.
Alan
And me, I like mine a lot.... good price to

Shambling Shaman
09-12-2010, 14:59
Bahco for me too.
Alan

Ditto, Iv got two, lost one and replaced it. nearly one year later found the old one in the boat shed once it was dried out worked fine

Here (http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56930&highlight=)

TylerD
09-12-2010, 15:14
Not that it means much coming from me, but, Bahco Lappies all the way, had mine since I first read a review on these forums when I first joined and it's been a constant in my little day bag ever since :)

Knightfisher8
09-12-2010, 15:19
bahco seems popular anyway !!! :)

MSkiba
09-12-2010, 15:34
Just carry a beaver in your backpack

Shambling Shaman
09-12-2010, 16:10
Just carry a beaver in your backpack

Very true, see Here (http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65216&highlight=beaver) for where you can get one for Free :)

g4ghb
09-12-2010, 16:15
I'll buck the trend and say a silky pocket boy!

I own both (in fact I have about 1/2 doz different folding saws http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/2923/ashamed053611282jy0.gif) but carry the silky more

I like it as it is smaller but cuts quicker (well above its weight) then the laplander. The blade is shorter but I have never been in the situation where the extra inch or so would have mattered

sorry to muddy the waters but you did ask! ;)

Tank
09-12-2010, 16:18
I'll buck the trend and say a silky pocket boy!


I had a copy of the silky pocket boy and found the teeth much better, a bit longer and would have be been perfect.

JAG009
09-12-2010, 17:15
The Laplander is a great saw, however i think it cuts to clean and think something with more bite will get though the wood quicker and easier

I am looking at getting a Stihl Handy Cut Folding Saw
http://www.worldofpower.co.uk/Gallery/product/Stihl/ST00008814110Product.jpg
if anyone has experience with one of these it would be and interesting comparison.

Tank the stihl is ok and cuts well but the teeth are long and they loose there set very quickly ,
stick with the bahco about the best allrounder out there

Jason

MartiniDave
09-12-2010, 17:17
I've heard good things of the silky, but never used one.

I have 2 bahco's, an older one in orange that I blunted, then sharpened and now use as a lender, and a green one that goes most places with me (in the woods that is!)

Dave

Shambling Shaman
09-12-2010, 18:12
I'll buck the trend and say a silky pocket boy!

I own both (in fact I have about 1/2 doz different folding saws http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/2923/ashamed053611282jy0.gif) but carry the silky more

I like it as it is smaller but cuts quicker (well above its weight) then the laplander. The blade is shorter but I have never been in the situation where the extra inch or so would have mattered

sorry to muddy the waters but you did ask! ;)

Nothing to be sorry for, sharing of good info. is what were are about, might look in to a silky pocket boy as Iv never herd of them, I get in to some tight spots at work so a shorter blade might do me well :)

Edit = Its it the 130mm or 170mm

The Big Lebowski
09-12-2010, 18:19
Silky F180... and a packet of plasters.

al.

FGYT
09-12-2010, 18:22
Silky Big Boy ;) 370mm blade length
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o109/FGYT/Sharps/Dsc_4522.jpg

Shambling Shaman
09-12-2010, 18:48
Silky Big Boy ;) 370mm blade length
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o109/FGYT/Sharps/Dsc_4522.jpg

I'm after something for a tight spot, not something so saw an elephant leg off :) :) :)


How does that compare to a normal hand saw?

Ian S
09-12-2010, 20:28
I have an orange Bahco and it's quite good.

I have used a Silky Pocket Boy once, and I will replace the Bahco with the Silky.

Limaed
09-12-2010, 20:29
Hi Rob

The Big Boy is very good, you do have to saw quite steadily as the blade is not fixed like a bowsaw and I think it would be possible to damage it if not careful.

IMO its in a different league to a normal handsaw and should be compared with a bucksaw like the Woodlore one or one like this: http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___47446
Ive got one of these Trailblazers and have used it for a couple of years, its good kit but the Big Boy beats it hands down. The Big Boy cuts faster and with less effort, is more comfortable to use, lighter and has the same size blade not to mention being a less faff to set up. Cheers Ed

British Red
09-12-2010, 20:34
Ihave a Bahco and a Silky. The pocket boy is the better saw, but both are capable

Harvestman
09-12-2010, 20:37
Another vote for the laplander from me. Mine has taken serious abuse over the years, but still cuts well. I had a go with a new silky a while back, and agree it cuts faster, although not much faster, and I don't know if it is as rugged as the Laplander.

I'd buy another Bahco, if I needed to.

treelore
09-12-2010, 20:54
not tryed the bahco yet....i've used and own many silkys and found them the best ...but a fixed blade !! as i HATE folding saw !!!! way to flimsey

demographic
09-12-2010, 22:31
The Silkys are the tool of choice amongst tree surgeons and they earn their living through them.

Well those and Stihl MS200s.

Martyn
10-12-2010, 10:22
I have a Bahco laplander, a Silky F180, Silky Topgun and Silky Gomboy.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i273/Martyn_s30v/saws.jpg

The Bahco is OK, but the Silky's are in a different league. If you think the Bahco's are good, you need to try a Silky.

leealanr
10-12-2010, 10:42
I agree totally.

I have a number of different saws and carry one with me at all times when either canoeing, camping or bushcrafty type situations. I mainly use a pull saw on rivers with strainers blocking the way, and you need to cut through quickly and with safety paramount.

I have the Silky Pocketboy 170, which deploys quickly, has a great cut, very beefy and strong, excellent clear plastic pouch to keep it in and is just a pleasure to use.

it is the "fastest" saw I own and is my weapon of choice all the time.

If you like the Bahco, I am sure you would love the Silky.

Alan L.