The Best Tree Pruning saws 2018 – 7 Great Choices.

A great tool for any gardener to have is a Pruning Saw.

With this post on the best tree pruning saws I will be listing 7 different ones that I believe will be an invaluable tool for any gardener to own.

Whether you are just using it at home in your own garden or out working as a professional gardener then either one of these 7 pruning saws will be a great help to you.

Pruning saws will either have a straight or curved blade. The handles on them are normally curved and designed like that to be able to work in awkward areas.

They are great for working in trees when you haven’t got the space to use other saws (chainsaws, bow saws etc.) or when you cannot use loppers due to space issues.

A Pruning Saw In Action

 

You will be able to cut small to medium sizes branches with ease using one of these saws and there are a lot of times when I will use a pruning saw to cut through even thicker branches.

You will generally find that the majority of pruning saws will cut on the push and pull movement, although there are some that are designed to cut only on the pull movement.

As saws like these are designed for cutting through wood, (be it green wood or dead wood) they are very sharp so you must exercise caution when using this type of saw.

As with all my Best of posts, these are not really in any particular order as all of them are very good pruning saws and capable of doing a fantastic job in any garden.

TPI

What is TPI ?

TPI stands for: Teeth Per Inch.

Pruning saws will have a certain amount of teeth per inch and this will determine the size of branch the saw is better designed for cutting.

The fewer teeth per inch means the saw will cut through thicker branches easier, and the more teeth per inch means the saw will cut through smaller branches easier.

When you’re going to use your saw each time then it’s a good idea to check the blade and make sure there is nothing stuck in the teeth anywhere as this could cause you trouble when trying to saw through a branch.

A Pruning Saw Blade

As these saws are designed for cutting wood (tree branches) it’s likely that you will get a build up of sap at some points of using it, so make sure you clean it regularly.

Ideally you should clean the saw after each use. Spraying with a tiny bit of Multi-purpose oil is good and then wipe down with a cloth/rag making sure to be very careful as the blades on pruning saws are very sharp.

Try to always saw from above when using as this is the easiest way to saw through the branches. Trying to saw from below is just too much effort and can be quite dangerous if the weight of the branch comes down on you.

Check also whether the pruning saw you use is designed for cutting on the push and pull strokes or just the pull stroke, otherwise you could be wasting vital energy if you’re trying to push and pull and the saw is only designed to cut on the pull stroke.

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1. Stihl Handycut Pruning Folding Saw

The first one I will list is this from Stihl.

Stihl are renowned for making excellent quality garden machinery, but they also make excellent quality gardening tools like this handycut pruning saw with a straight blade.

It has a 17cm long blade which folds into the handle for storage and protection.

The blade is made from carbon steel and has been chrome plated.

The handle on this saw has been ergonomically designed to give the user a comfortable experience.

You can cut up to 5cm branches with ease and at a weight of only 160g this saw is lightweight to use but handles pretty tough cutting tasks very easily.

CLICK HERE to buy this Stihl Handycut Saw

2. Wilkinson Sword Pruning Saw

Wilkinson Sword also make some very good quality gardening tools at reasonable prices.

You can see I have a pair of their lawn edging shears and a pair of their lawn shears in one of my other posts. If you would like to look at that post then please click the link below.

The 10 Best Lawn Edging Shears (Including Lawn Shears).

This pruning saw from them has a straight blade and comes with a holster (It is not foldable) to keep it and your fingers safe when it’s not in use.

The blade length on this saw is 25cm. The teeth have been triple ground to help it cut through even thick branches easily.

There is a non-slip grip on the handle for comfort of use.

This saw comes with a 10-year guarantee.

CLICK HERE to buy this Wilkinson Sword Pruning Saw

3. Bahco PG72

I use a lot of Bahco tools and am a big fan of this brand.

You can see a pair of their edging shears in my other post by clicking on the link above in the Wilkinson Sword Pruning Saw review.

I also have a pair of their Secateurs in another of my posts. You can read it by clicking the link below.

The 10 Best Garden Secateurs (Bypass).

This Bahco saw is another folding saw and has a straight blade that has an anti-friction coating on it to prevent stuff sticking to the blade.

The blade is made from high quality steel and is specially designed to cut dry and hard wood at a fast rate.

CLICK HERE to buy this Bahco PG72.

4. Wolf Garten PCS370PRO

If you’ve been on this site before then you’ll know that I’m a massive fan of the Wolf Garten range of tools.

I own a lot myself and am always adding different ones to my collection each year.

Check out my posts on Wolf Garten tools by clicking on the links below.

Wolf Garten Multi Change Tools – My Top 10 Picks.

Wolf Garten Tools (Wolf Garden Tools) – Types and Uses.

This Pruning saw lives up to the great name this company have.

It has a curved blade that is 37cm long.

The handle of this saw is ergonomically designed for comfort and there is the option to be able to add a telescopic extension handle to it (The telescopic handle must be purchased separately) which will extend the reach to 8ft.

You can use this saw efficiently on the push and pull strokes.

This comes with the Wolf Garten 10-year warranty.

CLICK HERE to buy this Wolf Garten Saw

5. Spear & Jackson 4948PS/09 Razorsharp

Spear and Jackson are probably one of the better known companies for making garden tools.

You can see there lawn edging shears and lawn shears in one of my other posts. See the link above in the Wilkinson Sword pruning Saw review.

They make brilliant Forks and Spades too which you can read about by clicking the link below.

Digging Tools For The Garden – Forks And Spades.

The blade length is 24.5cm and the teeth have been ground to make them extra sharp. It has a chrome plating to prevent rusting and residue sticking to it.

This will cut through wood up to 9cm (Especially green wood) with absolute ease.

It has a straight blade that is foldable for safety and storage, and will lock into position both when open and closed.

This saw comes with a 10-year guarantee.

CLICK HERE to buy this Spear and Jackson saw.

6. Felco F611

Felco are famous for their Secateurs. You can read my post on Secateurs (Bypass) by clicking the link above in the Bahco PG72 review.

The blade length for this saw is 33cm and is heat treated and made of high quality steel.

You should have no trouble cutting through branches up to 10cm with this saw.

It has been designed to work on the pull stroke and the blade is shaped to prevent clogging and sap sticking to it.

This saw comes with a holster that can be attached on your belt for right or left-handed use.

The blade on this saw is also replaceable.

CLICK HERE to buy this Felco F611.

7. Davaon Pro 25cm

The last one on the list is this very good Davaon professional.

The blade is straight, 25cm in length and made from triple ground carbon steel, it’s coated to prevent rust and also it helps with the friction when sawing.

It is another folding saw so you can store it away safely without any sharp blades to catch you out.

There is an anti-slip grip handle for ease of use, making it very comfortable to use.

Great for using on small or large branches. This saw works on the pull stroke and cuts through effortlessly.

CLICK HERE to buy this Davaon Pro.

To Finish

Thanks for reading my review post on tree pruning saws. I hope it has been helpful to you.

All 7 of the saws I’ve listed are great tools.

A good pruning saw is a real help in the garden and a great addition to your garden tool collection.

If you have any questions or would like to comment then please do so below.

Alternatively you can e-mail me at: michael@trustedgardeningtools.com

Happy Gardening!

10 Replies to “The Best Tree Pruning saws 2018 – 7 Great Choices.

  1. Hi and thank you for this great list of pruning saws. I really need to cut back some large shrubs that have got too big by far in the back garden so this article is ideal as I’ll need to purchase a saw for the job.
    One question though: what do you think is a good price to pay for an average saw? I realise that you often get what you pay for in garden tools but I’m on a budget too so is there a saw you would recommend that was mid-range?

    1. Hi Gail,
      Thanks for reading and commenting on my post.
      To answer your question. I would say that being on a budget and as you are likely only using a pruning saw in your own garden, then I would recommend either the Wilkinson Sword or the Spear and Jackson pruning saws.
      Both of these are great all round pruning saws and offer great value for money.
      I hope this helps.
      Best wishes,
      Michael.

  2. Hi Michael. I am so pleased I have come across this post. We have a small orchard at the back of our garden and it has some very large trees (Walnut, bay, Apple, Plum) and some of the branches we need to cut back can be 10cm plus in diameter. My husband usually uses a normal hand saw and my heart is in my mouth watching him up a ladder struggling. I think the Felco F611 saw would be the best option for us as it is long and can cut through the thicker branches. Also having it cut with the pull stroke is ideal and the holster would be very handy when he is up the ladder. Thank you for the great review .

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      I too used to use a hand saw to cut branches. Believe me, with a proper pruning saw it makes it so much easier, not to mention safer (especially when up a ladder).
      The Felco F611 is a great pruning saw and the length will definitely benefit you cutting branches 10cm in diameter.
      You won’t have to worry so much watching your husband up the ladder then.
      Best wishes,
      Michael.

  3. I’ve used many pruning saws. Ones like the Wilkinson are very comfortable ergonomically wise. The long blade and weight make for a quick clean cut through the branch.

    1. Hi Bruce,
      Yes, you are exactly right. They are very comfortable with the ergonomic handles.
      They will cut through branches easily, sometimes it seems like it’s a little too easy.
      Please look out for my post on Silky Pruning Saws, they are more expensive, but they really are the best pruning saws you can get.
      Best wishes,
      Michael.

  4. Excellent, detailed information on pruning saws. I like how you provide reviews on the 7 different models along with pictures. I am looking forward to reading more about the other various garden tools that you have listed. I have been thinking of having a garden for some time. This information may be the impetus I need to get going. Thanks for putting this together. Tom

    1. Hi Tom,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      I hope you will enjoy coming back and reading more of my posts and that it will help you to get your garden going.
      There are so many different tools to choose from when it comes to gardening. Unfortunately there are a lot that aren’t up to the job.
      With this site I aim to help people pick the good gardening tools to buy.
      Any one of these 7 Pruning saws are worth owning in my opinion.
      Best wishes,
      Michael.

  5. Great post and great site!

    I feel as though my old man could use a new pruning saw with how he never leaves his backyard. I’ll be sure to send him this way.

    Brandon 🙂

    1. Hi Brandon,
      Thank you for the kind comment.
      My old man is just the same. He loves to be in the garden or down his allotment working away.
      I hope your dad will find some good information on different tools from my site.
      Pruning saws are a very handy tool to have for any gardener.
      Best wishes,
      Michael.

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