In this guide we’ll look at the best bow saws.
We’ve compared weight, blade length, max sawing depth and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Bow Saw?
More Detailed Bow Saw Reviews
Bahco 10-21-51 Bowsaw 21In Review
Bahco are a Swedish premium tool brand that know a thing or two about how to make the best bow saw blades from high grade tool steel. This capable Bahco 10-21-51 21″ Bow Saw cuts as well as a chainsaw with its aggressive deep teeth and long blade length.
The lightness of the frame helped to make this Bahco bow saw more accurate, and the enamel coating should keep it safe when used out in the elements.
The tensioning mechanism on the bowsaw is easy to use and makes the blade useful for different types of dry wood. Our favourite feature was the robust knuckle guard that made for safe sawing without worrying about slipping off the handle and causing injury.
Bahco 3311523 Bowsaw 15-inch Review
The Bahco 331-15 15″ Bow Saw is much like the Ergo Force bow saw; it has aggressive teeth and packs a real punch for its small size. Where these two saws differ though is in what they are used for.
The pointed end of this mighty bowsaw is specially designed for pruning green wood and getting into tight spaces, and can make short work of live wood up to 150 mm in diameter.
It comes with the handy Bahco knuckle guard for safety and the super sharp blade will cut on both the push and pull stroke. This Bahco bow saw is the best bow saw that we’ve reviewed for cutting logs directly from live trees.
Gardena Comfort 19 inch Bow Saw Review
Another green wood saw built for pruning work, the Gardena 19″ Comfort Bow Saw is the best folding bow saw for working in tight spaces without a lot of clearance.
The pulse hardened carbon steel blade is well suited to garden work and will easily cut through dry wood as well. The rust-free body and blade are easily tensioned and the pointed end means you can cut thick and thin branches with ease.
We really liked the extra rubber moulded grip on the handle – it made it easy to handle and we doubt it will easily slip.
Fiskars SW30 21” Bow Saw Review
Fiskars are a Finnish company with hundreds of years of excellent tool making under their belts. The Fiskars SW30 21″ Bow Saw uses all of their knowledge and experience to create a truly sharp and agile saw for the price.
Their unique “plane toothing” system makes sure that the saw blade cuts as well on the push stroke as it does on the pull stroke. This feature makes this one of the best bow saws on the UK market in this size range.
Grüntek S&R 21 inch Hacksaw Review
This Grüntek 21″ Bow Saw is one of the longest on our list, giving you the most room to make the most of the razor-sharp push and pull blade made of strong high-carbon steel. The blade teeth are 3D ground for fast sawing around the garden and should last for a long time.
The handle on the Gruntek bow saw is made of a quality strong plastic and is suitable for both left and right-handed operation. The knuckle guard is made of the same tough material and makes this the best bow saw for the UK market from this experienced company.
Bow Saw Buyer’s Guide
Whether you are a professional tree surgeon, an amateur gardener or a bush-crafter, you’ll need a light yet sturdy bow saw to cut off branches, saw up logs or process firewood. The best bow saw for the UK market needs to be light and easy to use.
There are two main types of blade that you’ll find on the best bow saws, and they are generally split between the two types of wood that you would normally work with.
Peg tooth blades are even in shape and are suitable for dry wood. You can cut green wood, but it’s much harder and the blade can bind up.
Raker tooth blades like the ones in the Fiskars SW30 Bow Saw and Grüntek S&R Hacksaw are more aggressive in design and are used when cutting green wood. The blades are double edged and cut on the push and pull strokes.
How do you use a bow saw?
Whenever you need to make a cut, you should place the blade lightly where you need it, and start with slow, short strokes. Don’t push down hard and let the sharp teeth do the work. Once the blade begins to bite, make the strokes longer and maintain momentum. Keep pressure on one side of the cut to help stop it closing up and binding.
How do I keep my bow saw sharp?
Regular sharpening is essential for keeping your bow saw optimised. A blunt hand saw is a pain to use and can be dangerous. Clamp the saw blade in a vice and use a diamond file to sharpen each cutting edge in turn.
How do I keep my bow saw from sticking?
A few drops of grease, lubricating oil or WD40 on the blade will help to keep it clean and stop it binding. Carefully clean the blade after use with a cloth to remove wood chips and sap.
After testing these five bow saws for their weight, size and sawing depth, our preference is the excellent Bahco 10-21-51 Bowsaw. The superior combination of a high carbon steel blade, ergonomic handle and clever blade changing system makes this the best bow saw on our list.