In this guide we’ll take a look at the best pruning saws for the UK market.
I’ve compared electric vs manual, blade quality, weight and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Pruning Saw?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Portable, sturdy and highly functional!
This Bahco Laplander Folding Saw is an excellent and extremely portable tool. The 19 cm blade locks away securely, easily folding out and staying in place at the touch of a button. Its compact 22 cm folded size makes it very easy to carry around, and the clade-coated blade with Bahco XT toothing cut through wood without problems.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Pruning Saw Reviews
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw Review
The Bahco Laplander Folding Saw has a high-quality Sandvik steel blade that’s 19 cm long.
The blade is covered with a non-stick clade coating that helps it glide through even the toughest materials. This, combined with the Bahco XT toothing that cuts in both directions, makes this saw both easy to use and great at its job.
This saw is safe and portable; the blade locks securely in both the ‘open’ and ‘closed’ positions. You’ll find it’s easy to carry around with you until you need to use it – in fact, the 22 cm ‘unopened’ saw will fit extremely easily into your pocket.
It’s suitable for cutting both green and dry wood, and the 2-component plastic handle offers fantastic grip.
I know this page is aimed at saws for pruning, but this model could be useful for so much more. It’s so versatile! Ideal for the garden, but also great for keeping in your camping kit or ‘survival’ bag!
Davaon Pro Wood Cutting Pruning Saw Review
The Davaon Wood Cutting Pruning Saw is a high-strength pruning saw with a 25.4 cm premium carbon steel blade.
This pruning saw is designed for cutting larger branches, aided by sharp teeth that have been coated for minimal friction and resistance.
The blade is securely fitted, rust resistant and long lasting. It comes attached to a very good quality, ergonomic handle that’s easy to grip and extremely comfortable.
Seeing as comfort is vital when sawing, this tool really helps make life a lot more pleasant!
The quick-secure lock ensures the blade is kept in place when not in use.
Overall a great foldable saw which is a good size and will really help you get jobs done efficiently.
Silverline Extendable Pruning Saw Review
This Silverline Extendable Pruning Saw is perfect if you don’t want to use a stepladder or do any climbing!
It easily extends from 1.5 – 2.5 m giving you loads of scope for any hard-to-reach pruning jobs.
But don’t worry, it’s lightweight so doesn’t get unwieldy. And, at the same time, it’s effective and sturdier than you might expect.
It makes pruning even fairly large branches easy work, without putting too much strain on the arms and shoulders.
The pole can be used at various lengths as it has three extending sections. These sections lock into place securely but can also be easily adjusted.
A curved blade is a nice feature because it makes it easier to use and means the saw can easily get into tricky spots between branches. The hook end of the blade is also useful for pulling off ivy and climbers.
A great multi-functional tool for getting into awkward places and stopping you from having to mess around with ladders!
Felco F600 Folding Pull-stroke Pruning Saw Review
This Felco F600 Folding Pull-stroke Pruning Saw is a really excellent tool for tackling pruning.
It is especially useful if you have a small garden and not much storage space – it will easily fit in your kitchen drawer.
Not only does it store easily, it’s extremely compact and portable, weighing only 600 g – very useful if you have an allotment or do outdoor conservation work.
The steel blade is chrome plated to make it rust resistant, and the saw needs no maintenance.
The way the blade is designed means it doesn’t get clogged up with fibres or sap, so you can keep going without having to clean it.
Great news! Nothing worse than having to keep stopping during a job.
Felco is known for its quality tools and this is no exception; a well-designed tool which offers a step up from secateurs.
Things to Know Before Buying a Pruning Saw
Cutting back trees and overgrown shrubs can be a difficult job, but the best pruning saws can make it less of a struggle.
A good pruning saw makes light work of even the toughest branches. It also ensures a nice clean cut that will prevent diseases getting into your plants.
Using the right tool for the job is important for your own safety as well as the health of your plants.
There are a variety of tools available, and on this page I have outlined the saws which are, in my view, the best pruning saws on the market at the moment. To help you make an informed purchase I’ve also put together the following things to bear in mind when buying a pruning saw:
Using a pruning saw has a number of benefits.
As stated above, they can make jobs easier and make sure that you create a clean, healthy cut on your plants. If you use a tool which isn’t up to the task, you may end up ‘chewing’ through the branch which can invite infections in.
You should use a pruning saw for any branches that are too thick to be easily cut through with secateurs or loppers. The pruning saw will create the cut you need, and stop you from damaging these smaller tools.
They are a really useful tool for cutting through branches with a thickness of 2 cm +. Basically, they can save you from having to get the regular saw or chainsaw out, making jobs a lot less tedious and difficult.
Thanks to the foldable nature of many pruning saws, they are also extremely easy to transport around. Practical not only in the garden, but in any other outdoor spaces, or even when camping. A very versatile tool indeed!
When tackling pruning jobs in the garden, be sure to consider safety at all times.
Pruning, especially when using stepladders, can be dangerous. Only tackle trees and shrubs that are well within your capabilities as falling branches are very heavy.
Some pruning saws have extendable handles which might be something you want to consider if you need to do a lot of pruning in awkward, hard-to-reach areas.
It is also highly advisable to use gloves and eye protection as well as a safety helmet if you are climbing, working on a stepladder, or using extendable saws. Make sure you have a clear space to work and that there is no one around that could get hurt.
Here are some general pointers when it comes to branch cutting, but you should always make sure you are properly trained before attempting these tasks:
- If you are cutting back whole branches you should start by reducing the branch gradually from the end. Large branches are heavy and can fall unpredictably, so break the job down into safe sections.
- If branches split due to the weight of the rest of the limb, this can lead to a tear rather than a clean cut. Not what you’re after! A tear can be bad for the health of your plant. Therefore, this is an additional reason to reduce the weight of the branch first by gradually cutting it back.
- Particular care should be taken when using a pole saw as heavy branches falling from a height are potentially very dangerous. Again, reduce the branches gradually.
- Before making each cut, have a good look to make sure you have room to make the cut without damaging nearby branches.
- Wherever possible cut from the top to the bottom so that you have gravity on your side. Make sure you can make the cut keeping the blade straight so that it does not get stuck halfway through.
- Position yourself securely with a wide stance, ensuring your feet or on secure ground. If you are using a ladder, make sure it is securely positioned.
- When using a manual saw, make a groove by drawing the blade back several times in the place you want to make the cut. This will prevent the saw from slipping.
- When you have removed the branch, tidy up any splintered wood with the saw to leave a clean finish. When the whole job is complete, clean your saw and store it in a dry place well out of reach of children.
Sap, resin and sawdust can soon build up on your pruning saw.
It is important to clean your saw regularly, otherwise it will become corroded and less efficient. This will make future work harder and also cause damage to your plants. You can easily spread diseases if you do not keep your pruning tools clean.
If you are pruning diseased plants, or just as a protective measure, keep a container of rubbing alcohol or disinfectant handy. Dip the blades in this between cuts and then wipe dry.
To remove the sticky sap residue from your pruning saw after use you can use a wire brush and paint thinner or white spirit.
Once you have finished work for the day always clean your saw. Remove any sticky residue and wipe the blades with a rag dipped in light-grade machine oil to prevent rust.
Sharpening the Saw
Some Silky saws can be sharpened. Those with impulse-hardened blades cannot.
Impulse-hardened blades should stay sharp for a very long time with general home use. When they do go blunt, replacement blades can be purchased and fitted.
Other manual saws can be sharpened. It is a bit of a fiddly process, but worth doing as a sharp blade makes sawing much easier. It is also better for your trees and shrubs – a sharp blade will make a cleaner cut.
So, here’s a general guide on how to sharpen a saw blade:
- Wearing thick work gloves, clean the blade of your saw with soapy water and a stiff brush and wipe it dry.
- Secure your saw with clamps or a vice so it doesn’t slip.
- For best results, use a Cant file. This is a triangular-shaped file that makes the job a little easier and more precise. This file fits between the teeth of the saw enabling it to sharpen each tooth. If you don’t have a Cant file, you can sharpen the saw blade with a small, round file.
- Start from the rear of the saw and work toward the tip. Sharpen the edges of the teeth pointing away from you one-by-one. This will be alternate teeth and you will be sharpening the flat side not the bevelled edge.
- Give each tooth the same number or strokes of the file to ensure even sharpening. A very blunt saw might need 10 or more strokes on each tooth, but if you do it regularly a few strokes on each tooth will be fine.
- Once you have reached the end of the saw, turn it around, re-clamp it and do the same to the other side.
Pruning Saw FAQs
A straight pruning saw is better suited to cutting lower branches – between waist and shoulder height. Because of the way our bodies work, this position makes it easier to move a straight saw.
Curved saws are useful when sawing above shoulder height or below waist height. Because of the angle you will be sawing at, a curved blade will make these jobs easier.
Not really – each branch-cutting tool has its uses and limitations. A pruning saw needs to be used when the branch has a diameter of over 4 or 5 cm (depending on the maximum cutting diameter of your loppers). If you try to use loppers on a branch with a higher diameter than they can cope with, they will either chew the branch up, break, or give your hands a really tough time. Use a pruning saw instead.
Having a foldable pruning saw is a matter of preference. If you are purely going to be using the saw in a small garden, where you will be mere meters from your tool store at any time, then it won’t really matter if your saw is foldable and portable. A foldable pruning saw is more practical to have on you at all times, in case you suddenly need it. As an added bonus, they can also be multi-functional, coming in handy on camping trips.