Features to Look for in Your Bow Saw
As with any of your gardening tools, it is important to know what features you desire. Before you make your selection, think about what common tasks you are going to perform. Are you likely just to use it on your fruit trees? Or, are you going to use it to trim up all the trees on your property? Some campers like to take saws with them. If you are a camper, you might want to consider something that can serve a dual purpose for you.
Dry or Green Wood
First, most bow saws are noted for either green or dry wood. The dry wood is designed for wood that was already pre-cut. For example, you may want to cut a few inches off of a 2x4 while designing your raised beds, it works perfectly. If you have some long, dead branches, a dry wood bow saw would work great as well.
A green wood bow saw is for out in the woods or for trimming a living plant. These are beneficial for trimming overgrown trees or bushes. Having a green wood bow saw around your orchard would trim up the branches growing too far. Some people prefer to keep their bush growth in a certain area, which is another function of this device.
Bows designed for green wood will have a different style teeth. They have rake-like teeth designed to help clear out the waste from the fresh green wood. Dry wood bow saw has a style of blade called peg tooth. A peg tooth saw spreads the work out and makes it less likely to get clogged.