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Do You Use A Handsaw?

I Use A Handsaw

  • Yes! They're an awesome labor saver!

    Votes: 37 94.9%
  • Heck no! Too much stuff on my saddle already!

    Votes: 2 5.1%

  • Total voters
    39

MasterBlaster

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I wouldn't go to work w/o my handsaw. If I had two climbers applying for one climbing position, and both were equal in all ways except one didn't have a handsaw, guess which one I would hire?
Cranking a saw for every cut is INSANE, and besides that it damages the tree on things like watersprouts and tiny dead/twigs. There is no way I would believe anyone saying they're making proper cuts doing like that.

No handsaw? Unbelievable. Carrying a handsaw is one of the marks of a professional.
 

SkwerI

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I climbed for years without one. I became aware of climbers using handsaws by reading about it on the internet forums. I bought my first handsaw (a Zubat) about 7-8 years ago and have been using them ever since.
 

MasterBlaster

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Same here! Plus, my handsaw's gotten me outta one or two pinched saw situations!
 
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Greenhorn

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Just about to put fresh blades on the silkies for the week. How often do you guys change yours?

I am gettting to where I wont take a chainsaw up unless I have alot of stuff over 3" to remove. I can get around the tree faster without dragging the chainsaw. Now that its a lovely 100 degrees any reduced weight helps.

Swatted my knee with the silky last week. My sock was already getting soaked by the time I got down. Those little cuts bleed something aweful.
 

brendonv

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Handsaw here. I find I use it a lot when in an uncomfortable position. From cutting notches, to finishing the back cut on limb I know I am going for a ride.

Def. cannot get up a tree without it, although I used to use it TOO much.

Ditto on the silky cuts. I swatted my arm one day in a hickory, 3 teeth got me and it gushed like a water fountain.
 

SkwerI

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I get 6 months to a year out of my Zubats, depending on where it's used. The one hanging in the bucket gets used a lot. The one hanging on my saddle, not so much. :P
 
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BostonBull

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I use a Zubat for anything 3-4" and under. I love mine and take it with me on all climbs.
I replace my blades every 8-12 months. Deadwood really seems to kill them faster.
 

SkwerI

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In most cases, my limit is about 1"-1.5" diameter. I'd get laughed out of the tree if I was wasting time trying to cut 4" limbs with a Zubat.
 

FJR

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I use an Ibuki. I don't know what I would do without a handsaw in the tree, it is nice not having to carry around the regular saw all the time.
 

gf beranek

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Ibuki, the new handsaws are so sweet compared to our old offsets. But didn't know the fanno #12 was a dinosaur at the time.

Good for tripping cuts that you expect to get a ride out of. Just that last little strap,,, that could be too dangerous to trip with a powersaw.

Great for freeing up a stuck saw.

Light work, like small branches and sections you have to handle and toss out of the tree. Ah, working over 3 phase 12KV.

Busting deadwood out! Backside only!

Snaring that rope that is just out of reach, and throwlines that are being tossed up to you.

Fine pruning cuts when trimming. I think that's number one.

Style??? I style with my Ibuki.
 
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Greenhorn

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Just realized my replacement zubat blades are 300mm whereas I had 330mm before. A bit shorter, might like it better. what length are you guys running?

Cant stand silky scabbards, I roll a jameson leather looking one. Quick draw McGraw.
 

NickfromWI

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I use the zubat and occasionally the Ibuki. That think will rip through some pretty big wood!

Anyone have an extra Zubat scabbard I can have?

love
nick
 

DMc

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I use the Sugoi that I modified to suit my needs. I cannot believe how useful it is having the hook on the end. The hook on the handle was just a pain.

Dave
 

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MasterBlaster

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I wonder who the one lone holdout is? I'd like to hear why they voted like that. I have an idea... :/:
 

biggun

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Handsaw for me - always comes in handy, tidy pruning rips through some decent sized wood. plus, it doubles up a a rescue knife should you need it.:D
 
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Mr. Sir

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I still have my first handsaw. Its about 3 feet long and weighs about 5 pounds. Now THAT puppy could strip some suckers, let me tell ya. I think I still have the leather scabbard too, the one with a clip for the paint pot. Who remembers paint pots?

Of course, I haven't used that one for quite some time. I now use a small Fanno pony saw with the wooden handle. I didn't like the Silky scabbard, kept falling out of the clip thingy.
 
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stehansen

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I carry one whether in the bucket or climbing. For all the reasons stated above. I think anything over 2 inches and I'm probably going to be starting up the chainaw, depending on if it is an awkward cutting position or not. I've never used a Zubat, sounds like they are considered to be the best. They sell Silkys at my local saw shop but i have never seen a Zubat on the rack, so I've used the Sugoi and the Ibuki, and I"ve used the Stihl handsaw also. Can't say as I can tell the difference between them. Are these sharpenable? I have a saw set and one of those skinny tapered files, but they look to be a lot more complicated than the old style of teeth. The guy that taught me to climb used one of those huge Fanno saws, and when I went to buy one they didn't have any of them and I bought one of the smaller ones. Way easier to carry IMO.
 

JIML

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Use it all the time climbing or in the bucket. Good for cutting stuff and pulling it back away from the line.
 
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hugashe

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Sugoi here but i don't use it that much but if i need it its there.
 
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Jamin Mayer

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Zubat 330 here all the time.

I like the Ibuki, but I think their straight scabbard needs to be curved. It is too easy to cut the scabbard up in a little period of time.
 
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