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Super Fast Trail Saw
« on: January 11, 2018, 03:36:06 PM »
Out camping last week Undersky brought his big folding saw along.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=75157&cat=2,42706,40721&ap=1

It really was superb. Once you got the hang of pull cutting with such a long blade it was very quick at delivering the supply of firewood we needed in those cold conditions.

At less than half the cost of a big Silky Kataboy saws this is a great alternative to a traditional big crosscut saw.
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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 05:21:09 PM »
yup. thinking of getting one. I know some researchers doing tree biology using those bad boys.

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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 05:35:44 PM »
Couple of bonus points are that:

A. We are likely all a little stronger on the pull stroke than on the push,
B. It folds/unfolds and packs up on the sled easier than a fixed bow saw, bit quicker than a folding bow saw,
C. Cuts quickly; a bit faster than a 30" or shorter bow saw / Swede saw,
D. Requires less clearance between the log you wish to cut and a neighboring tree or snaggy branches, or the ground for undercuts than does a bow saw.
E. Does come in a Butter-Tart-Powered unit.

Downsides:

A. Price is still considerably more than a 30 inch Swede saw,
B. Can't be sharpened (by me at least  :),
C. Replacement blades are more than 1/2 the cost of a new saw  :(
D. Even with the new saw I couldn't figure out how to get BV to do all of the sawing!!
E. Doesn't come in a wood-gas powered unit, yet.....

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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 06:24:22 PM »
Thanks for the link.

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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 06:56:22 PM »
Out camping last week Undersky brought his big folding saw along.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=75157&cat=2,42706,40721&ap=1

It really was superb. Once you got the hang of pull cutting with such a long blade it was very quick at delivering the supply of firewood we needed in those cold conditions.

At less than half the cost of a big Silky Kataboy saws this is a great alternative to a traditional big crosscut saw.

I noticed that saw on the Lee Valley Website too.  Glad to hear it performs quite well at less than half the cost of the Silky Katanboy saw.  The more I see these large folding saws for wood processing, the more my resolve is weakening to test one out.  I still haven't found really anything that compares to the value performance of my 24" Irwin Marathon Protouch Coarse Cut carpenters hand saw.

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Brian

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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 08:53:01 PM »

D. Even with the new saw I couldn't figure out how to get BV to do all of the sawing!!


You noticed this feature with that saw too eh?  He let me demonstrate how efficient his saws were one time.  fell for it too!
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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 08:53:51 PM »
 Brianw said "I still haven't found really anything that compares to the value performance of my 24" Irwin Marathon Protouch Coarse Cut carpenters hand saw."

+1 on the 24" Marathon Carpenter's hand saw. I got mine new for $10 at Ace Hardware. Fast and cheap!
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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 09:09:19 PM »
I sense that my character is being besmirched.

For the record I did arise each morning to light the stove whilst a plume of steam was rising from a certain person's sleeping bag accompanied by contented snores came from the other end of the tent.
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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 09:11:10 PM »
I sense that my character is being besmirched.

For the record I did arise each morning to light the stove whilst a plume of steam was rising from a certain person's sleeping bag accompanied by contented snores came from the other end of the tent.

all good - can't think of two folks I would rather camp in -30 with.
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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 11:16:54 PM »
All good fun.

Can't beat the camaraderie of life on the trail.

There has to be a Robert Service poem about it!
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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 12:14:17 AM »
No question that BV did more than his half of the wood processing! ( it's just that I was aiming at having him do it all!! ;)

Absolutely no question that no matter how I pleaded, I was told to continue to snore and plume steam from my end of the tent while BV did risk arm and leg to the slavering jaws of pre-dawn frost while firing up the stove at - 35.7 on Thurs. morning, -37.2 on Fri. morning, and -18 on Sat. morning.

I am guilty as charged for enjoying the big snooze 3 days in a row. And BV, you are a saint 3 times over for letting me!

I will saw all the wood next time, I will.

But, if you're up outa your warm bag anyway................ do you mind lighting the stove?    ;)

On January third we were mushing our way over the Burton Lake Trail,
Talk of your cold, through the parka's fold, it stabbed BV like a nail,
If our eyes we'd close then the lashes froze! Now that you could not deny.
It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Undersky.  :(

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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 04:45:49 AM »
this saw is huge.

Does it saw fast ?

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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 06:42:27 AM »

Does it saw fast ?

Sito, Read the OP subject line and perhaps the whole thread and you will find your answer!   ;)
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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 07:07:43 AM »
Watching the Lee Valley video. I couldn't help but wonder when Clay Morrow of Sons of Anarchy started bushcrafting.  ;D

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Re: Super Fast Trail Saw
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 10:07:30 AM »
No question that BV did more than his half of the wood processing! ( it's just that I was aiming at having him do it all!! ;)

Absolutely no question that no matter how I pleaded, I was told to continue to snore and plume steam from my end of the tent while BV did risk arm and leg to the slavering jaws of pre-dawn frost while firing up the stove at - 35.7 on Thurs. morning, -37.2 on Fri. morning, and -18 on Sat. morning.

I am guilty as charged for enjoying the big snooze 3 days in a row. And BV, you are a saint 3 times over for letting me!

I will saw all the wood next time, I will.

But, if you're up outa your warm bag anyway................ do you mind lighting the stove?    ;)

On January third we were mushing our way over the Burton Lake Trail,
Talk of your cold, through the parka's fold, it stabbed BV like a nail,
If our eyes we'd close then the lashes froze! Now that you could not deny.
It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Undersky.  :(

Elegant if not entirely factual. I distinctly remember whimpering when my hands got cold wearing gloves collecting firewood that first night.
One of the things I liked about the saw was long handle on your saw was how easy it was to use two handed while wearing big mittens, back hand gripping, front keeping a downward pressure on the pull stroke and just guiding the blade.

And yeah, if I gotta get up and pee I may as well get the stove lit.
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