Thursday, 14 April 2011

Duluth Folding Buck Saw

Ive been using this folding  24" buck saw/ bow saw for a good while now, so i figured it was about time i put something down in writing about it.

The saw itself is of typical Duluth quality and indeed pricing, but is it worth it, well quite simply yes it is, it's sturdy and well built, well, as well built as three pieces of aluminium section can be, it folds down nicely and when folded totally encompasses the blade within the frame of the saw, thereby eliminating the danger of cutting oneself or your gear while the saw is stowed


The saw is pretty clever in the way it tensions itself, the blade is retained in a wooden insert by a single screw, the other end of the blade has a simple bolt, the blade then slides up into a small slot at the end of each arm, the handle then rotates like a cam and tensions the blade in the frame, giving an immensely strong and robust tool, as i mentioned above I've used this saw for a quite a while and the only thing I've had to change is the blade as i wear them out, not  a fault with the saw, just good old honest wear and tear.

The pile of wood in the picture the saw in sitting on was processed using this saw  today and it was effortless, the blade as mentioned above is tensioned perfectly and the saw is generally comfortable to use for long periods of time, there are only two, possibly three drawbacks with the saw:

  • The handle is a little large, so unless you have large hands it may not be comfortable to use for long periods of time.
  • The frame being made of Aluminium is not pleasant to use in the colder months unless you wear gloves, especially where the handle area is, as your grip is half on wood and half on Ali and the Ali will suck your body heat away at an accelerated rate.
  • I have found the ends of shop bought replacement blades (i use Bahco) protrude from the blade slot in the wooden handle/cam, and can dig into your hand if you are not careful about it, perhaps this is why the blade that comes with the saw from Duluth has shaped ends?. Sure you can file the blade end down if you wanted to, but a slight handle redesign would eliminate this happening and while Duluth are at it, perhaps make the top 2/3's of the hand slightly slimmer for the smaller hand?

So apart form that is this a good saw, simple answer, yes it is, it's one of the best I've used and i use these types of saw nearly every day, this one has certainly stood the test of time with me, sure it's a little pricey for what it is, would i buy another one? - no question about it, id buy two.

Last word of advice, buy a peg tooth blade (dry wood) and a peg & raker blade (Green wood) and keep a bolt in the end of each, that way of you go from cutting dry seasoned wood to processing green wood, you can change your blade over to he correct one, simply by undoing a single screw, it takes seconds to do and makes life a whole lot easier if you use the right blade for the job.

Oh yes, the only other thing i did for the saw was to make a leather carry bag for it, more info here http://kepisbushcraft.blogspot.com/2011/02/buck-saw-bag.html

1 comment:

  1. Nice review,

    i have the same saw and i like it a LOT.


    This however made me smile a bit:

    "The frame being made of Aluminium is not pleasant to use in the colder months unless you wear gloves, especially where the handle area is, as your grip is half on wood and half on Ali and the Ali will suck your body heat away at an accelerated rate."

    You can always knit some wool tube over your saw :).

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