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A pruning saw is an essential gardening tool. It is use […]
A pruning saw is an essential gardening tool. It is used to trim the dead, twisted or diseased branches of trees and shrubs so they can be healthy and strong again. It also improves plant growth and enhances the productivity of the plant.
When choosing a pruning saw, look for one with good cutting power and a comfortable handle. Ideally, the handle should be made from non-slip material so that you can feel comfortable and control the saw at all times.
Make preliminary cuts to reduce the weight of the branch before starting your final cut (Figure 5). A thick or long limb will have significant weight which can cause the saw to jump out of the kerf and bind, causing a sharp break and tear.
Stand close to the branch you are trimming; this will help you generate more power and control over the saw. Don't over-reach; this can be dangerous and even fatal if the blade falls on you.
Choose a direction of cut that is most comfortable for you. This is especially important when using a straight blade saw.
Keep in mind that pruning saws can clog up easily with twigs and other materials, so make sure to clean them regularly. Wipe the blades with a cloth and oil them with linseed oil or similar.
Pruning saws come in two main types: handheld and folding. Handheld saws are often lightweight, and are better suited to making cuts in tight spaces.