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I find myself needing a better cross cut saw for when I'm in the woods or processing biggish logs. It seems like a bow saw is a good choice for portability and cutting ability. Also price if I build the frame.

I'm wondering what a good blade size is and what a good brand to buy is. So far on Amazon Japan I've only found Bahco blades for sale. I am certainly not set on buying from Amazon, but it's a good search engine usually.

My thoughts are the bigger the blade the better, with green wood teeth as big as possible. I already have lots of smaller saws.

Building the frame will fulfill a BB I've been interested in for a while too...
 
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My vote: Bahco (formerly Sandvik) blades all the way. Do not waste your time or money on anything else (I have already done that for you, haha).

How big are the logs you want to process? I find that bow saw blades more than 24" are so flexible that they just don't cut well (based on the oversize Fiskars frame I have, which may be the issue). But a 24" with a Bahco blade will move some serious wood. My 2c.

 
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Douglas Alpenstock wrote:My vote: Bahco (formerly Sandvik) blades all the way. Do not waste your time or money on anything else (I have already done that for you, haha).

How big are the logs you want to process? I find that bow saw blades more than 24" are so flexible that they just don't cut well (based on the oversize Fiskars frame I have, which may be the issue). But a 24" with a Bahco blade will move some serious wood. My 2c.



Good to know. So since they're available here, bahco seems like a good choice. They seem to have 4 or 5 stars on Amazon too. Now to see if I can find them direct or from another seller.

24 inches is about 60 cm. That should be more than big enough for anything I'm cutting.

 
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My general preference is a 21" blade FWIW. Big enough to take down trees, small enough to be handy.
 
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Douglas Alpenstock wrote:My general preference is a 21" blade FWIW. Big enough to take down trees, small enough to be handy.



It also appears to be about half the price!
 
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Douglass, when did Sandvik morph to Bahco?
 
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The switch occurred quite a while ago.  Moved the manufacturing location from Finland to Portugal.  They still are the best.

Currently good pricing from https://www.abolox.com/replacement-blades     Remember to rub a little vaseline on the blade when you aren't going to use it for a while.

 
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Ed Waters wrote:The switch occurred quite a while ago.  Moved the manufacturing location from Finland to Portugal.  They still are the best.

Currently good pricing from https://www.abolox.com/replacement-blades     Remember to rub a little vaseline on the blade when you aren't going to use it for a while.



Very good pricing but apparently they don't ship to Japan... Probably works out to about the same with shipping.
 
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