Bow saws have come a long way since their first use. New models are stronger, more durable, and some are even collapsible, meaning that there are more features than ever that you have to consider when shopping for what used to be a fairly simple tool. Advertisers don’t help with this issue, as they’re generally happy to overload their product descriptions with jargon and information that doesn’t help you know how good the bow saw really is.
It’s not always easy to shop online, but that doesn’t have to be the case. We believe that there are a lot of good bow saws on the market today and that a well-informed customer can figure out which model is right for them. So, we created these reviews of some of the best bow saws of 2019, as well as a buyer’s guide to walk you through some of the things that you should pay special attention to while you browse.
|Filzer Buckster BBS-1||Lifetime||4.70/5|
(Best for the Money)
The Bahco 10-24-23 is our pick for best bow saw. While the frame remains the same, you can order with either a dry wood or green wood blade. If you already know you’re going to need the ability to do one of these tasks but not the other, then you’re in luck. Even if you need to both, you can order the other blade that you need separately, which makes this a versatile tool. The frame itself is lightweight and sturdy and should last you a long time.
This model comes with a knuckle guard, which is a surprisingly rare feature on a bow saw. It also comes with a great tensioner which allows you to easily adjust the blade tension to exactly what you want it to be. The one knock on this model is that it comes with a subpar blade cover that’s hard to easily and safely put on the blade for storage. However, that’s a relatively minor complaint, and this model is easily one of the best you can find on the market.
The Filzer Buckster BB-1 is the runner-up on our list. It’s a bright-orange model, which means it will be harder to misplace when you fold it down from its full working configuration to a much smaller travel form. When in its travel configuration, it’s the rough shape and size of a large baton, which makes it great for adventures out into the woods where you don’t want to be lugging a large saw along.
It’s made from a lightweight aluminum frame, which means you’ll want to take it on the road with you, and has an 18” blade which is just the right size for cutting logs for campfires. This model is one of those tools that you’ll love using. What ultimately keeps this model out of first place is that it comes with a proprietary blade that you can’t get replacements for from a third party. And, the manufacturer’s replacements are expensive. If they were to lower their prices or allow competition on replacement blades, this model would easily shoot the top of the list.
The Truper 30255 is our choice for best value. It comes with a sturdy frame which manages to be strong without being super heavy. It also comes with a knuckle guard, which is something that should come with any modern bow saw, but sometimes isn’t. This model also comes with a quality tensioning system, which enables you to make sure that you’re always getting a high-quality cut while you work.
Something to note is that this model comes with a blade for cutting green wood only, and it doesn’t come with a blade meant for dry wood. You also can’t order a replacement blade that would work with dry wood, so make sure that you’re going to be working with green wood before you buy. This model is also inexpensive relative to the others on our list, so given all of its upside, it makes for a high-value buy that should keep you happily cutting away for a long time.
Bow saws can come with two different kinds of blades. Some models come with raker tooth blades which are designed to cut through wet, green woods. Others come with more standard peg tooth blades that are designed to work with dry woods. It’s important to figure out which kind comes with each bow saw model and make sure that you get one that will suit your needs.
Many local factors, like heat and humidity, can affect the tension in your blade. Most modern bow saws come with a tension adjuster which allows for you to compensate for this effect by adjusting the blade’s tension. This feature allows you always to have the right tension for the job at hand so that you get the most straight and precise cuts possible. Bow saws also weaken over time, so the tension adjuster will help keep your bow saw tight long into the future.
You’ll want to research what kind of protective sheath comes with your bow saw. Protective sheaths extend the life of your bow saw’s blade by protecting it from some of the elements while it’s not in use. If a model doesn’t come with a protective sheath or comes with a low-quality one, you may want to look at a different model.
Another feature that you should look out for is ergonomic handles. More and more tools these days are paying more attention to ergonomics, which is a good thing. Finding an ergonomically-designed tool will be a good investment for your hands in the long run, even if it isn’t quite a deal breaker on its own.
Other saws we have reviewed:
The Bahco 10-24-23 is our favorite bow saw, due to its great knuckle guard, lightweight frame, and excellent tensioning system. The Filzer Buckster BB-1 is the runner-up, and comes with an excellent collapsible, lightweight frame, and is only kept out of first by its replacement blades. The Truper 30255 is our choice for best value, with its excellent knuckle guard and great price. All of these bow saws would make an excellent choice. The good news is that you now get to figure out which one will give you the longest, most frustration-free life.
Hopefully, our reviews of these bow saws have helped you understand what makes for a great bow saw. Armed with that information, you should be able to find the model that is right for you.