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STIHL PS 10 Folding Saw Review

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I'm quite lucky in that I get to test new tools on a regular basis.

Not too long ago, I received a STIHL PS 10 folding saw. Having used similar hand saws in the past, I felt I'd be able to provide you with a great assessment as to if it's worthy to hang on your garden shed pegboard.

The folding hand saw I already had in my garage before this one arrived, and had used for years, had a longer blade. Although the saw cut pretty well, I was never impressed by the blade as it  had flexed and bent on me more than a few times while using it.

I was very interested to see how strong the steel was in this STIHL saw. It didn't take long to discover that STIHL makes hand saws like they make their unbeatable chain saws. The Germans strive for excellence, and it seems they achieved it with this very simple, but elegant, folding hand saw.

 

BASIC SPECS:

BLADE STYLE        Folding
BLADE LENGTH        5.75"
BLADE FINISH        Hard chrome-plated
TOOTH PITCH        .15"
BLADE SHAPE        Straight
OVERALL LENGTH        13.7"
CUTTING CAPACITY          2"
Here's the bad boy. It's a dandy saw. (C) Copyright 2016 Tim Carter

Here's the bad boy. It's a dandy saw. (C) Copyright 2016 Tim Carter

MY TEST:

The reason STIHL tells you it can only cut 2-inch material is because the length of the blade is only 5.75 inches. I decided to try to cut a 3.25-inch diameter maple tree that was growing like a weed here at my house.

It did a superb job even though I had to use shorter saw strokes because I was cutting a larger tree. I cut at a 15-degree downward angle so the tree would fall away and not pinch the saw blade. It only took about 45 seconds to get the tree to succumb to gravity.

Here's the saw with teeth that remind me of a fierce dragon. You can see the stump of the tree just under the blade. Maple is hard, but no match for the STIHL PS 10. (C) Copyright 2016 Tim Carter

Here's the saw with teeth that remind me of a fierce dragon. You can see the stump of the tree just under the blade. Maple is hard, but no match for the STIHL PS 10. I have the locking clasp disengaged in this photo getting ready to take the photo you see below. (C) Copyright 2016 Tim Carter

IMPRESSIONS:

This folding hand saw fit my hand perfectly with decent leather gloves on. To me, that's the test. You should always wear heavy gloves when using a saw like this because the sharp teeth will show no mercy on your soft, tender skin when they can easily cut through hard maple or oak!

The teeth are designed to provide maximum cutting power on the pull stroke.

There's a nice locking clasp once the blade is open. Be sure to always lock the blade when open.

My finger is underneath the locking clasp just to show it to you. When the blade is open, you need to ENGAGE the clasp in the groove on the top of the blade. (C) Copyright 2016 Tim Carter

My finger is underneath the locking clasp just to show it to you. When the blade is open, you need to ENGAGE the clasp in the groove on the top of the blade. (C) Copyright 2016 Tim Carter

If you care for this saw, meaning clean and keep it oiled after each use, it can last generations assuming you don't use it to cut steel rebar, metal tubing, or drag it across rocks.

Use common sense and just cut WOOD with it, and the blade should remain sharp for many many years.

CLICK HERE to get more information and to BUY this saw.

 

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