Thought this would be a better fit here...
Shoot Eddy I had forgotten where I had gotten that saw from; I did try it though (it was the second one I've had my hands on) and while it's functional I find that old-school pruning saws work much better. Especially for solo work; but there's an advantage to any 2-person saw (double the available power) I'd carry it with me only as an emergency back-up if I was on a multiday trip; at least they're light and compact.
It could be that some of the purpose-built hand chain saws may be much better but the Harbor Freight/REI saws are just re-purposed "regular" saw chains. While the tooth profile of a saw chain is very efficient; the kerf is quite wide compared to blade saws. Here's the photo whole tour of my "Saws for Trail Maintence":
A staged photo from today; a piece of a pepper tree stuck in a grape arbor---the Harbor Freight hand chain saw and a 14" Corona fixed-blade pruner.
Notice the kerfs
The chain saw has to remove almost 4x the amount of wood. Note; regardless of kerf width all saws cut wood fibers 2x (L & R if that makes any sense) so 4x the kerf doesn't necessarily mean 4x the energy expended.
Some of the saws I use. L to R by length; Harbor Freight hand chain saw, Corona 18" pruner, Corona 14" pruner, Corona 12" lock-back folding pruner (my most used saw), Corona (I think) 12" folding pruner, 10" Mfg-lable-has-fallen-off lock-back folding pruner with handy machete tip.
Why I prefer the Corona 18" over the Fiskars; the former's handle is a plywood laminate---the latter's is solid wood which is prone to cracking with heavy use. Both the Corona and Fiskar blades are very good.
My 2 favorite saws; if I know I'm going to be removing trees I take the 18" Corona; other wise the 12" folder. The 14" Corona in the previous photo is a 3rd choice because it JUST fits in my Camelback but I need to cover the blade.
Packed up and ready to go. Bottle for scale. The zip tie plus a mini-carabiner safeties the 18"er when strapped to the outside of my hydro. The folder is about the same size/weight as a small bike pump so it fits inside the pack nicely.
Just for further reading; there is a brand of saw which emulates the tooth design of a chain saw (No Mfg stamped on this blade)---these work quite well but are not as easily available as the Corona/Fiskars brands. Some folks (my late father was one) swear by these saws. Note; the tip teeth on the upper blade are very dull and the lower blade needs to be de-gummed.
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