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Startingover 09-14-2013 07:25 AM

jaw saw or straight saw
Now that I've decided on an electric saw I just noticed "jaw saws".

All the 10' tall branches I need to cut are soft and bend. I'm thinking a straight saw wouldn't be able to grasp them to cut. These 'jaw' saws I see online look like they might grasp limber, bending branches better.

If anyone has any advice for me, thank you.

chitownken 09-14-2013 08:00 AM

The jaw saws usually have less reach that the pole saw. If your branches are down low enough that the jaw saw will be able to reach them, it is definitely worthy of consideration. Might be a bit more expensive than the pole saw. You also need to take into consideration that a jaw saw will not fit into some of the tighter spaces that a pole saw will. Doesn't take much pressure for that spinning chain to cut a branch, especially if it is sharp.

Startingover 09-14-2013 08:13 AM


I guess 'soft branches' best describes the kind I want to cut. Some of my work will be topping some yews (evergreens) so you know how those are sort of soft.

Ok, I'll go with my original plan for the straight saw. Another negative thing for the jaw saw is one review said they're heavy and I don't have much strength in my arms.

I really appreciate your help.

chitownken 09-14-2013 08:24 AM

Yews are usually trimmed with a hedge trimmer. If you are talking about taking out some of the main branches to reduce the size of the yew, then the pole saw would work. If you are talking about shaping up the yew for appearance, then you need a hedge trimmer. Neither the pole saw nor the jaw saw would be the appropriate tool to shape a yew. Can you post some pictures of what you are going to trim?

Startingover 09-14-2013 08:58 AM

Sure. I can post photos after lunch.

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