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Old 05-09-2019, 10:18 AM   #1
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Jawsaw or clearing saw?


I have a lot of "stubs" about one foot tall sticking up from the ground left from cutting down a lot of saplings about 1-5" in dia. I need to flush cut these stubs close to the ground so I can pass over them with my mower deck & also not to trip over them when walking the area.


I was going to buy a Clearing saw, but they are expensive-around $500. Then I'm thinking maybe I could do the job with a cordless Jaw saw like the one from Worx or B&D' Alligator. They should get me close to the ground & a lot less in cost. Jawsaw would require me to either bend over or get on my knees to get flush with the ground, while a clearing saw would allow me to stand up & move along rather quickly since it is almost like using a weed wacker. Any advise for me? Thanks.
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How about a reciprocating saw?

I've a corded and a battery powered one. Both can hold a 6-8" pruning blade that makes short work of branches.
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Or you could take them out completely using a grub hoe, pulaski or even a sharp spade to cut the roots. Depending on the species, if they send out runners they may come back.
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I bought one of these in the photo and then a carbide blade that fits, it does a really good job cutting the smaller stubs close to the ground. It will cut a 2 or so inch stub with no trouble.
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I bought one of these in the photo and then a carbide blade that fits, it does a really good job cutting the smaller stubs close to the ground. It will cut a 2 or so inch stub with no trouble.

OK- that would work if I can attach it to my split shaft Husqvarna weed trimmer. So where do I get one-Lowe's? Thanks
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How about a reciprocating saw?

I've a corded and a battery powered one. Both can hold a 6-8" pruning blade that makes short work of branches.

That could work for me. But I'm out four acres. I have one but it's 120 volt. I would have to buy a cordless one & I'm not really wanting to do that expense if I can avoid it. But I will consider it. It might be the way I will need to go on this, & it should be cheaper than a full blown clearing saw.
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Or you could take them out completely using a grub hoe, pulaski or even a sharp spade to cut the roots. Depending on the species, if they send out runners they may come back.

I've got about two acres of property line with these sapling stubs. Grub ho, spade, I don't think so. But thank you.
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I bought one of these in the photo and then a carbide blade that fits, it does a really good job cutting the smaller stubs close to the ground. It will cut a 2 or so inch stub with no trouble.
Ayuh,..... I ain't bein' the dummy here, but I had to google Jawsaw,......

Now I know why,..... it's something I'd never buy,.....

I've got a bush saw like Jim's here for my Stihl weedwacker,....

Put a carbide tooth saw blade on it, 'n like Jim says, 1" brush is an instant cut,....
2" I might hit it twice,....
Bigger than 2", I grab a chainsaw,.....
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I've got about two acres of property line with these sapling stubs. Grub ho, spade, I don't think so. But thank you.
I got my saw for our weed eater at Lowe's, but one blade won't last for two acres, also it won't work on a battery powered weed eater. It would be much better with a gas powered weed eater.
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I got my saw for our weed eater at Lowe's, but one blade won't last for two acres, also it won't work on a battery powered weed eater. It would be much better with a gas powered weed eater.
Thanks. I've got a Husqvarna weed eater gas powered that I think will power up the shaft & saw blade. I will check it out. I also have a Sthil Kombie tool power head gas engine. This head takes various attachments. But I talked to my Sthil dealer & Sthil does not make a clearing saw set up for it because they say clearing saws need a solid rod drive shaft to properly run the blade.


I can understand the engineering behind it. Frankly, Sthil is correct on this point. That's one of the reasons that trimmers which are dedicated to clear cut saw blade heads cost so much. Having said all this I will probably end up buying the same attachment you have from Lowes & see what happens? I don't mind buying replacement blades. It's the tool itself & my power head I worry about. Thanks!
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I can understand the engineering behind it. Frankly, Sthil is correct on this point. That's one of the reasons that trimmers which are dedicated to clear cut saw blade heads cost so much. Having said all this I will probably end up buying the same attachment you have from Lowes & see what happens? I don't mind buying replacement blades. It's the tool itself & my power head I worry about.
Ayuh,.... My Stihl is a combi unit, don't remember the model number, not the cheapest, but not a Pro unit either,.....

It took alittle modifyin', but I use all the attachments I acquired for my ole Craftsman combi unit that I had for years,.....

The attachments fit the Stihl, but tightly,.....

Ain't had any problems with either units driveline, the ole 32cc Craftsman's motor just wore out,....
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Thanks. I've got a Husqvarna weed eater gas powered that I think will power up the shaft & saw blade. I will check it out. I also have a Sthil Kombie tool power head gas engine. This head takes various attachments. But I talked to my Sthil dealer & Sthil does not make a clearing saw set up for it because they say clearing saws need a solid rod drive shaft to properly run the blade.


I can understand the engineering behind it. Frankly, Sthil is correct on this point. That's one of the reasons that trimmers which are dedicated to clear cut saw blade heads cost so much. Having said all this I will probably end up buying the same attachment you have from Lowes & see what happens? I don't mind buying replacement blades. It's the tool itself & my power head I worry about. Thanks!
I am using my saw blade attachment on an electric weed eater and it is doing fine so far. It does have a pretty good torque when you pull the trigger.

I had a Sthil weed eater back in the late 90s that I gave over $500 for it back then. Don't remember the model but it had a 10 saw blade and that machine cut anything you hit with it.
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I agree that the attachment for the string trimmer is the way to go.

My father, age 84, bought a Worx Jaw Saw. They serve there purpose, but are not for any hard use IMO. I view them as a novelty tool targeted to the people that need to cut a few branches every now and then.
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How Many are you talking about here? I've been (slowly) clearing saplings with a comealong with a hook, just pulling them out completely. Need something solid to tie other end on, but it is easy after figuring out. Wrap strap around tree, attach comealong, hook into bottom roots and make strap right length to not have to ratchet much, ratchet comealong.

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