How to Fold a Pruning Saw


Use pruning saws to cut medium-sized (5 inches or less) branches in densely overgrown or hard-to-reach places. Pruning saws are lightweight and compact, requiring much less effort than a carpenter's saw. Most have a plastic or wooden handle that fits comfortably in your hand.The curved blades range in size from 9 to 20 inches, and cut quickly with minimal damage to the remaining wood. (reference 2, pg. 94)

Cleaning the Pruning Saw

Step 1

Mix 1 quart motor oil with 10 quarts sand in a bucket.

Step 2

Dip the pruning saw in the bucket after you have finished pruning.

Step 3

Rub the sand and oil off the pruning saw with a rag.

Folding Your Pruning Saw

Step 1

Press the release lever located on the handle near the blade, or at the rear.

Step 2

Grasp the solid edge of the blade firmly in the palm of your hand. Hold the handle in your other hand.

Step 3

Push the blade down until it locks into place in the slotted portion of the handle.

Tips and Warnings

  • Store pruning saws and other tools in a locked shed, inaccessible to young children. When pruning large branches, work with a partner and keep a cellphone nearby. Hire a professional to prune trees over 20 feet high.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart motor oil
  • 10 quarts sand
  • Bucket
  • Rag


  • Aggie Horticulture: Proper Pruning Techniques
  • "The Garden Primer"; Barbara Damrosch; 1988

Who Can Help

  • Cornell University Gardening Resources: Transplanting Guide
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Julie Christensen has been writing for five years. Her work has appeared in "The Friend" and "Western New York Parent" magazines. Her guide for teachers, "Helping Young Children Cope with Grief" will be published this spring. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College and recently returned to school to complete a degree in communications/English.