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Types of Manual Saws for Tree Cutting

By D.C. Winston ; Updated September 21, 2017

Tree cutting and pruning can be accomplished with a range of sharp-toothed saw tools that are operated by one or two people. Most manual tree cutting tools are modeled on a traditional saw blade and cut through tree wood by the teeth moving across the surface in a back and forth manner. The size of the cutting teeth vary as do the means of gripping and propelling the saw.

Pole Saw

The pole saw is a mid-size saw blade roughly 12 to 20 inches that is mounted atop an extension pole to allow the operator to reach branches from the ground or reach further into a tree canopy from a ladder. Pole saws, depending on the design, can have an adjustable blade head, a fixed blade or an articulated blade operated by a pulley system to aid in cutting through branches at a distance where control of the blade solely via the pole may be difficult.

Hand Saw or Hack Saw

Hand saws are short blade-cutting tools with either a snub nose or pointed nose on one side of the blade and a fixed wood or plastic D- or C-Shaped handled on the other. They are used to cut branches and limbs and are used with one hand with pressure applied to to the blade when pushing and pulling the teeth across the wood surface.

Cross-Cut Saws

Crosscut saws, of either the two-man or single man variety, are long, deeply serrated saw blades with one or two wooden or plastic handles on either end. They are used to fell trees and to sever tree trunks into the desired length. The two man crosscut is operated with one person at each end pulling and releasing in syncopation.