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If you really care about the state of your garden and have a penchant for keeping trees and shrubs neat and pruned, then the chain saw is not for you. Not only is the chain saw extremely dangerous, especially when you have young family playing in the garden, but this type of saw can cause immense damage to the tree or shrub being tidied up. Alternatively, more carefully designed saws are the best choice when it comes to keeping your garden in shape. One of our most popular saws is the Razorsharp 21 Inch Bow Saw By Spear & Jackson

What varieties of Saw can I get?

The folding pruning saw is a great alternative to loppers and in some cases, secatueurs. The blade cuts larger material and does it very cleanly. It is also ideal for reaching into difficult confined spaces because of its narrow and short blade. As it cuts on both strokes, backward and forward, care must be taken, as always, to prevent accidents from the very sharp teeth.

A good sharp folding saw can make as clean a cut as the best secateurs such as the internationally renowned range from Spear & Jackson.The county folding pruning saw has been proving quite popular, and is one of the favoured choices within this garden tools section.

However, there may be times when the folding saw is not an adequate size for the job, and then a bow saw will be needed. Bow saws are particularly useful for cutting branches off trees and shrubs. Spear and Jackson stock a larger version of the county bow saw which measures 24 inches for those extra- difficult tasks. We also stock a selection of more traditional garden saws as well as bow and pruning saws.

Sharpening of Pruning Tools

All tools should be kept clean and sharp, and if a lot of work is carried out in the garden each year, replacement tools, in particular Secateurs, may be necessary. A sharpening stone is needed to clean your saws. It will normally have hard and soft sides and will be 4-5in (10-12cm) long, 1in (3cm) wide and ½in (1cm) thick. Before use it should be moistened with water or a small amount of household oil. The cutting edge of the blade is drawn, three or four times, slowly and firmly over the stone at an angle of 25-35°, ensuring that the bevelled edge of the blade is facing down on to the sharpening stone. To finish off, one pass is made over the stone on the reverse side to remove any 'burr' - the small pieces of metal that may have formed.

If this sharpening process is carried out with a new knife or Secateurs, the soft or smoother side of the stone is used. Sharpening should then be repeated at regular intervals during use.