User Review: Bahco Laplander Folding Saw
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $27.95
A great, lightweight handsaw to toss in your pack. It works well at cutting wood for a fire as well as clearing smaller sized blowdown from across trails.
- Agressive peg toothed blade
- Comfortable handle
- Limited to smaller sized timber
- Powder coating on blade wears over time
This saw has some terrific features that make it great for backpacking:
- It is lightweight at 6.4 ounces.
- The saw is a peg toothed design at 7 teeth per inch (TPI) which works well on seasoned or dry timber.
- It also cuts in both push and pull directions, reducing fatigue.
- The blade is powder coated to reduce friction.
- The blade locks in place with a simple push button release.
- The handle is made of Santoprene which grips well in wet and dry conditions.
- It folds down to 9 inches, that easily stows in pack side pocket.
- Overall length is 16 inches with a blade length of 7.5 inches.
I have found the saw extremely useful. I often use it on the trail to clear smaller blowdown or branches from larger logs to make them easier to cross. It also does a great job at shortening gathered wood for a fire at night. It will cut through pieces of timber 3 to 4 inches in diameter in under a minute.
The product does have limitations though:
- The saw blade is only 7.5 inches in length which reduces the size of logs you can cut with it. Not usually a problem but, I had to find something negative ;)
- The powder coating on the blade designed to reduce friction does wear off over use. I usually spray a Teflon based lubricant on the blade to keep it "slippery" when I get home from a trip.
Overall, this is a well made tool and is handy to have out in the woods.