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When Do I Use A Pruning Saw?

Jun. 29, 2021

Pruning garden plants makes them look more attractive, but it can also improve the health and productivity of flowering or fruiting shrubs. When doing pruning work, you will get better results if you use the best tools for each part of the job. An important gardening tool is called a pruning saw. If you've never used one before, you may have a lot of questions. What is a pruning saw? What is a pruning saw used for? When do I use a pruning saw? Read on to learn all you need to get started with a pruning saw. 

What is a pruning saw? 

So what exactly is a pole saw? Before you start using a pruning saw, you'll want to have one in your toolbox. A pruning saw is a tool with the same sharp teeth as the saw used to cut wood. But pruning saws are used for pruning live shrubs and trees.

Telescopic Pole Saw

 Telescopic Pole Saw

There are many different types of pruning saws, each suitable for a specific type of branch or stem. All types of pruning saws should have hard, heat-treated teeth, but they come in different sizes and shapes. Using a pruning saw that matches the task at hand makes it easier to do a good job. What are pruning saws for? They are designed to help you prune larger shrubs and smaller branches. If you're wondering when to use a pruning saw, here's a good rule of thumb.

If the branch or trunk you are pruning is less than 1.5 inches (3.81 cm) in diameter, consider using a hand pruner. If the wood is that thick or thicker, it is wise to use a pruning saw. 

What are the different types of pruning saws?

Pruning saws come in different sizes and types. Make sure you are using the best pruning saw for the job you are tackling. For branches that are too thick for a manual pruner, use a pruning saw.


If the branch to be pruned is in a narrow area, use a pruning saw with a shorter blade. Choose a fine-tooth curved pruning saw for branches up to 2 ½ inches (6.35 cm) in diameter. Try using a coarse-toothed pruning saw for heavier branches. Tall branches require a special type of tool called a tree pruning pole saw. These tools usually have a pole that is as tall as the gardener using it. Expect a saw blade on one side and a curved blade on the other. The curved blade hooks onto the branch to be pruned.


If you need to carry a pruning saw to prune trees, choose a pruning saw with a blade that folds into the handle. This makes it easier and safer for you to use when climbing ladders.


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