Having the best hand saw for your garden will enable you to prune both trees and shrubs. It will help you tackle overgrowth, and remove diseased or dead branches, without unnecessary effort for a great-looking garden that’s not harder to keep up with than it should be.
The best hand saw will do the jobs that are beyond secateurs and loppers but before you need power tools for the work, so it’s an essential part of a garden toolkit for many of us. To help you pick, our selection includes tools to meet different pruning and cutting requirements, and includes both manual and electric models.
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The best hand saw 2021
Keep shrubs in shape and trim a range of tree branches with this nifty folding design, which has a 19.56cm blade.
The triple blades of this design and anti-rust finish will keep cutting easy and effective.
The ergonomic handle will ensure long pruning sessions don’t cause discomfort. It’s a non-slip design to make work safer.
The blade locks into position to avoid collapse while you’re cutting as well as when it’s folded away.
If you have tree branches to cut in your plot, the 60cm blade of this saw will help you work quickly and easily.
The teeth of this design are extra hardened for durability, and will make light work of overgrown branches.
The saw isn’t heavy thanks to the tubular steel of the design, which means you can keep on going even on bigger jobs – your muscles won’t tire as they would with a heavy design.
A plastic guard for the blade keeps it covered when you’re not using it so sharp edges aren’t exposed.
Tackle big branches and some tree trunks with this value for money design.
You might struggle to get a bow saw into some spaces, and that’s where this saw comes into its own. It’ll fit, and it will cut sizeable diameters.
The blade has large and small teeth. The reason? The small teeth will start the cut and the larger ones will cut wet wood fast.
For maximum comfort in use, the handle of this saw has an ergonomic design, and it’s soft grip. It weighs just 0.5kg so it won’t cause you fatigue in use either.
Keep up with the pruning with this hand saw, which is designed for cutting living wood.
You’ll be able to deal with branches up to around 5cm in diameter with the 15cm blade of this design. The blade is made from carbon steel, and the teeth are hardened and tempered for strength.
Clip this pruning saw to your belt so you don’t lose track of it as you move round your garden. Once you’re finished, the blade can be stored inside the handle.
At just 0.12kg this saw won’t cause muscle fatigue. It’ll feel comfortable when you’re using it, too.
Like the idea of cutting branches without the effort? This cordless garden saw will make your life easier.
OK, you will have to splash out more than if you opt for a manual hand saw, but as it cuts branches up to 8cm in diameter, you might count this version as well worth the extra outlay.
The detachable A-Grip can be used to steady branches so you can make single-handed cuts.
The battery takes three and half hours to fully charge. Once it’s there you’ll be able to make from 30 to 190 cuts per charge.
This green and yellow hand saw is designed to make cutting less of an effort, and has a 30cm blade.
The blade of this saw is made with high carbon steel with seven teeth per inch. They have three cutting edges to make work speedier and promise to avoid clogging.
With a curved handle and a soft-touch grip, the saw is easy to hold and it’s made to avoid slips while you’re working.
There’s a protective sleeve and a belt loop so you can carry this model safely and easily around the garden and up ladders.
How to choose the best hand saw
The best hand saw for your garden work will depend on what you need to prune, and if you have larger trees and shrubs to work on as well as branches with smaller diameters, you’ll likely need more than one to complete all your tasks.
Types of hand saw
For pruning trees and large shrubs, consider a bow saw. One of these will cut on both the push and the pull stroke, and the handle allows a choice of grip positions. You can also use it to cut fallen branches and firewood.
A pruning saw is ideal for smaller branches, and you can fit it into areas where a larger saw wouldn’t go.
Straight or curved blade?
You can pick hand saws with straight or curved blades. A straight blade is easier to use when you’re sawing in an area that’s level with the top half of your body. For reaching upwards or downwards from here, a curved blade will suit better.
Do you want a foldable hand saw?
Opt for a folding design for easy storage and carrying around the garden, but one of these won’t be the top choice for bigger branches.
Electric or manual?
You can keep up with a small garden and a light pruning schedule with a manual design, but if you have a large plot, or lots of shrubs and trees, an electric saw can help you manage the workload.
Do look for an easy-grip and ergonomically designed handle for comfortable and safe working.
Hand saws are – of course – sharp, so you might want to buy a design with a locking mechanism and/or safety sheath for added protection.