Bahco Handsaw System archive

Thursday 25 February 2010

Matt Long gets his teeth into a new saw system


Is it possible to re-invent the wheel and improve it? Well, Bahco certainly think so with their Handsaw System.

Basically, they have come up with an ergonomic handle that has a quick release system for attaching 10 blades. Included are:

1. 24in and 22in coarse wood cutting blades at 7tpi (teeth per inch)

2. 22in medium wood cutter and a 19in medium wood cutter at 9tpi

3. 20in fine wood blade at 11tpi

4. 14in tenon blade at 11tpi

5. 14in veneer saw and 20in laminate saw at 11tpi.

6. Plaster saw at 7tpi

7. General purpose blade at 15tpi

In use

For the test I concentrated on using the wood blades. As Bahco suggest, their patented quick release blade system is easy and quick to use, and secures the blade very tightly in the handle; you would not think the blade and handle were separate at all.

When you pick up the saw, the handle is very comfortable, and the whole thing has quite a heavy feel to it; reassuringly so, reminding me of my old Disston handsaw. The blades themselves are thicker than normal and have a black, low-friction coating.

I really enjoyed using the saw. The handle was comfortable, the rigid blade and low friction coating made for an easy push stroke, and the teeth cut through the softwood I was cutting very easily. After using the Bahco I cut the same timber with a cheaper throwaway hardpoint, and the Bahco was much better.

The verdict

While not making sawing a whole new experience, the Bahco system does have merit. If you are a DIYer, then rather than buy lots of different saws, you will find this useful. It's not kit for the fine woodworker, however.

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At A Glance

Asymmetric handle eliminates pressure points
Thermoplastic polymer TPE
Handle angle and position increases efficiency and lateral forces
Left- and right-handed handles
Blade change in seconds
Thicker blade for stability
Low friction blade coating
Hardpoint teeth

Pros & Cons

Easy to use
Very comfortable
Not cheap for whole system

The Numbers

Blade length 14-22in
10 blade types
Blade thickness 0.75-1.03mm
Handles from £20.38
Blades from £16.63
Contact: Bahco
Tel: 01709 731 731