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Which saw do I need to cut through thick stems?


I am trying to remove a shrub/bush from my garden which has been left to grow wild for a good few years (not entirely sure what it is TBH). I have been able to cut back the higher branches with a hedge trimmer but how need to hack through the lower stems - which are thicker. I used a universal saw on another plant which was of the same variety, and though it worked, it was tough. 

Which saw should I ideally be using to get through thicker stems near the bottom of the plant? 

Any advice gratefully received.  


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 28,137
    I use a bow saw.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160
    I use a bow saw if there's room, or one of those curved pruning saws if space is tight
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 1,865
    A pruning saw is the ideal tool as it can get into places a bow saw can't. I have both and am happy using either. Pruning saws work on the pull stroke which can help in tight spaces. You can get folding versions of pruning saws which are easier and safer to store.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,197
    I like Bahco or Silky for pruning saws, or any saws actually. Cheaper versions often don't last very long and you can't get replacement blades.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 25,361
    We use a Wolf pruning saw head and then fit a short, medium or long handle depending on where the branches are that we're cutting.   OH recently removed a lot of large, low branches from a mimosa we've inherited and found that an ordinary wood saw worked well but it helped to spray the blade with WD40 to stop it sticking.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Pruning saws is the tool you are looking for :-)
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    Another vote for a pruning saw. Have cut through some fair size branches with mine and is good in the tight spaces at the base of multi-stemmed shrubs.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,166
    I only use a saw for branches over an inch or 2cm ish. I use long handled loppers for less than that and to clear the area, before I use a saw.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 17,571
    Don't cut too far down in case you need a bit of leverage to get the roots out.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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