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moa_shooter
02-06-2011, 06:02 PM
Does anyone have any experience with the Upgrade Innovations Saw system? http://www.upgradeinnovations.com

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MrFisherman
02-07-2011, 02:19 AM
I bought one. Would not buy it again. Assembly is not straight forward, at least not to me. I put it together and tried it out several times. Needed instructions... and I am a mechanic. Anyway, it loosened up more than I would have liked while using it and was difficult to get apart again to put it away. The grill was not vert stable, but I have not tried ot over a fire yet... a little concerned about how stable it might or more appropriately NOT be. It was a neat idea. I can't even find the thing now. I was going to leave it on my trail bike but I haven't. I was pretty disappointed with it.

RWS
02-07-2011, 11:37 AM
I have one also. Would not buy it again, not enough tension and to small for my liking. Ended up stashing it my atv. Do a search on FASTBUCKSAW, It's the one I like the best...

moa_shooter
02-07-2011, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the replies, looks like I'm going to pass on this. Too bad I really wanted it to work. The last saw I had was a folding aluminum and plastic one made by Browning and ended up falling apart after use.

The Fast Bucksaw looks interesting but the weight worries me. It also says on their site "This saw weighs 30 oz., and is not for canoeing or backpacking, but is great for trail cutting or any time you can’t use a chain saw."

sab
02-07-2011, 02:40 PM
moa_shooter:

You might look into a Sven Saw. I've had the 15" model for about 20 years. It weighs under 11oz and stores compactly. It also cuts very well.

Scott

Bedlam
02-07-2011, 04:41 PM
This is what I recomend if you plan on carrying a saw: http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=44171&cat=1,42884 . I have both sizes, love both, and the swedish steel blades are about as good as they come, I usually carry two extra just in case.

Ryan

bobmn
02-07-2011, 05:26 PM
MOA: The Fast Bucksaw comes in various sizes. The small size saw does not weigh 30 ozs. Look at the saw that is 21" long. I just weighed mine and it is 16 oz. Weight varies a little bit dependent on wood density. A most excellent saw.

Believer
02-07-2011, 05:48 PM
Silky saws are the best for packing I've found. http://www.silkysaws.com/Silky_Saws/Straight-Saws/Ginga-270mm-Saw-670

moa_shooter
02-07-2011, 08:06 PM
MOA: The Fast Bucksaw comes in various sizes. The small size saw does not weigh 30 ozs. Look at the saw that is 21" long. I just weighed mine and it is 16 oz. Weight varies a little bit dependent on wood density. A most excellent saw.

You're right. I guess I just read the site a little too fast.

moa_shooter
02-07-2011, 08:13 PM
Silky saws are the best for packing I've found. http://www.silkysaws.com/Silky_Saws/Straight-Saws/Ginga-270mm-Saw-670

Don't you find the relatively small blade a disadvantage?

5x5
02-07-2011, 09:17 PM
I've used the hell out of mine and it always works. I can assemble it in 10 seconds flat. Works for me, but I really like the looks of that fast buscksaw for a larger blade. -Ian

Ralph
02-07-2011, 09:21 PM
I prefer a frame saw with a Swedish Bushman blade that cuts in both directions for general use - the bigger the better. However, for carrying around I use the SawVivor 15" as a good compromise between weight and bulk. I also have a Gerber that slides into the handle. The Japanese style pointed tooth cuts on the pull stroke. One warning with this type of saw, apply very light downward pressure and let the blade do the cutting. Forcing or horsing the blade can and will break teeth. With a little practice you can feel when the blade is cutting well.

Even with the shorter frame saws two prople can really make them sing and cut nearly as fast as a chain saw as long as you don't "ride the saw." When sawing with a partner you pull and NEVER push. Once you get the rhythm with a Bushman blade you just glide through the log.

Sawtooth
02-08-2011, 10:03 AM
I had Paul Swanstrom from Fast Bucksaw make me a 30" model for winter-throw-in-the-pulk and car camping use. The 30" saw weighs 1 lb. 11.5 oz. It's truly a utilitarian work of art! I'm taking it out in about a week for four days of ski camping. I'll post some pics after that. I've seen and used the 21" model. It definitely does not weigh 30 oz. I plan to have the smaller model soon. Very nice saws, and they compact down very nicely...Paul's design is great.

MNDan
02-08-2011, 10:34 AM
I've started taking one of these into the BWCA - they work great & it's nice to have a saw handy at all times without having to put it together.

http://www.amazon.com/Corona-Clipper-21-Inch-RS-7160/dp/B00221Q3GU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1255635651&sr=1-4

moa_shooter
02-08-2011, 05:40 PM
Here's another interesting saw - http://nwwoodsman.com/Product/Tools/EdgedTools/WoodsmanFoldingBucksaw.html

David in OR
02-08-2011, 05:55 PM
+1 on the Sawvivor. 11 ounces and cuts pretty well.

snakey2
02-09-2011, 09:49 AM
I don't know if they can be had anymore but a Portex at 20 ounces is a good decent sized cutting tool. It is all aluminum and very sturdy. I have used mine both with a wood blade and a bone blade for splitting animals.