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If you've got a Yeoman Bow Saw, then you're going to know that you have a beast of a saw for the garden that will stop at nothing, and the main element that gives it that cutting power is the Yeoman Bow Saw 21" Blade.
I've had a Yeoman Bow Saw for a few months now after finding that my ordinary garage wood saw wasn't quite up to the job of pruning branches etc in the garden, and with a price tag of just under £10, it was an absolute bargain. In addition, with the spare blades only costing £5.55 on Amazon at the time, I thought it worthwhile to invest in one of those as well. It wouldn't be a major outlay to purchase the blade to just keep it hanging in the shed, but more importantly it gave me the peace of mind knowing that if the worse happened and I did manage to snap the blade, I did have a spare one in the shed that I quickly get in order to carry on pruning.
But what is so special about these Yeoman blades that give this Yeoman Bow Saw such cutting power? Well for starters when you look at the blade, you'll notice that the teeth are a lot bigger and courser than those on your conventional garage wood saw. That's because a bow saw blade is not designed to be a precision cutter, but more of a device that just rips through wood as fast as possible in order to achieve the cut. So when you are pruning away at trees (and this Yeoman Bow Saw can handle dry wood up to 12" thick), you just want the device to cut, and not be too bothered about getting a nice smooth finish.
Added to this is the fact that this Yeoman blade is made from precision tempered steel. For those of you who may not understand the process of tempering and what it does to steel, it basically improves the overall toughness of the steel, making it more resistant to cracking from use, wear or impact. In addition, it also improves a quality know as the malleability of the material, which is basically improving the bendiness of the blade. So overall through tempering, what you end up with is a tough blade that can take some knocks and abuse, with enough flexibility to take the odd misalignment as you cut through something. Coupled with the large teeth and course grading, and Yeoman have created quite a formidable bow saw blade that is ideal for lopping away at trees and bushes in the garden.
Now through use, there will come a time when you will need to replace the blade on your bow saw, normally indicated when it is starting to get difficult to cut through things, and to replace the blade in your Yeoman Bow Saw is a very quick and simple affair. At the back of the saw there is a handle closed up around the back of the 'C' shaped frame. Pulling this handle open causes it to pivot around the end of the frame, where the other end is attached to the back of the blade. So opening the handle takes the tension off of the blade. Take the old blade out, slot the new blade in, and then close up the handle again to re-apply the tension, and then you're ready to start cutting away again - as simple as that.
What's it like to use? As I said before, the blade is the key to the cutting power of this saw, and whilst the manufacturers say that it will cut through up to 12" of dry wood, I've cut through 5-6" thick live branches with ease that were causing an issue across the house. It gives a good clean cut, very quickly and with ease, making it ideal for use around the garden on those bigger pruning jobs.
In summary, this is a very good quality blade that had been precision designed to cut through trees and bushes with ease, and the cost is relatively so cheap that you can purchase a couple to keep hanging in your shed, ready to use when necessary. This is definitely a 5 star product to recommend.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I have owned the Yeoman 21" Bow Saw for a few years now, and from the use it has got I dont find myself needing to replace that often in all fairness. After a while though, the task can be become gradually harder and the blade then needs replacing. As I only paid £12 for the entire blade and bow saw itself I knew that the replacement blade would be reasonably priced and so paying £5 for the new blade was more than acceptable really. The blades can be bought online through such sites as Amazon, or through online gardening retailers quite easily also.
The replacement blade is identical to the one supplied with the bow saw and is made from precision tempered steel. The 21" blade is very simple to replace, having to simply release the old blade and ensuring the new blade is securely in place before use. Something worth mentioning is that the blades do last a long time. With using the protective clip-on blade guard supplied with the bow saw I found that the blade stored much better, not catching on things within the garage and generally been kept in better condition when not in use. I use the blade for cutting often brittle and thick branches on my conifer trees, and for such tasks it is ideal.
This replacement bow saw blade is great value for money and is designed for pruning thick branches off your trees. Once you replace an old blade you really notice the improvement in performance, and with a hassle-free replacement process it is the perfect product to liven up that worn out blade you have in the garage! £5 is a steal and with its tempered steel construction will last you for years to come.
As a previous recent review relates, I have a Yeoman Bow Saw which is the best out of the 3 that I own. However, bow saw blades are notoriously quick to lose their sharpness and this can make the continual replacement of blades rather expensive. It can be almost as much to replace each blade as it is to buy the whole saw in the first place. I have seen them retail for as much as £6.99! It's ony a few quid more to buy the whole bow.
It was only fairly recently that I realised that it is possible to resharpen the blades yourself and this is worth doing if the alternative to this is throwing them out and replacing them. I had been keeping all my used blades until I got a dozen or so; then I planned to take them to a Forestry Commission friend of mine to sharpen them for me. However, if you have a sharpening disc attachment to your power drill, then you can sharpen each individual point. It's a bit fiddly and there are a lot of individual blade edges. I suggest that you safely clamp the blade in a vice and regularly move it so that you are only working on that part of the blade that is secured immediately above the vice clamp. You could also use a standard sharpenening stone, but either way make sure you wear tough heavy duty gloves for fear of losing or stabbing a digit in the process and don some safety glasses in case of any sparking.
The Yeoman replacement blades are easy to fit and they work in the same way as most other bow saws I have seen. Loosen the retaining handle until the blade comes loose; then lift it out, insert the replacement blade in the retaining holes and resecure the handle. It's a 30 second job. I have also used other cheaper replacment blades in my Yeoman as the fittings tend to be common to most bow saws.
One way that you can prolong the life of your blade and improve the efficiency of your sawing is to use the full length of the blade when you saw. That way, your saw will wear evenly. A fast action using only the middle section is the wrong way to do it and will involve expending more energy than is needed and replacing the blade before you need to.
Another tip I had from my Forestry Commission friend, especially if the saw blade binds in the wood a lot, is to set the blade. Each blade has a number of points which face alternately left and right. If you marginally increase the angle of these points with a set of pliers, this can give you a smoother trouble free action.
The saw blade, made from tempered steel, needs little maintenance other than a smearing of oil to protect against rust. Most bow saws when new come with a little protective plastic sleeve which you can slip over the blades to give them and yourself some protection. If you don't have one of these, just use some thin card and tape it over the blade.
Look after your 21 incher. It will give you (and conceivably others!) much enjoyment....but try not to boast about it!
Replacement blade for Yeoman 21 inch saw.