Product Type: Yeoman garden tools
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I've got a 21 incher! I use the full length and I like to keep it oiled and primed for action!
Yeoman Bow Saw Blade 21in
Member Name: Bellroyd
Yeoman Bow Saw Blade 21in
Date: 18/02/11, updated on 18/02/11 (54 review reads)
Advantages: It's a decent quality blade - some of the cheaper imported ones snap easily
Disadvantages: Rather expensive for a single replacement blade, so I have docked it 1 star for this
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!
Summary: Good value if you sharpen it yourself
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