dry wood vs green wood saw blades: two saw blades laying side-by-side

Dry Wood vs Green Wood Saw Blades

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Not all hand saw blades are created equal. Knowing the the difference between dry wood vs green wood saw blades will help you choose the right one for your project.

In order to maximize efficiency, bow saw blades are manufactured either for dry wood or green wood.

dry wood vs green wood saw blades: two saw blades standing against wood wall

Green wood implies the wood is either freshly cut or is about to be cut off of a living tree. Because it’s fresh, it has a higher moisture content which can cause the blade to clog more easily. To counter this and make the saw smoother to operate, green wood blades have a different tooth system with built-in spaces referred to as peg and raker teeth. This tooth pattern lessons clogging by ridding the saw blade of unwanted material that would otherwise slow it down.dry wood vs green wood saw blades: saw blade hanging on tree limb

Conversely, on the dry wood blade, the teeth are uniform because dry material is easily expelled without the need for a peg and raker system.

dry wood vs green wood saw blades: side by side saw blades against wood wall

The blade on the left is for dry wood whereas the blade on the right is for green wood.

Pretty much all bow saws have the ability to swap out blades depending on your cutting needs so you don’t have to worry about buying different saws for each task. 

For bow saws, our personnel preference is the Bacho 21 inch pointed nose bow saw.  It comes with a dry wood blade but green wood blades can be purchased for an inexpensive price. 



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