bahco laplander folding saw
full test, demo and video review of the Bahco Laplander
In this review I will be testing the Bahco Folding Saw Laplander - a well designed lightweight folding saw.
It is made in Sweden and, of course, uses a good quality steel with a super sharp edge and from many of the other write-ups I have seen, is considered to be right up there at the top of the class for folding saws.
First impressions of the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw are its weight – at only 6.4oz you barely know you have it in your hands – I like this a lot as I find having to fight with a heavy saw just doubles the effort.
The cut and design of the teeth literally double the cutting stroke each pass, as the teeth will cut using both the pushing and pulling stroke, combined with a very aggressive tooth design it made cutting timber a very easy job, requiring very little effort.
The actual cutting teeth are super sharp and as they face both ways so you have to be very careful when cleaning the blade off.
You cannot simply run your hand down the blade like a normal saw to clear it.
All the teeth are hardened and coated to help reduce friction and prevent corrosion - so another nice touch.
In the closed position the Bahco measures 9 inches and when full open is 16 inches, with the actual cutting blade measuring 8 inches - which I found to be a very nice, comfortable size. [7 tpi]
I quite like the feel of the handle - it's like a rubbery plastic called 'Stanoprene' over a solid plastic frame which give a nice feel and lots of traction- even with wet hands I found it quite hard to slip off.
With such a sharp blade Bahco have added a safety lock to ensure it can't be accidentally opened and keeps the blade tucked away nicely - good idea I think...
- High-quality Sandvik steel blade. Blade Length: 190 mm
- Non-stick clade coating helps blade glide thorough even the most difficult materials
- Bahco XT toothing cuts in both directions
- Blade locks safely in both the open and closed positions
As you will see in my video review, the Bahco makes cutting timber into nice, usable pieces a very easy job - in fact, I think this saw is a lot faster than most other methods and gives you a cleaner cut.
For more in information, reviews and prices please click here for the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw 396LAP
This saw has got to be up there as one of the best folding saws in its class and performed every task I asked of it with minimum effort, every time.
The Laplander is now a permanent part of my bug out kit and will certainly be coming with me on every camp trip and, to be honest, it is only really restricted by the length of the blade.
Steve Hart - UK Preppers Guide