If, like me, you love the mesmerising flicker of a camp fire or maybe you have trees in need of some TLC, the one thing we equally value is a good saw. So, I put this through its paces for my 2019 Bahco Laplander Review.
Personally, I highly value a quality feel with any hand tool.
Quality means confident, safe use and with the Bahco Laplander I get that in spades – well, saws actually
The handle has a comfy feel and the blade itself is sharpened to a fine finish, with a great locking mechanism and secure folding action both when retracted and fully extended.
The thick blackened blade is a serious low-friction, protective finish, not merely paint. After significant use on sappy pines and winter brush my blade has lost none of it’s blackened finish.
I like that! It’s a reminder of this blades real quality over subjective opinion.
Teeth have remained sharp too, and the folding/locking action are as new.
Little leather loop through the handle is the cherry on the quality cake, showing Bahco care enough to fully finish their products. Not only do they pop a hole in their butt but they actually attach a real leather loop!
Thanks Bahco! Great job… your efforts don’t go unnoticed.
I carve and whittle dead-fall, seasoned tree limbs and pine. I’ll easily saw a 4ft branch a dozen or more times and have regularly done so in the past 3 or 4 months that I’ve owned my Bahco Laplander (purchased on Amazon).
Normally, I run my saw through softer Lime wood, sappy Pine and harder Oak and Birch.
The weekend just gone saw (oops!) me take 5ft off a hedge of Leylandii conifers with trunks to 5″ in diameter.
After a good clean in warm soapy and a light mineral oil, my Laplander appears barely used.
Reliability? I have only one tiny little but not unimportant issue.
When the blade binds during sawing (as all saw blades do), there’s a significant flex in the blade. Some may say that’s a good thing, avoiding brittle snaps and offering lots of give for novice users, however, there’s a point where the flex feels just a little bit too forgiving. Bahco doesn’t reach that point, but it’s as close as I want to get.
Important to note, there is no impact on sawing ability. It’s a strong, sturdy and reliable blade with a solid action.
When she binds, just don’t keep forcing the blade, it’s dual-edged cutting both on the push and the pull, so extract the blade, re-seat and gently pick up for an effective and efficient decapitation.
There are numerous cool features with the Bahco Laplander.
The handle has an ergonomic, comfy grip with a lite pattern that is a comfortable blister free zone!
The overall length of the folding saw is compact and when collapsed drops neatly in the side pocket of my backpack. It’s also lightweight allowing me to carry it everywhere with a very clear conscience.
Extended the Bhaco Laplander measures circa 40cm, blade alone 19cm, folded 23cm. Weight 281gms.
Thick blackened blade reduces friction and the Bahco XT teeth are epic!
The blade locks in place when folded and extended giving total confidence. There’s a button on the nose of the handle to depress before opening or closing. It works well! and hasn’t given me a false lock at any time.
At the butt there’s a little leather loop which comes in handy when you need two hands to pick up that cup of tea or signal to a nosy neighbour.
The saw may benefit from a sheath, belt loop or wallet, otherwise I’d be giving it a perfect score!
No complaints from me on price, the Bahco Laplander is a very sensible price and competes favourably alongside it’s competition at this end of the tool chest.
I’ve already had my use out of this general purpose saw and I’m confident it will go on for many moons to come.
Silky is the brand often compared to the Bahco, but honestly, I can’t find a quality or feature benefit to relegate the Bahco into P2. I don’t own a Silky but have used them so it’s perhaps something I’ll acquire and review in detail later, when eventually the Bahco needs replacing.
If you want a lightweight saw that makes quick, effortless and reliable work of chopping fire wood I’ve not found a better quality, value or performing saw on the market today.
With garden work, tree limbs to around 6″ in diameter or shrubbery headaches, the Bahco Laplander is a highly regarded and personally recommended product from me.
Taking the top 5ft of a conifer hedge without wrist ache, blisters or hacking, it does something very right!
Without a doubt I’d highly recommend the Bahco Laplander for any bushcraft or general purpose outdoors work, I find it hard to criticise the Laplander and am sure I’ll always have one fresh Lappy hanging in my tool store.
Unsure? get one! You’re highly unlikely to be disappointed nor find a better folding handsaw at this price point.
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