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  Got a Woodsman's Pal?
  Posted by: string on Nov-24-13 11:01 PM (EST)
   Category: Other Gear 

Looks like a good tool for a guy with a heavily wooded yard who also camps a lot. Who also isn't giving me any ideas for a Christmas gift.

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  Link to picture? I mostly hang with
  Posted by: ezwater on Nov-24-13 11:17 PM (EST)
the plumber's friend.
  Posted by: holmes375 on Nov-25-13 12:21 AM (EST)
  It works fine on alders
  Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-25-13 7:38 AM (EST)
Do you want to murder kudzu?
  Gransfors Bruks
  Posted by: andy on Nov-25-13 7:44 AM (EST)
is the tool of choice. Either the Small Forest axe or the Hatchet model.
  Waste of money !
  Posted by: Jackl on Nov-25-13 8:21 AM (EST)
From one who lives in the woods!

jack L
  Not really
  Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-25-13 10:14 AM (EST)
but anything larger than 0.5 inch diameter its ineffective.

Portage clearing we used one for alders and willows, also a Sierra Saw for wood one size up and then a tube saw for larger then an ax. Of which there are many. The Small Forest is OK but not very good for our ten inch and more diameter hardwoods.

Wouldn't you like another chainsaw? I know I would!
  My two Stihls do me fine.
  Posted by: Jackl on Nov-25-13 11:16 AM (EST)
One large and one small and along with my three foot loppers are all I need here in the mpountains.

When we paddle the Keys and Everglades, I don't leave the shore without my $15 dollar folding saw.

Jack L
  "So small," She Scythed
  Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Nov-25-13 9:27 AM (EST)
"So small, " she scythed,
then so did that guy.
In swing of things there, Mr Death?
With violent up ratchet
Lizzy took out her hatchet,
this orphaned played in troubled cleft,

And I'm not sure just how
this Woodsman's found Pal
befriends bringing end some wood clatter,
do you think it can hurts
question asked Colonel Kurtz,
he always seemed to have a head for such matter.

Me? I'm a Dapper Dan Ditch Bank Blade Man, myself.
  Never git out'ta da boat!
  Posted by: fatelmo on Nov-25-13 12:46 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Nov-25-13 12:55 PM EST --

I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream; that's my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor... and surviving.

The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad.

The Horror! The Horror!


  Yuhz kin sez dat agin!
  Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Nov-25-13 5:05 PM (EST)
Never git outta duh boat on duh Passaic wenz Colonel Elmo Kurtz 'n duh Montclair Montagnard iz prowlin' 'bout duh pine duff! Dat be uh Hack 'n Head In duz Sack harurh!
  get a good pair of pruners
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-25-13 11:15 AM (EST)
  Underwater Chainsaw
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Nov-25-13 4:25 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Nov-25-13 4:29 PM EST --

Having done some Woody Debris removal in rivers
a great backup and overall camping/survival item is
the Sabercut Saw.

With a rope - it is - possible to thread it under
a submerged log and with 2 guys, cut it manually.
Great for those hydrolocked chainsaw moments.

You will pay some money for the real thing,
but you can actually build a quick shelter, lean to, etc.
and actually use it in many scenarios

  Neat! And only...
  Posted by: tjalmy on Nov-25-13 9:28 PM (EST)
$21 on e-bay! SaberCut may have made a sale...
  I've used a very similar product that,
  Posted by: ezwater on Dec-06-13 4:11 PM (EST)
attached to long lines, allows removing high limbs from trees. It certainly does work, though one has to plan the cut so that the chain doesn't get pinched when the limb starts to sag.

The same might apply when cutting an underwater log. If the chain cuts mainly the underside, one must make an educated guess about what will happen when the cut nears completion. If the log breaks downward, fine. If it tends to break upwards, it may pinch and capture the chain.
  Pal is good . . .
  Posted by: mr_canoehead on Dec-02-13 4:55 AM (EST)
Depending on the use - it can be a good tool. In my neck of the woods a saw/axe is more useful, but for clearing willows, brush and such the Pal works.

Since the thread diverged into saws, let me endorse the Silky line of pruning saws. I have the sugoi 360 (36cm/14") and it makes quick work of firewood and is faster to use than my trailblazer folding bucksaw (also a good saw, but requires assembly). The Silky "Katanaboy" looks cool, but is too rich for my blood.
  As to saws -
  Posted by: rpg51 on Dec-02-13 6:22 AM (EST)
its all about the blade. Most bow saws come with blades designed for all around or green wood cutting. Some of the teeth are teeth that serve to clean out the damp daw dust that forms and hinders cutting when you are cutting green or wet wood. Of course, we aren't generally sawing up wood to clear trails and such - we are sawing up dry firewood. So the best blade for our purposes is what is sometimes called a "peg" tooth saw blade without any raker teeth. EVery tooth on these blades cuts the wood. There are no teeth designed only to clean, or rake, out saw dust from the kerf. Try one sometime. They cut through the typical dry wood that we find ourselves working up a LOT easier and faster than the standard raker tooth blades.
  The "Lumberjack Song" will draw in
  Posted by: ezwater on Dec-02-13 10:50 PM (EST)
pals of all sorts.
  The OP bought the individual in
  Posted by: string on Dec-06-13 10:53 PM (EST)
question 2 dress shirts. They will get a lot more use.
  Pal is much too expensive . . .
  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-07-13 3:04 PM (EST)
. . . for a basic machete with a brush hook.

You can get a decent El Salvador machete for less than $15 from

I got the relatively expensive ($40) Condor Golok machete, which has a wood cutting blade as opposed to a grass cutting blade. It is very helpful in clearing small branches, woody brush and vines; for splitting firewood; and for keeping in my van as protection against zombies. Watco exterior oil works great on the walnut handle.

For canoeing and canoe camping, I take a folding pruning saw rather than a a chopping device, and I highly recommend the Bahco Laplander model.
  I have a Made in USA Collins cane
  Posted by: string on Dec-09-13 11:42 PM (EST)
knife that puts most machetes to shame. Steel is so hard you can't drill it w/out a press. I bought it when I was 15 making it a half century old.Replaced the grips with cherry.
Wicked good tool.


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