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the Silky Genki Temagari, comments?

teef

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as many of you may already know i tend to do a fair bit of wood scavenging. much of my gear has been purchased and/or modified in order to accommodate the hauling of wood and related gear, hence my preference for external frame packs and deep rocket pockets, etc.

needless to say saws are an important part of my kit and that has got me looking at the Silky Genki Temagari:

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that's a 50cm/20inch blade, varies 3-5 teeth per inch. i've got a smaller saw -- about 30cm -- of the same idea but not as course. it has been a good saw but it starts to max out on stuff 6 inches or more in diameter. i've managed to cut up to 8 inches diameter but at that point you are fighting the saw and that's just a recipe for trouble, and a bent or broken saw. these days i'm getting into larger stuff because of various woodcraft projects and that's got me looking for a bigger saw.

of course this thing isn't cheap. by the time you've added VAT you're looking at prices that rival a good electric (cordless) chainsaw, hence my caution in proceeding.

so, anyone got this? or used it? if yes i'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
 
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as many of you may already know i tend to do a fair bit of wood scavenging. much of my gear has been purchased and/or modified in order to accommodate the hauling of wood and related gear, hence my preference for external frame packs and deep rocket pockets, etc.

needless to say saws are an important part of my kit and that has got me looking at the Silky Genki Temagari:

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that's a 50cm/20inch blade, varies 3-5 teeth per inch. i've got a smaller saw -- about 30cm -- of the same idea but not as course. it has been a good saw but it starts to max out on stuff 6 inches or more in diameter. i've managed to cut up to 8 inches diameter but at that point you are fighting the saw and that's just a recipe for trouble, and a bent or broken saw. these days i'm getting into larger stuff because of various woodcraft projects and that's got me looking for a bigger saw.

of course this thing isn't cheap. by the time you've added VAT you're looking at prices that rival a good electric (cordless) chainsaw, hence my caution in proceeding.

so, anyone got this? or used it? if yes i'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
I've not used one Teef but their reputation is second to none, if you get one I would be interested to read any review that you posted.
 

teef

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ok, well, i finally got mine! the typical asking price was a little dear for me to just go for it but i managed to find a place here in the UK that had it in stock -- thereby avoiding the horrendous charge to get it shipped from Japan -- and at a damn good price too. saved myself £60+ by taking the time to shop around.

anyway the end result is i have it and i love it. no surprise there, i have a fair number of Japanese woodworking and arborist saws so i pretty much knew what i was getting into. but it must be said, this thing is a beast! 1/2 meter of serious woodcutting steel.

cutting through semi-seasoned cherry, roughly 4" dia, took about 40 leisurly strokes, give or take:

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the saw produces chips, like miniature chainsaw sawdust, which probably explains why it cuts so fast:

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the tooth pattern is progressive -- narrow at the handle and much wider out at the tip -- to about 3 TPI:

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anyway, i'm quite pleased with it. i wanted a saw to do bigger work but wanted to avoid getting into chainsaws. i think that this will (mostly) allow me to do that.
 

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i should add that cutting through softer woods lets the saw really show off its capabilities. went through a London plane limb, roughly 5" dia, in half the time it took to go through that cherry. less than 30 strokes at a guess. that's roughly 4mm of progress with each full stroke! you can see your cut progress quite noticeably, very satisfying. :)
 

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Can you add a link to where you purchased........in case anyone else is interested please.

sure thing: Silky Saws - Pruning | George Carr Power Products

i dealt with a guy named Luke Jarvis because this was not an item they list on their site. supposedly it was a "special order" but obviously they had it on hand because i had it in hand two days after i spoke to him.

fwiw the going rate on these saws is £175-190. i got mine, delivered, for £130. i originally suspected they might be sending me a display model or somesuch but that wasn't the case. came in the original sealed package with branded rust proof paper still stuck to the blade.
 
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