The teeth may feel and be sharp, but I bet most of the "set" has
disappeared because of wearing off on the sides of the teeth.
Without a reasonable amount of set, so the slot cut is a bit wider than
the base thickness of the blade, it'll bind.
Loke otheres have politely and not so politely told you, try a new
blade. If it cuts better you have your answer.
The teeth are too fine. You need maybe 3 or 4 teeth per inch
for cutting large, green limbs.
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Thanks to all who tried to help. FYI, the reason I asked instead of
simply buying a new blade was because we've moved and I won't be
needing a pruning (4 tooth) blade much anymore and the hardware store
near me only sells them in $20 packages. I'll try the big box store
next time I'm near one, and someone suggested Sears. I'm a little
leery of Sears stuff nowadays but maybe they sell a brand name like
Milwaukee (I think mine came with the saw) or DeWalt, etc.
When I used to come here for help this was a friendly courteous group
with essentially no sickos and trolls. Boy, has that changed.
You can say that again Ken.
Sometimes I wonder if our First amendment rights are all that good a
Too many guys here sound like their entire alimentary canals have gotten
reversed. Sometimes the group emulates my memories of a middle school
BTW, since it's a 4 TPI blade, and if some of the "set" is worn off, you
can probably bend the teeth (alternately) to the sides a bit by clamping
the blade in a vise with just the teeth protruding and carefully tapping
on them with a suitable punch and hammer.
Back when hand saws were far more prevalent special "saw setting pliers"
which were used to bend the teeth sideways after sharpening them were
They're still made (in China, where else?) I guess:
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