4X4 ICON 2000 - 2008 The DVD!
Every once in
a while you find yourself in a situation where you need to
move some dead
wood out of the way. For quite a while, I carried a regular
woodworking saw under my back seat. On a couple occasions I did use
it. But I noticed that the bow saw that one of my friends carries is
more effective and easier to use. So I went looking for something
I found a small bow saw
that has both wood and hack saw blades. For $10 I got a nice little
tool that fits in my rack-mounted tool boxes and comes in handy when
needed. I do carry a chain saw when I am expecting large problems
but the bow saw has been very useful.
might be those who wonder how this is consistent with conscientious
off-highway behavior. Two points in the motto of the
Lightly organization suggest reasons a saw is appropriate.
"T" in "TREAD" stands for "Travel only where motorized vehicles are permitted. Never blaze your own trail."
The "A" stands for "Avoid streams, lakeshores, meadows, muddy roads and trails, steep hillsides, and wildlife and livestock."
In order to observe these tenants, it may be necessary to clear fallen
timber from a trail in order to avoid creating a new trail
"bypass". In some cases, this could affect the surrounding
on a recent trip, our group
was confronted with large fallen trees blocking the trail. The bypass
that was developing involved a trip up a stream. Rather than allow
this bypass to become established, we removed the fallen timber and restored
the trail to its original state. Although chain saws were used to save
time, a bow saw would have worked.
I found that the small saw was handy to have as a
backup but a good sized saw really was a lot better choice. So I
went to Sears and got a 24" bow saw that works on really large trees.
I can't count the times it has meant the difference between continuing
on after a few minutes of sawing as opposed to turning back, or sawing
forever with the itty bitty saw. Get one. It will be the
best $10 you ever spend!
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