As pull saws go, the Exchange-A-Blade is the ultimate in versatility. The interchangeable blades are sharp, durable, and designed with purpose. The coarse blade is ideal for wood, the fine blade for bone. Replacement blades are available in each.
As pull saws go, Gerber Exchange-A-Blade Saws more than hold their own. The stainless steel blades are as sharp and durable as the dickens, whether you're using the coarse blade on wood or the fine blade on hardwoods or big game bones. After all, they're designed to be 1/3 more efficient than typical handsaws. Include one of these in your gear, and you're good to go.
I give three stars because it did work for awhile. But then the mechanism broke down. Something in the plastic case gave way. Once that happens the tool is useless because it can't hold the blade firmly in place any longer. Using plastic for tools that require a lot of force at times, is just not the right product design. I have replacement blades that I can't use now. I invested in this product thinking it would last. I'm going to ask for a new handle. Hopefully Gerber will honor my request and replace it free. Otherwise, I'll have to take my review to Yelp. The blades are great. Very good quality, but you have to design the entire product to last. That is what creates legendary reputation.
Broke first time out before it even cut through 1 rib, absolute garbage. A waste of materials maybe Gerber should retire and stop wasting materials to create such pathetic pieces of trash.
I've owned two of these saws, I've cut countless spike elk and mule deer antlers off. I've never broke my saw, I bought my second one after dueling the blade after cutting with it so much. I've never broke the handle or snapped the blade. It will cut through juniper tress great. Worth the money!
Sad sad both the saw and a sad day for the Gerber company. Bought 2 and opened one and laughed. What junk. Contacted Gerber and they claimed they would stand behind their product, not useful when I need a saw that works. I would never take this thing with me period. They wouldn't even let me trade up to a more expensive one. Survival equipment my ass. What a shame as I was a huge supporter of both Gerber and Fisjers but they took the low road on this one.
Can I give it 0 stars I mean EVERY time I used this it broke I have had to replace it the last time I used the new one after the 9th replacement not joking 9 of them it broke 2 cuts into an elk rib cage. I finally bought a different brand of saw and I have never had an issue since. I will not be getting another because of the VERY low quality I have come to expect from many of my gerber products.
I've had this saw for more than 10 years. I love it, _BUT_ the handle is a weak point in the design. As many others have mentioned the handle splits with the slightest torque on the blade. Perhaps the slightly more expensive and heavier model would have more metal instead of plastic at this stress point. I've returned the handle several times and each time Gerber provides the replacement. The blades occasionally bend, but I get new blades with each replacement handle. The blades stay sharp and are the best part of the design.
Broke the second time I used it. The threads pulled out and so did the blade while I was cutting. I ran my hand into the saw teeth as a result of momentum. Very disappointed in the lack of quality.
This saw broke on my first use cutting up a deer. The pivot point is weak, made completely of plastic. I would suggest not buying. Epoxied back together, broke on next use.
I completely support Gerber and never had any issues with other products. I would suggest to die cast handle and eliminate all plastic. Another pound to weight will be worth it.
Thanks for reading, just my 2 cents...
Just got it home and found out it doesn't seem to be a folding saw like one might expect. It seems to have to be assembled and disassebled for each use. Some black plastic chips came out of what I thought was a hinge piece so I don't expect it to last through actually removing a small tree from a sled trail.
Loved this unit. Cut many a moose and whitetail deer rib cage and never a problem. Trimmed lots of branches for my tree stands. Over the past dozen years or so it was main stay. I have now put it in a very safe place, so safe I cant find it. Just hope the replacement comes with the case as well.
easy to use and strong saw. got it for christmas 2015 and used it to saw down a small evergreen tree in my back yard. grip is very good and has a durable feel.
I've used one for many, many years. I have cut limbs, small diameter logs, quartered many deer with it and it is still going very strong. Not sure they are still made in the USA but mine was. Great product. I hope if I ever wear a blade out I can get a replacement.
This worked great on my first deer, on the second, like others, the handle split apart and the blade would no longer lock open. Quite disappointed by lack of Gerber quality. I went back to using my grandfathers wood handle saw.
Used the saw for almost twenty years. Worked very well, but eventually failed. Will have replaced as Gerber has a lifetime warranty, hopefully the new one will be just as great!
I've had one of these for a long time but never put it to hard use. I took it on a trip and put it to the test for 5 days. The blade was very sharp and efficient. However, it's also relatively flimsy. That's the trade off for being light weight. I was able to process 4-6" diameter wood pretty easily with it.
The button kind of locked up on me a bit, but I think it was because the blade tension was too tight. Once I loosened it slightly, it worked fine.
I'd give this a 4, or even a 5 star rating if the blade were a bit heavier. It would be awesome if they offered heavier replacement blades.
I have used this saw for probably just shy of 10 years off and on. Still going strong with the original coarse blade. This thing has been through it all, 4" saplings? 6" Logs for the fire? 2/10 stair stringers? Hell yes! I've taken out entire bushes with this saw working in Landscape, cut down stair stringers in the marina, cut firewood camping, cleared trails while out four wheeling, beach combing, home maintenance (replaced door jambs and lock sets after the removal of the roommate from hell), This saw has yet to disappoint me! I only hope that when I purchase a set of renewed blades that it will stand up to my currently high expectations.
Used this saw for cutting small branches. Button failed almost immediately and handle split apart. Tried continuing to use it, but blade then bent at the end. Hoping Gerber's warranty is any good, although not sure what I'd do with the replacement.
Ive had several of these saws for years. I finally broke mine today after using it in the back country snowmobiling, and search & rescue. My other ones were never returned to me after being "loaned out" for searches. I guess they liked them as much or more than I did. This is a fantastic saw compared to others on the market. This saw sets the standards for sure, I will be ordering another one!
We use handsaws to cut dirt bike trails through the woods. I've gone through two of these. Cuts quick and very well. The issue is the handle will not hold up to real use. I've bought two and they both failed and came apart at the blade. With a name like Gerber I expect the best and to pay more for it. Exchange a blade? They need an exchange a handle program. The blades out last the handle. No better then the cheap junk on the shelf at Wal-Mart. I think they design them for a guy who cuts a Christmas tree out of the woods once a year. I cut more trees in an hour then you would in a lifetime of Christmas tree cutting. Good for about 40 hours.
I keep a manila folder on all my hunting equipment packaging labels & receipts. I went to order a coarse replacement blade & see that I bought my saw 10/30/97. I've used the handle 18 seasons. Bought replacement blades 10/08, 8/11 and now 2/14 for the same handle. I'm a hunter that carries it in my day pack on all my hunts & use it to clear shooting lanes every year. I want items I carry in my pack to be as light as possible & to function. Super sharp blade. Awesome, awesome product!
P.S. If I'm going to cut a stack of firewood, I use my Stihl chainsaw.
I've had mine for ten years and have cut down all sizes of trees up to 4" diameter.
It's been awesome and I bought one for my friend for Christmas two years ago. His is doing well also.
Mine failed after a few non-abusive uses. The locking mechanism no longer held and the handle separated.
Is this the exchange a handle saw. I broke mine out hunting near home I'm glad I wasn't out on a mountain or deep in the bush on an expensive hunting trip. The handle needs more structure and support.
I like the blades and idea. Let me know if you come out with a better handle.
Broke both blades in multiple pieces and had the handle fall apart on one elk... didn't even finish the job. Would have given it 0 stars if that were an option.
Had it in my deer hunt go to bag. Down went the deer and when hung I got out the kit. Opened the saw when done with the skinning and the handle split in half. Had to use my other tool a multi with a 4 inch saw to cut the deer. It didn't last to make one cut.
I now have 2 Gerber carrying case with 4 different blades and no saw because the plastic handle keeps breaking. Junk.
Need a replacement blade... my saw is approx. 15 years old and works very well. Bought it for hunting/camping but never really used it much. Rediscovered it last year while working on landscaping crew and stuck it in my pocket; invaluable. Used it hundreds of times instead of stopping and getting big saw or chainsaw. really good for tough to reach spots. In fact everyone started borrowing it.
Reading previous reviews there is only one explanation Gerber started manufacturing it with cheaper materials and process? Damn bean counters screw up a perfect inexpensive, utilitarian tool. Gerber love your stuff so please have someone review comment section.
I have owned one for over 6 years. I have used the fine blade for cutting up Elk and Deer in the field. It works great. Also used the wood saw to trim back branches for a better visibility while hunting. Also to cut trees (5" in diameter widow makers). The blade worked well. I did have to buy a new blade last year. Easy to clean . Just remember it cuts on the backward stroke. I highly recommend it!!!
I had the same issue as Daniel, except I lucked out...mine lasted through "three" cuts. Very disappointed. I bought this one after I misplaced the one I had for about five years. (loved that one) My handle split in my hands as I was pulling it back with the interior spring exposing outward.
Bent the first saw blade the first time I used it, way to thin. The handle fell apart and now it won't hold the other blade. Too bad I knew I should have went with the other saw.
Dont even want to give it one star. The blades are very weak. Broke the first blade before I was even 1/3 of the way through a 3" dia tree.
I have never been so dissapointed in a Gerber product until now
Similar experiences to the other reviews here. Used for limited cutting on one Elk (did not even gut this elk). Blade is way too flexible and the teeth are not durable. Several teeth broke off, and the remainder splayed outwards while cutting through an elk spine/neck. Big disappointment, it's junk after this one use. Should have stuck with my Buck folding saw I've used for years.
I've had one of these saws for at least ten years and have gotten a ton of use out of it. It's not meant for heavy limbs and trees but does great for clearing branches for a shooting lane. The blades are very sharp and stay that way even after much use. It's a great saw for the price,
Lacks durability, plastic handle cracked on the second use during a hunt. The blade needs to be stronger, to much flex when sawing. Stepping up the quality control would yield a better product.
Lacks durability, plastic handle cracked on the second use during a hunt. The blade needs to be stronger, to much flex when sawing. Stepping up the quality control would yield a better product.
It works but is VERRY CHEAP the blade bends when you fold it I would suggest the gator machete jr. It has a better saw
Two words: Lightweight, Durable.
I have used this tool to fell trees, de-limb, and construct camp. Not to mention, this saw has helped gut more big game while in my pack than most folks see in a lifetime.
Extremely easy to clean, and keeps an edge excellently. Its been in my pack for years, and will continue to outlast many other tools I'm sure.
Another example of cheapness. Look at where it is made, that's part of the problem. back to the store it goes. The blade had bends in it right out of the box...
I have this saw for years. it makes feild dressing a breeze and keeps the job safe. Extra blades are easy to find and not over priced.
First saw lasted about Five or six years. it got used hard. Second one didn't last one season. Thrird saw made it two days. NOT HAPPY with new saws!!
Borrowed this saw from my hunting buddy and broke it the first time I used it. Now I need to buy him a new one and one for myself. You can bet I'm not buying a Gerber for myself.
Had potential, but the blade broke on the third trip I used it. A saw from a hardware store would work better.
this saw is useless, bought last year never used it. Tried to install the bone blade this fall and could not get it place correctly, worked on it for over an hour. Not worth the effort. Will return to cabelas and get my money back.
I have had my saw for about 8 years, it was awsome until the handle broke recently. My friend bought one in 2011 and the blade broke on the first use, the quality of the blades on his is not nearly as good as my old one. I am going to see if I can get a replacement handle for mine because the old blades are much better.
kind of difficult to change the blade between course and fine, but other than that mine has gone through hundreds of maple, oak and hickory saplings ranging from half inch on up to right at 4 inches thick. have had it for about 8 or 9 years now. I love it and would recommend it to any one accept maybe the very serious bush crafter
I read reviews on this site alot for schnitz'n'giggles. I find them amusing, especially about products I own. This saw is one of those items. I'm not sure what these other guys are doing to their saws, (if they really own them at all...) but I bought mine in 2001. I've used my saw to cut lumber and branches, critters and probably a few things I shouldn't have. Funny thing is, when being used as a saw it works as it should. When being used for God knows what, chances are it'll break. Tip: If you buy a tool, know how to use it.
in the same boat. i've had mine for years, more than i can count, only replacing the blade for the first time. i suspect the people who have had bad luck have been using it roughly.
i'd still recommend it
I was first concerned by the thin flimsy blades. Turns out that the handle failed before the blade. It just split in two! Only cut limbs up to about three inches. A mighty expensive saw for one-time use. Better to buy a Stanley hand saw at the hardware store.
At the beginning of this week in July 2012 there was three reviews mentioning that buyers had rated 1star for this tool. They had the same problem I had with mine. The handle broke after a few time of use. I sent and email for the warranty and. Asked questions on the tool. They emailed a response to send the tool and ignored my questions. In summary this is not a tool you can depend on and there can be injuries when the handle brakes.
I've had this saw for well over 15 years. I bought it along with a Gerber axe to use while camping. I thought the saw would just be a novel back-up to the axe, but it was the other way around. This saw cuts through branches and small trees with ease! I never even changed the blade, I just kept the course blade on until it got bent or broken (i don't remember which) a year or so ago.
I was a little surprised to come to this page and find that the saw is still made, but I was very surprised to see all of the very bad reviews. Perhaps manufacturing of the saw has changed, but mine looks exactly like the picture, only the print on the blade is different and the button on mine says "Gerber USA" instead of just "Gerber". My plastic handle does not feel flimsy or weak, and has not cracked or broken. The course blade was on the saw for at least 14 years before needing replacement.
I don't like the fine blade as much. I may order another course blade, now that I see they are still made!
I purchased this some time ago and used it for the first time yesterday on a small rotten branch. The handle is flimsy and broke within a few strokes. Poor construction!
complete and total piece of junk. built very very flimsy. fine blade broke 1/3 of the way through a 2 inch pice of Norway Maple. FIRST CUT!
the course blade warped on me the first cut as well. not a saw that can be relied upon for any kind of work.
I received this for Christmas from my son and didn't even get a chance to use it. The cheap plastic handle broke upon the first opening of the saw. Gerber has to do a major improvement on these handles as I have seen many poor reviews on them. I would like Gerber to send me a new one that is better quality than the one I have. Gerber is a trusted name in the cutlery industry but not by this saw.
I've had mine for years now. Never a problem. Cleared many of shooting lanes, and used bone blade for many deer cleanings and antler crafts. Happy to have mine.
I had this saw and like others the button/locking mechanism broke when the handle cracked and was only used very mildly
Very disappointed. I fly helicopters in Alaska and bought this to clear brush and small trees for LZ's. Broke the second time I used it . Would not suggest this to even cut a cake, much less as a working tool. Now have a hard time going back to anything Gerber. Too bad
Sending this saw back again for the 2nd time w/same failure. Left a voice mail w/warranty department & this saw failed in same manner both times. The blade folds back an damages the handle. The button and pin failed again...Only used first one 1x and this one 4x. The warranty is good, but this saw is very poor quality.
Very disappointed with this saw.... handle broke during the first use trying to clear branches.... luckily it held up to clean at least one deer for me, but its barely even usuably now!
Purchased this for the 2011 hunting season. Figured it would be a good product having the Gerber name. The blades worked fine but the black handle part started coming apart while cutting some limbs and the the silver button and the spring fell out while try to clean a deer. Now the baldes will not stay open in the locked postion. Very poorly made for what it is expected to do.
I bought this saw this fall used it a couple times. Pulled it out today to set up my stand for rifle season, cut branches off a pine tree and the handle cracked down the center. I have been using Gerber products for many years. This saw is the cheapest product I have ever bought from the company. I will be calling and asking for my money back or a big up grade in product. I have a cheap Hardware store saw that is all bent up that has lasted for many years, mmmm that doesn't make me happy that I spent my money on a great name like Gerber and it lasts not even a bow season.
Very poor product, should not be on the market under the Gerber name! Broke both blades field dressing a mulie buck a long way from the truck.....sad!
Nothing worse then having your saw break when trying to clear shooting lanes. everything was tight and the lock button popped out while cutting a 3 to 4 inch diameter pine tree. Lost the spring so now the lock is pretty much useless. Had to finish the cut
Broke in the first 2 min. Awful construction. don't waste the money. Not made with the quality i have come a costumed to with other Gerber products.
This product is poorly manufactured and of very low quality. The tip broke off 5 minutes into it's first use and had difficulty cutting anything thicker than a garden hose. My recommendation is the same as above.