October 25, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Stanley Bow Saw Preview 24 inch FatMax

Stanley Bow Saw FatMax angled

We’ve covered some impressive Stanley products lately, like the Stanley Fatmax Professional Grade Water Hose. We also covered construction hand tools from sister brands, including the Bostitch Anti-Vibe hammer tacker. Now, we’re turning our focus towards their line of Stanley bow saws. Originally found in China, the bow saw has a unique design and function. The shape is reminiscent of a bow, with the straight blade taking the place of the “string”. The Stanley bow saw has a 24-inch blade and features a metal frame and plastic handle. For additional strength, Stanley opted to go with welded steel tubing.

Stanley Bow Saw Design

Traditionally, Pros use a bow saw for straight-cutting wood. This might be for smaller trees or dry limbs and occasionally even dimensional lumber. The Stanley Fatmax bow saw maintains blade tension using a high torque tension lever located on the rear of the saw. It flips down, and then spins counter-clockwise to release tension to the blade. The natural shape of the handle and guard protects your fingers when changing out the blade (I tended to flip the saw upside down).

Stanley Bow Saw FatMax handle

Notable Stanley FatMax Bow Saw Features

The Stanley bow saw blades are made well with a tubular frame that looks like it will hold up under regular use. The blade itself gives you 24-inches of cutting length—perfect for wood up to 6-inches in diameter or so. Larger than that and you may find yourself driving the tool a bit too hard and fast. Depending on the blade, you could use the Stanley FatMax bow saw for pruning, or as a quick general saw to take care of smaller cutting tasks without having to whip out the chainsaw or reciprocating saw. The blade has very aggressive teeth, and you can buy replacements for around $15 or less depending on the brand. Of course, we found the saw online art one retailer for under $20, so keep that in mind.

We’ll have to do some additional testing on this 24-inch bow saw, but it looks like a nice addition to the Stanley line of FatMax hand tools. For anyone with a need for a more robust bow saw that provides quick, easy blade changes, the Stanley Bow Saw should get you where you need to go.

Stanley Bow Saw FatMax blade

For more information, check out the Stanley FatMax saws page on their website.

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Trepoli Serra Cabana

Not superior,, need more improvement on thier products..specially on the power tools,, very weak and easy to burn,, not made for industrial work..

Michael Sweet

I have the FatMax hand saw and it is probably the best small handsaw I have. Very sturdy and cuts everything. Even good for cutting door jambs for flooring. If this bowsaw is half as good it would be worth it.

John Rapach

Where does the battery go lol

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