Pull-stroke saws take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll quickly see the benefits. To begin with, the blades are a lot thinner — up on 50 percent thinner — and the flexibility might throw you at first. On the other hand, since the pressure is applied on the pull-stroke, you should quickly catch on.
Start by gripping the handle correctly. With a traditional handle, grip it between your thumb and forefinger. With a Western-style handle, grab it lightly with your index finger resting on the side as a guide.
Start your cut, by placing the saw at a 10 degree angle to the rear of the stock, beginning near the rear of the blade. Now, carefully follow the cutline as you pull firmly with a light downward pressure. Let the saw do the work.
You’ll notice that sawdust will hide the cutline, and you need to blow it off intermittently. That’s all there is to it. Just keep practicing.
The blades are sharp and the teeth are long, so they can be easily damaged. A blade guard is a must. Take good care of your saw, and you’ll be making better cuts with it for years.