Meaning of Swede saw in English:

Swede saw


mainly Canadian
  • A type of saw with a curved tubular frame and many cutting teeth.

    ‘They were followed by men with axes and Swede saws, cutting down the trees, laying them crosswise.’
    • ‘Stihls are great saws, but are slower than the Swede saws, and I think, too complex for a simple machine.’
    • ‘Learn how to sharpen a Swede saw and more importantly how to handle a Swede saw safely.’
    • ‘Searchers on horseback had to use Swede saws to clear their way, chainsaws were forbidden even for search parties.’
    • ‘Snips and Swede saws are great tools.’


Swede in the sense ‘Swedish’.