I was taught or should I say was allowed to build one half of a camp, my half, By a friend who has a lot more experience in the woods. I was using an Ax, hatchet and a large camp knife. After a half hour of swinging and hacking at the greenery my friend said"do you want me to show you something?" He reached in his coat pocket and brought out a medium size folding saw....In less than ten minutes he had the poles and braces cut down and sized and used his camp ax to de limb then he picked up the bundle and left me to finish with my half. Later he ask "what did you learn?" I said It seems to be a lot easier to cut down poles with a saw. "What else?" I kinda looked around and not having anything else to add just shrugged my shoulders. So he continued..1... As you have found out Ease...2... Safety It takes a lot of concentration to swing an ax hatchet or machete especially on green wood. 3 ...Security you can saw a small tree down and maintain a watch around you.....4 ....Noise Do you know how far the wack of an ax or hatchet carries in the woods.