For years I drove a green Jeep Grand Cherokee — a Laredo, not a Limited, thank you. It was great, complete with a nice 318 V8 and all the full-time 4×4 mojo, but none of the bells and whistles. The only reason I got rid of it was the fact that I had a truck as well and didn’t really need to tow with my people-carrier any more. But here’s the trick: When you have a 4×4, you eventually end up off-road. It’s a given. And if you’re a Toolmonger, you end up actually doing things off-road.
That’s when things can get a bit hairy, and that’s why I used to keep the Jeep’s awesome storage compartment under the rear seats full of good crap to help get me out of the jams I’d put myself in. What you see above is a slightly-nicer version of a similar saw that was part of my “oh s#!t kit.” I found my saw in an abandoned storage unit, though. Otherwise I’d have one like the one above, because it’s right in my budget: $5 at Northern Tool.
I used my saw exactly once in the whole time I kept it in the Jeep, but that one time would have totally been worth the $5 purchase price. I’d gotten a trailer stuck deep in a back-woods area near a local college. (Don’t ask why; it had something to do with a stupid-ass idea of playing a concert for drunk college kids at a moon-tower-like kegger.) A thunderstorm flooded the whole place, so I abandoned the trailer and came back the next day to fish it out with the Jeep. During the flood, the trailer had shifted about 20 feet, which placed it square between two trees, one large and one small — but just big enough that I couldn’t run over it. I used my little saw to cut the tree off low enough for the trailer to clear it.
Other stuff from my kit: an axe, 50′ worth of tow straps (a 20′ and a 30′), a folding shovel, jumper cables, 100′ of climbing rope, a come-along, and a bunch of ratchet straps. You’d be surprised what you can get yourself out of with just what was in the back of my Jeep.
Anyway, if you need a saw for your kit, I found a cheap one. If you know where people can get one cheaper, post it in comments.
Klutch Folding Saw (8-1/2″ blade) [Northern Tool]