Product Type: Black & Decker Power Saw
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Black & Decker Scorpion 400W Handsaw
Member Name: Mephit
Black & Decker Scorpion 400W Handsaw
Date: 31/03/11, updated on 31/03/11 (252 review reads)
Advantages: Useful, easy to work
Disadvantages: fairly low-powered, short blade
I love knocking things together out of bits of wood, whether it be guinea pig runs, wood-stores or even a fairly unpretty (but functional) table. The acquisition of the right sized bits of wood for my purposes is the tricky part, as I find hand-sawing wood tedious and arm-aching. This is where the Black and Decker Scorpion saw comes in.
We bought this power-tool about 2 years ago, mostly because we were given a load of fire-wood, which was all too long to fit in our fire-place. Wandering the power-tool section of a DIY store, we lusted over chainsaws but in the end plumped for this more mild-mannered beast, due partly to price and partly to its adaptability to other tasks, such as having a blade for metal and a jig-saw function. A multi-purpose tool seemed a better bet, especially when we can borrow my Mum's chainsaw on occasion.
The Scorpion is easy to set up and is mains powered. It has about 3 metres of sturdy black cable, which allows enough play for most use.
You don't need allan keys or any tools to change blades. It's a matter of pressing in the button next to the blade to change it and flipping over the guard to change to jig-saw mode.
To work the saw, you co-ordinate pressing the two buttons at the handle, which is a safety feature to make sure you can't accidentally set it going.
It isn't particularly loud, even when sawing, so you don't really need ear-defenders (although if working with metal, you might, as cutting metal's always a ghastly racket). I don't come away from using this with ringing ears: it's pretty quiet for a power-tool.
It's reasonably heavy at nearly 4 lbs, so is more unwieldy than a hand-saw. It's important to get used to handling it, get the feel of its balance before using on anything requiring much accuracy. If you don't have much strength in your wrists, you may find it a little awkward when using for straight sawing. There's very little vibration through the handle as you use it, so no tingling hands for me!
With only 400w of power and a relatively short saw blade, this isn't a tool for tackling really major work or tough/over-sized materials, but it is good for speeding up small-scale sawing tasks. I've used it a lot for quickly sawing fire-wood to size and accurately cutting lengths for my DIY projects and have never had any problems with it. For a guinea-pig hut, it created a nice curved door-way on the jig-saw setting. I've even used it outside to cut down small bushes and low branches too big for loppers.
It produces good fine cuts with little effort and I find it really handy.
The Scorpion is a good DIY product from a well-known brand, Black and Decker. I doubt professionals would rate it particularly highly, but it's a nice effort-saving tool for the hobbyist and casual home DIYer. It's available at £35.73 through Amazon at the moment, which isn't a bad price.
Product Features (as available from Amazon):
* Powered Handsaw
* 400 Watt
* Cuts wood, metal and plastic
* Includes Three Blades
* Suitable for cutting wood, metal and plastic
* Powered handsaw and jigsaw functions
* Tool free blade change
* Comfortable hand grip
* Safety lock
* Blade size [recip saw] 239 - 153 - 134 mm
* Lock-off switch soft grip
* Speed variable
* Cable length 3metres
* 400w motor
* 0-5500 spm
* Lock off switch
Summary: Handy time & energy-saving multifunctional saw