It's a bit of a beast, with a beasts name, or the Reciproccator, although I've heard it called the crocodile/alligator. It is a good 530mm long, not including the blade, which adds another 150mm on that. It is about 165mm high, at the handle, including the battery, which slots into the handle itself. The entire thing weighs in at nearly 5kg, so it's not for the faint hearted.
The trigger is housed inside the handle, on the rear end, which the guard being the entire handle and front section. As we go along the saw, there's another handle which your other hand holds and not only take the weight of the saw but uses it to control the direction of it too.
The blade slots into the front, locking into place with the twist of your hands, and a bit of pushing and pulling. And there's a little lock switch that you need to press in order to get the trigger working, this is a safety device and works well, meaning you need two hands to start it up.
The battery is aNi-Mh 3.3Ah 24volt one and it does seem to keep a good charge for a longer time than I expected.
It takes about an hour to charge, giving you about 20-30 minutes of mad cutting time, depending on what you're cutting.
It can take different size blades, which the front foot section being able to slide in and out to keep the blade balanced and stop it from being pushed back when cutting.
This is one of those tools that you either need or don't need. It os one of them that you might use once or twice, then stick it in the back of the shed. But if you've got an open fire and a pathway to lots of branches in the woods, then this will chomp them into burnable sizes in no time at all, even on a battery. They do do a mains powered 240vlit version for half the price, which is worth thinking about.
The cost of this massive saw is about £200, although you can get it from other shops for less.
For me, this was great for chopping branches off the tree that were on the verge of causing damage, yet still hanging on in there. And it's great for cutting wood for the fire, but for the price I paid I think I should have left it on the shelf in the shop.
I did end up selling it on ebay and got 75% of my money back, which was nice.
Incredibly low vibration reciprocating saw thanks to the counterbalancing gear unit, and intelligent battery technology / Max cut: 90mm in pipe and wood / Tool-less blade change and shoe adjustment and two-speed, variable speed, for fast cutting of both wood and metal with the largest stroke length in it's class for increased performance / Features: Incredibly low vibration reciprocating saw thanks to the counterbalancing gear unit, and intelligent battery technology / Max cut: 90mm in