I purchased this product to help me cut down and dig up around 40 established leylandii and a couple of medium sized trees. The main plan for it was to expose the roots and cut through them using this saw before pulling out the stump. I have to say it was brilliant and saved me a huge amount of time. Prior to owning this I had been using a handsaw and it took forever to cut through thicker roots, some of which were close to 6 inches thick (it also wrecked my shoulder). The power saw made easy work of them especially the smaller roots. It also allowed cutting through roots where there was limited room to work, certainly not enough to usse a handsaw.
I have also used it for chopping up some of the branches and tree trunks into moveable chunks. It worked well but is nowhere near as fast as using a chainsaw. This was not the main reason for buying it though. It says the maximum cut if 20cm but I found it was possible to cut through trunks a little thicker by working around them. For cutting into usable firewood logs I intend to get a chainsaw for this.
The blades seemed to blunt fairly quickly but to be fair they are not being used as designed. I was cutting through the roots into the soil and it was clear that the end exposed to the soil was taking most of the damage. That said, at 13 quid for a pack of 5 one cant complain especially as only 3 of them were completed blunted over the entire job.
I would recommend buying a spare pack of blades along with the saw if you intend on doing a fair bit of cutting.
Overall I would say it is a brilliant purchase for what I wanted. Fantastic for cutting through fairly large peices of wood with limited access.
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