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As I have mentioned previously in some of my review, we have an open fire in our back room. In recent years we have seen the price of coal and logs shoot up which has made us a little more stingy when it comes to buying fuel for the fire and also using fuel on the fire. We try and use as little as possible and any excuse not to pay for wood we take advantage of. The fact is though that unless you get permission from land owners, you can't simply wander into the woods and start felling trees. So where do we get our wood from you may ask. Well, every year we get very strong winds for a few days, these winds often take out fences, trees and other wooden items. Often people just throw the wood away, so this is where we take advantage. If we know anyone who is throwing fence panels or fallen trees away, we simply ask if we can have them.
This of course leaves us a new problem, our fire is not that big, so we can't simply throw a tree on. So it needs chopping or cutting up. This is where an axe and a saw come in. For this review we are going to be looking at the first saw we used for this purpose, a Draper Garden saw. This was one of the cheapest options on the market and as it would not really be used for any serious cutting we thought it would be fine.
So a little about the saw first of all. The Draper Garden 84430 525mm Hardpoint Saw to give it it's full name is a handy little saw of medium size. This is supposedly for use in confined areas, so probably when you are up a tree looking to clear away a few lose branches. The saw has a quick release on the blade so it is easy to take the blade out and replace it. The frame is made from tubular steel and is said to be very strong and solid.
But that is all what the manufacturers say, how does it really perform? Not very well I'm sorry to say. The first thing I would look for when using a saw is how well it cuts and how solid it feels. First up the Draper saw does seem to cut fairly well when first used. The teeth bite into the wood and give a good clean cut. However, the saw just feels very flimsy. When cutting small branches it performs well, but anything slightly more heavy duty and it almost feels as though the saw is going to wobble to bits and break.
The handle or frame of the saw is not that great either. It doesn't really fit very well into your hand so it soon becomes uncomfortable when using it. The blade doesn't seem to last very long either, after some use it became quite blunt and cutting became much more difficult. However, you can easily swap the blade and replacement ones are only a few pounds.
This saw did not last us very long. When the blade became blunt instead of buying a new one I simply opted to buy a better saw. The fact is this saw is only around £5 so you can't really complain to much as you do tend to get what you pay for. If you just want a saw that will chop a few lose branches every now and again then this one would not be to bad. However, if you plan on using it on a regular basis and for more serious sawing then stay clear of this one. So overall it is a very cheap price but sadly lacking when it comes to quality. This saw is one that did not impress me at all and one that I will not be looking to use again in the future.
Rigid tubular steel frame, tapered for use in confined areas, with quick release blade tension lever. Hardpoint saw blade with induction hardened teeth