Oct 21, 2011 (Updated Oct 22, 2011)
Review by seakins5100
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Tough, powerful, well-balanced, long-stroke
Cons:Heat can affect battery life, no LED, awkward speed range switch, no orbital function
The Bottom Line: This thing is an absolute beast of a sawzall with only a few minor drawbacks. If you already have the Bosch 18V charger/battery, you need this.
When I first purchased this, I wasn't sure I'd get my money's worth of it. How much can one man really saw, right? Oh, you'd be amazed.
Recommend this product?
This came in a big combo pack, in a cardboard box with a bag and two blades. Really, nothing special here.
This is a darn well balanced sawzall. It has rubber overmolding in just the right places and is balanced well enough for one-handed operation. It feels just as natural as carrying a rifle; I even threw a rifle sling on mine to allow for easier scaling of trees.
One minor issue I have is the speed range/safety switch. It's slightly awkward to adjust with smaller hands, but not a deal breaker. Also, a LED would be nice, but it does OK without it.
The blade locking system is as simple as it gets. Press the blade in. Rotate the collar to loosen it. I've had absolutely no issues with it loosening or getting stuck.
I started off doing pretty standard stuff with this. Cutting some fence posts, a few 2 x 4s and so on. It had a couple speed ranges, and I found the lower to be useful for metal cutting, where higher speeds can ruin blades. The variable speed trigger is quite sensitive, allowing for solid control of reciprocation speed. The shoe is movable, and it works quite well typically.
One day, I came across some pruning blades on clearance. Devious thoughts began to enter my head at this point, and I let them carry me into unusual places, such as the tops of trees. I ended up purchasing some 12" Bosch pruning blades (the absolute best around) and doing all manner of things I'd never expected. I frequently cut limbs 6" or so in diameter, and I even managed to take down some trees around 10" in diameter. Throw on some demolition blades and you're good to go for slicing through wood and nails.
Now, I don't recommend doing such things, but this thing can easily handle trees 6" in diameter with proper technique...for much larger stuff, opt for the chainsaw.
So, yes performance is good, with a few minor quibbles:
This thing can darn near shake you to death. If you were to let your newborn infant use it, the results could be quite bad.
The battery can heat up and significantly cut down the usable life. This doesn't happen during normal use, but it can happen if you're cutting down an 8" tree on a 95 degree day.
There is no orbital mode. Some of the newer sawzalls now have this function.
Battery life varies, but a fatpack battery can cut down around 30 small shrubs and trees. I made at least 25 cuts through 1" aluminum bar stock. Cutting down a large tree uses much more.
I've put this thing through the ringer. In the filthiest of.environments it continues to perform wonderfully. It's even suffered some 8-10 foot falls from trees without issue. I have no question about the durability of this tool. I guess the Litheon sticker did come off quickly, but that's about it.
This thing is a beast. It can handle pretty well any cutting task within reason. I believe any man worth his salt should own a cordless sawzall, and this is a fine one to own. Bosch even makes a 36V version....just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
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