I just bought this little gem at HD right when it came out about two weeks ago. Today it paid for itself many times over.
I had to remove a tree in a tricky area. Because of power lines and the proximity of my neighbor’s house and a number of plants, I had to remove the tree starting at the top, pretty much branch-by-branch.
Forty feet up, I was able to hold on with one hand and use the tool with the other. I used a Skil pruning blade to cut everything, culminating in a six inch branch. This saw is not really a good tool for that size, but in this situation, I was able to get the job done from my perch. I could not have used a chain saw from that position because of the weight.
I got half of the tree down today, at least to the level where I can safely use a chainsaw.
I actually bought the saw to cut copper pipe in close locations, but this was a really handy application.
This is a corded saw. It has a nice LED for work in dark locations. Also, with the exception of certain light-duty drills, I pretty much buy only corded tools now because of the financial, environmental, and dependability issues.
I estimate that it would have cost me well over $1K to have the tree removed. Unfortunately, the six inch branch that I took out as my last cut also did a number on my 32′ ladder on the way down. I figure I am still ahead by at least $600.
I’ve got to quit doing that last cut where I push the envelope when I should be putting my tools away.