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SAVAGE JAWS BUT A FRIENDLY NATURE.
The jaws of the Black & Decker Alligator look fearsome when they're wide open but when you place a tree branch between them and squeeze the handles together, you realise how friendly this animal is. With far less effort than a bow saw and much less potential risk than a conventional chain saw, the alligator is perfect for anyone who occasionally needs to cut up logs and branches up to 100mm (4") thick. The alligator is a very clever tool that combines the technology of a pair of garden shears with a small chain saw. The result is a safe and simple beast that can devour a pile of logs quickly and with little effort.
The business end of the alligator comprises a lower jaw with backward facing teeth and an upper jaw, which houses a small chainsaw track and blade. A 550 watt motor drives the chain blade and can only be engaged by simultaneously depressing the triggers that are mounted on both handle grips which means that using the alligator is always a two handed operation. Kickback (one of the most common causes of serious injury with regular chainsaws) is not a problem with the alligator because the rotation of the chain simply pulls the log deeper and more securely into the jaws as it slices through it. As with all power tools, care must be taken but In terms of health and safety, only by placing some part of your anatomy or the power cable between the jaws and deliberately squeezing both triggers at the same time can injury be sustained. The labelling says that the motor produces 105db but I've never felt it necessary to use my ear defenders with this equipment.
Drawing much less power than most hairdryers, the alligator can be used almost anywhere with a small generator or inverter and the compact size of the alligator means that it is easy to transport, handle and store. It is clean and requires minimal maintenance apart from having to lubricate the blade every 10 minutes or so during a cutting session. This is achieved by injecting a small amount of oil into the head of the saw using the bottle provided. As you would expect from Black and Decker, spare parts and servicing are readily available as necessary which means that with a little care, your alligator should give many years of faithful service and more than repay the investment you made in it.
With ever increasing fuel prices, the growing popularity of wood burning stoves and open grates is not surprising. The other day and in the space of 10 minutes I loaded the boot of my car with a few dead branches that were lying unloved and unwanted by the roadside. Later, using my trusty alligator, I cut them into a stack of logs that lasted several days on the wood burner. The same amount of cut logs would probably have cost over £10 in a store. Even if you have no use for free heating fuel, the alligator can still earn its keep in the garden by reducing tree branches to pieces small enough to transport to the local re-cycling centre.
Perhaps the alligator is not the type of tool you'll need every week but if you've already got a lawnmower, hedgetrimmer, strimmer and leaf blower in your shed, an alligator is all you need to complete the set.
The model featured is the Black & Decker Alligator GK 1000 type 1
I bought one of these from B&Q when they had them on offer for £79. For an extra £10 you can also get a cordless version. Although not tested, I thought that this was rather a heavy duty device, so the battery life would be pretty useless. I was also quite happy to used it wired, as the cable is pretty long.
The purchase was made initially for one task. We had overgrown trees, that needed cutting back. The Alligator looks pretty fearsome. What it basically equates too is a mini chainsaw. It has the blade sort of enclosed, with a scissor action. You grab the two handles, put the blade around the branch you want to cut. Then you use the scissor action to grab the branch, push the two buttons on the handles, the chain rotates the saw and it cuts. The first few branches cut were a bit cumbersome, probably due to being nervous of the device. After you get used to it though, it really does get through some tough wood.
This is not a pick up and use DIY toy though. I bought a safety helmet too (under £10). This is a chainsaw! So be safe. It can kick back on you, so use it with care. Plus falling branches are no fun.
After use, a quick brush down and a bit of oil (supplied) on the chain is all that you need do. There are very few nooks that dust and leaves can gather in, so it is very easy to clean. I have used it on six or seven occasions now and it has never failed to impress me.
This saw is one of the finest I have ever seen. Great for the average joe's woodwork. The fine blade will make a precision cut through nearly any sort of wood. If find it extremely hand when cutting akward shapes, as there is little bulk around the side to interfer with the wood. The blade mearsures just over 2 feet in length and is great for cutting large pieces of wood. I think that it is great value for money, and is extremely durable, regarding its density and thickness. I feel that it was a great purchase, and I would buy the same again!
The Black & Decker Alligator is a fixed blade electric saw. The blade length is about 2 foot long and comprises of 2 sets of teeth which move against one another giving a cutting action. The saw is very easy to use, it is quiet, fairly light and does not create too much dust.The real benefit of this is the length of cut - wood up to 2 foot deep / wide can be cut with litle effort. The saw is safe to use, it has a deadman switch and you can control the cut speed, this makes accurate cutting very easy. A very useful tool to have, don't see them that often in the diy shops so they may be discontinued, but spare blades etc are readily available.