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    Seeking comments about the Black and Decker Alligator Lopper

    For info and a video demo of this tool, look at: http://www.blackanddecker.com/Produc...roductID=9867#

    I am thinking that this might be very handy for helping to trim back the always encroaching bush at Pellow's Camp.

    If anyone has any experience with this gizmo, I would appreciate hearing from them.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Frank, I donít have first hand experience but I do recall reading about it in Popular Science or Popular Mechanics and they were very impressed with it.
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    I was going to make a joke about how you lop an alligator. Then I looked at the 'critter'. Wicked.
    Personally, I think a small electric chain saw would be handier. For brush and small trees I use a powerful Stihl brush cutter with a round blade that has chain-saw type teeth. It will go through 3" stuff with ease.

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    A guy at work used his dad's and liked it. I have a lot of trees to trim and I use a hand saw and a pair of long handled pruners. No cords, no ruined extension cords and still very fast.

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    I am a Stihl guy myslef.

    Currently the MS260Pro saw and a FS250 Bike Brushcutter have had their share of work taking care of the property and pond here. Willows are no match for a Brushcutter.

    Why not just buy a good electric chainsaw instead. I think you are limiting yourself in overall thickness by buying a scissor style gimmick head not to mention a cleaning nightmare.

    If I were you I would look at a nice gas powered homeowner saw instead and a sawblade and decent set of pruners for the work that does not need a powered saw.

    If you still want them though they are $79.97 at lowes.com right now.

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    I've not used one, but I've seen it in person and handled it, it looks mickey mouse, I think if your dropped it once from a ladder on to anything harder than wet long grass, you'd bust it. about 90% plastic, if I recall correctly.

    I have a 12" Makita electric chainsaw, it works VERY well, cuts up the smaller stuff in a jiffy and will handle a LOT more than that little B&D unit.



    It does look a whole lot safer than a chainsaw in inexperienced hands, but is that you Frank? I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Heidrick View Post
    I am a Stihl guy myslef.

    Currently the MS260Pro saw and a FS250 Bike Brushcutter have had their share of work taking care of the property and pond here. Willows are no match for a Brushcutter.

    Why not just buy a good electric chainsaw instead. I think you are limiting yourself in overall thickness by buying a scissor style gimmick head not to mention a cleaning nightmare.

    If I were you I would look at a nice gas powered homeowner saw instead and a sawblade and decent set of pruners for the work that does not need a powered saw.

    If you still want them though they are $79.97 at lowes.com right now.
    I already have a very good set of "hand powered" loppers and a good gas powered chain saw. The former are good for brush up to about 2 inches in diameter and the latter is good for stuff with a diameter of 4 inches or more. I thought this might fill the gap between the two.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    I already have a very good set of "hand powered" loppers and a good gas powered chain saw. The former are good for brush up to about 2 inches in diameter and the latter is good for stuff with a diameter of 4 inches or more. I thought this might fill the gap between the two.

    Buy it from the Borg, if you are not satisfied, return it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Buy it from the Borg, if you are not satisfied, return it....
    I am not even sure that it is sold in Canada but, if it is, I will probably di just that.
    Cheers, Frank

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