Black & Decker LP1000 Alligator Lopper 4.5 Amp Electric Chain Saw
I bought the Alligator Lopper because I need to cut larger branches than my pruner could handle, but I was afraid of the regular chain saws.
There were several concerns I had when I ordered the Alligator Lopper. First, the weight. I am a woman with weaker than average arms and I was afraid I’d have trouble handling this lopper. No problem there. It turns out to be much lighter than I expected.
Second, the mechanics. I wasn’t sure if a lot of tinkering would be necessary. Basically, all I need to do before operating it is tighten the chain with the included wrench (loosen some bolts, it tightens automatically, tighten the bolts) and then add some bar and chain oil (not included).
My last concern was whether the cutting action would be too powerful for my arms to handle. Well, so far, so good. I can do it! I cut a bin full of branches this morning and am just waiting for it to be emptied so I can cut some more. My forearms and hands are a little tired from working muscles I have not worked much before. Other than that, it was quite easy.
I like the safety features. The chain is covered and I need both hands on separate triggers to turn on the lopper. An accident from dropping the lopper onto a body part would seem less likely to happen than with a standard chain saw.
This was a good investment for me. My trees are going to look a lot nicer when I’m done with them.