5 Stars By Cheryl on 2017-07-19
My Favorite tool.
I LOVE this tool, so far. I Only tried it once just to make sure it worked but I think k the concept is wonderful. It's great for cutting branches to small for a regular chain saw but to big for a large pruner thingy. I tried a sawzaw and that was horrible vibration and sucked on cutting green branches.
I'm still Loving this tool. I've cut down 3 4-5" small trees with this and cut all the branches, etc. into small pieces. Works wonderful.
Yes, oiling sucks since you don't know how much is in there and the bottle they give you is to big for the hole but otherwise I enjoy
it. Easy to use, even for women. Just be careful to try and cut straight and not slanted or else the chain could slip off.
2 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2012-07-15
Seemed to be a great chain saw, but worked all of two times before it quit..
Once bought a full-sized chain saw, but before I fired it up, happened to check on chain saw accident rates, and discovered that chain saws (and table saws) homeowners use in DIY projects are responsible for tens of thousands of visits to the emergency room each year, and a whole lotta stitches, so a much younger and stronger son-in-law got that chainsaw.
On the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend--and after looking at the unprecedented hundreds of positive reviews here--I bought an Alligator Lopper and, after using it to cut up several fairly substantial 20-30 foot branches that fell down during a recent storm, and that just sat there in the 90-100 degree weather, while I got up the gumption to go out and attack them with a small pruning saw, I was very satisfied.
Then,I used it again, and a part flew out, read the instructions but could never get it back in place again, so into the trsh this new lopper went.
5 Stars By GeoR_Sr on 2017-03-14
This tool was excellent, just what I needed
This tool was excellent, just what I needed. I have a tall Areca palm that had grown way too big. I always trimmed it with a machete, a time consuming chore. The lopper did it in no time at all and the palm looks very good. Looking forward to use it in other trees and vegetation on my property.
5 Stars By Larry on 2016-08-17
Safe and very effective
This saw is awesome. I use it to half my 20 inch split firewood for our cook stove which cannot accept such a long piece. Some of the pieces are less than 6 inches and some greater than 6 inches in diameter. The oiler is a little wimpy. I found that just dripping it into the depression does not work to lubricate the chain. I noticed that there is some sort of cross split gasket at the foot of the conical depression, and that the nozzle of the bottle can be forced into this gasket, sort of sealing around it, and the oil squirted into the saw that way. The customer service at B&D is AWESOME. They instituted a corrective action and sent me a part within days of my request. I have cut oak, pine, cedar, maple, reclaimed half rotted beams and twigs, trimmed branches, and taught others how to use it safely.
3 Stars By R. Wolnik on 2011-08-15
Worked great --while it worked...
When it was working, it was a great compromise between a chainsaw and a lopper. Seemed safe and strong and cut many small branches that might have been too thick to cut with manual loppers or hand saws.
Unfortunately, it broke on the second use. I was very careful and cleaned and oiled the machine as recommended. I called Black and Decker and found out I had to spend my time and gas dropping it off at a distant authorized repair center and I will have to pick it up after they fix it.
Due to the fact that it was so new, I expected B&D to ship me a new unit (or even refurb) and providing me paid return shipping if they even wanted the broke unit back. I could probably have worked with BTA-MALL for better support but the manual states not to return the unit and call B&D so I did.
Due to the large number of refurb units for sale on the internet, I think these units might not be the most reliable out there.
*** UPDATED 8/17/11 ***
I don't know if it had anything to do with this review (doubt they could track it to me personally) but today the repair company called me and said they were sending me a new unit. I don't have to even drive to them to pick it up! Thanks B&D. I'll make sure to keep my proof of purchase handy and hope that I just had bad luck with the first unit.
5 Stars By Timerider on 2015-11-11
Looks kinda like a chainsaw and a pair of lopping shears had offspring - but it works great!
Although the LP1000 Alligator may look a little strange and awkward at first, I am really glad that I bought one. Although I've got lots of bow-saws, hand-saws, chainsaws, cutoff saws, a reciprocating construction-type saw, etc., what finally made me buy this thing was the task of cutting up the body of an old, dead, black pine tree that we removed from our yard. It got nice and dry sitting in the yard for several months, and when I went to cut it up with my big ol' Husky chainsaw, it was just awkward and scary. The saw was really too big, and I didn't have a sawbuck or some other good way to hold the tree still while I cut it up. The Alligator solves that problem, because whatever you're cutting is gripped between the cutting bar and the sharply toothed lower jaw. Just hold the Alligator like a pair of lopping shears, open the jaws and place them around the branch you want to cut, and squeeze both of the handles. It even cut the 4-inch-plus trunk of the tree with ease! It cut a one-hour handsaw job down to about 7 minutes!
4 Stars By Young NYer 10 on 2014-01-20
Great tool for the DIY homeowner
I have a relative who owns this tool and it is great, so I picked one up. It cuts through everything it is advertised for and makes yard pruning a lot easier and manageable than if it was done manual with shears or by hand. Some of the negative reviews are correct in saying that the chain does fall off occasionally, but not enough to the point where I will bash the items design (once very 100 uses or so, didn't really keep count). Some of the wood chips do get stuck in the crevices of the mouth, but hey every tool needs its maintenance. As far as the bad reviews about the oil being a mess and nuisance, a little goes a long way.
For me the PROS definitely weigh out the CONS in this product. If you are on the fence about getting this or a small chainsaw I would say go with the chainsaw because you will not like this product. Me, I have both so I use which ever the job at hand requires.
5 Stars By R. Massey on 2016-03-20
What a time saver.
Fantastic buy. Much safer than chain saw. So much easier to use than conventional loppers. If you use them as intended you will be very happy with them. I have about 5 acres so I run them off my portable generator and it preforms fine. Keep chain well oiled. I use an old fashioned squeeze lever oil can and it works perfectly. The oil bottle they give you with it is a joke. Highly recommend this product. With the extended warranty for 6 bucks you get total of 4 years warranty.
5 Stars By T. Bourgeois on 2014-01-02
Limb cutter and tree trimmer must!!!!!! This is the one you want.
I have several Crepe Myrtles and other overgrown bushes in my yard. In the past I struggled with my chainsaw in trimming these branches. The chain would get pinched between the limbs and it would be a pain in the butt to start after sitting unused. This was the perfect option. The blade guard prevent most pinching....(expect some...but this is typically user error and angle of cut)
I have been overwhelming surprised at the power and size of limb this thing will cut. It is also nice to just plug it in and cut. No hassle.
I have been pleased and it you do pruning this has been great.
Only con is it is a bit heavy if you are climbing a ladder and cutting high limbs. But I at least try to stay in shape, add 10 more years to me and it may become too heavy, but for now I wouldn't won't something lighter because it would mean it would be lower quality and probably not last.
5 Stars By Lenapearl on 2014-06-16
Never thought I would say that I LOVE a Chain Saw!
Chain saws scared the bejesus out of me. I've never used a chain saw in my life (61 year old woman) as I always had someone to take care of this type of work or I would hire someone and I stayed in the house while this was going on. This past winter storms really did a number on my trees, I lost a tremendous amount of branches. My town offered free tree branch removal. However, the length could not be over 6' and the pick up was soon. I thought I would try to cut the branches to size myself. After reading the reviews on the alligator lopper I knew this was for me. I liked the two hands on feature, otherwise the saw would not run-that safety factor clinched the deal. I chose the electric version as it was lighter and I have power in front and back of house. The day the B & D Alligator Lopper arrived I read the instructions (many times), took off to HD to buy safety glasses and oil and was sawing up branches within an hour. Needless to say, I was very cautious at first, but once I got the hang of it, there was no stopping me. Took me three days but I got it all done - a 20 foot x 6 foot x 4 ft high pile of branches, brush and thick vines sat at the edge of my lawn. No problem with the weight for me and no soreness from use. Like other reviewers I was able to cut up branches that were more than 4" in diameter. I use this all the time now and I highly recommend this alligator lopper (esp. for those who are timid when it comes to using a chain saw).