"I have had this saw for about 6 months now and have put it through it's paces. It arrived in a sturdy case and I could tell by the weight it meant business. It has a rubber (or rubber type) cable that is thick and will stand being trodden on or the odd thing dropped on it and is of a decent length. Apart from a small metal cutting blade and the manual that is it. No extraneous bits and pieces that you probably don't want.
The saw is heavy, but to me that is good and means you don't need to press into the cut as much as you would with a lighter model. It has an all metal gearbox - good again; no nylon or plastic gears to break or melt.
This is definitely a two handed saw and feels good in the hands; you could be forgiven for doing a mock, pump-action lock and load with a 'do you feel lucky punk' attitude to the job in hand. The variable speed trigger is smooth and with a wood and metal blade went through pallets and their nails with ease - surprisingly so; hot knife and butter came to mind.
There is no doubt that there is a right and wrong way to use this saw and you can minimise the vibration by keeping the saw up against the work and using the right length blade. Talking of blades, don't try and skimp on them, get the best you can it is worth it - you will have paid £200+ for this saw; why bother if you are just going to use '10 blades for 50p' from the pound shop.
So what's not to like?
Not a lot and I make the following observations. Changing the blade is a twist the collet, insert the blade and let go action. Fairly simple really, however, the return spring is quite strong and the knurled collet is, to my mind, not knurled enough and can be difficult to stop it turning back before you have inserted the blade; more so if your hands are wet or oily. You have to lay the saw down or support it in another way as it is a three handed job. Before changing the blade I strongly suggest that you unplug the saw. No, this is not nannying; the switch has no safety lock and if you fumble when putting the blade in and grab the saw by the handle chances are you will set it going. Bringing me to the lack of a safety lock. Picking the saw up is a two handed operation; try picking it up with one hand by the handle and your fingers fall naturally onto the switch and the weight of the machine does the rest - it will start. Finally the adjustable stop is precise, that is it is not infinitely variable you have to get it in the right place before you can lock the position otherwise you may force it and break the lever.
Some reviews say it vibrates a lot, well durrh it is a powerful reciprocating saw and if you don't hold it right it will shake your arms off - that is all I have to say about that.
If you want a powerful saw that does the job with ease, is well built and sturdy I recommend this one. Just be mindful and use common sense - it is a beast of a machine."
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Review 2 for DeWalt DW310K 240V 1200W Reciprocating Saw
"I bought this saw for demolision work in australia, my last one lasted 6 years of very hard graft, and was eventually nicked, great tool very robust and cant fault it in any way, some say its heavy but thats the price you pay for its solidity,it will take serious abuse and should last a lifetime as the brushes are easily changed."
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Review 3 for DeWalt DW310K 240V 1200W Reciprocating Saw
"Handy piece of kit in the right scenario, but only as good as the blades one uses. So if you've gone to the expense of buying one of DeWalt recip saw's, then buy descent blades and the right blade for the job and you can't go wrong."
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Review 5 for DeWalt DW310K 240V 1200W Reciprocating Saw
"i have had this machine for about 3 years and have found it great at cutting trees up too about 9-10 inches thick. however, it is not for the fainthearted in use. it is heavy, so you don't need to press down to get it cutting, but it does take some getting used too. you'r wrists and elbows take a pounding after a few minutes of use, but by then you have probably done the job, so you can take a rest.
it is very good at cutting old blackthorn trees down and cutting it up into logs afterwards, so long as you give your arms etc. a rest every few minutes. there is a huge range of blades available for this machine (and others like it) so you can use the blade for whatever job you are doing.
i have also found that moving the rear handle up and down when sawing allows the blade to cut faster through any wood being cut at the time. this would be due too the blade being in contact with a small amount of wood at any one time. anyone whome has cut through a log with a chainsaw has probably found the same effect happening.
4" nails in wood are no problem for this machine, so long as you use the blade for wood with nails embedded. you can also get blades for wet wood or very thick wood (even metal 3mm thick) so no job is really beyond this machine. i have given it an overall rating of 4 stars only because it takes an amount of muscle to put-up with the rough treatment your arms take when using this saw, but if it was easier to use, i suspect that it wouldn't perform as well as it does. i suppose you can't have it both ways.
i should also point out that my friend had no real trouble using the saw, but she did complain that her arms were aching after a few minutes of use (by then the tree was cut down) and would probably find a chainsaw easier to use for cutting the tree into firewood. i highly recommend this machine but be aware that it isn't a toy and will give you a real work-out."
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Review 6 for DeWalt DW310K 240V 1200W Reciprocating Saw
"Dont get me wrong , i am a de walt fanatic , however the saw gives you arm ache in no time at all , kicks and bucks like a mule , has a slow cot rate and some of my lads prefer to use a hand saw than cop hold of this thing !!!"