"My old saw was on it's last legs after 35 years use, so rather than just buy a new blade which would cost near half the price of this complete saw, then a new saw it was. Obviously being brand new it it doing "what it says on the Can". I am sure this saw will outlast me this time around being already a pensioner !!"
"This saw is comfy to use and a reasonable size. The blade it comes with is either too thin or slightly too long as I found it very difficult to work with and as soon as I replaced it with a Bahco one I was able to cut straight."
I've bought a couple of replacement blades, which I think are fine, but the 'handle' itself is pretty poor... the thin plastic 'hand guard' snapped within 10 minutes of the saw's first use and the 'cushioning' at the other end is useless because I wear safety gloves and it does nothing to improve the usability of the saw. The butterfly nut and bold that secures the blade to the saw at the end remote from the handle also broke off after the second blade was fitted.
As another reviewer has noted, there's no way of adjusting the blade tension. However, on a positive note, I still use the saw and have successfully sawn through (sycamore) branches of 5" - 6" diameter, hence the 4* for 'performance' - though I ascribe this particularly to the blade.
When I bought this Screwfix held alternative makes, as this is the only make they now stock I doubt I'll buy another."
"This saw has a sharp blade but the teeth on my version weren't set (i.e. they are all in a line) so it binds badly when cutting anything larger than a couple of inches.
I've replaced the blade and things are better. However, the saw itself offers no control over the exact blade tension since it just clamps down rather that tightens via a screw which some more expensive saws do.
You are better off spending a bit more money if its going to be a saw you use a lot."
"Second i purchased as the first broke within 20 min of first use whilst cutting branches. the blade does not tention enough and flexes badly even with light pressure being applied. suppose this is ok for very light infrequent use, but why make a 24" Bow saw that cannot cope with anything heavier than what a set of secetures can deal with. ? pretty rubbish really."