This is a review of the Bosch KEO Cordless Li-Ion Garden Saw, this model is a very lightweight, compact and extremely useful reciprocating saw that will prove invaluable in the garden. The fact that it is cordless, being powered by the brilliant Bosch Lithium-ion battery, means there is no worry that you will cut through a power cord and you have all the manoeuvrability you need for even the trickiest pruning jobs.
In case you are not sure exactly what a reciprocating saw is, it is one where the blade cuts through the wood by means of a push/pull action of the blade. It is this action which is known as reciprocating. Bosch have created a range of reciprocating saws for many different types of work – you can view the range available at great prices from Amazon if you use the link.
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Bosch KEO Cordless Li-Ion Garden Saw At A Glance
- Integrated 10.8 v Lithium-ion batteryErgonomically shaped design and soft grip handle
- Easy change blades thanks to Bosch’s SDS push button technology
- Interchangeable blades for extra versatility on a range of materials in the home and garden
- Safety features including quick stop and hand guard
- A-Grip Hook for ease of cutting unsupported branches
- Safety lock to prevent accidental activation
- Easy charging with hi-fi (mobile phone type charger)
- Swiss precision blade enables branches of up to 80 mm to be cut
This particular Bosch reciprocating saw, is designed exclusively for jobs in the garden and is growing in popularity, judging by the amount of positive feedback I am finding online. One of the best things about this lightweight garden power tool is that it is powered by a rechargeable lithium- ion battery with all the advantages that this type of battery has over the traditional Nickel-Cadmium type.
If you have not used tools with lithium-ion batteries before, you will soon be a convert. First of all, these batteries do not self-discharge provided that you store them in cool, dry conditions. This is a real blessing as there is nothing worse than deciding to get on with a job during a break in the weather – only to find you have to wait for the battery to charge!
The other benefit is that there is no ‘memory effect’ as with earlier types of rechargeable battery. What used to happen is that each time you recharged a battery, it took a little less charge – making the time between recharges, shorter and shorter. This just does not happen with a lithium-ion battery, it recharges fully, ever time and can even be recharged as many as four times as often as the older type.
Finally, they only take three hours to charge fully by means of a simple hi-fi charger – and they weigh only half that of traditional batteries but deliver all the power – you can see why I am a convert! Continue reading