I don't see how a sawzall can be of any use when trimming bushes. The blade of the sawzall would just grab on the branch and shake it back and forth, no cutting
No one said anything about bushes until your post. Up till then, it only mentioned small diameter branches. Even those can be quite sturdy where they join a larger branch, usually where you want to prune a branch back to. Even if it's not, you can hold the branch steady while you cut.
I agree with getting a sawsall costs less and is a good power tool to have even for the ocasinal user and this post, The blade of the sawzall would just grab on the branch and shake it back and forth is only true if you don't make use of the foot. The brace needs to be touching the thing your cutting to steady the saw it cuts better and is allso safer with any tool to operate it the way its designed to work. And with a agresive blade you can cut even a 6" limb
I don't see how a sawzall can be of any use when trimming bushes.
For bushes, with thin flexible limbs, a chain saw isn't going to work much better than a reciprocating saw. Both would be the wrong tool for the job. You need a hedge trimmer or loppers. But for something that you would use the little chain saw in the OP for, a recip saw is excellent. Safer, less maintenance, and can be less expensive. And they make pruning blades for recip saws. »www.globalindustrial.com/p/tools···odCzcAzQ
I would suggest a line powered saw for something that you use infrequently, unless you want to cover areas too far from an electrical outlet. Batteries are expensive and may only last 3 years. Batteries sitting idle tend to go bad. The AC-powered saw will be cheaper and have more power.
I tried a Black and Decker battery operated chainsaw a few years ago, the chain constantly slipped off. Calling their support line, was like talking to a wall. The suggestion was return the defective product to the store you bought it at.
I won't be buying Black and Decker products again. The unit may have been defective, but my experience with the product and company support were not good. -- Congress could mess up a one piece jigsaw puzzle.
I cut a few branches that size that were starting to grow over my roof. I just went up on the ladder with my cordless sawzall. A 12" wood blade made quick work of it.
^^2nd^^ Home depot has 12" pruning sawzall blades. I have used them and they slice through branches like butter.
Use the right tool for the job. Using a chain saw or sawzall for bushes is silly - use an electric trimmer. I use an electric telescoping trimmer for small tree branches as well as shrubs and bushes from twigs up to 1/2" with no problem.
If you're going to do small or light tree branch cutting then I would recommend the sawzall with a 12" pruning blade.
If your taking down a size'able tree trunk or branches....well then obviously a chain saw is required or ... rent Paul Bunyan
Yep a bow saw works for me when I don't want to get the chainsaws out. Cheap ($15), quick and efficient. -- There's nothing big I want to prove, No mountains that I need to move, Or even claim what's right or true for you.
I would recommend something along the same lines for branches too big for a pruner and too small for a real chainsaw. If you do a ton of trimming come in better brands also. They are sharp and really do not take any time on those smaller branches. No batteries or gas to deal with. Just wash and dry them for clean up.