Scotts 18883 AirShoc Titanium Non-Stick Branch Saw Reviews

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3.2 out of 5 stars based on 47 customer reviews

Product Description

Features a Titanium Non-Stick blade with antimicrobial protected grip, replaceable blade, tool-less blade change, aluminum structure and impact resistant AirShoc grip. Blade will resist saps and adhesive substances and is 5x harder than untreated steel so it will stay sharper longer. Triple-grind edge cuts on the push and pull. Replacement blade available. Lifetime Warranty. Silver/Green handle. Powered by Clauss.

Customer Reviews

Nice little hand saw for small jobs. ~ reviewed by kindred spirit

I received this free as part of the Amazon Vine Program. It was sprinkling rain just a bit when I went out to try it a mist really. I have some tough weeds that keep invading a large tiger lily patch so I gathered a big hand full of the pencil thickness green weeds and sawed through back and forth motion and it did the job fast. The handle is padded and feels good in the hand. The blade is quite sharp I had to be careful not to put too much pressure towards the last cut so as not to cut myself. The blade locks on secure and can be replaced, it carries a lifetime warranty which is nice. It didn’t come with any instructions but it’s straightforward so no problem.

I’m always looking for tools to make yardwork easier. Nice addition guess the 60 yr old rusted had saw can be pitched now.

Look out, shrubbery- here I come! ~ reviewed by Never pay retail

We have a saying at our house, when I’ve had a rough day at work: “it’s a bad day to be a bush”. I’ve been known to trim poor, defenseless shrubs down to a mere shadow of their former selves after a particularly rough day. Well, it has just gotten even more dangerous because I am now armed with a new branch saw. Upon receipt, I immediately sought out a likely victim and began my attack. I’d love to say this cut through a large branch like it was butter but it wasn’t quite that amazing. It still took a good amount of effort and a lot of strokes, but never once did the blade bind, bend or get stuck. That is really all one can ask from a saw, in my opinion.

The non-stick surface of the blade did not show so much as a scuff mark after chewing through a couple of pretty good sized branches, one green & one dry, so I have high hopes that it will last a long time. The handle has a nice solid grip to it, due to the rubberized edge. Note that the hole in the handle is either part of the air shoc design or just to give you a way to hang it on your pegboard. The hole is not big enough to be able to put your fingers through and grip only the upper half of the handle, which is too bad because the handle itself is a skosh to big for my hands.

I am a little concerned about the plastic connection on the handle that allows you to remove and replace the blade. It seems flimsy and looks like it could easily get broken if it sustained any kind of impact. I did not have any problems with the blade coming loose but I am afraid to test the disconnect feature after reading the problems some other reviewers have had with the locking mechanism.

I’ve previously owned a Fiskars pruning saw (great at first but the blade bent and the folding mechanism cracked so the handle would no longer hold the blade) and a Corona pruning saw (great but I find the blade binds frequently because I opted for a longer length). I think this Scotts AirShoc saw has a nice thick blade that won’t bend and is the ideal length for me. Durability over time will be the real test. Anybody have some trees that need trimming? My yard is getting a little bare…

==I want to apologize for my original review ~ reviewed by Henry Wolford

I want to apologize to anyone who bought this saw on my review and to those who warned about the blade locking mechanism. I was wrong. My saw worked like a champion for the first few jobs I used it. Never had a problem with the blade popping out. Then one day, out it popped and it has never been the same since. I am not stressing or binding the blade. I am letting the blade do the work and keeping my hand away from the locking lever. Two or three strokes and out pops the blade. It seems to go right back in and lock solidly and then out it pops after one or two strokes. I called Scotts and talked to their help people and they have no idea what the problem is and then they add, “We’ve never heard of anyone else having a problem. Maybe you should get a new blade and see if that helps.”

The blade is fantastic, so here’s what I did. I drilled a hole right through their locking mechanism and ran a bolt through there. The blade doesn’t fall out anymore and now I can use this awesomely sharp, non-stick, dual direction cutting saw blade the way it should have been working all along.

Came apart rather quickly ~ reviewed by E.M. Bristol

I first used this to trim off a dead weeping cherry branch on a tree in my backyard. The first thing I noticed is that I had to tug at it a bit in order to move it back and forth. But the branch came off quickly. I then tried it on a medium-sized elm tree, but after a few strokes, the handle came off completely.

When something like this happens with a brand new piece of equipment, my first thought is to wonder if I did something to inadvertently break it, but I’m sure in this case I used the saw correctly. Using a handheld, non-electric saw of this size is fairly easy to figure out – no cords or switches to maneuver. Both branches I attempted to use the saw on were slender in circumference; at least by my standards. In other words, I could easily fit my thumb and index finger around them with room to spare. I made sure to pick small (ish) branches for my first time out.

I have to say that the saw is nice and compact in size, and if it had held together, I would likely still use it to trim dead branches in my yard.

Warning: Unsafe Product ~ reviewed by alli_g

I was really looking forward to having this saw as part of my gardening tool set. We have a lot of big trees in our yard that drop branches after each storm. We use the branches in our fire pit during the summer, but sometimes the branches that fall down are too thick to be cut up with my large trimmers. I thought a compact saw would be perfect for cutting up larger branches for our fire pit. Unfortunately, this saw is not safe to use.

This saw is not safe for even light use. The blade does NOT stay locked in and pulls free of the handle. I checked multiple times to make sure the locking mechanism was in the locked position. The blade was pushed fully into the handle and felt secure, but in spite of the “lock” button being on, shortly after beginning to saw through a branch, the blade pulled free and I was left with just the handle in my hand. This happened repeatedly (none of the branches was more than three inches thick). I put the blade guard onto the blade to be able to grip it well and be sure it was completely locked into the handle — I could even pull it out with my bare hands.

When I received this saw, there was no packaging indicating some trick of getting the blade to stay locked into place. I did an online search, even visiting the Scotts website, and couldn’t find an instruction sheet for this product. I would strongly advise against purchasing this saw. I will certainly not be using it again and hope the manufacturer will pull this product to rework the blade lock before someone gets hurt.

**Edited to add: I did email Scotts to inform them of the problem with this saw, since it appears I was not the only person to receive a saw with a faulty locking mechanism.

This thing is a menace ~ reviewed by OlyNomad

This saw is defective and dangerous and we won’t use it again. I attempted to cut little branches with it and the blade just popped out of the handle several times. No, not from user error. I made sure it was in the locked position and it was but the blade would just pop out of it. I like my fingers and don’t want to lose any so I’m not tempting fate by using it again.

UPDATED: TWO STARS NOT ONE. Worked well until I tested the blade release mechanism. ~ reviewed by Dave Millman

UPDATE:
I don’t have another saw that can do what this saw does, so I have used it about 8-10 times to cut 2-4inch (5-10cm) branches. It works fine for this purpose. Before starting, I checked to see if the release latch is engaged.

Because the saw seems to work reliably when the latch is engaged, I have upgraded the rating to two stars. However, if I have to replace the blade, all my comments below are still valid. I do not know if the release latch will stay latched. It is too small and too close to where your fingers naturally go when using the saw. I don’t totally trust it to stay latched.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
This saw replaces a saw with a similar length, rusty steel blade and a poorly designed, pot metal handle. The difference is immediately obvious and welcome. However, this saw has a major design flaw.

Every time you pick up a poorly made tool, you regret it. That was the case with the old saw, which had a handle that positioned your fist vertically, like a back saw. In comparison, this saw feels good in your hand, and the handle allows the saw and your hand to fit into tighter places than the old saw did. One warning though: wear gloves, neither this saw nor my old model did much to protect your knuckles while sawing, although the hand position on this saw means your knuckles are somewhat less likely to get hit.

The blade is sharp, but I cannot comment on how long it will last. It makes short work of softwoods. It works well on hardwoods too, but be patient! That’s a function of the wood, not the saw. The manufacturer claims that the titanium does not stick to wood like a steel blade. In my experience, that appears true, but I have always sprayed oil on my saw blades after use, both to displace moisture and protect the blade, as well as for lubrication. This blade cuts more easily than an un-oiled steel blade, but seems about the same as an oiled blade. The black finish shows no wear yet, after cutting a number of branches.

I tested this saw during a multi-hour yardwork session, pruning several trees. I did wish the saw had a sheath, because a saw of this handy size wants to be permanently attached to your belt during yard work. No stars deducted for lack of a sheath, because that does not seem to be a universal feature of pruning saws.

I tested the saw two days ago, then came in to write this review. After writing what’s above, I read some other reviews and noticed the complaints about the blade coming off. Here are the facts from my test:

* The blade did not detach during my pruning day. I did not press the release latch,
and was completely unaware of the problem.
* After reading the reviews, I tested the release latch and lock. The other reviewers
are correct. The release latch does NOT reliably lock the blade into the handle.
* If I am very deliberate, I can lock the blade and slide the lock lever into place.
This locks the blade in most cases, but does NOT lock the blade in every case.
* I handed the saw to my neighbor, and asked him to remove and replace the blade.
His experience was exactly the same as mine: he was unable to lock the blade in
place in every case.

In trying to decide how many stars to give it, I decided that if my sabre saw dropped blades from it’s quick release, I would give it 1 star because I could not trust it. Unfortunately, I cannot trust this saw either, so it gets just one star because of the bad blade release design. I don’t think Scotts tested this design very well, the problem is quite obvious.

A good, solid yard tool. ~ reviewed by N. Caruso

I have a variety of branch saws, from a 18′ pole to an old fashioned steel handle tree saw. They are usually ungainly and difficult to use. The Scotts AirShoc Branch saw is by far the best one I’ve seen in a long while. It is SHARP!

It arrived just as we were finishing a project to free up more backyard space by cutting down a number of trees and cleaning up others. The titanium blade easily cut through several branches that were fairly thick (two-three inches). The handle was positioned just right for good leverage without getting in the way. It s easy to remove the blade if necessary. the latch to loosen the blade is close to the handle – not dangerously close, but I would recommend being careful so as not to accidentally unlatch the blade while using it. The blade seems tight enough for heavy use. I hope the bladed doesn’t loosen up in the handle as time goes on.

One recommendation I’d make to Scotts. As I said before, the blade is extremely sharp and it only comes with a clip-on blade guard. I was more worried about getting cut trying to put the guard back on than from actually using it. I’d recommend that it be packaged with some sort of sheath to protect the blade and anyone handling it. With grandkids playing in the garage, I’m concerned that one of them might discover this tool and it would be much too easy for them to expose the blade. This is one tool that will not be buried in the tool chest. It will get a lot of use!

Makes tree trimming quicker and easier ~ reviewed by J. Weaver

The developers in our neighborhood decided to put pepper trees in front of just about every home on the street. The trees aren’t ugly, but they’re not especially pretty, either. What they are is big–and growing. And if we don’t prune them back pretty regularly, I worry that the very heavy winds that are frequent to the area will bring them down on our car one day.

We usually go at the pepper tree with a handsaw. It works, but it’s labor intensive; as soon as you start to make good progress, the saw’s teeth stick. That’s why this branch saw looked so appealing. I wasn’t sure whether this saw could live up to its hype. But I have to say, the opposing sharp blades of the teeth of the saw made short work of every tree limbs I cut. The blade didn’t stick a single time and I was able to remove several branches in just a fraction of the time it would have usually taken.

I noted other reviewers experiencing problems with the blade not locking into position, and made a point to remove and replace the blade prior to and during use to see if I would have similar issues. Each time, it locked firmly in place. While I don’t doubt that others had issues with their AirShoc saws, I can say that mine hasn’t given me a single problem. I have used the blade on branches of varying size and on multiple bushes and trees and have never had a problem. The saw blade is easy to clean and stores well, and I would totally recommend it.

Absolute junk! Don’t waste your money! ~ reviewed by N. Beitler

Defective? Or just poorly engineered? The very first time I used this branch saw the blade fell out of it three times! What is wrong with this thing?

I took it out of the box and it found it had a nice heft to it and it looked nice. I also saw that there is a small locking mechanism on the top of the handle that is supposed to allow for the blade to be quickly switched out/replaced. I took it outside to do a little pruning on our cherry tree and had horrible results. The blade kept on falling out and I kept putting it back in. I examined and re-examined the locking mechanism to see if I could figure out what was wrong with it and nothing appeared to be broken or misaligned. It just seems that this is a poorly-constructed product. I showed my ten year old son what was happening. I put the blade back in, once again, switched it to “LOCKED,” and then asked him if he could pull it back out without switching the lock off. He did so without any problem, whatsoever.

This is one of the worst products I have ever ordered from amazon. The fact that the blade won’t stay in makes this product pretty much useless. After I finish writing this review this item will be going into the garbage. I considered the possibility of donating it to the Goodwill store, but I would have a guilty conscience giving this headache to someone else. If you are needing a branch saw of any sort, purchase something other than this one!Buy it at Amazon

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