It seems that more than one or two folks like to have the basic small cutting ability of a chainsaw without the sometimes very costly learning curve that goes along with running one. So in addition to the Alligator Lopper from Black & Decker comes the Worx Jaw Saw.
In operation it works much like the old Nerf-style robo-grabbers you might have had when you were a kid. Put something smaller than 4″ in the jaws and squeeze the handle. Instead of two little grabbers, a chainsaw blade swings down and cuts whatever’s between the bottom jaw and the blade. It can even be put directly on the ground and operated that way without fear of stopping the chain or kicking into your leg. Bonus.
As these less-than-traditional alternatives begin to grab a foothold in the market, I can’t help but think there are many out there who will sport all their limbs after a round with one of these — people who might not have with a regular chainsaw.
At around $120 it’s in the same class as the Alligator Lopper, but I don’t think you can put a price on the lack of terror of the bar grabbing or kicking back that just doesn’t happen with the JawSaw.