PARKSIDE Sabre Saw £29.99 @ Lidl
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PARKSIDE Sabre Saw £29.99 @ Lidl

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Found 11th Apr 2016
I bought one of these Sabre Saws the last time they were on offer and have used it for so many more tasks than I thought I would originally. It's cut up the defunct cold water storage tanks in my loft (both the metal and plastic ones), taken down 20cm diameter trees that I would have previously used a chainsaw for, and done more detailed cutting than I would have given it credit (and usually used a jigsaw for).

In the interests of a fully unbiased review, I've had to send my own saw back to Lidl recently, as the locking mechanism didn't always fully engage (resulting in the blade sometimes coming free from the saw and getting stuck in the material). To their credit, Lidl have replaced the saw with this new model that is due to be in stores in the coming weeks. This has a much (on first glance) improved locking mechanism, a worklight added, and the saw looks and feels a little more robust. For the price, I'd certainly recommend!

Powerful and multi-functional, suitable for wood, plastic, metal and lightweight building materials
Extendable footplate for variable cutting depths and rotating 3 position handle
With keyless chuck for easy tool-free saw blade exchange
Wood and metal cutting blade included
Specifications: Max. no-load speed (spm): 2800. Stroke length (mm): 20. Max. cutting depth (mm): in wood: 160, aluminium: 18, metal: 8. Cable length (m): 3
3 Year Warranty
710w

42 Comments

HOT for the description , the deals not bad either

Tempted to get one of these, but I'm worried that my wife might use it if I bring yet another saw into the house.

Are the blades for this interchangeable with other brands?
Or can I only use Lidl blades?

Not had experience of this type of saw, but feel it would be very useful for cutting up the branch trimmings from my trees.

I've got a cheap vonhaus one off Amazon. it cuts OK (with Saxon blades) but it is incredibly loud and vibrates so much that my wrists hurt after 10 minutes use. is this one any better than that? worth £30 for a tool I use about once a month?

macgyvers child

I've got a cheap vonhaus one off Amazon. it cuts OK (with Saxon blades) … I've got a cheap vonhaus one off Amazon. it cuts OK (with Saxon blades) but it is incredibly loud and vibrates so much that my wrists hurt after 10 minutes use. is this one any better than that? worth £30 for a tool I use about once a month?



Have you tried anti vibration gloves, they don't completely cure the issue but do help.
I use them with sanders and multi tools etc.

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macgyvers child

I've got a cheap vonhaus one off Amazon. it cuts OK (with Saxon blades) … I've got a cheap vonhaus one off Amazon. it cuts OK (with Saxon blades) but it is incredibly loud and vibrates so much that my wrists hurt after 10 minutes use. is this one any better than that? worth £30 for a tool I use about once a month?



I wouldn't say that this is quiet by any stretch of the imagination, but it hasn't been outrageously loud either, and don't feel that this vibrates excessively for what it is. Of course, this will depend on what you're cutting into (i.e. when in my loft cutting through the cast iron water tank, I was sure to use some serious noise defenders!). I may be able to find the vibration characteristics on the box if they would be helpful?
I'd say it's certainly worth its £30 price tag, and probably more. I was going to buy the Erbauer saw from Screwfix (@ £50), until I realised it didn't have the rotatable handle, which I've actually used. The three year warranty has also certainly done me proud on the issue I had.
Edited by: "FatalSaviour" 11th Apr 2016

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barginfan

Are the blades for this interchangeable with other brands? Or can I only … Are the blades for this interchangeable with other brands? Or can I only use Lidl blades?Not had experience of this type of saw, but feel it would be very useful for cutting up the branch trimmings from my trees.



As far as I'm aware, all reciprocating saws use the same blade fitment (i.e. it's certainly possible to use DeWalt/Bosch blades in these). For what it's worth, I bought a few packs of the various Lidl blades as they were *significantly* cheaper than other branded equivalents. The first metal blade I tried lost a few teeth in the process of cutting up the cast iron water tank (reasonable thick metal, and I was probably going too fast if I'm honest!), but the coarse wood ones have done me proud in cutting up both trees and the resultant branch trimmings (and the saw is much safer than a chainsaw - in my hands at least!)

Predikuesi

Tempted to get one of these, but I'm worried that my wife might use it if … Tempted to get one of these, but I'm worried that my wife might use it if I bring yet another saw into the house.



Your wife a bad cook then?

Predikuesi

Tempted to get one of these, but I'm worried that my wife might use it if … Tempted to get one of these, but I'm worried that my wife might use it if I bring yet another saw into the house.



​keep it in the garage.

I've got one of these and it's suffered plenty of abuse, the only slight problem I found is that it can be difficult to drop the blades in to place whilst also lifting the collet.

Other than that it's a £30 bargain.

FatalSaviour

As far as I'm aware, all reciprocating saws use the same blade fitment … As far as I'm aware, all reciprocating saws use the same blade fitment (i.e. it's certainly possible to use DeWalt/Bosch blades in these). For what it's worth, I bought a few packs of the various Lidl blades as they were *significantly* cheaper than other branded equivalents. The first metal blade I tried lost a few teeth in the process of cutting up the cast iron water tank (reasonable thick metal, and I was probably going too fast if I'm honest!), but the coarse wood ones have done me proud in cutting up both trees and the resultant branch trimmings (and the saw is much safer than a chainsaw - in my hands at least!)



Thanks for that.
Had debated a chainsaw, but this will be more useful in general.


good find op, heat added

CrazyBob

Have you tried anti vibration gloves, they don't completely cure the … Have you tried anti vibration gloves, they don't completely cure the issue but do help.I use them with sanders and multi tools etc.http://www.amazon.co.uk/PORTWEST-ANTI-VIBRATION-GLOVES-MEDIUM/dp/B0085AZ1ZG



​Also ensure your hands are dry and warm before use. white finger and HAVS is a real issue with these types of tool.

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busterdan

I've got one of these and it's suffered plenty of abuse, the only slight … I've got one of these and it's suffered plenty of abuse, the only slight problem I found is that it can be difficult to drop the blades in to place whilst also lifting the collet.Other than that it's a £30 bargain.


I think I know what you mean - if it's what I think you're referring to, the collar on the revised model has a more positive grip that helps in keeping the collar open whilst dropping the blade in - it's not a significant difference in itself, but is a small but welcome revision!

had mine for 10 years and still going strong.

macgyvers child

​keep it in the garage.




Good idea in theory, but she'll probably find a way of breaking out for freedom at some point.

Does this come in a proper case?

Short stroke at 20mm? Should be looking for 28mm.. Even at this price

This saw is SOLID

tinman41

Does this come in a proper case?


Yes, just like a drill machine or any other power tool.

Great i can finally get rid of that defunct cold water storage tank in my loft conversion

jelfsy

​Also ensure your hands are dry and warm before use. white finger and H … ​Also ensure your hands are dry and warm before use. white finger and HAVS is a real issue with these types of tool.


What kind of advice is that.
I often make sure my hands are wet before I perform any diy. And if I have time I try to leave them in icy water to get them really cold too.
Vibration related conditions are linked to prolonged use normally on a daily basis over many years. Not 10 minutes a year with an lidl saw!

I bought this last April and it worked really well for 10 months heavy use. Eventually, it stopped working and I took it back, last week for a refund, with my receipt, which I received no bother. Good machine, but not built to last.

If I didn't already have a sabre saw (cheapy Aldi version) I'd get one of these but mine does a decent job with everything I throw at it.

Personally I'd recommend spending more on the blades though. I used to use the cheap Aldi/Lidl ones until I ran out and had to nip to Screwfix and the only metal blades they had in stock were Bosch - and the difference is night and day. I'd been through a pack of Lidl blades cutting old rusted fence bolts and only got a quarter of the way through the job, but a single Bosch blade finished the rest of them off much quicker and easier and there's still plenty of life left in it now. Well worth the extra money over cheaper ones.

For garden use get some green wood blades too - they don't get stuck or heat up as much as 'standard' wood blades (but do give a rougher cut) making pruning and felling much quicker. My chainsaw is now pretty much defunct as the sabre does it all quicker and easier.

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xride09

Yes, just like a drill machine or any other power tool.


It's not a completely silly question - for instance the Erbauer reciprocating saws come in a softer canvas case (and the Lidl Impact Driver that I bought came in a cardboard box with plastic insert).

Tinman, you'll be pleased to know however that this saw does indeed come in a proper moulded, hard plastic case!

Will this only take up to 160mm blades or can you use the larger 240mm? I see it says Max cut 160mm, but is that because of the included blades?

jonnithomas

Great i can finally get rid of that defunct cold water storage tank in … Great i can finally get rid of that defunct cold water storage tank in my loft conversion



Funny enough I also used mine for exactly the same thing last year.

flux

Will this only take up to 160mm blades or can you use the larger 240mm? I … Will this only take up to 160mm blades or can you use the larger 240mm? I see it says Max cut 160mm, but is that because of the included blades?



it'll take the blades, but you'll struggle to cut anything of that width, especially with only 700W to play with. I've used longer blades in my (similar) 700W saw because sometimes the extra reach is handy, but I wouldn't try and cut anything larger than a 6" softwood branch or similar.

Are these in stock now or do we have to wait till the 18th?

Got one this morning, looks alright. Very few blades instore though, maybe 10 packs of each type. I grabbed a few of the green cut ones as its mainly for garden use.

Does it have LED light ? comparing it with Erbauer (screwfix), which has more power and more cutting depth...

also believe that it doesn't have variable speed

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VK00

Does it have LED light ? comparing it with Erbauer (screwfix), which has … Does it have LED light ? comparing it with Erbauer (screwfix), which has more power and more cutting depth...


VK00

also believe that it doesn't have variable speed


Having compared both of these myself and having owned both a B1 and now C2 variant - it *does* have variable speed (dial on the trigger, plus pressure sensitive trigger).

It also has an LED light (as mentioned in the original description ;)).

Not going to argue with the lesser power, although the Erbauer is almost twice the price!

VK00

also believe that it doesn't have variable speed




It does have a LED work light and it does have variable speed control

thanks

VK00

Does it have LED light ? comparing it with Erbauer (screwfix), which has … Does it have LED light ? comparing it with Erbauer (screwfix), which has more power and more cutting depth...



what use is a light on these things? I can see the point for a drill/driver where you may wish to work in a small corner, but with this kind of tool I believe you shouldn't start unless you have plenty of light to see everything properly without relying on the tool to light the way.

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lilbeastie

what use is a light on these things? I can see the point for a … what use is a light on these things? I can see the point for a drill/driver where you may wish to work in a small corner, but with this kind of tool I believe you shouldn't start unless you have plenty of light to see everything properly without relying on the tool to light the way.



I agree that for drill/drivers, a light can really make a large difference to the job. For a reciprocating saw, it's the same principle. I completely understand your point that using one in a dimly lit environment may carry some more serious implications, but from someone who has had to work in some really poky crawlspaces and dark lofts - the addition of any *additional* light (over and above that provided by any worklights) can be much appreciated.

For what it's worth, I don't believe the positioning of the LEDs on these saws is always ideal - I find the blade stop guard can obstruct some of the light, but that isn't unique to this particular saw model, and I would still argue that any additional light is better than none!

Picked one of these up yesterday for my Dad.
I was surprised to see the angle on the footplate is fixed, my Ryobi version has some movement.
I wondered if his is rivited up too hard or is it meant to be like that?

Just bought one of these and have just used it to chop into small bits some scrap wood. It is really nice to use

I have used and have got lots of Parkside tools and never had a problem and I am a gas engineer so use them quite alot...OK they are not as quality as the top range Dewalt/Makita/Bosch but they are not too far off and are much better than most budget tools AND importantly they have a 3 year warranty so you cant go wrong.

To answer the questions asked in the various posts:
1)Yes it comes in a nice plastic case
2) Yes it has an led light...usuful when cutting it confined spaces like under floorboards and in cupboards etc
3) The footplate IS NOT fixed as mentioned above...it does swivel by the usual few degrees ...it also is adjustable for in and out distance and fully removable with an easy twist locking lever.
4) It will accept any saw blade with a 1/2" (12.7mm) shaft ie the standard size used by Bosch/Dewalt etc(I bought a pack of spare blades while in Lidl's but it comes with 1 metal cutting blade and 1 wood.
5) It has a variable speed setting wheel and a continuosly on lockable trigger
6)It has a nice twistable handle that enables it to be moved 90 deg left or right for vertical or horizontal use.
7) The blades mount toolessly with a twist turn chuck...no allen keys needed
8 ) The mains cable is 3m long
9) It has a nice rubberised grip


Don't think I have missed anything out so for £30 it's a pretty good spec and if it turns out as reliable as the many other Parkside Lidl tools I have it will be a good buy.

Edited by: "pubquiz" 21st Apr 2016

pubquiz

3) The footplate IS NOT fixed as mentioned above...it does swivel by the … 3) The footplate IS NOT fixed as mentioned above...it does swivel by the usual few degrees ...it also is adjustable for in and out distance and fully removable with an easy twist locking lever.



I have managed to free the footplate today with a bit of brute force after eating a Yorkie bar.
Working fine now
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