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Save Your Pruning Hand – Buy the Bosch KEO Cordless Pruning Saw

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Bosch Keo

The beautiful Bosch Keo

I was recently afforded the opportunity by Bosch to trial their new KEO Cordless Pruning Saw and overall I was very impressed. Though it is mostly designed for use pruning plants, there is a veritable list of tasks that this little machine could help you with. First though, let’s start with how it performs with it designed task, pruning.

How the Bosch Cordless Pruning Saw Handles Pruning.

It sounds silly, but it would be pretty silly if a pruning saw couldn’t prune, but I have had some bad experiences. However from the moment I took this tool out of its box I new this would be different.

After I got it all charged up, I took it out and starting to use it on a myriad of pruning jobs from Aussie natives to well established roses. I used it to aggressively trim back overgrown shrubs and then to delicately trim and shape others. The Bosch KEO Cordless Pruning Saw handled each of these tasks with ease.

In short – Pro’s and Con’s when pruning
 – The detachable A-grip really makes a difference. When trimming branches that fit, the teeth hold the branch in place and allow a smooth, clean cut through.
– Larger branches can br trimmed by removing the detachable A-grip
– Having no chords means this pruning saw can go just about anywhere. It’s shape also lends it to being able to get into difficult nooks and crannies.
– Even though the tool applies quite a lot of force, the vibrations don’t really impact on your hand. Spending an hour pruning with this tool doesn’t leave  your hand feeling overworked.

There are very, very few cons but a couple of things I felt worth noting;
– When the battery runs out, you can’t really use this tool while plugged in to recharge. Though it still works, it isn’t able to use the power recharging to operate at full steam. You have to wait for it to recharge before getting back to work. This would only impact very heavy users. If you charge between each use you’ll have no problem. The battery life was good.
– I appreciate the safety mechanism requiring you to have 2 hands in use to start the tool, but I found it awkward to use. It is pivotal to provide tools which force the user to be safe in my opinion, so full marks there, but it just didn’t feel natural. For example, the Ryobi Hedge Trimmer I reviewed requires 2 hands to use, but the placement of the safety feels more natural. The problem with a pruner is you don’t naturally use 2 hands, however I stil feel this is an area Bosch could improve the tool.

Other uses for the Bosch KEO Cordles Pruning Saw
I mentioned in the introduction that there are a myriad of applications for the Keo. This is because it effectively is a powered saw. Though it is designed to be a pruning saw primarily, anything small that needs a powered saw to cut is feasible.  I read another review over at Gardening Tips and Idea’s which outlined the following possibilities;

Replacing the standard wood blade with a metal blade allows you to cut through metal sheet, tubing and other metal products. With another quick change the plaster blade allows you to slice through Gyprock™, plasterboard and even thin wall sheeting.

You can see the possibilities are endless.

One final application for the Bosch KEO Cordless Pruning Saw
My last, and favourite application for this tool is using it to trim up fallen palm branches. If you, like me, are unfortunate enough to have a palm tree in your back yard, you’ll know just how annoying the constant falling branches are. Or perhaps you actually like your palm tree, either way you still have to deal with the fallen branches.

Before it would be quite a task to cut them up. I’d either have to use a manual saw, use a hedge trimmer or even sometimes resort to a chainsaw to cut up the branches into smaller pieces. However I found the Bosch KEO chewed straight through the stem of the branches, allowing me to trim them into much smaller pieces for disposal with ease.

The Last Word
I want to make this clear. I have been very positive of the Bosch KEO Cordless Pruning Saw not because I had to. I was provided with this tool free of charge and under no compulsion what so ever to review it positively. However, I have reviewed it positively because I absolutely love it. I would thoroughly recommend that you consider adding this tool to your arsenal.

Aussie Green Thumb Score – 9/10

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  • June Gorey

    Hi I have read your review on the Bosch Keo pruner and I would like to know where I can purchase one? I live in Beaumaris Melbourne. I found your review very helpful. Thank you.

  • aussiegreenthumb

    I’ve emailed my contact from Bosch to find out who it selling them. Will let you know when I get a reply 🙂 Glad you liked the review, you will be happy with the tool!

    I am also endeavouring to get a cost, I don’t believe it is exactly cheap but IMO worth the expense. I’ve seen prices internationally around $150-$180 AUD, just so you know 🙂

  • Jonno

    Did you ever get a response from Bosch? I am still having issues trying to find the product locally

  • aussiegreenthumb

    Yes, have you actually enquired at your local Bunnings? They are the only supplier I know of but many of the shops don’t have them on hand sadly. However I have had a number of readers manage to get them to order one in. Have you tried there? If you have, let me know and I’ll contact Bosch again and see if they can be purchased anywhere else yet.

  • sue

    Bosch Keo currently (late May, 2012) on sale at my local Bunnings for $159.

  • jonno

    Sorry about the late reply, I forgot which website I asked my question at! Turns out my local Bunnings had simply run out of stock so once they got more in I purchased it. I have to agree with your review. It is simply a marvelous device that does its job well despite its deceptively small size. I was suprised at how quickly and easily I got through the pruning the first time I used it! I didn’t find the safety mechanism to be too much of an issue and operated it with one hand. I am somewhat intrigued with the optional metal and plaster saws for the device. Nevertheless that’s something I’ll look in to some other day!

  • Meg

    I have a Bosch keo cordless garden saw and have used it so much I need to get a new blade. who or were in Adelaide is there a stockist for them?

  • Hi Meg, I’m sorry I’m not sure on a stockist in Adelaide (I’ve only lived in WA, Vic and Tas so no real local knowledge) hopefully one of the other readers on here can help? Good luck with it, you might also find some from a reputable online retailer.