- "Will the axe fall quickly on The Executioner?"
- — Jonathan Pearce in Series 5.
- "Executioner was originally designed around a mild steel box section chassis. This chassis had a wall thickness of 3mm which we felt would be strong enough for most situations. Anyway so we went and started to build the machine whilst constantly weighing everything at all stages!! It wasn't until we were nearly finished that we thought the Robot looked heavier than what the scales were saying :( So off we went to get it weighed properly on some digital scales at Parcel force, I being confident that there was nothing at all to worry about as my scales were correct! 92.6 kilos later and my scales are now in the bin and good riddance to. This left us with what we at that time thought was 2 weeks to go for the auditions with a robot that weighed nearly 15 kilos overweight!! Not good. So after much heated debate and scratching of heads we decided to rebuild the whole thing in Aluminum."
- — The Executioner website on the original version of The Executioner
The robot was originally built for Series 4. This version had kevlar armour was not invertible as it had small wheels. It took 7 months to build, and was only just finished in time for the qualifiers. After failing to qualify for Series 4, it was entered into BattleBots under the name The Piecemaker.
After BattleBots, it was modified to the Series 5 model, with larger wheels to make it invertible. In Extreme 1 and Series 5, it was a long, pointed, invertible wedge shaped machine with a 22 tonne hydraulic crushing claw and powered by American-made NPC motors. The Series 5 model had side armour, less red on the body and the shark face on the sides of the wedge whilst the Extreme 1 model had the side armour removed, off-centre fins on the wheels to aid in self righting, more red parts on the body and the face removed from the sides of the wedge.
It was redesigned for the Sixth Wars to be much shorter, and had a vertical spinning disc powered by a 10hp petrol engine, but it failed to qualify because the team missed the qualifiers.
This version did qualify for the Seventh Wars, but lost in the first round again. This version was known by the team as Executioner/Evo 2, but was still referred to as The Executioner on the show. The vertical spinning disc was replaced with a cutting blade to reduce the weight. 
The original version of The Executioner first competed at the Series 4 qualifiers. It beat PC Plod in a qualifier, but was overweight so it didn't qualify for the competition
- "We rushed and rushed and ran out of time. We turned up at the auditions 12.6 kilos overweight and wearing temporary Armour. Personally I thought we looked Big Pants but that's what you get when you run out of time. As for the battle well everything worked well including the weapon! In fact it worked so well we bent the main blade like a sine wave on PC Plods tuff Armour. I just never realised the forces involved with 4 tons of hydraulic pressure! So anyway home we went very very disappointed to say the least"
- — The Executioner website on the Series 4 qualifiers
The Executioner qualified for Series 5, having fought a four-way melee at the qualifiers.
- "they decided to put us into a melee with 3 other bots oerrr missus. Into the arena we go 3 2 1 carnage there were bits flying everywhere and mostly from us to! The guys standing next to us had a flipper and all I could here was go on son flip him and it was always me at the front of his machine :) and all I was saying was go on Ian cut im cut im cut the bstaaaaa :) oh its makes you so aggresive this robot thing! Sadly for us the weapon packed in after we had a head on with shunt. The reason for this is that the pressure transducer on the hydraulic pump is mounted on an angled pipe connector and although I had nipped it up tight it does weigh a kilo and the inertia of a head on made it unscrew, suffice to say all Ians pumping was doing was filling the inside of the bot with oil yuk :( hmmm think we need a bracket to hold that in place then, ahh all this learning is doing my head in. Still the bot is very tuff and we took no major damage at all apart from the burning tyre after being left on the flame pit for an age (cheers Dead Metal) Everything worked reliably and the control was excellent although I was unhappy about my lack of grip due to all the oil on the wooden floor, so I think some spiked tyres will be in order there at least for UK battles anyway."
- — The Executioner website on the Series 5 qualifiers
The team intended to enter Series 6, but were unable to attend the qualifiers due to Mark Nenadic missing his flight from Austria.
Despite being overweight at the Series 7 Qualifiers, The Executioner was given automatic entry to Series 7, without having to take part in a qualifier battle, because the producers were impressed with the robot and the team promised to lose the weight.
- "Pop the ol girl onto the scales and horror of horrors 4 kilos OVER. We cant let you in they say :( Ian at this point is the most depressed I have ever seen ... So Of I go in search of Neil. "Neil, we are overweight mate." "By how much?" he says. "4 kilos" I say "but its no problem as we can lighten the disk". "Let me speak to the producer" he says! Producer comes over. "Hello Mark nice to see you what's up?" "We are overweight by 4 kilos but its not a problem as we can easily lose it but not today! I have driven all the way from Vienna to be here" "Ahh your the one who comes all the way from Vienna! Well I love the machine and want it in the show so your in! Be back here Tuesday with the weight lost!!" So I guess we are seeded in a way ha ha ha. Ian is suitably relieved"
- — The Executioner website on qualifying for Series 7
- "Go home guys, you're gonna get trashed!"
- — Mark Nemadic's confident message to the Dominator team before the battle.
The Executioner's first televised battle was in the Wild Card Warriors, where it was drawn against Dominator 2, a Semi-Finalist in the previous series. In an astoundingly comical and short battle, The Executioner attempted to hit the pit release three times before Dominator 2 pushed it into the button. As soon as the pit opened, The Executioner drove straight in, albeit with some assistance from a passing Dominator 2. This fight was actually filmed 2-3 days after The Executioner's fight against Pussycat.
- "18 seconds, and you're in the pit!"
- — Craig Charles reflecting on Mark Nenadic's appalling control.
The Executioner was given one of the hardest draws in the first round - the second seeds Pussycat. However, The Executioner started promisingly, using its weaponry to grab onto Pussycat's blade and prevent it from doing damage. Eventually the favourites got free and came on the attack, slamming The Executioner into the arena sidewall. The real turning point though came when The Executioner got too close to Matilda's CPZ. The flywheel whacked the newcomers, knocking off the tip of its crushing blade, which flew up and hit the controlling box the team were standing in. The Executioner was then powerless to prevent Pussycat pushing it into the pit.
After failing to qualify for Series 6, The Executioner fought in Heat N of Series 7. In Round 1, The Executioner fought three robots from other returning teams; R.O.C.S., Topbot, and Raging Knightmare. When the melee began, the four machines met in the middle of the arena, and The Executioner's blade snapped off Topbot's spinning disc. The Executioner tried to push R.O.C.S. down, the pit, almost driving in itself. The Executioner and R.O.C.S. continued to grapple until it broke down, due to a broken Vantec speed controller. The headless Mr. Psycho hammered it on the edge of the CPZ, picked it up, and pitted it.
- "...we probably miscalculated the current abuse of the control electronics. Also, we didn't provide adequate cooling. Resulting in massive overloading causing erratic behaviour & then complete electrical failure."
- — Ian Sanford
|THE EXECUTIONER - RESULTS|
|Extreme Series 1|
Wild Card Warriors
|Wild Card Warriors||vs. Dominator 2||Lost|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat L, Eliminator||vs. Pussycat (2)||Lost|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat N, Round 1||vs. Raging Knightmare, R.O.C.S., Topbot||Eliminated|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 3
|Main Series||The Executioner Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Failed to qualify|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Sixth Wars||Failed to qualify (Missed qualifiers)|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 2||Did not enter|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
The original version of The Executioner also competed in Season 3.0 of BattleBots as The Piecemaker after failing to qualify for Series 4 of Robot Wars. It fared no better than it or its successor did on Robot Wars as it lost its only fight by KO to a robot named My Son.
After Series 7, The Executioner was rebuilt with a smaller shovel and given a blue trim. It was meant to enter an assumed eighth series of Robot Wars, but after the robot's completion, Robot Wars was cancelled. The Executioner was later bought by Team Tornado for the purpose of being a robot that the team's wives could drive at charity events, but it was never used. Since then, it has been sold to Team MAD. 
- The Executioner was one of nine UK robots to compete in BattleBots.
- Like Barber-Ous and Tiberius, every time The Executioner lost, it ended in the pit.
- The Executioner is one of only nine robots to debut in Extreme 1 and to fight in one of the main competition. The others were 3 Stegs to Heaven, Axe-Awe, Comengetorix, Fighting Torque, Fluffy, NEAT Machine, Spawn Again and Sub-Version.
- A picture of The Executioner and its team made an appearance in a news article published by The Sun in June 2016, falsely associating The Executioner's Sanford family with an unrelated roboteer, Michael Sandford.