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Whacking the "Bush" in Alaska!

Black & Decker is a name in tools that I know and trust for making quality products. I was happy to see that they make this battery powered chainsaw. We have a gas chainsaw but like many others have noted, starting it takes more energy than using it. I really needed something easier and faster to use. We're mainly cutting Aspen and some pine for firewood.

As soon as this came in the mail, I pulled out the battery and the charger and got it to cooking. It took about 5 hours as the booklet said to reach a full charge. During that time, I read through the instruction booklet and put the saw together. That didn't take more than a few minutes and requires absolutely no tools. I was impressed with the sturdiness of the saw. The saw is made of metal and plastic and is very light and well-balanced.

I'm not a big, strong lumberjack, I'm a great-grandmother, so I'm not all that keen on chainsaws but doing a job without the right tool is just wrong. This is the right tool for me. I was able to cut a nice pile of logs up in the 20 minutes of operating time for the battery charge. I have a picture of my pile below.

I like the weight and how easy it is to use the saw. I don't like the manual lube of the chain. It's annoying to have to push the little plunger after every cut or so to keep the chain lubed. I like that I feel safe while using the saw. It seems easy to keep it in control as it's not running anywhere near as fast as our gas chainsaw. I also like how easy it is to adjust the tension on the chain if I see it getting a little loose. I don't have to stop what I'm doing and pay attention to taking care of that.

Bottom Line: The price was right and I'm happy with my purchase. If I could do it over knowing what I know now, I would probably opt for the 40V version with the automatic chain lube and a little more power but this will work for me for now.

Day Two: I wanted to add a few thoughts after spending a second day with this little chainsaw "wannabe". Today we tacked a 50+ foot Aspen with approximately a 7 inch diameter. We won't be trying that again. The B&D cuts too slow for a job like this and in the end, the tree fell all wrong even with the right cuts. We again only had 20 minutes of cutting power and that was enough to down the tree and cut it into small enough sections to get on the sled to haul out of the woods. I used my gas powered chainsaw to finish the job of cutting it into firewood.

This is a great little tool for having around the yard for cutting up limbs and fallen trees. It's sturdy, easy to use and well-designed (except for the manual lube on the chain). It's a step up from a hedge cutter and a step down from a gas chainsaw power-wise. Consider your needs and how you will be using this before you buy it.

and this was easy to use

I, a female, bought this for myself because my husband considers himself a “gentleman lumberjack,” and refuses to use any power tools for cutting down trees or trimming branches; I trim as many tree branches as he does, and got sick of having to use a handsaw and took matters into my own hands, but with power tools in hand! I had never used a chainsaw in my life, and this was easy to use; the first weekend I had it, I took down so many trees branches, it took two trailer loads to get them all hauled off to the composting center!
Before using it, you will need to charge the battery, and also make sure you get chainsaw bar oil and fill the reservoir/oil it.

All in for cordless

Let me start by saying I already have a 10" B&D cut-off saw and an old model electric 7 1/2" circle saw, so I was familiar with the brand.

I've only had this model for a few days but am very satisfied initially after cutting up a fallen tree branch that was just too heavy and bulky to relocate on my farm.

In the above project I had available the two amp/hour Li-ion battery and half expected it to run out of juice since some of the wood was 8" thick. No problem. I finished the job with juice left in the battery. Put it on the charger and was surprised it was showing all green (not flashing as when charging) when I checked later.

I've since ordered the 4 a/hr battery but haven't used it yet. I've gone cordless and ordered some other B&D 20v Max Lithium Ion tools (Matrix Drill and 3 3/8 circle saw, blower, tiller, 5 1/2 in. circle saw, in line extended length pruning saw... and expect these to serve my needs for quite some time.

Thought about waiting for the 40v versions to come out before buying but did a mental assessment of my expected usage and decided on the 20v versions as being adequate.

Amazing performance coupled with light weight!

Last week, I hired a tree surgeon to cut down an elm tree (30 foot tall, 16 inch trunk at base) close to the house in the front yard, leaving the material as it fell in order to save a couple of hundred bucks on the job by doing the haul off myself. Since my gas powered Stihl had been stolen earlier this year, and thus being chain saw poor at the moment, I decided to order the Black & Decker LCS1020 20V Max Lithium Ion Chainsaw, 10-Inch for this job. I had previously purchased a B&D 20V drill, and had been impressed with its performance using a 1.2 Amp Hour battery, and since I thought it would be nice to have a smaller chain saw on han for odd jobs, pruning, and such, I figured I couldn't go wrong with the purchase of the LCS1020.

I am glad to say that I didn't go wrong with this purchase..........I wish I would have bought this a long time ago!!! It took me about 5 1/2 hours to do the job outlined above, making what I would estimate to be around 100 cuts tota , and a total cutting time of about 30-40 minutes on q single full charge of the saw's 2.0 Amp Hour battery (supplied with the saw). I almost finished the job in totalnwith just the one battery charge, but alas, it abandoned me at the end. But then, I simply hooked up the other battery I had on hand (1.2 Amp Hour), and used it for another 5 minutes of cutting time to finish off the job, with the smaller battery still have a lot of charge left to it. Now, the largest size cuts that I was made were small, the biggest being 4-5 inches in diameter, I could tell that the LCS1020 would have been up to the task, but likely without as much battery life time.

The light weight of the LCS1020 at 7.2 pounds definitely made the job easier; my other saw at twice the weight would have wore me out! Other things I liked about the LCS1020 were 1) the tool-less chain tensioning mechanism was very easy and held very tight, and 2) the optional notes to use plain vegetable cooking oil for the bar lube that was stated in the instructions. They recommend the option of using vegetable oil as the lubricant especially for use with pruning off limbs from live trees. I went with the vegetable oil largely because I couldn't find my regular chain lube in the garage, and it worked quite well. It does make sense that it would likely be a little more environmentally friendly, I suspect. The manual priming for the lubricant worked well, but I must confess that I wish that it had automatic oiling.

Eventually I will wind up replacing my larger Stihl that was stolen, but I am definitely going to hold off on that until I had a definite need for it. I think the LCS1020 will satisfy all the planned needs I have for a chain saw in the coming future. My days of cutting down trees for firewood and blazing 4 wheeler trails through the woods have long since passed to my youth!

Updated on 3/22/15: Still quite pleased with the LCS1020. Last weekend I had the chance to use the LCS1020 for the second time, taking care of tree branches that fell from a recent ice storm. Prior to starting the job, decided to do a quick sharpening touch up on the saw, and realized I did not have the correct specified size file for sharpening, which is 4.5 mm. I did have a 5 mm file, used it, and it seemed to do the trick nicely and I got the job done with no problems, but I will get the correct size file soon. I have used Oregon's file guide previously, and it works well to maintain correct angles. For the LCS1020, the correct 4.5 mm size file is found in their produt number 31692 at

No regrets

I was hesitant because I have had electric saws that were useless. But I thought, after weeks of thinking about it and really tired of rebuilding the gas powered chainsaw, I'll give it a try. This thing is a beast. I have cut four trees down with it (two medium and two smaller trees). It does go through batteries fairly quickly but I have batteries from my other B&D tools which fit so I swap them out and keep going. The manual oil isn't that much of an issue (just push the bulb once or twice occasionally). My fourteen year old uses it quite a bit so it is very easy to handle. I have a gas power saw but this one is easier to get started and cuts just as well if not better. Adjusting chain tension is much easier on this than the gas powered. I have no regrets with this purchase and it makes clearing the rough so much easier.


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40V MAX Lithium Ion Battery for longer runtime and overall life

12" premium bar and chain. Automatic oiling system

Suitable for pruning branches and cutting fallen limbs

Tool-free chain tensioning for quick and easy chain adjustments. 40V MAX* 2.0Ah Battery provides over 60 4x4 pine lumber cuts on average per single charge

Full wrap around handle for comfortable cutting in different orientations

The BLACK+DECKER LP1000 and the BLACK+DECKER CS1518 are well worth considering also. Both tool brands are famous for their top quality Saws. Each of these two options received fantastic end user reviews also. The LP1000 advertises a rating of 4.7/5 as contrasted against the 4.2/5 star rating received by the CS1518 by BLACK+DECKER.

The BLACK+DECKER LP1000 has several features you wont find on other similar Chainsaws. For example 4.5-Amp motor for innovative clAmping jaws that grab and cut in one easy motion. The BLACK+DECKER CS1518 although, is very competitive with Powerful 15 Amp motor and even 18" Oregon low-kickback bar and chain.

I would be eager to recommend either of these BLACK+DECKER Saws

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