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Black and Decker LCS120 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Chain Saw,Includes 20v Battery
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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
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We had a late spring, very wet snow that took down many trees and branches. This light-weight chain saw is exactly what I wanted for trimming and clean-up. Easy to use and very powerful for such a small chain saw. I just cut down a 5-6" thickness tree with no problem. I love not being tethered to a cord. The battery lasts as long as I do so it's a good match. ;-)
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
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I almost want to give it 4/5 stars because of the difficulty I had with initial setup (used the F-Bomb at least twice), but hopefully my review can help others from sharing my fate.

Tips for setup: (use 2 people, one holds the blade steady onto the tension adjustment pin and one tightens the case bolts) You need scissors to cut some zip ties off initially. Then you have to install the blade/chain and adjust the chain tension. The manual talks about chain tension AFTER it tells you how to install the blade but you need to know about it FIRST. On the left side of the handle of the chainsaw is the allen wrench/flathead screwdriver attached to the handle. There are 2 allen bolts on the right of the gear cover (these hold on the cover tightly) and one recessed flathead screw just to the right of the blade (if looking straight down the blade from the front of the saw). The flathead is how you adjust the tension of the chain.

Ok, so with the gear cover off and the blade out of the saw, screw the flathead screw and watch the piece that it moves up and down to move the blade to adjust tension. Now that piece should go INSIDE the slot on the blade. When I installed mine, I thought I had that piece in the slot, but it came loose as I was tightening the allen bolts and it made my install have to be done twice and I'm sure could have damaged the chain if I used it. I noticed because I could not tighten the chain and had to take everything apart. The second time I had a second person hold the blade steady while I screwed the bolts on the cover on so it wouldn't move.

When adjusting the chain tension, which you WILL need to do, make sure it is loose enough to pull the chain away from the blade but NOT loose enough to pull the INNER teeth out of the guide. To adjust the flathead screw, make sure the allen bolts are SLIGHTLY loose. I used a drill to tighten my tension because the included tool is very frustrating to use as it hits against the blade at every half turn. I also overtightened mine very slightly so that when the chain breaks in, it should stay just right.

OK WOW that took longer than I expected. So, onto the actual chainsaw itself. If your install goes well, this saw will be so simple, which is what I like most about it. It makes cutting small trees and limbs that a typical homeowner may need to remove very easy.

Pros:
MOBILITY! (small and lightweight)
No pulling to start, its always ready to go, just pull the trigger.
Battery life is very solid, hasn't died on me yet!
Plenty of power for me (I've cut a small tree that was about 5" diameter)
VERY quiet

Cons:
Plastic exterior
Doesn't include oil

Experience: As a new homeowner, I used this to clear out a neglected wooded area of my small back yard which included several small trees, largest ones were about 5" diameter. I was surprised by how quiet it was. It is easy to carry around and you don't have to pull to start so I didn't always need it (was using a shovel or rake most of the time) but could pick it up, pull the trigger and cut! Very convenient. A friend of mine is also a new homeowner and I helped him with a similar situation where he needed to clear a portion of his back yard. He has all the high-power tools so when I showed up with this, he and another friend made fun of it! He has a $300 16" husqvarna chainsaw, but guess what, the black and decker got used almost exclusively throughout the day. By the time his chainsaw was started, I could already have the branch or tree cut down. Having a powerful chainsaw isn't worth it to me after using this. 1) if I need to cut a large tree, I will call a professional so I don't damage myself or my property. 2) Who needs to cut down large trees regularly? Its usually just trimming branches and removing small trees, plus my HOA won't even let me remove any tree that is more than 6" diameter without approval.

With smaller limbs this chainsaw will "bounce" around a bit because of 3 things, 1) it doesn't spin extremely fast, 2) not a lot of weight behind it, and 3) shorter blade means shorter pivot point so you need to apply more pressure or move the branch closer to the beginning of the blade.

Conclusion: As a typical homeowner you simply don't need anything more than this and you can't beat its convenience. It won't help you start a tree removal service but it will help you trim some trees in your yard and remove smaller trees as well. It helped me remove a lot of "annoying" trees and branches that would get in your way of walking. I have a lot of tools from the B&D 20v system and they do a good job for what they are. I recommend that you at least have 1 spare battery (just buy another tool!) so that no job gets left unfinished because it is a true heartbreaker if your battery dies and you don't have a spare. If you do have a spare it doesnt even slow you down. Battery charges in about 8 hours from dead to full with the included charger. I feel like for a $100+ chainsaw they could have included a small bottle of oil but its not a deal breaker. The plastic exterior could be a little more robust. I find the hand guard to be especially flimsy feeling but its not that bad. Lastly, the way the allen tool is attached to the handle, I feel that it will eventually fall out and be lost during use, however it is a relatively useless tool anyway.
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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2011
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This is the single best purchase ever! This chainsaw works GREAT!
It's very light weight, and cuts easily. I had a 14" gas chainsaw and this works just as good. It's so easy to use even my wife was able to cut a large woody shrub stump below grade by herself. I had a tree break in half during a storm, it took two days to completely clear it from the yard. It would have been done in a few hours, but I only had one battery. The battery lasts about 20-30 minutes with normal timber to cut. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone looking a chainsaw. However, buy an additional battery, you will be glad you did because once you get going with this, you won't want to stop. My acre is backed by woods and over the years they have crept onto the property. I've had this saw for about a month and have run out of things to cut with it.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2011
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With a yard full of suckering wild plums and chokecherries needing yearly thinning, this little saw takes over when the pruning is beyond lopper capacity. I, Miss Old Lady Absolutely Totally Non Mechanical, cut down a peach tree that didn't overwinter, sliced off the little branches, and sawed it into pickup-bed-size lengths in about half an hour. Ta daaah!

Saved $$ over having a service come in, not to mention, no worries about big boots trampling the perennials. (OK, I trampled some, but hey.)

The how-to-put-it-together instructions were a little challenging to follow, because I never do that sort of thing; but everything went together well.
It is almost impossible to do it wrong.

Since I hate gasoline engines, cannot make them work, I also use the B&D cordless lawnmower - love it! and the cordless weed trimmer. Just plug 'em in, and you are good to go.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2012
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Undoubtedly, this is not a heavy duty chainsaw. But, I knew that going in because I read all the reviews here on Amazon. I chose this model primarily for the convenience of having a cordless electric chainsaw of which I wouldn't be afraid. (Chainsaws have always scared me. When I was a child, a local man died after cutting himself badly with one.)

As others have mentioned, the battery life is short. I usually manage to cut perhaps one medium sized log and 10 or so much smaller limbs with a charge. Since I had a Pacific Madrone tree (beautiful wood, but VERY hard) come down in an ice storm this winter, at this rate it has taken a week or so to clean up the majority of the tree. And, the larger trunk will never get cut with this chainsaw. The blade is just too small. But that's okay; the chainsaw is doing what I bought it to do and I can't stress enough that using it does not frighten me. I also have quite a few nuisance volunteer trees that need to come down. Because their trunks are around 6 or so inches in diameter, I expect this saw to, eventually, get the job done. Therefore, even though it takes a number of charges to get things done, as long as it continues to last, I will be happy.

However, if you are someone who is not afraid of chainsaws and you really need the power and lasting charge to get medium to heavy duty jobs done, save yourself some aggravation, pay a little more and buy a different chainsaw because I don't think you'd be happy with this one's limitations. It truly is for light duty, limited work.

Two Tips:
1 - buy some "bar and chain" oil. You are going to need this before you can use your chainsaw. Also, if you don't have one, a mini funnel will come in handy.
2 - the allen wrench / screwdriver is attached inside a slot on the left side of the chainsaw. I couldn't find it in the box and actually went to the hardware store to buy one. When I was at the store, not knowing which size to buy, I called B&D support. LOTS of people don't realize it's attached and also think it's missing.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2011
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Great product as well as a great system from Black & Decker. They have multi tools available for the 20v line. The chain saw works great for small jobs. Battery life is great. The best part, if you have more tools from the 20v family, you will have several extra batteries and chargers.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2011
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This portable battery operated chain saw is easy to operate and is great for cleaning out underbrush and downed limbs 2-3 inches in diam!
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
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I loved the look and absolutely loved the idea of being able to do some small tree cutting on my own, so I ordered one. I was SO looking forward to putting it to use. Even ordered an extra battery based on reviews. When I got it, I put it together and filled the reservoir with oil. I was very careful not to spill or over fill. I went to do something for a few minutes, came back and the oil was all over the floor. I returned this one hoping it was just a fluke. When I received the second one, I tested the reservoir first and again, within 15 minutes it was empty and the oil was all over the floor. I called B&D customer service and they had nothing to say, other than sorry to hear it. Return it to Amazon and have a nice day. I contacted B&D via email regarding my experience and they at least seemed concerned enough to pass it on to the production group. In the meantime, I'm having to look for another battery operated chainsaw so I can get my small tree cutting job done across our large acreage.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
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I have all types of chain saws, electric, gas in various sizes and pole saws. This little 8" chain saw made me smile.
It cuts like butter, is lightweight and sturdy.
The minute the package arrived, I charged the battery and I put it to test. Not only did it do the job but was fun and easy to use. It didn't wear my arms out like my 20" gas saw does. Of course one will be limited to the circumference of the tree. But don't let the size of tree or branch scare you. I cut 12" circumference branch with no problems. Just cut one side into a V and then attack the opposite side. I liked the idea of the chain protector sleeve which is included in the package - which protects the chain and anyone hands while not in use.

There were some comments about the difficulty on placing the chain on its sprocket. There is absolutely no difference in design than any other chain saw. Those people who complaint just haven't used a chain saw before and had no experience. Read the instructions if you have a problem. In regards to the oil leak, it's not any worse than any other chain saw I own. They all leak. It's a inherent problem and deducted 1 Star hoping the manufacturer would read this and start working on better design, if at all possible. But they all have the same weak characteristics. One thing you can be sure of that this little saw will do over gas saws, it will make you satisfied that you own one of these for years and years to come, just as all my other corded ones do, because gas saws have a thing about requiring tune ups to be able to start it and keep it running.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2011
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This is a great little saw. Just don't expect it to do a gas saw's job. It'll cut three inch branches but let the saw do the work and don't force it. After the first charge it will recharge in about an hour. It's designed for trim work and not for cutting firewood. With the lithium-ion battery you'll have power to the last cut before needing a recharge. Knowing it's limitations, I'd buy one if I didn't have one.
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