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Poor quality, several design flaws, I'm getting rig of mine
on October 17, 2006
I purchased this for use in my basement, cutting wood for the fireplace. I liked the lower jaw idea to avoid digging the chainsaw into the floor. Unfortunately, the design is extremely poor. The upper "jaw" kickback cover actually hits the chain when closed.
One of the illustrations in the manual shows this upper jaw open perpendicular - when opened this far, the rear of the jaw actually impacts the chain. The chain cuts a large oval from the rear of the cover. When the jaw closes, it often does so at an off angle, actually hitting the chain, chewing up the upper jaw and dulling the chain. The lower jaw also closes crooked about 50% of the time, causing the chain to cut into the lower jaw!
A photo on the box shows a person obviously cutting above shoulder height - yet one of the first warnings in the manual is to never cut above shoulder height! This is common sense, but who approves the marketing and packaging?!?
The upper jaw has no "stop" except a small plastic flap. This broke off the third time I used the saw.
If you run the saw with no wood in the "jaws," the jaws snap open and closed as the chain randomly impacts them! NOT SAFE!
When it cuts, it jams easily. Pieces of "thready" wood that a normal saw would kick out, get jammed up in the small gear that drives the chain. This has happened several times. Cutting dry wood - no problem. Cutting green wood, the "thready" pieces are a constant problem, necessitating the removal of the chain cover.
The automatic oiler seldom works. I have to manually oil the chain. I have tried calling B&D's toll free customer support number. I can never get a hold of anyone. I am regretful I purchased this shoddily designed item. I will add some photos showing the problems.