I was hoping that this one would be different, but its about course for the par for B&D. The Chain Saw itself is very nice. Has plenty of power, to start with, easy to use, and fairly light. There are a few things that could be better.
The front of the saw next to the blade has a piece with ridges on it to butt the saw up against the log that your cutting and keep it from bouncing and to grip the log so that you can lever the saw down into its cut. I'm not sure what that piece is called, but having it made out of plastic is a bad choice. Something like that should have been made from cast aluminum. After the short time that I've used mine the plastic ridges are already worn down and mashed. The bigger gas engine chain saws have a piece there with long sharp steel points to grip the log that its cutting.
Other than that, my only complaint is the battery. I've looked into getting an extra one or two so that I can swap them out and keep cutting for more than 30 minutes, but which one is the best? I found at least 6, 18-volt B&D batteries that run from $36 to $79-( that's as much as the saw by itself!) and one pair that was $109. But cant find which one has the longest life. I've also found 2 different generic batteries that say they are extended life for the B&D tools and one was $39 and the other was $90 for a pair. Even the B&D web site isn't any help. They say that one type of the 18-V batteries are for the smaller low power draw tools like the drill and the other type is for the high power drawing tools like the chain saw and hedge clippers. But they don't say which one is for which! I had the same problem with the B&D Versa Pack Tools that took the long round batteries. They started out great but the batteries die after just a short use time and after only a few cycles they wont take a charge. And again, a new pair of batteries for the drill cost more than the drill did.
The first time that I used this chain saw I managed to cut down 3 small apple trees that winter killed last year. All together I got about 12 cuts out of it in about 30 minutes before the battery died. I was cutting pieces that were from 1”- 1.5” dia. Up to 3”- 3.5” dia. The only reason it lasted 30 minutes is that I'm a slow mover due to a bad back. That's part of the reason I bought this small saw, so that it wouldn't be so hard for me to use. Instead of getting just another battery I bought the other battery powered chain saw with the gator grip lower jaw. It's still charging so I haven't had a chance to try it yet so that will be tomorrow.
Over all, once you get a good supply of batteries with the low trickle chargers that keeps them topped off this will be a nice little saw. The main reason I bought this chain saw is that its nice and quiet. I'm a amateur wood turner and with this little battery powered saw I can take it out in the mountains with me and use it to cut out some choice turning pieces of wood from dead falls. And do it without getting in trouble or accused of cutting firewood without a permit. So if you have a similar use in mind this saw will work great. It would probably work great for doing chain saw art in soft wood like Aspen or Poplar. But if you’re expecting to cut a bunch of firewood with it, forget it.
If it wasn't for the problem with the Batteries and the lack of information from B&D about them I would have gave this 5 stars. But since the battery is such an important part of this they really need to work on it. And make them a little cheaper too! Would you buy an electric car that the batteries for it cost as much as the car did?
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