BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 Cordless Chainsaw Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: November 28, 2017
Power tools are almost a mandatory piece of equipment for every devoted hobbyist as well as professionals. However, not everyone knows what to look for in a chainsaw and which factors to account when buying. Consequently, many people end up making a mistake and usually asking for a replacement or a refund. In order to avoid such a scenario, take a moment and check our reviews out. We have made a list of the most popular top-quality units so that you don’t have to do it yourself.
Therefore, if you want to save some time, effort, and most importantly – money, take a look at our articles, and you’ll find more than enough insights into the capabilities of particular chainsaws. When it comes to this model, it’s a decent chainsaw with quite a bit of useful features both for professionals and DIYers.
- Battery – 40 Volts, 2.0 Ah
- Weight – 8.3 pounds
- Bar length – 12 inches
- Charge time – 120 minutes
- Motor – Brushed
- Tool-less chain tensioning
Black+Decker LCS1240 – The Basics
When it comes to ideal applications, don’t expect it to cut massive pieces of wood, because it won’t. The reason behind this is pretty straightforward – it’s a battery-powered machine meaning it does have certain limitations as far as the power output is concerned. However, smaller tasks such as cleanups, trimming, and pruning are a piece of cake for this machine.
The biggest advantage of this model is certainly its portability. You can take it wherever you want, and it guarantees 60 4x4 pine lumber cuts with one charge. Time needed for full recharge is 120 minutes. Even though it seems like quite a limitation, you can always buy an additional battery and have two in circulation so that when one gets empty, the other is ready for use. It’s not a perfect system by any means, but it works quite well. On the other hand, if you aren’t keen on investing in an additional battery, you can expect 60 cuts before a 2-hour recharge downtime.
Black+Decker is a well-known brand in the world of power tools. Therefore, it’s not surprising that they have managed to design a nearly perfect cordless chainsaw. It’s a lightweight and easy-to-use tool which is the two most desired elements in any battery-powered chainsaw. If you’re looking for such a machine, don’t hesitate to give this one a closer look.
The hand grip is well-designed and cushioned with a soft rubber coating. In other words, as far as the vibration intensity goes, there is almost none. You will feel the effect of vibrations nonetheless, but it won’t take that much of a toll when fatigue is in question. Furthermore, being a battery-powered unit, it doesn’t offer much more than 60 cuts before it needs a recharge meaning you won’t use it enough to cause serious fatigue issues.
The automatic oiling system is a good addition to this product. It may not seem as relevant, but you can rest assured that the absence of this feature quickly becomes quite a nuisance both for experienced users and novices. The battery is okay, but it’s far from the best one around. However, the recharge time of only two hours makes it quite desirable amongst occasional users.
The safety is at a satisfactory level. The machine is reliable and sturdy enough for most projects meaning you don’t have to worry about it letting you down in the middle of a project. The low-kickback Oregon bar and chain are a standard addition but still mentionable.
Things we liked about it
The thing that makes this unit great is its reliability and longevity. On top of that, you can take it wherever you want without having to think about extension cords and gas refills. In other words, when it comes to convenience – this is the ideal solution. On the other hand, it does have certain limitations due to the lack of power.
The other thing we liked is the price. While many cordless models tend to have a pretty hefty one, this model is surprisingly reasonably priced. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s a cheap piece of equipment per se, but it’s definitely a worthy investment for people that are going to use its full potential. Also, the 2-hour recharge time doesn’t seem as long as one would expect.
Things we didn’t like
As with all other cordless models, most people will struggle with the certain limitations such as power or battery capacity. The other thing that is being frowned upon by many users is the lack of oil capacity. In other words, make sure you keep the bar and chain oil handy because of the small reservoir capacity. It’s not a major downside, but it’s definitely one worth pointing out.
The battery sometimes needs time to cool off before starting the recharge cycle. It will error out most of the time while it’s hot.
General user impressions
The enthusiasts that like cordless units praised this unit’s light weight and portability. On the other hand, the people who don’t have any experience with cordless chainsaws struggled with the downtime, especially without a spare battery. As we said, it won’t cut large pieces of wood under any circumstances, but it will prove as useful for smaller tasks such as cleanups or cutting firewood.
If you’re looking for a branded high-quality power tool, the LCS1240 might be a good solution. It doesn’t take too much space, and it weighs only about 8 pounds. In other words, it doesn’t, and it shouldn’t cause any fatigue or exhaustion problems whatsoever. The battery will be empty before you get tired.
Truth be told, it doesn’t come without a few disadvantages. If you don’t like frequent recharging and quite a bit of downtime, don’t buy this unit. Even though it does offer around 60 cuts per charge, it’s not always the case, especially if you’re cutting something bigger than a 4x4 beam. We would recommend this model to people who are sure that they are going to use the full potential of it.