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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Black & Decker CCS818 18-Volt Cordless Electric Chain Saw

This saw actually seems to exceed the normal B&D build quality.   I found the saw well constructed and thoughtfully designed.   If you are planning on trimming off small branches it does a nice job on up to 2" diameter branches.   If you plan on cutting anything larger you want to have a large number of charged batteries handy.

My 12" Remington electric chain saw, model LNT-2, died in the middle of a bush stump of roughly 7-8" in diameter.   My initial annoyance abated when it occurred to me that I have had the little beast for possibly 20 years so it provided service well beyond what one could expect for such an inexpensive tool.   The overheated burning smell was some catastrophic failure.  (Yes I did have plenty of oil in it.)

Ironically I now have 4-12" chains, two of which are freshly sharpened and no chain saw on which to install them. 

I borrowed the B&D saw from my son.   It worked fine but I again caution you that the battery life is truly 
dismal.  I had three batteries and all three ran out of juice well before the first one could recharge.   The stump was within the saw's rated capacity but it took 5 battery recharges to cut the whole way through.

In summary, a good trimmer, very light, can easily be used one handed (although that is not ever  recommended), very quiet and reasonably priced.   Do not expect that it is a useful replacement for even something as simplistic as my old Remington LNT-2. 
 Handles both soft and hard wood measuring up to eight inches in diameter
 Makes up to 150 1-1/2-inch diameter cuts on a single charge
Lightweight, efficient, and comfortable to hold
Weighs 9.5 pounds; 2-year warranty
 Includes one 18-volt battery, a guide bar scabbard, and an on-board hex wrench

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