Black & Decker LCS1020/LCS1240 Electric Chainsaw are two great cordless chainsaws that provide the ultimate in power and portability. Both models feature a powerful lithium ion battery and a premium low kickback bar and chain. There are a few important differences between the two chainsaws, however. This review will detail the features, pros and cons of each model.
Both electric chainsaws offer a premium Oregon low kickback with chain for creating fast, clean cuts. Oregon is known for designing bars and chains that minimize vibrations, producing smooth cuts. This feature is a definite benefit of both models. A special wrap around the handle of both models is designed to provide maximum comfort and control.
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Both the LCS1020 20V and LCS1240 40V are lightweight and easy to handle at only 7 and 11 pounds, respectively. A max lithium ion battery provides up to 5x longer usage, and the improved oiling system makes checking the oil level easy simply use the gauge provided on the clear window. The blade tensioning system doesn’t require any tools or manual oiling. This allows for easier operation and faster adjustments.
The Black & Decker LCS1020 20V and LCS1240 40V are designed for maximum portability and maneuverability. Their lightweight, cordless design makes it easy to complete projects in a wide variety of places and situations. The powerful lithium ion battery means you don’t need to sacrifice power for portability; both models are excellent for heavy jobs like cutting through live logs and dry wood.
The differences between the two models lie mainly in their power and size. The LCS1020 20V runs on 20V MAX, while the LCS1240 40V operates on 40V MAX. Black & Decker’s 20V MAX system is used in more than 20 outdoor tools. The 40V MAX system currently powers 6 different outdoor products.
As far as size, the LCS1020 20V features a 10-inch bar and chain while the LCS1240 40V 40V has a 12-inch bar and chain. Which one you choose will depend on the type of cutting jobs you need to perform.
The final difference between the LCS1020 20V and LCS1240 40V is priming. The LCS1020 20V uses a traditional primer, while the LCS1240 40V eliminates priming altogether. The chain on the LCS1240 40V is constantly lubricated.
Pros and Cons
Below are some of the pros and cons of the LCS1020 20V and LCS 1040.
- Suitable for completing many outdoor cutting projects
- Lithium ion battery can hold a charge for up to 18 months on standby
- Cordless operation ensures maximum portability
- Powerful enough to cut through durable materials
- The saw’s motor is flush with the bar, offering better visibility while cutting
- Premium Oregon bar promises clean, smooth cuts
- They are inexpensive
- Soft grip handle provides extra comfort
- Lightweight design reduces fatigue
- Lower cutting power than corded tools
- The battery must be fully charged before beginning a project
- The battery doesn’t last very long in full use; a second backup battery may be required, adding to the expense of the product.
Both the LCS1020 20V and LCS1240 40V electric chainsaws by Black & Decker provide enough power, portability, and ease of use to complete most moderate-to- heavy outdoor cutting projects. For its price, this is not a bad tool to have in the shed. Their cutting force is not as powerful as many corded saws, however, and battery life leaves much to be desired. For quick cutting jobs, this tool will definitely get the job done. For longer or heavier products, you may want to consider purchasing an extra lithium battery as a backup. Overall though, this cordless electric chainsaw is a convenient and powerful outdoor tool.