First established in 1910, it’s fair to say that Black and Decker have been around a while. And during that time, they’ve become one of the most trusted names in power tool industry.
I’ve owned countless B&D tools, and while no manufacturer is lemon free, most have become staples of my tool shed.
Today, I’ll be talking about the LCS1240, a 40 Volt 12 inch cordless chainsaw that I believe has been out just short of a year. Personally, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with cordless chainsaws i.e. I love the convenience, but I hate the price and power limitations.
Assuming you’re interested in owning a cordless model however, my personal opinions on the decision are largely irrelevant. Instead I’ll try to answer one simple question.
If you’ve decided to go cordless, is this the right model to buy?
For the aforementioned reasons, I approached the LCS1240 with minimal power expectations. And while I won’t be making the switch to cordless chainsaws any time soon, I was pleasantly surprised by its capacity for tree related carnage.
For anything less than 6 inches wide, you’d barely notice the difference between this and a gas powered machine. That combined with the drop in weight, noise and fumes, and I can certainly see the attraction.
For larger jobs, it’s limitations do become apparent. But the difference isn’t so much in capacity for cutting but rather the duration of cutting time.
I tackled a twelve inch stump purely out of curiosity and while it took me four times longer than a gas powered chainsaw, the result was still the same.
In other words, the LCS1240 has all the power that you’ll need for light yard work and it works just fine for larger odd jobs provided you’re not in the rush.
For a cordless chainsaw of this power and length, that’s pretty much a well deserved 10/10.
Cordless models are always higher in price and lower in power than both their gas and corded electric counterparts. This means that portability and general usability will pretty much make or break the reason for buying one.
The LCS1240 is no exception and I’m pleased to report that it definitely makes a strong case. 11.5 pounds is about right considering the power and chain length. The wrap around handle keeps you comfortable regardless of the angle at which you cut.
And I particularly liked the “Tool Free Chain Tensioning” system which consists of a small dial at the side which allows you to adjust the chain in seconds rather than minutes.
The 40Volt Lithium battery typically lasts around an hour so for most people, a single charge will get the job done. Apparently, it will hold a charge for up to 18 months while left idle but I didn’t get the chance to test this obviously.
I did however test the claim that it can handle 60 pine 4×4‘s on average. And while I only reached 56, I’ll take their word for it.
The Auto Oiling mechanism is also a nice touch but I must say that this thing really likes its oil. I only tested it for a few days but refills were a regular occurrence.
Usually, I’ll provide first hand information here or let the customer reviews decide. Unfortunately, I didn’t test it long enough to provide the former and it hasn’t been out long enough for customer reviews to hold much weight.
Therefore, I suppose it all depends on how much you trust the Black & Decker name.
The 1240 is a relatively new model and as such, customer reviews are a little scarce. At the time of writing, it’s been reviewed by 4 members of our editor panel. Nevertheless, it’s achieved an average score of 4.8 stars out of 5.
And that combined with the Black and Decker name should be enough proof for most people that it’s a solid machine. It’s also worth noting that said score was achieved by 95% of editors giving it at least 4 stars.
Like most cordless chainsaws, you’re paying a premium for the lack of a cord unless you already own a Black and Decker battery. Aside from that however, there’s nothing to fault. The price is in line with similarly powered cordless models.
And yet the build quality and design go well beyond its competitors. If you’re set on a cordless model and you’re happy with the 12 inch bar length, it’s a solid purchase.