Black & Decker LCS1020 Review

Aug 24, 2018 | Reviews

The Black & Decker Company has been in the market of designing and engineering different models of electric chainsaw, whether it is corded or cordless, for several years. They have remained a leading competitor in the production of easy-to-use, portable, convenient, and efficient electric chainsaws.

Black & Decker LCS1020

Our Rating


The Black and Decker provides variety in a market since it is a lightweight battery operated chainsaw that comes with a 10 inch Oregon bar and chain reduced kickback and a 20V max lithium battery that ensures a longer run time and longer battery life. It also stays charged for five times longer than chainsaws of the same kind. This unit is also ideal for smaller jobs because it is capable of producing quick but smooth cuts.


The B&D is ideal for any cutting tasks that do not require the user to exert a strong force. This unit is also easy to control and maneuver because its dry weight is only 7.2 pounds. It is also engineered to include a vital function which is the tool-free chain tension system for faster adjustments and tensioning of your chains. In comparison to other chainsaw manuals, the instruction manual of this unit has clearly defined labels and procedures.

Additionally, the assembly of the material is a breeze since you only have to attach the blade to the chainsaw itself. Moreover, you can also take this unit in the great outdoors since you are not being limited by an extension cord. Since it is powered by a 20V lithium-ion battery, it is generally more powerful than other battery-powered chainsaws because the lithium-ion has the highest energy density among all batteries.


Despite the elimination for the need of an extension cord, this battery powered chainsaw is still not meant for heavy duty cutting, plus this is also a less powerful model so you might need to exert more force when operating this unit. Battery operated chainsaws run on batteries and you need to always have a spare battery in case your first one runs out of charge. It is always better to buy the highest quality and longer lasting batteries, especially when you would like to work in the middle of nowhere. When it comes to the lubrication of the chain, you may still need to manually do this process in the event that the chain bar oiler does not pump out the oil.

Pros and cons

  • The product is delivered in a fully assembled state and this makes it easier for the user to start working with the equipment
  • As this unit only weighs 6.25 pounds, it is extremely lightweight and is ideal for small household cutting tasks
  • It comes with a hand guard that protects the user in the event that the chain shatters or derails
  • Cannot cut through thicker pieces of woods
  • ​Despite the presence of an external tensioning system, the chain tension is quite difficult to adjust, since they can either become too loose or too tight


If you need a lightweight and low maintenance chainsaw that is also perfect for the wilderness, the battery operated chainsaw is the most ideal type of chainsaw. However, you have to remember that any kind of battery will eventually run out of energy, so you need to be very conservative when it comes to the power that you will use, especially when you don’t have a spare battery. Nonetheless, the BLACK+DECKER LCS1020 20V MAX Lithium Ion 10 Inch Chainsaw is still one of the highest rating battery operated chainsaw in the market today and is perfect for any light cutting that you would wish to do.

John McDonald

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