Saturday, August 16, 2014
Product Review - Black and Decker Cordless Chainsaw
Now don't laugh. Seriously don't. I promised to do a review of this little gem some time ago and I have finally put the thing through it's paces enough that I decided it was time.
Jamie over at My Adventures in self reliance mentioned using her's this evening which reminded me that I was suppose to write up a review and since I am going to be watching the events unfold in Ferguson tonight I figured it was a good time.
Besides the wife is baking brownies so I need something to take my mind off the gooing goodness smell wafting from the kitchen.
Ok the saw.
This thing is truly a very handy item to have around if you grow fruit trees or have fences to clear. It also is kinda nice when you find those occasional long pieces of wood in your load that you forgot to cut in the field. I have actually managed to cut through some pretty large chunks of wood with it.
What I love the most about this saw is that it is so light and handy it is the perfect tool for cutting out those pesky small Cedar trees that grow up in my fence lines. I can use this little saw one handed while pushing the fence wire back with my foot and holding the tree with the other hand. The chain moves slowly enough that you have time to react if it jumps or goes for the wire so you don't ruin your chain either. It's perfect for trimming tree limbs that have grown into stuff as well because again I can operate it one handed while holding the limb.
The down side is the battery is not Lithium so you need to drain it fully before recharging and it stops cutting long before the battery is fully drained. It also really doesn't have enough juice for a full wrk out session so I broke down and bought two extra batteries for mine.
The most annoying aspect is that it doesn't have an oil reservoir that automatically keeps the chain and bar oiled. You have to manually do it with a little squeeze bottle they supply. This is a pain IMO.
Still for light duty trimming of a spontaneous nature I have found this little saw to be very handy and worth the price. For fence line clearing I have found it to be worth it's weight in gold and I can even charge it off my solar array system which means I will still be able to use it if gasoline becomes scarce.
While maybe not an essential item for post collapse living it sure would be a handy one to have around.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!