The BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX is not a high-performance chainsaw, but that's not what it was designed for. This model would be a good option for someone who is looking to make cuts through smaller diameter branches and rounds every once in a while. If you're used to using a hand saw for small jobs around the back yard, this is a huge step up. It does have a few advantages over the high-performance competition — In the weight category, it is one of the lightest chainsaws on the market. Also, it's very quiet so if you're worried about disturbing neighbors or nature this saw is a good option. The MAX is quite the bargain. If budget is an issue this might be the right saw for you.
BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX Review
Pros: Light, quiet, small, cheap
Cons: Lacking performance, weak battery, no chain brake
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|Pros||Light, quiet, small, cheap||Excellent sawing power, good battery life, relatively inexpensive||Instant wind-up time, metal bucking spikes, M18 battery system works with many other tools||Spectacular battery life, two chain speed settings, barely consumes bar and chain oil||Barely consumes oil, good performance, weather-resistant|
|Cons||Lacking performance, weak battery, no chain brake||Heavy, noisy||Expensive, uses a lot of oil, bulky||Not the strongest cutting power, plastic chain tensioning system, electronic controls slow down sawing||Slow wind-up time, no battery level indicator, no bucking spikes|
|Bottom Line||This model gets small jobs done with ease, but it’s lacking power and advantageous features when compared to others||If you’re looking for an amazing cordless chainsaw that performs better than the rest, we suggest you go with the ECHO CCS-58V4AH||This cordless chainsaw has zero wind-up time, cuts like a dream, and has a battery that works with a massive list of other Milwaukee tools||If you aren’t concerned about having a top tier cordless chainsaw, the Husqvarna still offers a good degree of performance at a reasonable price||Not a bad choice for an efficient cordless chainsaw that offers a high level of performance|
|Rating Categories||BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i||EGO Power+ CS1400|
|Saw Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX||ECHO CCS-58V4AH||Milwaukee M18 FUEL||Husqvarna 120i||EGO Power+ CS1400|
|Measured Body Dimesions||15x8.5x7 inches||16x8x9 inches||18.5x9x8 inches||19x7x7 inches||16x9x8 inches|
|Bar Length||12 inches||16 inches||16 inches||14 inches||14 inches|
|Measured Weight w/ Battery||8 lbs 6 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||14 lbs 4 oz||10 lbs 11 oz||11 lbs 10 oz|
|Measured Battery Weight||1 lb 5 oz||4 lbs||3 lbs 6 oz||2 lbs 12 oz||2lbs 14 oz|
|Included Battery Size||2 Ah||4 Ah||12 Ah||4.2 Ah||2 Ah|
|Measured Runtime||18 minutes||34 minutes||33 minutes||40 minutes||24 minutes|
|Measured Run Time Eco Mode||n/a||n/a||n/a||54 mins||n/a|
|Measured Battery Charge Time||3.6 hr||1 hr||1.3 hr||2 hrs||.75 hr|
|Measured Average Cutting Time||35.53 seconds||6.136 seconds||8.316 seconds||13.486 seconds||9.452 seconds|
|Measured Wind Up Time||1.75 seconds||.5 seconds||Instant||.5 seconds||2.5 seconds|
|Measured Decibel Reading at 48in||83.3 dBa||87.5 dBa||86.8 dBa||85.9 dBa||85.3 dBa|
|Control Type||Thumb safety||Thumb safety w/ chain brake||Side safety w/ chain brake||Electronic button, side safety and brake||Side safety w/ chain brake|
|Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type||Tool free||Included Tool||Included Tool||Tool free||Tool free|
|Metal Bucking Spikes||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type||Top, Screen||Side||Side||Side, flip-up||Side, Screen|
Our Analysis and Test Results
There are two things about the BLACK+DECKER that make it stand out from the others — it's extremely light and produces minimal noise. This model scores low in our review compared to the others, but only because we are testing products that are designed to operate at the highest of levels. It is still a great addition to your personal collection of yard tools.
Although it doesn't have much power, the BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX can easily handle light-duty jobs. As long as you aren't in any hurry, it cuts through logs that are smaller than the bar length.
One thing that we love about the MAX is that it's light.
The BLACK+DECKER is also incredibly quiet. With a measured volume of only 83.3 decibels, it is one of the friendliest saws to have to listen to. Chainsaws are very loud, it is nice that this model isn't quite so harsh on the ears.
The MAX battles to make cuts through larger rounds of wood. If you find a bigger job that this saw can handle, the battery does not last long, and once the battery is done it takes a ridiculously long time to charge. The run time was one of the very shortest during our tests and it takes more than three hours to get the battery back to full charge.
The BLACK+DECKER has an awkward battery compartment location that throws off its balance.
Despite its weak battery, sub-par performance, and comfort, its worst trait is the lack of a chain brake. Although a kickback is unlikely due to the lack of power, it's still possible. A chainsaw kickback without an inertia-triggered chain brake could potentially cause a very bad situation.
The BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX is very cheap, but with its low cost comes very low performance when set side by side with the other saws in our review. That being said, if you're looking for a cordless chainsaw for light-duty projects, the cost of the MAX is well worth it.
The positive aspects that the MAX has going for it are that it's cheap, it's quiet, and it's light. Other than that, unless you only need a cordless chainsaw for light duties, we recommend that you spend the extra cash to get a tool that does a better job.
— Ross Patton