BLACK+DECKER BDCCS20B Review
Pros: Very inexpensive, light-weight, accurate sightlines
Cons: Short battery life, limited cutting power, difficult to change blades
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|Pros||Very inexpensive, light-weight, accurate sightlines||Powerful motor, long-lasting battery, good shoe design||Great adjustment and setting features, decent battery life, cutting light||Super long-lasting battery, easy to adjust shoe, powerful motor||Powerful, great blade changing system, positive bevel stops|
|Cons||Short battery life, limited cutting power, difficult to change blades||Heavy, expensive, so-so bevel design||Inconsistent cutting performance, slightly underpowered motor, heavy||No positive stops, imprecise sightlines, so-so blade removal||Limited battery life, heavy, expensive|
|Bottom Line||This economy saw has notable benefits to users with appropriately low expectations||This 7 1/4" saw boasts professional level power and accuracy in a cordless format||This fully-loaded saw makes cut adjustments a breeze, but the motor power leaves something to be desired||If you need to make lots of cuts on a single charge, then the Kobalt is the ticket||A professional level 7 1/4" saw with slick adjustments but a little short in the battery department|
|Rating Categories||BLACK+DECKER...||Milwaukee M18...||Ridgid R8653B||Kobalt KCS 6524B-03||DeWalt 20V MAX...|
|Ease Of Use (50%)|
|Specs||BLACK+DECKER...||Milwaukee M18...||Ridgid R8653B||Kobalt KCS 6524B-03||DeWalt 20V MAX...|
|Blade Size (inches)||5.5 in||7.25 in||7.25 in||6.5 in||7.25 in|
|Bevel Positive Stops?||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Linear Feet of 3/4" Plywood Cut per Charge||52 ft||298 ft||304 ft||360 ft||242 ft|
|Measured Weight w/o Battery||4.6 lbs||7.7 lbs||8.4 lbs||6.6 lbs||8.2 lbs|
|Measured Max Depth of Cut w/ Framing Blade (inches)||1-1/2 in||2-9/32 in||2-3/16 in||2-3/16 in||2-5/16 in|
|6x12" Cross Cutting Time||11.1 sec||4.2 sec||6.3 sec||4 sec||6.4 sec|
|Battery Used in Testing (Amp hours)||1.5 Ah||5 Ah||5 Ah||4 Ah||5 Ah|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The 5 1/2" BLACK+DECKER tested at the bottom of the class in most of our evaluations. This outcome is primarily due to this saw competing with framing saws. The BLACK+DECKER is a light-weight, light-duty tool that, when used in the proper context, will be a beneficial addition to any tool kit. That said, the saw's limitations relative to the other members of the class are severe. The saw blade is small, and thus, it doesn't penetrate very deeply into a cut. It has a pretty weak motor, too. Additionally, this saw lacks nearly every ease of use feature. These shortcomings hurt this saw's standing in the overall ranking.
The features that we like in the BLACK+DECKER's design are some of the same things that one might criticize the saw for if purchased with unrealistic expectations. This saw is small, light-weight, and inexpensive. While it's not powerful, it is a nice little tool to have in the kit for odd cuts and light finish work such as cutting molding or trim.
This saw is also a good choice for those who do or want to do light carpentry tasks around the house and don't want to use a hand saw. This saw doesn't cost too much more than a handsaw, so it's a natural choice when comparing the two.
There are a lot of ease of use features absent on the BLACK+DECKER. However, this is to be expected on a saw in this price range. First off, the shoe is a little flimsy, and the adjustments for saw depth and bevel are hard to loosen and tighten. The markers for these adjustments are also hard to read. Additionally, the saw blade is relatively difficult to change. That said, this saw isn't terribly hard to use — it's just very basic.
The BLACK+DECKER is not a powerful saw. It bogs down in deep cross cuts, and it isn't the best at making long rips of lumber or sheeting. It will make these cuts, however. That is, while the battery lasts. Yes, this saw also suffers from a very short battery life. However, longer amp-hour batteries are available for purchase.
Despite all of this saw's deficits relative to the higher-rated saws in our review, we think the BLACK+DECKER is a good value. If you've been making cuts by hand and you picked up this little circular saw, we think you'd agree. The saw just doesn't cost that much, and yet it performs at a reasonable level. Our value assessment comes with a caveat though: if you have heavy cutting work in mind, don't invest in this saw. It's not the right tool for the job.
The BLACK+DECKER is an economy saw for those with minimal or specific light-duty jobs in mind. The saw is a fantastic alternative to a hand saw and isn't much more expensive. While the saw is short on many ease of use features, power, and battery life, one certainly gets what they are paying for with this machine. So, if you're new to power tools or you want a little saw for quick cuts, give the BLACK+DECKER a look.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer