Black+Decker BDCCS20B Review
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|Pros||Very inexpensive, light-weight, accurate sightlines||Super long-lasting battery, easy to adjust shoe, powerful motor||Long-lasting battery, good sightlines, inexpensive||Inexpensive, light-weight, clear sightlines||Inexpensive, decent blade changing system, average cutting power|
|Cons||Short battery life, limited cutting power, difficult to change blades||No positive stops, imprecise sightlines, so-so blade removal||So-so cutting power, no positive stops, fiddly bevel adjustments||Paltry battery life, below-average cutting power||Limited battery life, poor sightlines, fiddly adjustments|
|Bottom Line||This light-duty machine will appeal to novices and pros looking for an inexpensive trim saw||Like the Energizer bunny, this efficient, mid-sized model has a battery that just won't quit||A capable and inexpensive saw that is perfect for handy homeowners and DIYers||An affordable 6 1/2" saw that will satisfy most DIYers with light saw work in mind||This inexpensive saw is for light-duty applications only|
|Rating Categories||Black+Decker BDCCS20B||Kobalt KCS 6524B-03||SKIL CR540601||Ryobi P507||Porter-Cable PCC660|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Black+Decker BDCCS20B||Kobalt KCS 6524B-03||SKIL CR540601||Ryobi P507||Porter-Cable PCC660|
|Blade Size (inches)||7-1/4 in||6-1/2 in||6-1/2 in||6-1/2 in||6-1/2 in|
|Bevel Positive Stops?||No||No||No||No||No|
|Linear Feet of 3/4" Plywood Cut per Charge||298 ft||360 ft||52 ft||157 ft||220 ft|
|Measured Weight w/o Battery||7.7 lbs||6.6 lbs||4.6 lbs||5.9 lbs||6.0 lbs|
|Measured Max Depth of Cut w/ Framing Blade (inches)||2-9/32 in||2-3/16 in||1-1/2 in||1-29/32 in||2-1/16 in|
|6x12" Cross Cutting Time||4.2 sec||4.0 sec||11.1 sec||6.9 sec||5.3 sec|
|Battery Used in Testing (Amp hours)||5 Ah||4 Ah||1.5 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.
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