The 18-volt Black & Decker CCS818 cordless chainsaw is top-rated in its price range for those who mainly need something lightweight for pruning -- it just isn't powerful enough or large enough for cutting firewood or felling anything other than very small trees. Users appreciate the CCS818's light 6-pound weight and cordless convenience, and the 8-inch bar makes it easy to maneuver for pruning and cutting small branches. If you want something cordless but need more power, the Poulan Pro PP3516AVX (*Est. $150) is a budget gas-powered chainsaw that can handle most chores. It is considerably heavier than the Black & Decker CCS818, however.
We didn't find any cordless chainsaws included in comparison reviews, but we did find a single-product review on the Healthy House Institute website. In addition, we found more than 150 owner-written reviews of the Black & Decker CCS818. Amazon.com publishes more reviews of this cordless electric chainsaw than any other site. Reviews at Lowes.com and Walmart.com, though fewer in number, note many of the same advantages and drawbacks that Amazon.com users spell out.
Our Sources: Black & Decker Chainsaw Reviews
1. Healthy House Institute
This single-product review rates the 18-volt Black & Decker cordless chainsaw based on testing, recommending it for pruning branches no larger than 7 inches in diameter. Diana Forbes gives this chainsaw especially high marks for ease of use and value, rating it 9.3 out of 10 and pronouncing it "superb" overall.
Review: Black & Decker 18-Volt Cordless Chainsaw, Diana Forbes, June 21, 2009
Just under 200 owners review the Black & Decker CCS818 cordless chainsaw here, giving it mostly positive reviews for its convenience, and an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. On the negative side, some users say it has a short runtime, and others say the gravity-fed chain oiler leaks oil.
Review: Black & Decker CCS818 18-Volt Cordless Electric Chain Saw, Contributors to Amazon.com
Close to 30 owners rate the Black & Decker CCS818 chainsaw at Lowes.com, giving it an average rating of only 2.9 out of 5 stars. One review summarizes the most common complaints: "Oil leaks, power is weak (even at full charge), battery takes forever to charge (9 hours) and drains fast, Doesn't cut well..."
Review: Black & Decker 18-Volt Cordless Electric Chain Saw, Contributors to Lowes.com
Over 25 owners review the Black & Decker cordless chainsaw at Walmart.com, rating it at 4.1 out of 5 stars on average. Most find it very handy for small jobs, but others find it unsatisfactory, citing either lack of power or poor construction.
Review: Black & Decker 18-Volt Cordless Chain Saw, Contributors to Walmart.com