BLACK+DECKER LCS1240/LCS1240B 40V MAX 12-Inch Chainsaw Review

BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B (aka LCS1240) is a battery powered chainsaw with 12 inch Oregon low-kickback bar and chain. It’s a 40-Volt system and is compatible with other batteries from other Black and Decker products within 40V MAX lineup. If you already have compatible batteries you can purchase BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B without one for a cheaper price.

Cutting performance

BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B isn’t as powerful as gas chainsaws and you won’t be downing 20” diameter trees with it but it’s sufficient for lighter duty jobs. It works great for cutting saplings, branches, limbs and small trees with diameter of few inches. It can be used for cutting lumber too because it’s compact, lightweight and has good battery life.


BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B (LCS1240) has tool-free tensioning system that makes adjusting chain very simple and fast. Full wraparound handles makes cutting easier from different angles. Front hand guard protects you from flying debris.

It also features automatic oiling system.

Ease of use

BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B is easy to use and handle. It’s compact and weighs 8.3 pounds making it significantly lighter than gas chainsaws but is in the weighs about the same as most other battery powered ones.


BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B is compatible with batteries from other products from BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX line up. If you already have 40V MAX batteries you can purchase this chainsaw without ones to save money.

Battery life is decent but that’s an abstract description since how long it actually lasts depends a lot on many factors including what you cut and how. However despite that some of you will still find a need for a second battery.

What’s the difference?

You might be wondering what’s the difference between BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B and LCS1240 – well there isn’t one, they are literally the same chainsaw. The difference is in package contents: LCS1240B is shipped without a battery whereas LCS1240 is. The extra “B” in the model name means you bought a bare tool without batteries.

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BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B (LCS1240) is a good chainsaw for light duty jobs however it’s not comparable to a gas chainsaw in terms of power or cutting speed if that’s what you are looking for. LCS1240B or LCS1240 is a chainsaw for light duty jobs that’s comfortable to use – it’s lightweight, compact, doesn’t emit fumes and is a lot less noisy than gas chainsaws.

BLACK+DECKER LCS1240B/LCS1240 40V MAX Chainsaw Details/Specs:

  • Type: Electric (battery powered)
  • Bar: Oregon 12”
  • System: 40V
  • Weight: 8.3 lbs

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