Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw Review

The Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw as it comes in its package

The Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw as it comes in its package

Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw

Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw

The Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw arrived via UPS along with our other test gear and after opening the box, and checking to make sure I had gotten everything I ordered, I pulled out the pocket chainsaw so we could put it to the test.

It comes in one of those adult-proof packages that it takes a knife, a steady pull, and lots of cursing to open. The chain is coated with a black oxide finish and has 92 bi-directional teeth allowing it to cut in either direction, the handles attach to the chain via an eye hook on either end. The handles are nicely shaped heavy-duty plastic that has a strong nylon loop for attaching them to the chain.

It weighs in at about 10 oz, the chain is 21″ long and the whole thing is 28″ with handles attached. The company claims it can cut through a 3″ diameter log/branch in 20 seconds or less.

Log pile we use for firewood in winter.

Log pile we use for firewood in winter.

I decided I would try the saw on pine logs from 1″ -6″ in diameter to see how well and how fast it could cut different types of wood.

I had my wife break out the stopwatch on her smart phone and we set about timing the cuts. I started with the 1″ diameter pieces and moved up in size after each cut.

The chart below shows how long it took to cut each piece.

Size

Time in Seconds

 1″

 11

 2″

17

 3″

 21

 4″

 43

 5″

 92

 6″

 178

 

Logs cut with Black Widow Tools Pocket Chainsaw.

Logs cut with Black Widow Tools Pocket Chainsaw.

The saw doesn’t bind on logs 5″ diameter and less and on the 6″ diameter log it only bound up three times which I think had more to do with operator error then the saw itself.

After cutting all 6 logs, pretty much back to back, I inspected the chainsaw and found very few signs of wear. The black oxide coating on the blade showed no signs of rubbing off and the teeth were still good and sharp.

The handles were comfortable and didn’t cause too much hand fatigue cutting sections from the 6 logs, but resting for a few minutes after each log or after every couple of logs would eliminate what little hand fatigue I did feel. The same goes for arm fatigue, using this saw, like any other hand-operated saw, is labor intensive so resting after every few logs is a good idea.

When you are done cutting logs for your fire or shelter the saw is easy to take down for storage. The nylon loops on the handles fold back across the handle and slip into small slits on the backside of the handles to keep them from hanging on anything. The saw blade rolls up into a nice little circle that is only 1/2″ tall for easy, compact storage, the only draw back in storage arena is that it doesn’t come with any kind of storage case/bag.

Blackwidow Tools Pocket Chainsaw.

Blackwidow Tools Pocket Chainsaw.

Blackwidow Tools Pocket Chainsaw taken apart.

Blackwidow Tools Pocket Chainsaw taken apart.

Overall I found the Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw to be a very effective tool that made short work of all the cutting tasks I asked of it. With proper maintenance (cleaning after use, a light coat of oil or silicone lubricant, etc.) the Black Widow Tools Pocket Chain Saw will give you years of dependable service.

I look forward to seeing your comments and as always, Train to Survive!

Tom

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