Black and Decker NPP2018 Cordless Pole Saw Review

The Black and Decker NPP2018 is one of the best value-priced cordless pole saws. Continue on for our full review.

Black and Decker NPP2018 Cordless Pole Saw

Power

The NPP2018 uses an 18V NiCad battery system. While not quite as powerful as Black & Decker’s 20V offering, it’s still rated for pruning up to 6” tree limbs with its 8” bar. The blade cuts through smaller branches in seconds. For a lightweight cordless saw, you’d think it would bog down on bigger branches, but it really cuts quite well.

Ease of Use

B&D pole saws are some of the easiest to handle and operate, as they are very lightweight and well balanced. At 7.6 pounds, it’s one of the lightest saws available. Unlike corded saws, the weight is very well balanced between the base of the saw (battery) and the cutting end (motor, bar, and chain).

Beginners to using saws and power tools in general should have no problem operating the NPP2018 after reading through the instructions.

Maintenance and Reliability

As far as maintenance goes, cordless saws are easy. Just keep the bar and chain oiled and check the chain regularly for damage and wear. One small downside to this model is that it does not have an automatic oiler, which is a reservoir and dispenser that puts oil on the blade. You will need to use the included bottle to apply oil before each trimming session.

Reliability is excellent. Though plastics are used in various components, that doesn’t reduce the saw’s durability for occasional use.

Maximum Extension

When fully extended, the NPP2018 measures 9 feet 7 inches. This is a bit shorter than B&D’s 20V model, but is still longer than most of the competition. It has a surprisingly long reach for such a light saw – expect to reach branches as high as 14’ off the ground without a ladder.

Package Contents

The box contains the saw, battery, charger, manual, oil bottle, chain adjusting tool, carrying bag, and scabbard. The scabbard not only protects the saw, but is used to store the oil bottle and chain tool. The inclusion of a storage bag is a nice addition that most other manufacturers don’t offer, and works well for holding the saw plus all accessories.

All you’ll need is bar and chain oil to get started.

Keep in mind spare batteries can be purchased and you can interchange the 18V battery with a number of other tools from Black & Decker such as their string trimmer and hedge trimmer.

Price

At just under $100, I think this saw is a great bargain. Many other cordless saws are priced closer to $150. The NPP2018 has all the features of other brands plus more.

Warranty

Black & Decker has a 2-year parts and labor warranty covering this model.

Replacement Parts

Not much is available in the way of replacement parts for the NPP2018, but you will find replacement chains, batteries, and chargers are readily available.

Pros

– Good power for a cordless
– Very lightweight and easy to handle
– Includes storage bag
– Great overall value

Cons

– Must be manually oiled
– Charging the battery completely takes several hours

Conclusion

I would not hesitate to recommend the NPP2018 for anyone who needs an easy-to-use pole saw. Being cordless, it’s very convenient and easy to operate. The price is very reasonable for what you get, and it’s one of the best bargains around.

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Black and Decker LPP120 Cordless Pole Saw Review

The Black and Decker LPP120 is a lightweight and easy to use cordless pole saw. Continue reading for my complete review.

Black and Decker LPP120 Cordless Pole Saw

Power

While cordless pole saws are known not to be as powerful as gas or even plug-in electrics, this 20-Volt model does have more cutting power than its 18V alternatives. With a 8-inch cutting bar, it’s rated for cutting branches up to 6 inches in diameter, which it does without a problem. In a pinch, you’ll be able to cut the occasional 7-8” limb.

Ease of Use

The LPP120 is one of the lightest saws out there at only 6.3 pounds. This makes it a great choice for those who would have trouble operating corded electric or gas saws, which typically weigh 11-16 pounds. This 20V model even comes in at a pound or two lighter than other cordless saws.

Handling the saw is a breeze. Vibration and noise are low, and the low weight makes it easy to maneuver.

Maintenance and Reliability

Maintenance for the LPP120 is as easy as it gets for a pole saw. As with any saw, you’ll want to clean it after each use and check the chain for damage and wear.

One small downside with this model is that it doesn’t have an automatic oiler, which is a reservoir to pump out oil onto the chain. It does include a small oil bottle for you to apply it manually. You’ll need to purchase some bar and chain oil and squirt it onto the bar and chain, which you should do before you begin each job.

In terms of reliability, this saw holds up well over typical use. There have been very few reports of the motor giving out. It uses lithium-ion batteries. As with all Li-Ion batteries, you should be sure to recharge the battery right away if you drain it to ensure it continues to hold its charge well. Speaking of battery life, you should expect to get a solid hour of cutting with the included battery, which is quite good.

Maximum Extension

The LPP120 has a maximum extension of 10 feet. This gives it the longest reach of any cordless available. It has a removable center pole section which can reduce the length to 6 1/2 feet to make it easier to handle if you don’t need the extra length. At full extension, you can expect to cut limbs as high as 14’ up.

Package Contents

Included in the package are an instruction manual and an oil bottle. Additionally, Black & Decker gives you a zip-up storage bag. This is a great accessory as it gives you room for the saw along with all of its accessories.

A charger and one 20V battery is also included. One big advantage of going with a Black & Decker is that you can use the 20V battery with many of their tools, such as their string trimmer, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, and more.

You’ll need to pick up some bar and chain oil to get started, but otherwise everything you need is included.

Price

Most cordless pole saws are priced in the $100-150 range, which I find to be very reasonable. This saw is closer to the high end at $140. However, since it has the extra power of a 20V battery, the longest maximum extension, and includes a storage bag, I think it’s a great deal.

Warranty

This saw includes a 2-year warranty from Black and Decker which covers both parts and labor for manufacturer defects.

Replacement Parts

You won’t find much in the way of replacement parts for cordless pole saws, and this is no exception. Of course, the only thing you should need to replace due to wear is the 8” chain, which is readily available.

Extra batteries are also available to help you take on larger jobs.

Pros

– Great cutting power with 20V battery
– Very lightweight
– Long maximum reach
– Battery can be used with other B&D tools
– Included storage bag

Cons

– Bar & chain must be manually oiled
– Battery takes several hours to charge
– A bit more costly than other cordless pole saws

Conclusion

I consider the LPP120 the best all-around choice in a cordless pole saw. While there are a lot of great choices out there, this saw is not only one of the lightest, but one of the most powerful and long-reaching. It’s both reliable and easy for anyone to use, even if they’ve not used power tools before.

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