Black & Decker BDCCS20B 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Circular Saw
This is a specialized tool. That's really the best way to describe it. It's a circular saw, but it's also not like most circular saws. In a lot of ways, it's a unique product.
PROS
Small 5.5in size makes it much easier to handle on long jobs than your standard-sized saw
Thin but high quality blade
Basic ''lever'' mechanism on the side of the tool makes it a snap to adjust the blade
Shares the same 20v battery packs as other Black & Decker devices
''Blade on the left'' design is good for lefties + for specific types of jobs
CONS
Engine and battery power may not be enough for some jobs
''Blade on the left'' design annoys some people
8.9

Obviously different than the 7 and a quarter-sized units, this Black and Decker BDCCS20B is made for smaller jobs and possible smaller people. 

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It’s a trim saw/general purpose machine that is even more distinct from the Rockwell we rated earlier because this one (like the second DeWalt in the list) runs on batteries.It like the Rockwell has a smaller and thinner blade than most of the gear in our list, and in a lot of ways this is a good thing. It’s quality built, basically from the same company that builds DeWalt tools.  Unfortunately compared to the Rockwell and any saw that has a cord for power, this device runs on 20volts and just doesn’t have the ”oomph” for big jobs.
There are stories of people trying to cut treated wood or even regular plywood and this unit running into trouble. It’s an idiosyncratic device as well, as the blade is on the left of the unit. This is the opposite of most circular saws and power tools. Why they did this, we don’t even know. It’s not listed as a feature or a detriment in most reviews or in any of the official literature on the tool. Sadly due to the battery power and some of the quirks, it’s not for everyone. Though hopefully if you’re using this machine for light duty, and you like the quirks, it could be a good pick for you. This is a specialized device. It may be a great fit for you, or it may not be the best fit. Let’s go through a bit more detail, and you can figure out if this is good for your needs or not! 

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Brand and Model History

Black and Decker is one of the older American tool companies. They acquired DeWalt in the 1960s and in 2010 acquired Stanley to form a rather large group of tool makers. They’re headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and sell tools all over the world. They’ve won awards in industrial design and have been a mainstay of American tool making since 1910. B&D, as a brand, is their midrange line second only to DeWalt. Their reputation is pretty good, and this saw has a 2-year limited warranty.

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Product Features

Pros

  • Small 5.5in size makes it much easier to handle on long jobs than your standard-sized saw. As mentioned with a lot of the other reviews, when doing most household work and odd-job chores, it’s better to have a light saw than a powerful one. Many online reviewers rave about the dexterity and control (as well as a lack of fatigue) that comes with using such a small device compared to the standard saws.
  • Thin but high quality blade. The best way to get good performance out of this guy s to keep cutting once you start a groove. The machine doesn’t really like to start and restart cuts in the middle of lumber. Luckily in both cases, the blade is good for most applications.
  • Basic ”lever” mechanism on the side of the tool makes it a snap to adjust the blade.
    Again, the best types of designs are those that need no explanation. This is one of those. It’s literally just a big lever, and easy to understand and operate.
  • Shares the same 20v battery packs as other Black & Decker devices. This is another thing that online reviewers rave about. If you own other Black and Decker gear, this means you have extra battery packs handy while working, and possibly even multiple chargers. Obviously this kind of takes the sting out this not being an AC-powered device for some.
  • ”Blade on the left” design is good for lefties + for specific types of jobs. There literally aren’t many tools shaped or designed like this. For some people, specifically lefties, this can be a real plus.  There are people online and in the real world that literally swear by this thing, and use any excuse in the world to use it, because of this unique design. Makes sense, ergonomics means a lot to people sometimes, especially if your ”natural hand” isn’t really represented in the marketplace.

Cons

  • Battery pack instead of AC Power. Yep, this is one of those things that’s in both the positive and negative columns. The bad part about a battery pack is it means the engine/axle/saw blade is powered by 20 volts instead of 120 volts of power. There are sadly stories online of people ”taking knives to gunfights” here, and using this tool to try and cut treated wood or dense woods like oak. Just don’t do it, it’s not what this type of device was made for.
  • ”Blade on the left” design annoys some people. Again, depending on who you are this can be good or bad. But if you’ve used conventional Skilsaw-style designs for years, this ”backwards” machine may interrupt and or slow down your workflow. It’s just one of those things you’re just going to have to try to figure out if you like it or not. Some people are lefties and love it. Some people use the standard style saws and these interchangeably, and have no problem with the design of these. Other people just see a picture of this thing and decide they don’t like it. It’s kind of up to you, and it’s not really something that can be quantified with a review.

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Final Verdict

This is a specialized tool. That’s really the best way to describe it. It’s a circular saw, but it’s also not like most circular saws. In a lot of ways, it’s a unique product. 

The best person for this product might actually not be someone who does a lot of construction or DIY work, honestly. Possibly someone like that who is also left handed, and or someone who is slight of stature. That kind of person isn’t used to the specific workflow provided by the standard saw styles, and therefore harbors no prejudices on their use. A lot of trim carpenters and people who make small holes a lot like these as well. If you’re a low-voltage installer or you cut a lot of soft things like Sheetrock, the lack of power isn’t going to affect you. We don’t really recommend this unit as an ”only saw” to anyone other than maybe that person described above…the lefty who doesn’t really do a lot of work with saws. But as a second saw, or a specialty saw, or for someone who doesn’t need power and instead cuts PVC or plastic or sheetrock, this may be your tool.