Black+Decker Recalls Over 80,000 Craftsman Chainsaws

The saw can start unexpectedly when plugged into an extension cord, posing a laceration risk

Black & Decker Recalls CRAFTSMAN 10-Inch Corded Chain Saws Due to Laceration Hazard cpsc

Black+Decker has recalled about 82,000 corded electric chainsaws because the saw can start up without the user turning it on if the extension cord kit gets connected upside down, potentially cutting someone.

The company has received one report of the saw starting accidentally and injuring someone, according to the release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Black+Decker manufactures electric chainsaws under the Craftsman brand name. This recall applies to the Craftsman CMECSP610, a corded electric chainsaw with a 10-inch cutting bar and an extension pole (shown above). Consumer Reports has not tested this chainsaw. (For recommendations on top-performing chainsaws, see our ratings of more than 50 models.)

Details of the Chainsaw Recall

The recall: About 82,000 Black+Decker chainsaws. The recall involves only the CMECSP610 corded electric chainsaw, which is red and gray, and includes an extension pole for reaching high limbs. The model number is printed on top of the motor. Only those with date codes 2019-40 through 2020-35 are recalled. The date code can be found on the underside of the handle base.

The risk: The saw can begin operating unexpectedly when the extension cord kit is plugged in upside down, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/injuries: Black+Decker has received one report of unexpected operation, which resulted in an injury.

Where and when sold: Lowe's and other hardware stores from October 2019 through August 2020 for about $100.

The remedy: Stop using the recalled saw immediately and contact Black+Decker for a free repair kit.

Contact information: Call Black+Decker at 855-237-6848, send an email to recall@sbdinc.com, or go to Craftsman's recall page.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the total number of units recalled. It was originally published on December 10, 2020.


Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.