Greenworks Steps Up Their Tree Working Game With 18-Inch Pro 60V Chainsaw
The latest lineup of lawn care and landscaping tools from Greenworks is truly remarkable. When they introduced the 16-inch chainsaw, we witnessed a significant boost in performance. Now, the same design has been applied to the Greenworks Pro 60V 18-inch chainsaw. We put it to the test on the ranch, tackling some challenging central Florida oak trees.
- Impressive chain speed and strength
- 18-inch bar increases cutting capacity
- Metal bucking nail for added durability
- Dual capture rod nuts securely maintain rod tension
- Packaged 4.0Ah battery provides optimal balance of runtime and weight
- No major disadvantages
I received a call from our friend Eli Mosely about a giant water oak that had fallen in the pasture and needed to be cut. Although these oaks are beautiful, they tend to rot in the center, gradually weakening until they split and fall. While the center of the tree was decayed, the branches remained intact, providing us with ample solid oak measuring 12 to 18 inches in thickness.
When we activated the chainsaw, it came to life with a quiet hum, unlike our air saws. The convenience of instant start without having to pull a starter cord is one of the main advantages of lithium-ion power over gas. The chain effortlessly sliced through 14 inches of oak at a speed of nearly 67 feet per second. Once we were satisfied with the cut, we pushed it a little further to test its limits. While the chain did snap, the brushless motor exhibited exceptional torque, surpassing most cordless saws in the market.
Most importantly, we were able to cut swiftly while maintaining excellent control as we worked at various heights and angles for several hours.
In terms of runtime, it depends on the nature and thickness of the material being cut, as well as the batteries used. In our opinion, the ideal balance between runtime, balance, and weight is achieved with a 4.0Ah or 5.0Ah battery. Paired with a 6-amp charger, you can expect almost continuous operation with a pair of batteries. For reference, Greenworks claims that a single 4.0Ah battery can make 150 cuts in a 4×4 piece of wood.
Greenworks Pro 60V 18-Inch Chainsaw Design Instructions
Greenworks’ decision to use 0.050-inch chain is a significant improvement. Since most battery-operated chainsaws still utilize 0.043-inch chains, only the more robust models can accommodate larger chain sizes. This upgrade results in faster cutting speeds and extended chain life.
As we move towards more powerful cordless chainsaws, we prefer the two-bolt system employed by Greenworks on this 18-inch model. The rod tension remains intact for longer periods, and the captive nut design eliminates the risk of dropping or misplacing it. However, it’s essential to keep your scrench handy, as there is no onboard storage for it.
We appreciate the use of durable metal bucking spikes in this chainsaw. These spikes grip the wood more effectively than plastic ones and can be replaced if they sustain any damage.
The translucent window for checking the oil level can be a bit challenging to see, especially in shaded areas. To be safe, it’s advisable to remove the cover and visually inspect the fluid level before starting any work. However, we appreciate the user-friendly design of the caps used by Greenworks. They have a conveniently accessible flap that can be gripped easily, even when wearing gloves.
Like most chainsaws, this model may experience some oil leaks due to automatic oil priming. It’s not surprising, and it’s comparable to what we’ve encountered with other saws. If you only use the chainsaw occasionally, it may be necessary to empty the reservoir between jobs to prevent any leakage.
- Chain gate
Greenworks Pro 60V 18-Inch Chainsaw Prices
You can purchase the Greenworks Pro 60V 18-inch chainsaw as a bare tool for $279.99. Alternatively, you can opt for the kit, which includes a 5.0Ah battery and charger, priced at $399.99. There is also a 4.0Ah kit available for $349.99.
If you prioritize performance but prefer a 16-inch bar and chain, Greenworks offers another model priced at $229.99 for the bare tool, or $299.99 with a 2.5Ah battery and charger.
The Bottom Line
Essentially, the Greenworks Pro 60V 18-Inch Chainsaw offers the same outstanding features as the 16-inch model, but with a larger cutting capacity. And that’s a great thing! We appreciate the extra cutting capability it provides. Greenworks claims that this saw delivers 20% more torque than a typical 42cc gas-powered chainsaw, resulting in faster cutting speeds. Based on our experience, we find this claim to be accurate. While it may not match the performance level of a farm and ranch chainsaw, it surpasses the majority of homeowner-grade gas-powered saws we’ve used. With no need to worry about gas, this chainsaw is an excellent solution for seasonal yard work, post-hurricane/storm cleanup, and impressing your neighbors as you effortlessly start it up.
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Greenworks 60V Pro 18-Inch Chainsaw Specifications
- Model: Lvgong CS60L03
- Motor: Brushless
- Bar Length: 18 inches
- Bucking Studs: Metal
- Chain Gate: Yes
- Automatic Lubricator: Yes
- Fuel Tank: Translucent
- Start Type: Push Button
- Chain Tensioner: Tool-Operated
- Warranty: 4 years on tool and battery