We were quite impressed with the performance of the previous generation of Greenworks’ 60V chainsaw. However, with the release of the latest models, we were curious to see if there were any significant differences. To put the new Greenworks 60V chainsaw to the test, we decided to perform the same trials as before. Our friend Eli Mosley needed to work on some oak trees, so we headed to his ranch and thoroughly examined the saw.
- Increased power and speed compared to previous 60V models.
- Enhanced durability with a metal buckling nail.
- Standard chain included instead of skip teeth.
- Dual Capture Nut Rod Fixation System to ensure stability.
- The kitted 2.5Ah battery may not provide sufficient runtime for larger projects.
More Power, Less Weight, Less Noise
Before starting, we asked our team if they preferred an air saw or a battery-operated chainsaw. Intrigued by its lighter weight, they decided to give the battery-powered option a try.
According to Greenworks, the saw cuts faster and boasts 20 percent more torque than a 42cc gas engine. When they first pulled the trigger, they described the sound as “cute.” As the saw accelerated to its full chain speed of 20 m/s and made its initial cuts into the oak, our testers couldn’t help but smile in delight.
Undoubtedly, this updated model cuts faster and more effectively than its predecessor. This improvement is largely attributed to the upgraded brushless motor and enhanced battery technology, which deliver a greater amount of current than previous versions.
While Eli was working in the air, we noticed how easy it was to communicate with him without having to combat the noise of a gas engine.
We began by prepping and removing the main branch we wanted and proceeded to work on the ground. From light pruning to cutting 12-inch branches, the Greenworks 60V Chainsaw performed admirably.
Notably, when we had all the pieces piled up, no one bothered to start the air saw.
Unfortunately, we did not keep track of the exact amount we cut. It’s a challenging metric to quantify as it depends on various factors such as the diameter of the cut, tree type, and temperature.
However, with the 5.0Ah battery, we were able to bring down several major oak branches within a 12″ range. Once on the ground, we cut the larger section into approximately 18″ pieces and removed any branches. In terms of working time, we managed to cut for about an hour and a half.
For light pruning, the 2.5Ah battery included in the kit is sufficient. However, if you plan to tackle medium to large branches or perform felling, we highly recommend upgrading to the 5.0Ah battery.
The Greenworks 60V chainsaw features an easily accessible lug oil cap that can be opened even while wearing gloves. Additionally, the flip-up tabs offer a good grip. Although the translucent windows can be a bit challenging to see through, this is a minor inconvenience.
Similar to most chainsaws, it does leak a small amount of oil when left idle. If you only use the saw occasionally, we suggest emptying the reservoir when it’s not in use for an extended period.
Greenworks Pro 60V 16″ Chainsaw Design Notes
Previously, Greenworks 60V chainsaws utilized Oregon 91 skip tooth chains. Although this approach saves money and requires less battery power, these skip tooth chains cut slower than traditional chains due to having only half the number of teeth. However, they effectively clear debris from the chain path, which is why they are often used on models with longer bars.
In the latest model, Greenworks has transitioned from the standard 0.043-inch chain commonly found in cordless chainsaws to a sturdier 0.050-inch chain. Moreover, instead of a skip tooth chain, they have equipped it with a standard tooth chain. The saw still comes with a 16″ stem.
The rod is secured by a double stud, and tightening or loosening it requires a wrench. While some chainsaws in this category offer tool-free adjustments, the advantages of such a feature are still debated. Although it may result in some loss of convenience, professionals argue that the double stud design provides a more secure connection.
To prevent the nuts from getting lost, Greenworks has designed a locknut, which is a valuable addition.
Pro Tip: Ensure that you evenly place the nuts on the double stud chainsaw bar to maintain a secure connection.
The updated Greenworks 60V Chainsaw features durable steel curved spikes that firmly grip wood during vertical cuts. These spikes enable you to exert downward leverage by slightly rocking the saw forward using the flex grip. In contrast, many chainsaws in this category have small plastic curved spikes. It would be advantageous to see more long-lasting steel spikes implemented.
When the battery is attached, the chainsaw weighs 9.3 pounds. With the 2.5Ah battery, the weight increases to approximately 12.5 pounds. In terms of balance, the chainsaw performs decently compared to its counterparts. The weight largely depends on the battery used, with a 2.5Ah pack reducing some weight. We primarily used the 5.0Ah battery and didn’t find anything particularly unusual. The weight distribution shifts slightly, but what matters most is how well you guide the saw during your cuts. We didn’t feel like we had to struggle with the weight of the saw at all.
There was some debate among our team regarding the handle size. Individuals with large hands may find it slightly thin. However, as a chainsaw designed for homeowners, we believe it strikes a reasonable balance.
Other highlights of the Greenworks 60V Chainsaw include a mechanical trigger safety and an inertia start chain brake.
Greenworks Pro 60V 16″ Chainsaw Prices
The Greenworks 60V chainsaw, including a 2.5Ah battery kit, is priced at $299.99. If you already own a battery, you can purchase the bare-bones chainsaw for $229. Both the chainsaw and the battery come with a 4-year warranty.
The Bottom Line
We are truly impressed with the performance improvements made in this Greenworks 60V chainsaw compared to previous models. While the older model was already impressive, the update surpasses the expectations of an average homeowner and caters to the needs of larger properties. For general tree maintenance, the 2.5Ah battery included in the kit is more than sufficient. However, if you plan on felling entire trees or maintaining a large property, we recommend investing in a 5.0Ah battery or even two.
Greenworks 60V Chainsaw Specifications
- Model: Greenworks Pro CS60L212 (kit)
- Power source: Greenworks 60V battery
- Weight with battery: 12.5 lbs
- Compatible battery: 2.5Ah
- Nominal battery watt-hour: 108
- Chain: 3/8″ pitch, 0.050 gauge
- Bar Length: 16″
- Warranty: 4 years limited
- Price: $229 bare, $299 kit with 2.5Ah battery