Greenworks 60v Chainsaw Review [2021] – For Occasional Wood Cutting

The second last battery powered chainsaw to review from “Greenworks series” is the Greenworks Pro 60v.

I’ve heard many good things about the chainsaw. So, I decided to test it out and see whether it’s worth the money or not.

For reference, I’ll compare it with a traditional Stihl gas chainsaw as the brand itself advertises this chainsaw to work better than a 42cc gas engine.

So, is this chainsaw tool worth it for occasional wood cutting work?

That’s the question I’d answer in this detailed Greenworks 60v chainsaw review.

Have a look:

What Makes Greenworks Pro 60v Chainsaw a Standout?

First things first, the ease of use is what makes this chainsaw a perfect alternative compared to other traditional tools.

You just have to place the battery, adjust the chain, turn off safety leverage button and use the variable trigger to control the chainsaw.

Furthermore, its ergonomic shape and design allow an easy cutting experience. Not to forget, the power it gets from a 60v, 2Ah battery is superb. Thus, immense power combined with an easy to handle interface makes this chainsaw a perfect choice for occasional wood cutting work.

All these features combined with an affordable price tag make Greenworks Pro 60v an exceptional tool for normal wood cutting jobs.

Let’s now get our hands on the chainsaw and see how it performs compared to a traditional 42cc Stihl gas chainsaw:

Our Review of Greenworks Pro 60v Chainsaw in 2021:

So I took the chainsaw out of the box. Here I must say that the packaging is fine and smooth enough.

As usual, the chainsaw resembled what I discussed earlier, i.e. the Greenworks Pro 80v except that it has a smaller bar.

The 16” bar and chain have a smooth interface as far as I’ve experienced. Furthermore, the package included some light maintenance tools and a user manual.

Oh, one more thing! The chainsaw comes with a transparent oil fill window. It’s a good update from the brand as I could see whether the window is full or not.

I already had a 2Ah, 60v lithium-ion battery available at my disposal from Greenworks. So, I placed it in the chainsaw, locked it in, and turned it on.

I took the chainsaw outside and tested it on a random medium sized wood log. It made fine cuts and didn’t get stuck at all.

The next phase involved cutting large trees with the chainsaw. I sliced two to three trees at once and the battery powered dropped 2 points only.

Finally, I used the chainsaw to see whether it can make deeper cuts. For that purpose, I tried it on a 16” lying wood log.

To my surprise, Greenworks Pro 60v made around 2 full cuts with the last drop of battery.

Compared to the Stihl 42cc gas chainsaw, it performed quite well no matter what kind of wood I cut with it.

The motor or the bar didn’t get too hot nor did the chain get too loose. Keeping all those things in mind, I must say that the chainsaw performed slightly better than a typical Stihl gas chainsaw.

In a nutshell, The 60v tool offered a quiet operation. It made smooth and deep cuts without any hassle. And I didn’t feel any tiredness while using it with multiple branches and trees.

A solid 10/10 performance from the battery powered chainsaw at an affordable rate as per my experience.

Enough with how I had my first expressions with the tool. Let’s now discuss some of its key technical features as follows:

Key Technical Features Greenworks Pro 60v Chainsaw Offers:

Brushless Electric Motor:

The brushless electric motor enhances the performance of chainsaw exceptionally.

That is, it produces 20% more torque and penetrates deeper inside thick wood logs and trunks without any hassle.

More than that, this brushless electric motor installed is comparable to a full-fledged 42cc gas engine. So, the performance is well up to the mark.

It’s due to the incredible power of Greenworks Pro 60v that you can cut or slice rough wood without facing any hurdle.

Easy Handling:

The padded metal handle goes all the way down the chainsaw. Hence, you can handle it both vertically and horizontally.

Easy handling allows you to cut large branches of falling trees while you are standing firm.

On the contrary, it helps avoid fatigue at all costs. I’ve used the chainsaw for 30 minutes straight and not even once I felt any pressure or stress on my arms.

So, that’s all about the handling and how easy it gets to control the chainsaw.

Bar and Chain Mechanics:

The 16” long stainless steel bar comes with an ultra-sharp chain, which cuts deep inside large and thick wood logs.

Automatic oiler is also there to keep the chain away from wear and tear. It provides sufficient oil to the chain to maintain its rotation at all costs.

The chain, on the other hand, also consists of sharp spikes. These spikes help cutting down rough and tough wood materials in a single go.

Lightweight and Portable:

The 60v battery operated chainsaw barely weighs 10 pounds without the battery. With the battery installed in it, the weight goes to around 12 pounds.

This lightweight design ensures working without any fatigue or tiredness. More than that, it improves the maneuverability of the chainsaw.

Compared to a gas-powered tool, it’s easy to handle, control, and carry around at the same time.

Transparent Oil Window:

The oil filling box that comes with the 60v chainsaw is transparent. That is, you can actually see the oil level without the need of opening its lid again and again.

It, therefore, ensures peace of mind while you cut down large wood trunks. Without the transparent oil window, it gets difficult to check the oil level again and again.

To avoid any unnecessary incident, the oil window is thus made completely transparent.

Side Mounted Chain Tensioning:

Maintenance of the tool is quite convenient compared to typical gas-powered chainsaws.

That said, Greenworks Pro comes with a side mounted chain tensioning interface.

Maintenance tools are already included within the package. You can use them either to increase or decrease the chain tension as per your preferences.

Instant Chain Brake:

Last but not the least, the upgraded instant chain brake is there to stop the chainsaw in case it gets out of hand, which is kind of a rare situation.

You can pull the brake to reverse the chain so that it could stop instantly. However, I’d suggest that you don’t use the chainsaw for a while after you pull the brake to avoid any issues.

Here are some of the pros and cons that Greenworks Pro 60v chainsaw offers:

Pros: (What I Liked)

  • Powerful performance.
  • Brushless electric motor equivalent to a 42cc gas engine.
  • Easy to handle and carry.
  • Light in weight.
  • Chain has spikes.
  • Cuts falling trees, wood logs, and trunks with ease.
  • 4-year warranty coverage.
  • Instant chain brake to prevent any incident.
  • Affordable enough.

Cons:

  • No battery or charger included.
  • Few pieces left in stock.
  • Battery drains fast.
  • For occasional work only.

Customer Ratings: (Out of 10)

Homeowners have also given their verdict regarding the battery operated chainsaw as follows:

Ease of use: 9.5/10

Maneuverability: 9.7/10

Light in weight: 9.6/10

Easy Handling: 9.7/10

Performance: 9.1/10

Overall Ratings: 9.4/10

Expert Opinions:

The ToolBoxBuzz crew recently got their hands on the chainsaw and this is what Tom said about Greenworks 60v: “Cordless chainsaws are making it easier for homeowners to maintain their backyard. The 60V Greenworks Pro is perfect for occasional wood and tree cutting. However, I don’t recommend it for heavy duty work. Absolutely a perfect option for those who only want to take out random wood cutting tasks.”

Robert Mark, on the other hand, says that “Apologies for my last review as I was using the chainsaw with the brake on. It works just fine and smoothly as I’ve been using it to cut downed trees since September 2020.”

Why Purchase Greenworks 60v Chainsaw in 2021?

As I already said above, the 60v version suits homeowners who want to maintain their backyard with some occasional cutting work.

This battery operated chainsaw delivers exceptional performance, can cut thick wood logs, and falling trees without getting stuck.

That said, you can easily handle and control it without facing any fatigue or tiredness.

Compared to the 80v Greenworks Pro or the 40v model, this tool offers a mix of both.

So, those are some of the reasons you should invest your hard-earned money getting Greenworks 60v chainsaw in 2021.

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