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June 14, 2021

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Greenworks Chainsaw Reviews 2021 | What to Know Before You Buy!

Greenworks Chainsaw Reviews 2020 | What to Know Before You Buy!

If you’re buying a Greenworks chainsaw, you’re already starting off on the right foot. They make excellent electric and battery-powered chainsaws, including some of the most powerful in the industry.


They also make a range of voltages to choose from. If you already have other Greenworks tools, chances are you can stick to the same platform and use batteries you already have. If not, we’ll help you sort through and find the best one for your needs.

The Case for Battery Over Gas

Kicking the gas can to the curb in favor of electric power has several benefits. There’s no gas and oil to mix (or spill!), no gas engine emissions, far less maintenance, and there’s much less noise. In some cases, they can rival the power of gas saws.

In general, we prioritize power and you’ll see that in our selections. Price and features come into play as well, but we believe you’ll have the best experience with the highest performing chainsaws. In our opinion, it’s worth paying a little more to get it.

Buying the Best Greenworks Chainsaw

Corded Greenworks Chainsaw

Corded electric chainsaws aren’t as convenient as cordless, but they’re absolutely the way to go when you want to avoid gas on a smaller budget. Of the choices Greenworks has, we like their 14.5-amp saw as our top choice.

It has much higher power than the 10-amp saws and sports an 18-inch bar, matching the size of the best battery-powered chainsaws out there and giving you the most cutting versatility. Best of all, it’s less than $100!

More Details

  • Item Number: 20332
  • Tool-free chain tensioning
  • Automatic oiler
  • Translucent oil tank
  • Wrap around handle design
  • 3-year warranty

Greenworks 24V Chainsaw

Best Greenworks Chainsaws

Greenworks only makes one 24V chainsaw currently (there’s a pole saw available, too) and it’s worth considering. Weighing less than 8 pounds and using a 10-inch bar, it’s a very manageable saw to use while sticking with a typical rear-handle design.

This model is an excellent choice for limbing trees and cutting larger hedge branches that are too thick for your hedge trimmer or loppers. It’s also pretty affordable, coming in at $79.99 as a bare tool and $129.99 with a 2.0Ah battery and charger.

If you still need another reason, the battery is compatible with other lawn care equipment and is the only one that works with Greenworks cordless power tools.

More Details

  • Item Number: 20362
  • Tool-free chainsaw tensioning
  • Automatic oiler
  • Translucent oil tank
  • Brushed motor
  • 3-year warranty

Greenworks 40V Chainsaw

Best Greenworks Chainsaws

The Greenworks 40V line in one of their broadest and there are several chainsaw options, including an 8-inch pole saws attachment and 12- to 16-inch traditional chainsaws. The 14- and 16-inch saws use brushless motors.

We’d go for the 16-inch model to get the best power and capacity. A 16-inch saw is really in the sweet spot for homeowner needs, tackling limbing with ease and giving you the bar length to fell smaller trees.


It’s $199.99 as a bare tool and there’s a kit that comes with a 4.0Ah, 2.5Ah battery, and charger for $289.99 that gives you the best value. The batteries also work across the entire 40V line.

More Details

  • Item Number: 2009802
  • Brushless motor
  • Automatic oiler
  • Electronic chain brake
  • 3-year warranty

Greenworks 60V Pro Chainsaw

Greenworks 60V Chainsaw CS60L212

Greenworks is on its second generation for their 60V chainsaw. The original was solid, but this updated model takes it to the next level. Sporting a brushless motor, it’s capable of producing more torque and faster cutting than a 42cc gas saw.

If you’re looking for our top recommendation while you’re buying a Greenworks chainsaw, this is it. It’s the best balance of size, weight, and performance among the different voltages. While the 40V saw may score higher in value, the 60V Pro is a better bet if you have consistent chainsaw work throughout the year.

Available with a 16-inch bar for $229.99 bare and $279.99 with a 2.5Ah battery and charger, it’s a solid value as its performance level. There’s also a kit with an 18-inch bar and 4.0Ah battery for $349.99 ($259.99 as a bare with the 18-inch bar). Both sizes are a solid bet—just go with the one that fits the type of cutting you do most.

The battery is compatible with the entire line of 60V Pro lawn care equipment and Greenworks’ battery-powered pressure washer.

More Details

  • Item Number: 2015402
  • Brushless motor
  • Steel bucking spikes
  • Inertia-activated chain brake
  • Dual stud bar nut system (tool required)
  • Automatic oiler
  • Translucent oil tank
  • 4-year warranty

Greenworks 80V Pro Chainsaw

Best Greenworks Chainsaw

Moving into the 80V Pro line, you have the choice of 16-inch or 18-inch Greenworks chainsaws and a 10-inch pole saw. We’d go with the 18-inch option.

The performance level matches up with a 45cc gas engine and it has a very professional feel with legitimate steel bucking spikes and a chain brake. If you’re looking for the most powerful battery-powered Greenworks chainsaw on the residential side, this is the way to go.

As a bare tool, it’s $199.99 and $349.99 with a 2.0Ah battery and charger. Like the 40V and 60V Pro systems, there’s a full line of compatible tools and these will all be at the highest performance levels without moving into the Commercial series.

More Details

  • Item Number: 2000002LC
  • Brushless motor
  • Steel bucking spikes
  • Inertia-activated chain brake
  • Dual stud bar nut system (tool required)
  • Automatic oiler
  • Translucent oil tank
  • 4-year warranty

Greenworks Commercial 48V Chainsaw

Best Greenworks Chainsaws

Greenworks Commercial’s 48V system actually has a dual-voltage 24V/48V battery design that runs both lawn care equipment and power tools. There’s a 16-inch chainsaw in the line, but we suggest you take a look at the arborist-specific 48V 12-inch top-handle chainsaw.

Also compatible with 10-inch and 14-inch bars, this lightweight saw comes in at just 7.5 pounds without the battery. Its brushless motor runs the chain at 64 fps, making quick work of the branches you’re trimming at height.

It’s a professional tool with a solid build that runs $499.99 with a 4.0Ah battery and charger. There’s also a less expensive 40V arborist’s saw withing the Greenworks Commercial family, but we prefer the 48V.

More Details

  • Item Number: 2013702
  • Commerical build
  • Brushless motor
  • Steel bucking spikes
  • Inertia-activated chain brake
  • Dual stud bar nut system (tool required)
  • Automatic oiler
  • Translucent oil tank
  • 2-year warranty

Greenworks Commercial 82V Chainsaw

Best Greenworks Chainsaws

There are a couple of Greenworks Commercial 82V chainsaws to choose from and the GS181 is the one we’d go with. This beefy saw improves the power, boasting 50cc gas engine power and putting it in a class all its own.

It’s the most capable saw across the entire Greenworks line and is appropriate for trimming and felling, land clearing, and general forestry. If you’re looking for something that can be a primary replacement for gas power in the farm and ranch class, this is the best there is.

It runs $349.99 as a bare tool and you’ll need to grab your batteries and charger separately. There’s a full range of compatible lawn care tools designed to meet commercial needs.

More Details

  • Item Number: 2006702
  • Commerical build
  • Brushless motor
  • Advanced electronics package
  • Steel bucking spikes
  • Inertia-activated chain brake
  • Dual stud bar nut system (tool required)Automatic oiler
  • Translucent oil tank
  • 2-year warranty

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Jim

I have several Greenworks products: chainsaw, pole saw, trimmer, and leaf blower. I would not recommend any of them – and not because the item are bad products: because Greenworks has a shockingly consistent record of crap customer service after sale, poor support of the products, and routinely ‘out-of-stock’ replacement parts. The complaints of the other respondents here is consistent with my own experiences and with all the reviews/complaints at BBB. They are the WORST. And it is a shame, because the products themselves seem decent. But it doesn’t matter how good the chainsaw is if the replacement chains are… Read more »

Bob bortz

I bought this as a new product in May 2020. I’ve enjoyed using it. It saves my arm. Recently, the bar oil reservoir cracked. Attempting to purchase a replacement part, Green Works says they are NOT available. This is on a product that has a four year warranty and it’s been less than four years since it was manufactured (11/28/17). They would not honor the warranty because they said I bought it from a “3rd party“. I bought it from a company on eBay who had 100% approval rating. It was sold as new and it was in new never… Read more »

Todd

I would not recommend the residential 80V x 18″ saw (The GS180). The 2nd gen (The 181 ) Have improvements beyond just power.

Ignore the ‘Residential vs Commercial’ argument. The GS180 just plain isn’t that convenient of a saw and the GS181 just plain is.

They don’t overheat as easily, are more compact, and have superior chain retention.

I’d go 60V before I’d go with the GS180.

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