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For hurricane prepping our oaks, the Greenworks 60V Chainsaw has the power and chain speed to keep up with me. The skip tooth chain that comes with the saw gets the job done, but consider switching to a standard tooth chain if you have consistent cutting to do.

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Greenworks 60V Chainsaw CS60L210 Review


Greenworks 60V Chainsaw Takes Nearly 3/4-Ton of Oak on One Charge

As we wrap up our Greenworks Pro 60V lineup series, we turn our attention to the Greenworks 60V Chainsaw. This 16″ model claims to make up to 90 cuts on one 2.0Ah battery. I have a lot of oak trimming to do as hurricane season arrives, and I certainly don’t expect to have quite that much runtime in a hardwood species. However, I’m curious how it stands up against the other cordless chainsaws we’ve reviewed.

Recommendation

For hurricane prepping our oaks, the Greenworks 60V Chainsaw has the power and chain speed to keep up with my work rate. The skip tooth chain that comes with the saw gets the job done, but you may want to switch to a standard tooth chain if you have consistent cutting to do.

I like this as a good option for homeowners that have seasonal chainsaw work to do and don’t want the hassle of gas. It gives you more muscle than most electric and lower-power cordless saws without becoming unwieldy.

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Feature Set

Trigger Safety

Some cordless chainsaws have electronic safety mechanisms, but it’s not a standard feature quite yet. This Greenworks saw doesn’t have one, so you can pick it up and start sawing without a step in between.

There’s a genuinely good debate about that. Electronic safeties time out, making it almost as irritating as restarting a gas saw. Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but it really is inconvenient. On the other hand, they add one more layer of safety, and that’s generally a good idea for tools that can do as much damage as a chainsaw.

So is the lack of an electronic safety a negative for the Greenworks 60V Chainsaw? Not really. The mechanical safeties in place do the job in my opinion.

Skip-Tooth Chain

The Greenworks CS60L210 chainsaw uses an Oregon 91 skip-tooth chain. This saves on the cost and requires less juice from the battery, but these skip-tooth chains cut slower than traditional chains. That’s no surprise since it has half the teeth. They also do a good job clearing debris from the chain path—which is why you often see them in models using longer bars.

What’s different for Greenworks is that they move from the 0.043″ chain that most cordless chainsaws come with to a 0.050″ chain.

Bar Security

The bar is held on with dual studs whose nuts require a wrench to tighten and loosen. Some of the saws in this class have a tool-free adjustment, but the benefit remains a source of contention. Some Pros consider the dual stud design to maintain a more secure connection despite losing some convenience.

However, dropping bar nuts is common. Greenworks also designed this saw with captive nuts that are tougher to lose in the field. That’s definitely a plus.

Pro Tip: Be sure to snug the nuts evenly on a dual stud chainsaw bar to ensure it’s secure.

Bucking Spikes

The Greenworks 60V chainsaw features aluminum bucking spikes for gripping the wood securely during a vertical cut. As you slightly rock the saw forward using a bucking grip, the spikes allow you to gain downward leverage. Many of the saws in this category have plastic bucking spikes—and puny ones at that. It’s good to see the more durable metal spikes.

These aren’t as substantial as we see on gas saws and that’s not a big deal on smaller cuts. With a 16″ bar, I’d like to see these extend out a bit more (and with more of a point on them) to give me a better grip on those 10″+ cuts.

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All A-Buzz

Ergonomics

Compared to its peers, the 60V Greenworks Pro chainsaw does a decent job in the balance category. A lot of it depends on what battery you use since the 2.0Ah pack drops some weight. I primarily used a 5.0Ah and didn’t feel things were terribly out of whack.

There’s some internal debate about the handle size. Guys with bigger hands might feel they’re too skinny. I have medium-size hands and didn’t find it an issue, but I can definitely see how the gorilla in our office takes exception. As a chainsaw that targets homeowners, including women, I think it strikes a fair balance.

About that Chain…

You normally see skip tooth chains on larger bars, 30″ and up or so. When you’re cutting larger diameter logs, that style is helpful for chip removal. Fewer teeth are engaged and it helps reduce strain on the motor and crank. As a bonus, you have fewer teeth to sharpen.

On cuts 6″ or smaller, the lower number of teeth can cause some chatter and add extra vibration. If you don’t keep your chain speed up, it has a tendency to want to grab those smaller branches instead of cutting them.

I used the stock chain until it was time to sharpen it and took 3/4-ton or so of oak branches in the process. I had no problems with the cutting speed, though it was slower than a standard chain.

It cut very well on the larger branches, but I could feel the extra chatter on the light stuff. I’ll likely swap out the chain for a full tooth version after this. Even though the 0.050″ chain is thicker than other cordless saws, if you keep it sharp and let the motor do the work, the saw has plenty of power and speed to drive it.

Oil

The Greenworks 60V Chainsaw has an oil cap with a lug that’s easy to turn with gloves on. A flip-up tab also provides a good grip. The translucent window is a little tough to see through, however.

I haven’t had any oil leaking issues so far. That’s something that tends to set in over time with our cordless saws, so I’ll need to revisit it somewhere down the road once I’ve put another few hundred cuts on it.

Runtime

So I’m a really bad person and didn’t actually count the number of cuts I made. It’s a tough metric to quantify, anyway. You have the diameters of the cuts, the species of the tree, temperature… you get the idea.

What I can tell you is that I took down roughly 3/4-ton of oak comprising of 3 main branches in the 12″ range with a 5.0Ah battery. Once on the ground, I cut those into ~18″ sections and trimmed all of the offshoots off. Add in some smaller branches we were thinning out, and I got all but the last few (3 or 4) cuts done on that 5.0Ah battery.

In terms of working time, I had about an hour and a half of time with other hands to move the branches for me so I could work more quickly.

The 2.0Ah battery that comes in the kit is fine for light trimming, but I highly suggest moving up to the 5.0Ah if taking medium to large branches (or felling altogether) is what you expect the saw to do for you.

Price

The Greenworks 60V chainsaw runs $184 as a bare tool and $229.00 as a 2.0Ah battery kit. That’s a pretty good price for what you get, however, I’d really like to see a 5.0Ah kit available around the $299 mark. Of course, if you’re already using the 60V mower, you may already have one handy.

The Bottom Line

For hurricane prepping our oaks, the Greenworks 60V Chainsaw has the power and chain speed to keep up with me. The skip tooth chain that comes with the saw gets the job done, but consider switching to a standard tooth chain if you have consistent cutting to do.

I like this as a good option for homeowners that have seasonal chainsaw work to do and don’t want the hassle of gas. It gives you more muscle than most electric and lower-power cordless saws without becoming unwieldy.

Greenworks 60V Chainsaw Specifications

  • Model: Greenworks Pro CS60L210 (kit)
  • Voltage: 60V
  • Weight with Battery: 12.20 pounds
  • Kitted Battery: 2.0 Ah
  • Nominal Battery Watt Hours: 108
  • Chain: Oregon 91 Skip Tooth
  • Bar Length: 16″
  • Warranty: 4 years limited
  • Price at Lowe’s: $249

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