Greenworks 60V Chainsaw CS60L212 Hands-On Review
Greenworks 60V Chainsaw Gets a Major Power Boost
We were pleased with the performance we saw in the last 60V chainsaw from Greenworks. When the latest model came in boasting more power, we decided to put the new Greenworks 60V chainsaw through the same kind of testing as the old one to see how much of a difference it really makes. Our friend Eli Mosley had some oaks to work on, so we headed out to his place to put the saw through its paces.
- More power and speed than the previous 60V model
- Metal bucking spikes
- Now includes a standard tooth chain instead of a skip tooth
- Dual captured nut bar retention system
- Kitted 2.0Ah battery may not give you the runtime you need for larger projects
We really like the boost in performance this Greenworks 60V chainsaw has over the previous model. While the former 60V chainsaw got the job done, this updated Greenworks Pro chainsaw pushes beyond what general homeowners need and settles into performance larger property owners can take advantage of. For general tree maintenance, the 2.0Ah battery that comes in the kit works great. However, grab a 5.0Ah battery or two if you’re planning on taking trees out completely or maintaining larger properties.
Some cordless chainsaws have electronic safety mechanisms, but it’s not a standard feature quite yet. This Greenworks chainsaw 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.
The previous Greenworks 60V chainsaw used 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.
Like the previous model, Greenworks moves away from the thinner 0.043″ chain that most cordless chainsaws come with to a beefier 0.050″ chain. The difference is they pack it with a standard tooth chain instead of a skip tooth. It still comes with a 16″ bar.
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.
The Greenworks 60V chainsaw features steel 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 steel spikes here.
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 to give me a better grip on those 10″+ cuts.
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, though it definitely shifts the weight back.
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, I think it strikes a fair balance.
More Power, Less Weight, Less Noise
Before we got started, I asked the guys if they’d rather climb with their gas saw or try a battery-powered chainsaw. Lifting and noticing the lighter weight, they decided to give it a try.
With the first pull of the trigger, our man noted that it sounded “adorable”. Ramping it up to speed and making his first cuts in the oak, an adorable smile spread across his face.
While he was up in the air, a couple of our guys noted how much easier it was to communicate with him since we weren’t battling the noise of a gas engine.
We prepped and took the main branches down we were after and got started on the ground work. From light limbing to cutting 12″ branches, the Greenworks 60V chainsaw performed admirably.
On paper, Greenworks tells us this saw is cutting faster and with 20% more torque than a 42cc gas engine. In our testing, we can definitely tell there’s more power in this updated model. Part of that is due to the HC compatibility: Greenworks’ High Current package that works with batteries that deliver more current than their standard ones.
By the time we had all of the debris piled up, no one had even bothered to crank up a gas saw.
So I’m a really bad person and didn’t actually count the number of cuts we 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 we took down several main oak branches the 12″ range with a 5.0Ah battery. Once on the ground, we cut the bigger parts into ~18″ sections and trimmed all of the offshoots off. In terms of working time, we had about an hour and a half of working time.
The 2.0Ah battery that comes in the kit is fine for light trimming, but I highly suggest moving up to the 5.0Ah for taking medium to large branches (or felling altogether) is what you expect the saw to do for you.
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.
The Greenworks 60V chainsaw runs $249.00 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.
Still, that’s the same price as the previous model, so you’re getting the new benefits without an upcharge.
The Bottom Line
We really like the boost in performance this Greenworks 60V chainsaw has over the previous model. Considering the old one did a fine job, the update is pushing beyond what general homeowners need and settling into performance that larger property owners can take advantage of. For general tree maintenance, the 2.0Ah battery that comes in the kit works great. However, grab a 5.0Ah battery or two if you’re planning on taking trees out completely or maintaining larger properties.
Greenworks 60V Chainsaw Specifications
- Model: Greenworks Pro CS60L212 (kit)
- Voltage: 60V
- Weight with Battery: 12.20 pounds
- Kitted Battery: 2.0Ah HC
- Nominal Battery Watt Hours: 108
- Chain: 3/8″ pitch, 0.050″
- Bar Length: 16″
- Warranty: 4 years limited
- Price at Lowe’s: $249