Greenworks Pro 60V 25-Inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Review
Greenworks shook up the battery-powered OPE market with its 25-inch commercial mower a while back. Now they have a 60V version for homeowners. We took the Greenworks Pro 60V 25-inch self-propelled lawn mower out to see how it stacks up against the best mowers we’ve tested.
- Excellent power
- Very good cut quality
- Automatically switching dual ports
- 23.75-inch cutting swath
- Easy control system
- Simple handle release for height adjustment and vertical storage
- It’s possible to bump the speed dial while you’re mowing, particularly on turns
- We’d prefer a little slower speed on the low end for cutting tall, thick areas
RecommendationWe’re really impressed with Greenworks’ translation of its commercial battery mower into a residential option. With two solid self-propelled mowers to choose from, it’s really a matter of choosing which one is better for your lawn: the 21-inch or the 25-inch. Thanks to its dual battery ports and wider deck, this model is geared toward larger lawns. Grab the 21-inch if you’re maintaining 1/4-acre or less and go with the 25-inch above that.
Greenworks Pro 60V 25-Inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
If you’ve seen the Commercial 82V version of this mower, you’ll immediately see the resemblance. And if you’re familiar with the latest generation of their 21-inch 60V self-propelled mower, you’ll notice several things have come over from it as well.
Get a Grip
Starting at the top, this is the same control system and handle design that the current 21” model uses. The handles dip away from the center at a comfortable angle and the foam grip adds to your hands’ comfort level.
There’s an LED level indicator for the two battery ports that light up if you hit the power button, self-propel bar, or blade bar.
Kicking the mower into gear is pretty standard. Press in the power button and pull the blade bar to get them up to speed. You can also opt to just use the self-propel drive when you need to get from point A to point B without pulling the blade bar first.
What’s interesting is that you can reverse the process, too. Pull the blade or self-propel bar first and hit the power button second and the mower still comes to life. I like that. There’s no trying to remember which order you have to go in—just hit what you need to and go.
The speed adjustment is front and center. It’s convenient, but we have issues on some mowers when we accidentally bump the speed to a different level in this position. There are a couple of ways to mitigate that: positive stops and stiffening the dial. Greenworks goes with a stiffer dial and it’s pretty effective. I still bump it accidentally a few times each cut, though.
The self-propel drive has a pretty solid speed range. There’s plenty of top-end speed to keep up with my 6’ 2” frame. I’d actually like the low end to go a little lower. It’s fine most of the time. But when the grass is really tall and thick, I like to slow things down even more.
Lift up the hood and we find two battery ports. You only need one pack to run the mower and it will automatically switch over when first battery dies.
Moving around to the deck, you adjust the height with a single point adjustment. With the larger design and heavier weight that comes with it, it would have been understandable to move to a 2- or 4-point system. Instead, the design team kept it simpler for you.
On gas mowers, a single point adjustment can lead to a loss of rigidity through the frame and wear down the connection points of the system before the end of the mower’s service life. Weighing in around 85 pounds, this mower is right on the edge but we’re not seeing anything that concerns us about its ability to hold up over time so far.
Under the 25” steel deck, the Greenworks Pro 60V 25-inch self-propelled lawn mower uses twin 12.5” blades to cover a true 23.75” cutting swath. Each blade is smaller and lower mass than any of the single blades other battery mowers use, so they’re able to power them on the popular 60V platform.
The blades counter-rotate and combine with the deck design to direct clipping toward the bag. It’s an effective system that does a solid job.
If you’re like us and prefer mulching, having double the blades and double the cutting edges helps chop grass into finer bits than we see on many other electric mowers.
You don’t get a side discharge option with this model. That’s not a surprise to us. It gives the deck less interruption on its airflow where you’d normally place the chute.
The cut evenness is solid as well. With two blades, there’s the possibility of leaving a mow-hawk behind. Greenworks’ overlapping blades and their speed don’t leave anything behind, though.
It also looks like they have the lift dialed in well, pulling the grass up to cut it at the same height and directing it to the bag effectively.
One of the things I really wanted to see was how much power this mower has. The blades may have less mass but cutting nearly 24 inches at a time is a tough task, especially moving from an 82V system down to 60V.
After cutting an area of grass to the mower’s max, I dropped the deck all the way down to see if it would cut. The idea is to find where its minimum effective cutting height is, and we normally have to raise the deck a notch or two. Surprise, surprise—Greenworks is able to cut at its 1-3/8” minimum.
When you get into those tougher cutting situations, you can hear the brushless motor calling on more power to drive those blade speeds. That kind of smart response gives you more power when you need it and conserves runtime when you don’t.
The caveat is that it can’t mulch very well when it has that much grass to chop and very little deck clearance to drop it. If you’re in that kind of cutting situation, plan on bagging it.
Runtime and Cutting Area
So that leads us to the question of how much runtime we get. With battery tools, more power usually means less runtime. We charged up the batteries that came in the kit—a rather unusual 2Ah and 4Ah combination. Thanks to auto-switching, we essentially had an uninterrupted 6.0Ah power source on board.
We cut the entire lawn at 5 inches using our Cub Cadet Pro Z 560 and then ran the Greenworks mower at 3” to see how long it would run on a maintenance cut. We got 26-1/2 minutes. On a smaller mower, we’d be a little disappointed with that runtime, but thanks to the larger deck, we actually cut more area than we do with a lot of the other battery mowers we test.
In the lightest cutting conditions, you can expect to run for up to an hour. The trick to getting the most runtime out of your battery mower is mowing when the grass is dry and the temperatures are cool. That’s not always possible like right now in Florida where it starts raining right about the time the grass finally gets dry, but we can still dream…
As it comes, we’d say the Greenworks Pro 60V 25-inch self-propelled lawn mower is a great option for mowing up to 1/3-acre on a regular basis. Move up to a pair of 5.0Ah batteries and you’re looking at a solid 1/2-acre or more in the type of conditions we have to deal with.
Additional Field Notes
Like many battery-powered mowers, you can fold the handle forward on this model and store it vertically. It’s a really easy system, too. Just pull the green tabs up to release and swing the handle forward. They’re the same releases you use to switch between the two handle heights. A handle on the front gives you a simple point to pull it up from.
We noticed while we were cutting that you can’t instantly roll backward. You need to push the mower forward just a touch to disengage the drive before you can pull it back.
You can get this model direct from Greenworks for $599 with a 2.0Ah and a 4.0Ah battery. Both the mower and the batteries are backed by a 4-year warranty. It’s $100 more than the 21-inch model with a 5.0Ah battery.
When you look at other battery-powered mowers in that price range, Greenworks is one of the most compelling models considering its performance and coverage.
The Bottom Line
We’re really impressed with Greenworks’ translation of its commercial battery mower into a residential option. With two solid self-propelled mowers to choose from, it’s really a matter of deciding which one is better for your lawn: the 21-inch or the 25-inch. Thanks to its dual battery ports and wider deck, this model is geared toward larger lawns. Grab the 21-inch if you’re maintaining 1/4-acre or less and go with the 25-inch above that.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading!
Greenworks Pro 60V 25-Inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Specifications
- Model: Greenworks 2510802
- Power Source: Greenworks 60V battery
- Deck Size: 25 inches
- Deck Materials: Steel
- Cutting Swath: 23.75 inches
- Blade Diameter: 2 x 12.5 inches
- Height Range: 1-3/8 – 3 3/4 inches
- Cutting Positions: 7
- Discharge: Mulch or bag
- Warranty: 4 years mower and batteries
- Price: $599
Learn more about this and other battery lawn care products at GreenworksTools.com!