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Greenworks 60V String Trimmer Review


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Compared to the 80V model, the Greenworks 60V String Trimmer gets a big upgrade in ergonomics thanks to lighter weight, low vibration, and better balance. There's enough power in the brushless motor to easily handle all maintenance lawn care applications and some overgrowth.

Overall Score 4.2 Li-Ion String Trimmers

Greenworks introduced their 60V Pro lineup on the heels of their 82V Commercial series. The “Pro” designation may be a little confusing since it’s targeting homeowners, but it is an upgrade over the original 40V tools. The Greenworks 60V String Trimmer is the third we’re looking at in this line of landscaping tools.

The 60V mower has been a nice treat with a good combination of strength and maneuverability. It recently got an upgrade with a self-propelled model.

So where does the Greenworks 60V String Trimmer fall? And following our string trimmer shootout from a while back, is there any improvement from the 80V model?

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Pros

  • Good balance of weight and cutting performance
  • 16″ cutting swath
  • Direct drive brushless motor on the head
  • Attachment-ready model available (ST60L211)
  • Competitive price structure

Cons

  • Not compatible with 0.095″ line
  • Narrow guard may irritate some users

Recommendation

Compared to the 80V model, the Greenworks 60V String Trimmer gets a big upgrade in ergonomics thanks to lighter weight, low vibration, and better balance. There’s enough power in the brushless motor to easily handle all maintenance lawn care applications and some overgrowth.

However, you won’t be able to use attachments or swap a blade on there. With an excellent cutting swath, but only 0.080-inch line diameter, this is going to be a trimmer for the homeowner rather than the Pro.

Overall, Greenworks did a nice job with the design on the 60V model. I’ll stick to my original comment that this is looking like the best all-around line that Greenworks has come up with so far.

Top Features

Pro Vs Joe

One of the first things to look at when figuring out where a string trimmer fits is at the head. A Pro model will give you at least 15 inches of cutting swath and 0.095-inch line diameter. The Greenworks 60V String Trimmer gives you a little of both with a 16-inch swath and 0.080-inch diameter. We’ll see how well that performs, but on paper, it’s a Prosumer kind of setup.

Like many string trimmers, you can flip the cutter around to get a shorter cutting swath. Doing this will extend runtime and increase the speed of the cutting end of the line.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

Brushless Motor

Like I said in the mower review, if you’re not using a brushless motor on your cordless OPE, you should be. Greenworks includes theirs and orients it on the head. This is advantageous on a couple of levels. First, it balances the weight of the battery well. It also allows for a direct drive of the head rather than losing energy to turn a shaft. The downside is that the design eliminates the ability to use attachments.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

Line Changes

Line changes are manual with a little bit of design help. Just clip your line in at the halfway point and wrap both lines the same direction. There’s a slot in the outer head housing so you don’t have to thread the line through. But you do have to keep that line under control while you put the head back together, so it’s not fool-proof.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

Guard

You’ll see a lot of Pros remove the guard on their string trimmers. But when I’m at home and it’s 95 degrees in the shade, I like to wear shorts when I can get away with it. You need a wide guard to protect your legs, though. Greenworks uses a fairly standard, narrower guard. It’ll give you some protection, but not enough to neglect long work pants.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

Controls

The safety is a typical push-down style that makes it easy to operate when you place your hand on the trigger. The trigger and safety style are at risk of damage if the trimmer takes abuse, though. By designing these as more substantial pieces that push into the handle housing, it would reduce that risk quite a bit.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

The trimmer has two speeds available that change by flipping a switch. It’s on the left side, so right-hand users can flip it with their thumb without too much trouble. However, I’d like to see that move to the top where both righties and lefties can get to it easier.

Ergonomics

With the 80V string trimmer to compare with, the Greenworks 60V String Trimmer gets a major upgrade in ergonomics. The two big components are lower weight and better balance. The balance improvement is thanks to a rear mounting battery. The 80V model had it come in from the side that created some major balance issues if you wanted to use one of the higher capacity batteries.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

The support handle adjusts up and down the shaft as well as any angle you want around it. The full D-shape means it’s easy to turn the trimmer for edging duties for both righties and lefties. The handle doesn’t have an overmold, though. It’s just hard tool plastic with some texture for a better grip. The main handle has some overmold and a comfortable grip, though.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

Performance

With everything from edging to fence lines to trim, I put the Greenworks 60V String Trimmer through all its paces. The one constant I noticed is that Greenworks did a very nice job controlling the vibration in this model. There’s a little bit there and it’s not quite as low as we find with the EGO, but it’s also much less than many of the competitors out there.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer

For a standard maintenance trimmer, there’s all the power you’ll need. When you get to thick, high grass, you’ll miss the ability to effectively run 0.095 or 0.105-inch line. Flipping the cutter to the 14-inch position will give the cutting edge extra speed that will help out some.

Greenworks says you can get up to 40 minutes of runtime using the 2.0 amp hour battery. Of course, that’s at low speed. I do most of my trimming in high and don’t run through a full battery trimming around the flower beds and fence lines of our 1/4-acre lot.

Pricing

With a 2.0 Ah battery and charger, the Greenworks 60V String Trimmer runs $199. At the time of writing, Lowe’s had it on sale for $179. If you don’t need a battery, the bare tool runs $119.

That’s pretty competitive pricing for what you get in the 60V max voltage class.

  • Greenworks 60V ST60L210: $112.99 (2.0 Ah kit, 108 Wh)
  • EGO 56V ST1521S: $245.00 (2.5 Ah kit, 140 Wh)
  • ECHO 58V CDST-58V2AH: $215.00 (2.0 Ah kit, 104 Wh)

Of course, there are a ton of options out there across 18V to 120V and even several within the Greenworks brand.

Attachment-Ready Option

If you like the Greenworks Pro 60V line but really want an attachment capable model, they have one. The specs are pretty much identical on it. The big difference is that Greenworks has to shift the motor from the head to the top and use a shaft to drive each attachment.

It runs $229 with a battery and charger or $169 bare. Look for it with the model number Greenworks ST60L211.

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The Bottom Line

Compared to the 80V model, the Greenworks 60V String Trimmer gets a big upgrade in ergonomics thanks to lighter weight, low vibration, and better balance. There’s enough power in the brushless motor to easily handle all maintenance lawn care applications and some overgrowth.

However, you won’t be able to use attachments or swap a blade on there. With an excellent cutting swath, but only 0.080-inch line diameter, this is going to be a trimmer for the homeowner rather than the Pro.

Overall, Greenworks did a nice job with the design on the 60V model. I’ll stick to my original comment that this is looking like the best all-around line that Greenworks has come up with so far.

Greenworks 60V String Trimmer Specifications

  • Model: Greenworks ST60L210
  • Power Source: Greenworks 60V Li-Ion Battery
  • Kitted Battery: 2.0 AH
  • Stated Runtime: Up to 40 Minutes
  • Cutting Swath: 16 Inches
  • Line Diameter: 0.080″
  • Head Style: Dual Line, Bump Feed
  • Attachment Ready: No
  • Warranty: 4 Years Tool, 2 Years Battery
  • Price: $199 (kit), $119 (bare)

This review originally published on July 25, 2017. We’ve updated it with some fresh information.

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Thank You for the great review! There is still one trimmer in this class that I’d love to see a review for before making my purchase decision. Could you do the same review for the new Toro 60V Max trimmer paired with their monster battery Flex-Force 7.5Ah 405Wh! I don’t know if this is true or not, but I read that the power of the battery makes a difference in these tools — that they not only allow for longer operation of the tool, but increases power/torque of the tool making it more effective for tougher jobs — is this… Read more »

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Bought the GreenWorks 60V ST60L00 July 2019 to replace my excellent DeWalt 40 volt trimmer. I believe the charging unit was defective. I had a Lowes replacement warranty so the DeWalt product cost was refunded and off to the trimmer aisle I went. Lowes stopped selling DeWalt trimmers for some reason. Of the ones offered I selected the GreenWorks. It was on sale. I did some basic research earlier but came to no definitive decisions. I handled the several models offered, got input from the sales person and opted for this unit. I liked what I read in this review.… Read more »