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October 25, 2021

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GreenWorks G-Max 40 V Twin Force Lawnmower Review

Greenworks 20 Twin Force lawmower
PTR Review
  • Cutting Power 8.0
  • Run-time 9.0
  • Ergonomics 9.0
  • Build Quality 7.0
  • Value 9.0

The GreenWorks G-Max 40V 20" Twin Force Lawnmower is a product every homeowner should consider. It's a quick cutter, it doesn't get bogged down in high or damp grass, and it has a lengthy run-time that will let it get your entire small-to-medium size lawn taken care of on a single charge. At $399 it may not be for everyone, but I love the low maintenance aspect of a cordless mower and Greenworks really seems to have hit it out of the park with this model.

Overall Score 8.4 (out of 10)

For years I’ve wondered about battery powered cordless lawnmowers. Having seen and measured the torque on cordless drills and drivers—as well as the Greenworks 40V chainsaw—the concept of a 40V cordless mower just makes a lot of sense and seems to be very practical…even logical. I mean, how hard can it be to rig a spinning blade to a brushed or brushless motor and wire in a safety activation mechanism? Apparently it’s not as easy as I thought because only a handful of products have hot the market so far. One of those is the GreenWorks G-Max 40 V Twin Force Mower.


It’s green-in more ways than one. While I’m still in the midst of a long-term review, I at least had time to give it a good run on a couple yards to gauge both its performance and ergonomics. Turns out, 40V lawn mowers might just be the wave of the immediate future for homeowners. I don’t think commercial lawn professionals will jump all over cordless just yet, but for the home market-and particularly for small yards-cordless is where it’s at.

Greenworks 20 Twin Force battery
The GreenWorks G-Max Twin Force uses one battery at a time, so you can load both for an extended cutting time, or charge one while the other is working.

GreenWorks G-Max 40 V Twin Force Mower Features

The GreenWorks 20″ Twin Force lawnmower is, first and foremost, extremely adept at mowing and extremely lightweight. Even with two extended-run batteries it weighs half of what my former has mower weighed. It’s also got features that put many current lowers to shame, like electric instant start (duh!) and a handle that folds down quickly and easily so you don’t take up twice the room in your shed when you store the mower.

The way GreenWorks implements the dual 40V batteries in the G-Max is also a stroke of genius. Rather than drain them both evenly, the mower pulls from the right-side battery before switching to the left one. In this way, you can use the two batteries supplied, just put the larger 146Wh battery in the right-side (standing in front of the mower). When you’re done you can then pull the battery that still has a full or partial charge on it and continue working while you charge the dead one. Simply brilliant.

I got a pleasant surprise when I stopped the GreenWorks G-Max 40 V Twin Force Mower for the first time. An electric brake provides an instant blade stop when you let go of the bail bar. It works very similar to a cordless drill, but in this case the safety implications are fairly obvious-and this feature is reassuring.


Greenworks 20 Twin Force safety switch
The safety switch on the GreenWorks G-Max Twin Force is convenient and very simple to use

Starting the GreenWorks G-Max 40 V Twin Force mower is a simple process, but one with enough steps it will keep you from ever inadvertently firing it up. People go a little crazy on cordless safety, but I think that’s just because it’s “new”. Once you load one or two batteries in the mower, you engage the electrical system by placing a key into the provided slot. The key is meant to stay with the mower, but I suppose you could remove it. It won’t keep your mower from being stolen, but it might make you feel good knowing that the people who stole it can’t give their lawn a nice clean cut. Anyway, once the key is in, you press the button on the handle and pull back on the bail bar. There’s a slight delay of about a second on start up to keep you from accidental or inadvertent starts. Either that or the electronics just take that long to figure out what they’re doing. In either case it’s not inconvenient at all.

Greenworks 20 Twin Force key
A safety key lets you stay safe while adjusting height or cleaning the mower

Height adjustment, which you should do before you key up the mower or even insert the batteries, is easily accomplished with a shifter located on the side of the mower’s top shell. I was able to grasp the side of the mower and ease it up or down to any height desired. For my testing I used the center height position.

Greenworks 20 Twin Force height adjust
Changing height on the GreenWorks G-Max Twin Force is a breeze—largely because the mower is so darn lightweight. One hand is all you need, and all four wheels are raised or lowered at the same time!

Testing and Use

My first impression upon testing the mower was that it cut quickly and sounded different than any mower I had ever used before. It’s significantly quieter than a two-cycle combustion engine, but by no means is it “silent”. As alluded to earlier, I really didn’t miss the self-propulsion of my gas mower simply because the GreenWorks G-Max 40 V Twin Force mower is so light and maneuverable. I have some hills in my yard, and though they aren’t terribly steep, they gave me an opportunity to use the GreenWorks on something other than just level ground.

I also mowed a lawn that was in desperate need of a trim, having been left uncut for over three weeks in the Florida Fall. It was also damp since I was cutting in the morning to avoid the heat. If you understand anything about the combination of long grass and damp grass then you can fully appreciate it when I say that the mower never once bogged down on me. The dual 10-inch blades seem to work really well together, and I think that’s the reason the mulching process of the blade seemed to keep up—even though I was cutting grass that was entirely too tall.

Greenworks 20 Twin Force Lawnmower blades
The twin 10-inch blades of the G-Max Twin Force provide ample cutting power and speed and didn’t bog down in my testing

After mowing for a solid 20-25 minutes the primary battery was down to one bar and the mower hadn’t even touched the second battery. The company’s claim of 70 minutes of run-time seems very sound and not based on no-load conditions. For $399, which includes a battery, this is an incredible piece of outdoor power equipment that is not to be missed.

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foster

wondering why the lids to the batteries on my new duel battery mower wont open

Tim

From what I read, it sounds like they also make the Kobalt version for Lowes. Its very similar, just minor differences, like the Lowes mower doesn’t use a key. I read that cutting tall grass will cause the blades to spin faster, which shortens the battery run time. I don’t think the batteries can be swapped between the Kobalt and the Greenworks mower though. The Kobalt comes with a great 5 year no hassle warranty.

Ed Fisher

I’ve been wanting to go battery powered for a long time and was cutting my lawn with a manual rotary pusher. And then I would still have to sweep and edge and trim. I bought the Twinforce at the beginning of September and loved it. When I added the trimmer/edger and blower that use the same gMax batteries for less than $110 my total time and effort were cut in half and it is so easy to use that my lawn my never get scruffy again. My advice is to call Lowes and then call your broker. I did contact… Read more »

Kimber Janney

There is a company CleanAir Lawn Care that uses all battery powered mowers and trimmers. In Colorado Springs the owner has equipped trucks with solar panels, 12v deep cycle batteries and power inverters to keep the batteries for the equipment charged. Seems pretty impressive and their operation is much quieter than the typical lawn care crews.

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