Buyers Guide: Battery-Powered Chainsaws

If you’re in the market for a new battery-powered chainsaw, choosing the right one can be a little daunting at first glance. With a closer look, and this, you’ll be able to pick the best chainsaw to fit your needs. Before you purchase, there are a few factors to consider and learn about how to find the perfect-sized chainsaw to add to your tool lineup. 

The Basics: How to Choose the Right Battery-Powered Chainsaw

… and what bar length should I get?

Bar length is one of the most important factors when purchasing a chainsaw. Here at  Greenworks, our bar lengths vary from 12” to 20” – we truly have a chainsaw for every task. 

Shorter chainsaw bars give you less cutting capacity, while longer chainsaw bars provide a larger available cutting capacity in one pass. It’s important to note that larger chainsaws with longer bar lengths can also be more difficult to handle – so it’s a good idea to always match your task to your chainsaw size.

Landscapers follow the rule of inches, meaning your residential chainsaw bar length should be 2” longer than the active cutting area. For example, if you’re cutting a 10” log in one pass, you'll need a chainsaw with a 12” bar length. Of course, you can cut large branches/logs with a smaller bar – just be prepared that it will take multiple passes.

Bar Length Project
12-14 inches Trimming, pruning, limbing, felling small trees
16-18 inches Felling medium trees, firewood cutting
20 inches Felling large trees

* Felling = Cutting down standing trees

 

Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Battery-Powered Chainsaws

After the all-important bar length decision, there are a few other factors to consider before buying a new chainsaw: 

  • Usage : How often will you be using your chainsaw? Intended use can help dictate what size chainsaw fits your needs best. 
  • Project size : How big are the branches and limbs that you’ll be cutting down? Matching chainsaw size to project size helps to set you up for success. 
  • Comfort level : How familiar are you with chainsaws? A smaller chainsaw offers maximum control and comfort if you’re brand-new to the category. For experienced chainsaw users looking to upgrade, you’ll feel right at home with a longer bar length. 
  • Platform : Are you already on a voltage platform? Here at Greenworks, we offer a variety of chainsaw voltage options, including   24V, 40V , 60V and 80V .
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Greenworks Has Best in Class Features

Greenworks battery-powered chainsaws come standard with some convenient benefits. Some of our favorite features include:

  • Easy start, every time : No more fighting the pull cord to start up a gas chainsaw. With Greenworks, our push-button start makes the cord hassle a thing of the past. 
  • Auto-oiler mechanism : No more messing with oil – our auto-oiler mechanism keeps the chain lubricated for maximum performance. 
  • Side-mounted chain tension : Gives you easy access for bar and chain maintenance. 
  • Lightweight : Our ergonomic design is easy to use and at least 20% lighter than comparable gas models – giving you more control and less fatigue. 
  • Less vibration : In addition to being more comfortable, less vibration in Greenworks chainsaws mean you can work for longer with more accuracy.
  • Quiet : Say goodbye to the ear-splitting buzz of gas chainsaws. Electric chainsaws are quieter to use because electric motors produce less noise than gas motors, making for happier eardrums (and neighbors!). 

Deciding What Greenworks Chainsaw is Best For Your Needs

Excited to learn more? Let’s peek at the  Greenworks chainsaw lineup to find the one that best fits your needs. 

Cut Limbs & Branches | 12-14 Inch Bar Length Chainsaw

Bar lengths Project Ideal Limb Size Comfort/experience level
12 inch - 14 inch yard work, limb thinning, trimming, pruning, limb removal, felling small trees 10 inch - 12 inch Beginner

12” Bar Length MVP:

Greenworks 24V 12” Battery-Powered Chainsaw

If you’re looking for an amazing beginner chainsaw – or the perfect compliment to your workhouse chainsaw – you’ve met your match. With the  Greenworks 24V 12” Chainsaw, you’ll be trimming limbs up to 10” in one pass. And with the included 24V 4.0 Ah USB battery, you have plenty of power to spare.

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Ideal limb size Push button start What's included Powers up
12" 85+ 10 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ One (1) 4.0 Ah USB battery and one (1) charger 125+ tools with any Greenworks 24V battery

12” Bar Length Honorable Mention:

Greenworks 40V 12" Battery-Powered Chainsaw

If you’re already on the 40V platform, the  Greenworks 40V 12” Battery-Powered Chainsaw is a solid choice. Trim pesky branches and fell small trees with this lightweight, easy-to-maneuver 12” chainsaw – you’ll love the versatility.

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Ideal limb size Push button start What's included
12" 50+ 10 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ Tool Only

14” Bar Length MVP:

Greenworks 40V 14” Battery-Powered Chainsaw

If you’d like to add a 14” chainsaw to your tool arsenal, the  Greenworks 40V 14” Battery-Powered Chainsaw with a 4.0 Ah battery is a gold-star winner. And with 50+ cuts per charge, you’ll knock out any home trimming projects in no time.

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Ideal limb size Push button start What's included Powers up
14" 50+ 12 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ One (1) 4.0 Ah battery and one (1) charger 75+ tools with any Greenworks 40V battery

14” Bar Length Honorable Mention:

Greenworks 48V (2x24V) 14” Battery-Powered Chainsaw

When you’re in the market for maximum power and cut time, the  Greenworks 48V (2x24V) 14” Battery-Powered Chainsaw checks every box – and with up to 150 cuts per charge, what’s not to love? Harness the power of two 24V batteries for 48V of pure cutting power.

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Ideal limb size Push button start What's included Powers up
14" 150+ 12 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ Two (2) 4.0 Ah batteries and one (1) dual charger 125+ tools with any Greenworks 24V battery

Cut Larger Limbs & Trees | 16-18 Inch Bar Length Chainsaw

Project Bar lengths Limb/trunk size Gas equivalence Comfort/experience level
Firewood cutting; felling 15-19” medium-diameter trees 16 inch - 18 inch 14 - 16 inches 42-45cc Baseline skills/familiarity

16” Bar Length MVP:

Greenworks 60V 16” Battery-Powered Chainsaw

If you’re looking to upgrade to a 16” chainsaw, the  Greenworks 60V 16” Battery-Powered Chainsaw is faster than a 42cc gas-fueled chainsaw – without any of the hassle. And with 140+ cuts per charge, you know this workhorse will have plenty of power to complete each task.  

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Limb/trunk size Push button start What's included Powers up
16" 140+ 14 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ One (1) 2.5 Ah battery and one (1) charger 75+ tools with any Greenworks 60V battery

A tool-only option is also available – the  Greenworks 60V 16” Battery-Powered Chainsaw.

16” Bar Length Honorable Mention

Greenworks 80V 16" Battery-Powered Chainsaw

If you’re on the 80V platform, the  Greenworks 80V 16” Battery-Powered Chainsaw combines two 80V batteries for 80 volts of pure power. And with more than 150+ cuts per charge and an easy push-button start, this chainsaw workhorse is ready to get it done – anytime. 

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Limb/trunk size Push button start What's included Powers up
16" 150+ on 4x4 lumber 14 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ One (1) 2.0 Ah batteries and one (1) charger 75+ tools with any Greenworks 80V battery

18” Bar Length MVP:

Greenworks Pro 80V 18” Brushless Chainsaw 

If you’re in the market for max power, you’ve come to the right place with the  Greenworks Pro 80V 18” Brushless Chainsaw. Clocking in at a 45cc power equivalent to gas – plus 150+ cuts per charge – this powerhouse chainsaw will help you quickly knock out any cutting task on your to-do list. 

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Limb/trunk size Push button start What's included Powers up
18" with steel bucking spikes 150+ 16 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ One (1) 2.0 Ah battery and one (1) rapid charger 75+ tools with any Greenworks 80V battery

18” Bar Length Honorable Mention:

Greenworks 60V 18” Battery-Powered Chainsaw

For fans of the Greenworks 60V platform, allow us to introduce the  Greenworks 60V 18” Battery-Powered Chainsaw. With the power equivalent to a 42cc gas chainsaw and 150+ cuts per charge, this powerhouse chainsaw is ready to tackle even the most demanding cutting project. 

Chain/bar length Cuts per charge Limb/trunk Size Push button start What's included Powers up
18" 150+ 16 inches No prime, no choke, no pull™ One (1) 2.0 Ah battery and one (1) charger 75+ tools with any Greenworks 60V battery

Ready to take a look at the  Greenworks chainsaw lineup? Check out our arsenal of chainsaws – we have a bar length and voltages to fit every need.

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