It is an eco-friendly electric powered cordless chainsaw replacement for a gasoline-powered chainsaw that is manufactured by Sunrise Global Marketing. This electric chainsaw is most suitable for cutting through small branches or through a thickness of 4 to 10 inches. It cuts through such pieces of wood like a champ with no problem at all. It is also capable of cutting through thicker diameters, but due to how long the battery lasts, it is more suited for the smaller branches.
Key features of Greenworks 12-Inch 40V Electric Cordless Chainsaw
The heat produced by the friction of the chain passing over the bar is capable of destroying the chain and the bar. An automatic bar and chain oiler that oils this part as the chain rotates helps avoid this. This feature ensures that your chainsaw is capable of giving you service for long without worrying about regularly oiling the chain. There is a translucent oil tank that is capable of holding oil that you can use for a full battery charge without having to refill. This tank has a large translucent window, which makes it possible for you to see the amount of oil remaining.
Tool-less chain tensioning
This electric chainsaw contains two knobs. The knob at the rear makes it possible to adjust the saw blade length, thereby tightening or loosening the chain tension. A loose chainsaw chain increases the risk of kickback and can quickly come off the bar. It is not safe for the operator who can quickly get in harm’s way. I found this knob to be handy since you do not require any tools to tighten your chain. The T-shaped handle in front loosens the bar and covers the tensioner, ensuring the other knob stays in place while cutting.
It is a cordless chainsaw that comes with a 2Ah battery. The entire package contains a charger for your battery, which takes up to 1 hour to charge the battery fully. It is advisable to use this chainsaw when the battery is at full charge. The battery gives the saw plenty of power for at least 40 minutes of service when fully charged, which is capable of making about 50 cuts of two to ten inches diameter. You put the battery in place by sliding it into the back of the saw until you hear a ‘click’ sound, which means that it is properly seated. It has a power gauge with 4 LED lights and a button next to them, which, when pressed, shows the amount of power left.
The following are the exact specifications of the Greenworks 12-Inch 40V Electric Cordless Chainsaw:
Dimensions: 26.4*8.1*11 inches
Weight: 6 pounds
Bar length: 12 inches
3/8 inch chain pitch
1 Lithium-ion battery required
Chain Tensioning: Tool-less
Cuts per charge: up to 75
Has an automatic oiler
This electric chainsaw comes wrapped in a regular cardboard box. The box contains the different parts of the saw that work together. It includes the bar and chain, a casing that protects the operator from catching their clothing or body on the chain teeth and the owner’s manual. The box also contains a 2Ah battery and its charger. However, the package does not include the oil, which is easy to leak during transit. You can find this in a hardware store.
The chainsaw comes with a four-year warranty, which is quite long and an assurance of service for a long time. The battery is more volatile and has a two-year warranty. As to be expected, this warranty does not cover the misuse and abuse of the materials.
It is vital to discuss the availability of replacement parts of this chainsaw. According to the research I have conducted, I can honestly tell you which parts of this cordless chainsaw are likely to require replacement after a few years.
The battery is the central part of this chainsaw that is likely to require a replacement first. When you purchase this product, you get a 2Ah battery in the package. You can also choose to buy a 4Ah battery, which is twice as powerful, but the manufacturer sells it separately. It is available on the Greenworks and Amazon websites. It is also important to note that the Greenworks G-MAX 12″ Electric Chainsaw (model number 20262) battery is compatible with the G-MAX 2Ah battery (29462) and G-MAX 4Ah battery (29472).
Other parts that may require replacement after years of service are the bar, chain, and charger. These are also available on the Greenworks and Amazon websites. If taken care of well, it is likely to last more than four years as guaranteed without demanding a spare part.
Its battery provides it with a lot of torque power. When cutting through diameters of 2 to 10 inches diameters, this chainsaw cuts through with ease. It is also capable of going beyond this thickness and making clean cuts, but this is likely to wear out some parts of this chainsaw like the bar and chain in a shorter time. The manufacturer advises you not to use it for commercial use. There are more reliable and durable choices that can are best for business purposes. It works better at small tasks around your yard.
This cordless chainsaw also has an electric start, which makes starting easy. All you have to do is simply press and hold the switch lock. Even a child can start this machine with no trouble at all.
It is a small, lightweight chainsaw capable of getting into tight spots where large saws cannot fit. It is easy to carry anywhere, like on camping trips, where you can use it to collect firewood. It is effortless for most people to operate and use it with no difficulty at all.
It has a low noise level that does not necessarily need you to cover your ears
It does not emit any harmful carbon monoxide to the environment
It has a high torque power
It is lightweight
It has no anti-kick or chain break
It has plastic bucking teeth next to the chainsaw bar as a pivot point
When it comes to safety measures, this chainsaw has a plastic guard in front of the handle grip. However, this is not enough to stop a violent chain kickback. The only downside I have found in this chainsaw is the lack of an automatic chain brake. It is therefore advisable to ensure the chain is never loose, which quickly leads to a kickback. The low kickback chain and reduced bar also help reduce the impact and likelihood of a kickback. You should also read the user manual thoroughly to learn safe cutting practices.
Most cordless electric chainsaws have a safety button on the handle that needs to be pressed for the saw to run, and this is one of them. It is an important measure to avoid accidental activation if the saw were to fall into the wrong hands. A good example is if kids were to come across it and start playing with it.
The plastic bucking teeth at the front of the saw help grip the wood you are cutting steadily. It may not be as efficient as metallic bucking teeth, but it works well when you are cutting through small diameters.
Other essential safety measures are the mode of dressing when using such a tool. I advise wearing gloves always, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, boots, a hard hat, and hearing protection. Many electric chainsaws make less noise and do not necessarily need hearing protection.
This chainsaw has over 80% of its consumer’s positive reviews and high ratings. Most of them were surprised by the power and ease of handling. The tool-free chain tensioning has also been receiving a reasonable amount of praise.
The negative reviews mostly centered on it being slow when cutting thick branches. It is a bit unfair comparing this small electric chainsaw to large chainsaws. Some few buyers also complained about malfunctions, but the manufacturer solved most of these problems.
Final thoughts of the Greenworks 12-Inch 40V Electric Cordless Chainsaw
There are a few things that impressed me with this chainsaw. First of all, the power produced by this machine despite its size is unimaginable. You also have the option of buying a more powerful battery if you intend to use it for long periods. I also find the LED lights that indicate the amount of charge remaining very helpful.
Secondly, a translucent window in the oil tank is a feature you will rarely find in many electric chainsaws. This tank is capable of holding up to 50ml of oil, so it is essential to check the oil level through this window regularly.
Finally, it is an eco-friendly tool that uses electricity; therefore, it does not emit any harmful gases. It is one way of taking care of the environment, which is being continuously destroyed by toxic gases such as carbon monoxide.