Fell, Buck & Limb

IMG_20160505_114538316We have looked at a lot of the battery operated chainsaws on the market over the last few years and the technology is getting better.  Competition is ramping up forcing manufacturers to one up last year’s product to keep on the top of the sales charts.  While prices are still up there, the quality is getting better and better.  Greenworks Commercial has a new 82 volt line that is now dedicated to the professional and it is 100% battery operated.  This line is an upgrade from the Greenworks Pro 80 volt line sold in some of the big box stores and has shown to be a powerful contender.  Similar to many of the small gas operated chainsaws, many of the battery operated chainsaws will stall out when but under too much load.  The Greenworks Commercial is one of the first battery operated chainsaw that did not thermally cut out during our use.

GS 180 Features

  • Powerful Brushless Motor
  • Includes Both 16-Inch And 18-Inch Bars And Chains
  • Includes durable blow molded carry case
  • Automatic Chain Oiler
  • Transparent tank allows user to see when oil needs refilling
  • Electronic Chain Brake
  • Wrap-Around Metal Handle

Feels Familiar

IMG_20160505_093123210If you are used to some of the commercial chainsaws on the market, this saw will be very familiar to you.  There is no doubt that this saw was built to make the user of gas operated commercial saw feel comfortable.  There are only a few things that will make this unit slightly different from the dino-oil burning counterpart.  First, the battery operated unit has an on and off button.  This is an added safety feature for those arborists that are climbers.  I am sure this next feature is a UL requirement, but there is a safety on the side of the trigger.  It is in an easy place to depress and can also serve as another safety for anyone climbing.  Other features that set this unit apart are metal bucking spikes, a metal upper handle and larger 18″ bar.

The reality is that many commercial users are open to battery operated saws, they simply have to be powerful and have the run time to allow them to complete a job.  The current battery line of the Greenworks commercial line includes 82 volt 2.5Ah, 4.0Ah, 5.0Ah batteries and a 900Wh battery pack.

Typical Run Times

  • 2.0Ah battery = approx. 20 minutes
  • 4.0Ah battery = approx. 40 minutes
  • 5.0Ah battery = approx. 55 minutes
  • Battery backpack = approx. 4 hours

Overall

IMG_20160505_093019134Commercial users looking to tap into the markets that have noise restriction will have another option of commercial equipment that is built for them.  There is really some great power in these lines.  This chainsaw will not bring disappointment as it is a good performer.  The downside of the unit is that it was designed around the 2.5Ah battery and when used with the larger batteries, they stick pout of the battery box slightly.  This can be solved by using the battery belt that allows the user to wear the battery and have a cord power the equipment.  This worked out well for us with the chainsaw and allowed us to cut down some very large trees with this chainsaw alone.