In Review – GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro G-MAX Cordless Chainsaw

GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 16-Inch Cordless Chainsaw

When talking about good cordless chainsaws, one of the product worth mentioning due to its popularity is the GreenWorks 20312. A battery powered chainsaw will not keep up with a gas powered unit. That said, lots of people have been pleased with the cutting ability of this highly rated electric model. Read this GreenWorks 20312 Review to learn more about the little cutting tool.

This saw is powered by a lithium-ion battery. The G-MAX 40V battery is interchangeable with all GreenWorks G-MAX lawn and garden tools. Utilizing lithium-ion technology, the rechargeable battery is advertised to deliver fade-free power with no memory loss after charging. Battery charge time (4AH) is 2 hrs. GreenWorks also sells a 2AH battery for their G-MAX tools.

The Energy Star certified charger (model 29482) is designed to be used on 110V. It comes with a space saving wall mountable design. There are LED lights on the charger that tell you the status of the battery charge. To protect the life of your battery it will stop the charging process once the battery is fully charged. It is important to keep in mind however, to never leave the battery in the charger for long periods of time since the charger is not a “battery maintainer” type.

The GreenWorks 20312 uses a standard 16-inch bar (164MLEA041 Oregon). Like most consumer saws, it uses 3/8″ chain. The gauge, or the thickness of the drive lugs measures 0.043” (1.1 mm). Tensioning the chain can be accomplished easily without tools, which is a big plus. In case you want to purchase an extra replacement for your saw, the Oregon S56 16″ saw chain should fit. The company also makes a 10-inch and a 12-inch version in case you prefer a smaller model.

Like any other chainsaw, the chain and bar must be lubricated to work properly. This saw does not come with bar oil but you can find it easily at any hardware store. Located on the side of the saw is a quick view oil indicator so that you know when oil is getting low. It does not seem to use a lot of oil which is a great thing. To prevent overheating, this saw has an automatic chain oiling system, meaning it automatically lubricates the bar and chain.

Weighing 10.3 6 lbs (4.7 kg), you may find it a little heavy. That said, it would still be easier for you to use instead of a gas powered chainsaw. Definitely, it is safer and much more portable than its corded counterpart. Talking about safety, this saw comes equipped with a mechanical brake. There is a front hand guard that when being pushed toward the bar will stop the chain immediately. Releasing the switch trigger will also stop the chain saw almost instantly, making it much safer than regular gas powered units.

The lawn tool does not include a hard case but a soft carry bag and a chain/bar cover are provided. A battery and a charger are included in the box. If you already had the battery and charger from your older tool, you may want to get the model 20322. Without battery and charger, the “tool only” version is priced around $120. The GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro carries a 4 year warranty. The motor is covered by a 10-year warranty. A 2-year warrant covers the battery.

GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro G-MAX 40V - Things included in the box

The GreenWorks 20312 DigiPro G-MAX has received a lot of positive reviews from its customers at At this time of writing, the 16-Inch electric saw is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars that proves it is one of the best options for cordless chainsaws on the market.

Inevitably, as with any product, some negative views have also been voiced by the customers. There are several complaints about oil leakage. Not a lot of the reviewers have reported this issue however and this is a common problem for chainsaws. Few customers have made complaints about the chain that keeps loosening while cutting but this goes with other models too. The same also applies for its overall construction. There is a lot of plastic but this is to be expected.

Despite such negative feedback, the customer reviews have been positive for the most part. Many of them have praised its cutting performance. It is not the saw to use if you plan to cut big, thick 20″ logs. That said, power will be not an issue for you who want to use it for cutting small-medium trees or branches. From cutting up logs for wood burning stove to clearing land of fallen limbs and trees, people have found that it holds up quite well over multiple uses.

The fact that it is easy to operate and maintain makes it a good buy among most homeowners. There is no assembly required. As with any chainsaw you need to be sure to fill the chain oil reservoir but it would not be a challenging task. The bar oil compartment that holds plenty of oil is easy to open and close. The chain tension system makes tightening the chain easy which is another plus point of this saw.

Many reviewers have also been stunned at the battery run-time and how quickly it can be recharged. It only takes about 2 hours to return it to a full charge condition. How much wood you can cut on a single charge will depend on the density and size of the wood you are cutting. That said, customer feedback indicates that when fully charged, one battery will allow you to cut up quite a bit of wood.

There are many positive reviews in regards to this product. Driven by a brushless DC motor, people have found that it is very low on the sound side and vibration. With a relatively low noise level, you can cut in areas where you might otherwise be disturbing somebody. It is not a feather weight. In fact, according to some reviewers, it feels the same as a standard gas saw. That said, with an ergonomic design, it is still light enough to hold comfortably.

This 40V brushless chainsaw is not a substitute to a gas chainsaw when it comes to taking down big mature wood trees. It is not an ideal tool for a professional tree trimmer/cutter or for those who use a chainsaw daily. Having said that, if you are in the market for a powerful cordless saw for light to medium duty work around the house, then based on the customer feedback it can be a great addition to your shed of useful items.