If you’re seeking a powerful tool for pruning large tree branches – thicker than anything you could cut with regular pruning shears – then the Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw might be the perfect tool for you.
This mini chainsaw packs tremendous cutting power into a lightweight and minimal design, weighing just 70 oz and fitted with a 4-inch chain. The tool comes with everything you need to start pruning, including a 24V lithium-ion battery and charger, a soft carry case, and some lubricating bar oil.
What’s more, the battery and charger can be used with other tools from the Greenworks 24V/48V range, which includes a wide variety of DIY power tools, as well as yard tools such as the Greenworks 48V 20-inch Brushless Lawn Mower. Buy this pruning saw first, and you can then buy other compatible Greenworks tools as bare units, at a very affordable price point.
While this pruning saw is relatively user-friendly, it’s still a chainsaw. As such, you should always use it with care, while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The bar and chain will sometimes require oiling and tensioning between uses.
Do bear in mind that this pruner is not designed to meet all your pruning needs. It can’t reasonably be used to cut thin plant stems, or perform delicate tasks such as deadheading flowers. However, if you just need a tool for pruning thicker tree branches, then the Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw is surely one of the best pruners you can buy.
Pete has reviewed hundreds of gardening products for titles including TopTenReviews, Ideal Home and the London Evening Standard – as well as writing articles on diverse topics for other publications such as The Guardian and BBC Good Food. A long-term contributor to the blog of leading scissors-maker Ernest Wright, Pete has in-depth understanding of the qualities and design features that go into a really good pair of shears.
Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw: At a glance
Since its launch in 2009, Greenworks has emerged as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of reasonably-priced, good-quality yard tools (as well as power tools for home improvement).
The 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw represents the brand at its best, with an innovative, user-friendly design, and cutting performance that rivals some of the tool’s premium-priced competitors.
This mini chainsaw is designed specifically for cutting tree branches, up to a thickness of 4" (and perhaps beyond, with the right technique).
Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw: key specs
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|24V lithium-ion battery and charger; soft carry case; bar oil
Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw: Performance
This mini chainsaw is made especially for cutting tree branches – and that’s exactly the kind of work we used it for, during product testing.
The Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw proved capable of cutting through various sizes of branch with absolute ease. Tilting the saw back and forth, we were able to produce a clean cut every time, even when pruning thicker branches.
For an even tougher test, we decided to use the pruner to cut a large, protruding knot away from a tree trunk. While this took a few more seconds than cutting through the branch, the task was effortless.
Using the Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw is incredibly easy, although it should be noted that the tool will require maintenance over time, including adjustment and lubrication of the chain.
The saw kicks up quite a bit of sawdust while it cuts through branches – so it’s a good idea to protect your eyes by wearing goggles during use. The operating noise is pretty loud and abrasive, so you might want to avoid using this tool for pruning while other folk are relaxing in the yard.
Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw: should you buy?
|Price & availability
|Well-priced, with great accessories.
|Powerful, innovative and easy-to-use.
|Perfect for cutting thick tree branches.
Buy it if...
Cutting thick branches is your priority
Pruning wider tree limbs is this pruner's specialty. The tool cuts through thick branches with exceptional ease and speed.
You value convenience
This product is fantastically user-friendly. We loved this pruner's toolless chain tensioning mechanism, and the convenience afforded by cordless, lithium-ion battery power.
Other Greenworks tools have caught your attention
The battery and charger included with the Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw can be used with other Greenworks products for the home and yard, which can often be purchased as bare tools.
Don't buy it if...
You need a pruner for your plants
The mini chainsaw design of this Greenworks pruner is totally unsuitable for delicate pruning tasks, such as cutting thin plant stems and deadheading.
You're uncomfortable around powerful tools
While this tool may be relatively accessible, it still has formidable cutting power. Chainsaws are not for everyone.
You don't enjoy servicing your tools
All chainsaws require routine maintenance tasks such as oiling and retensioning. If this sounds like an off-putting prospect, choose a lower-maintenance option such as a bypass pruner instead.
How does it compare?
Given that you’ve read this far, you’re probably comfortable with the idea of buying a mini chainsaw. However, we’d like to remind you that if you’re looking for an all-purpose pruner that can also cut soft plants, then you should be looking at a more versatile, lower-powered tool – for example, the manually operated Wolf-Garten Anvil Pruner RSEN.
If branch cutting is your main requirement, another option to consider is the Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless Pole Lopper (which needs to be used with a compatible Ryobi battery and charger, both sold separately).
Ryobi’s lopper has a lower cutting capacity than the Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw, but it is better equipped to cut high-up tree branches, thanks to its telescopic pole lopper design. Which option is best? That depends on the size and shape of your trees.
How we tested the Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw
The Greenworks 24V 6" Brushless Pruning Saw is designed especially for cutting tree branches, including thicker branches than most pruners could possible cut. To test the tool's capabilities, our reviewer used it to cut several branches away from the fruit trees in his yard, including branches with a thickness of over 4". The reviewer also tested the pruner's bundled-in accessories, including its 24V lithium-ion battery and charger.
See more about how we test.
First reviewed: September 2023