WORX Electric Chainsaw Review

This electric chainsaw with its strong 14.5A motor and 16” cutting bar will make short work of your yard debris and downed tree removals.  The WORX WG303.1 has an auto-tensioner and auto-oiler making the use of a chainsaw even easier and simpler.

 

Key Features:

 

The reality of a chainsaw’s rotating bladed chain whipping around a guide bar at high speed, and then used to slice away wood from trees and limbs means these moving parts are going to encounter plenty of friction.  Friction causes heat and eventual dulling of the cutting links and warping of the guide bar.  To counter this, we need to add oil to the cutting parts of the saw.  Manual oiling is standard fare, but the WORX WG303.1 uses a gravity fed auto-oiler.  Keep the reservoir full of bar and chain oil and let the saw adequately lubricate itself as you focus on safely cutting the wood.

 

All power tools have inherent danger involved in their use, but the chainsaw is definitely a tool that requires special care due to the severity of its power.  WORX incorporated safety technology such as an integrated chain brake and low kickback bar and chain on the WG303.1 chainsaw.  The narrow tipped bar and hook-limited chain make for a less violent kickback event, increasing operator safety.

 

Pro:

 

The WORX WG303.1 takes the electric chainsaw market’s tool-less tension one step further.  This saw is tool-less but also automatic.  Rather than stopping to re-tension the chain for proper cutting and safety, this saw maintains the tension through their auto-tension system that pulls in that stretching chain while guarding against over-tightening.

 

Out of the box and right to work.  This saw comes assembled and ready to work, it even includes bar and chain oil in the delivery.  Open box, open the oil chamber, pour in the lubrication and you’re off to cut lumber.  No delays in assembly or forgetting to pick up bar and chain oil.  Once you receive the saw, you’re ready to work.

 

 

Con:

 

Chainsaws will drip oil, it’s just a part of owning and operating a chainsaw that we all have come to live with.  This is especially true if you use a gravity-fed auto-oiling system like the one on this electric chainsaw.  But they are supposed to slow and stop leaking after you are done using them and users report that the seals on this oil reservoir are always leaking oil, even when stored upright.  So you may have to empty the bar and chain oil after use in order to keep your garage clean.

 

Even with proper lubrication and maintenance, the factory supplied chain dulls out rather quickly.  Users report replacement chains stay sharp just fine, so it’s not the saw but the inferior initial chain that is the culprit.  Adequate enough for an occasional use, this chain won’t stand up to rigorous demand and will need to be replaced with heavy use of the saw.

 

Our Verdict:

 

This is a good saw for the domestic class user.  Strong enough to cut through heavy debris and simple enough to make it easier for the home user with auto tension and auto oiling, the WORX WG303.1 is a solid saw that will complete most tasks set before it by any homeowner.  The leaking oil chamber and weak chain are ordinary problems encountered by heavy users and likely to not bother light duty users.

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