The Worx WG304.1 electric chainsaw is a great solution for anyone who needs a more powerful electric chainsaw that’s easy to maintain and operate. While it may not cut quite as fast as a gas powered model, it will work well for the homeowner in need of a reliable saw for moderately sized jobs around the home.
Worx 15 Amp Electric Chainsaw Overview and Features
This is an eighteen inch saw that operates on fifteen amps and four horsepower. It can run on standard home electricity at 120 volts. The fifteen amp motor makes it more powerful than the model Worx released the previous year. The longer bar means you can expect a heavier saw. With the eighteen inch bar, you’ll be able to cut a wider tree or log in a single pass.
Unlike most electric saws that require manual chain tension adjustment, this model features an automatic chain tensioning system. With this tool free system, you’ll only need to turn the locking knob until it’s screwed tightly, allowing the correct chain tension to be reached automatically. There’s no worry whether the chain blade is secure and tight.
But the features don’t stop there. This model also comes with a built-in chain brake, which works to minimize the risk associated with kickback. With kickback, the chain will stop immediately. While kickback can still occur with this model, the chain brake and the kickback cutoff switch will provide the user with more confidence.
This is an emissions-free saw that comes with a two-year product warranty. The saw arrives fully assembled so you can use it right out of the box.
The auto-oiler will provide the saw with a constant source of lubrication, for both the guide bar and the saw chain. The oil tank has a capacity of two hundred milliliters.
A great choice for city use, this model weighs in at just a little over eleven pounds, unlike other lighter models. However, it’s still light enough for easy, fast jobs around the home.
The saw is also equipped with an ergonomic full-wrap front handle and a rubber over-molded rear handle.
When you first use the saw, keep in mind that the chain will stretch more in the beginning, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the tension. Even with the automatic tensioning system, you may find when the saw is new, that if you don’t stay on top of the chain tension it can slip from the bar occasionally. But if you monitor it carefully you shouldn’t have any problems. If for some reason the chain does slip, it’s pretty simple to reattach it with the tool-free system.
Like with all saws you should stay on top of maintaining the chain and bar. This involves regularly sharpening the chain. We also recommend removing the bar regularly to get rid of any shavings left that can cause the saw to clog. This will ensure you enjoy the saw’s top cutting performance.
If you’re normally used to using higher priced gas powered saws, then you may find this model’s plastic construction a little flimsy. Of course, there’s definitely a trade-off between the construction quality and the cost. However, the saw’s plastic construction helps to keep the weight down.
As you can see, this model comes in an eye-catching black and orange design. The large rear hand guard works to protect the user from any debris or twigs that will fly during operation. In order to get to the guide bar, the chain cover plate must be removed. This can be done easily by twisting the auto-tensioning knob. The front handle is very easy to grip, which makes maneuvering the saw a breeze. Located in front of the handle you’ll find the hand guard. The hand guard also works as a chain brake when it’s pushed into a forward position.
Electric Chainsaw by Worx Pros and Cons
Pros: This saw starts up safely and easily. In order to begin cutting you will need to hold down on the safety and press the trigger. This safety feature can make it difficult to start the chainsaw without a tight grip on the handle. While the saw isn’t as powerful as a gas operated model, it’s quieter and cleaner, which is what makes it a great candidate for new chainsaw users or for consumers who live in suburban areas. Because it’s electric it will require less maintenance than a gas powered model. The life of the saw chain can vary depending on the type of materials you cut up. Because the saw is available through most major retailers it’s very easy to find any parts you’ll need.
When it comes to efficiency, this is one of the best models we tested. It’s best suited for occasional jobs around the home, such as cutting up a fallen limb or clearing brush. It’s light and quiet which is what makes it easy to complete simple jobs. While the saw’s weight isn’t evenly distributed, the electric motor doesn’t produce much vibration to add any discomfort.
Cons: Some buyers have reported that the saw tends to use more bar oil than expected and because of this it’s very important that you monitor the oil level. Cutting without oil can seriously dull the chain, and quickly. Additionally, this motor draws fifteen amps which means you’ll need a twelve gauge cord to prevent damaging the motor. For the price, we felt that the saw should have come with its own carry case, but you’ll need to purchase one separately. This saw isn’t the best choice for large jobs unless you have an impressively long extension cord. The saw’s corded design will keep you on a tight leash while you work. Despite this minor flaws, most users were satisfied with the type of power this saw offers.
Conclusion and Rating
The Worx WG304.1 electric chainsaw is an affordable, powerful saw that can easily handle small and medium sized jobs in the yard. However, it shouldn’t be used in a professional capacity, or for larger jobs, which it definitely can’t handle. Considering the price, the lightweight design, and the automatic tensioning system, consumers who purchased this model gave it a rating of four out of five stars.
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