Literally the best selling chainsaw on Amazon, the popularity of the Worx WG303.1 isn’t difficult to understand. It promises a 16 inch guidebar, 3.5 HP, a 4.5 star rating, and a 94 dollar price tag.
In other words, unless you plan on cutting down a local wood, it goes on the maybe list right off the bat.
First off, let’s get one thing straight. The first line of the product description is a downright lie. A 3.5HP electric chainsaw is not “as powerful as a gas chainsaw”. Gas chainsaws regularly come with 50CC engines. And there’s simply no comparison.
The good news, however, is that most people don’t need 50 CC’s. And aside from a little false advertising, Worx have gotten pretty much everything else right.
If you’re new to the world of chainsaws, a 16inch guidebar and 3.5 HP chainsaw will typically handle:
- Trees and branches up to 15 inch in length.
- Firewood and logs
- Trimming hedges/pruning(obviously)
I tested the 303 on everything and it tackled them all with ease.
I also tried it on an 25 inch softwood stump and while it certainly took it’s time, the end result was the same. This means that if you ever need to cut something similar i.e. in the case of storm damage or you want to help a friend, the 303.1 requires patience not a new chainsaw.
In conclusion, for yard work, fire wood and cleaning up after the occasional storm, the 303.1 scores full marks. On the other hand, if you plan on tackling the local wood, grow the patience of a saint or look elsewhere.
Ease of Use
Electric chainsaws were pretty much invented for superior ease of use and the Worx 303 is a very good example of what you get when you drop the gas tank. The noise is gone. The fumes are gone. And the weight drops to just shy of 11 pounds.
The Worx also benefits from a number of features that have nothing to do with its power source, these include:
- Tool-Less Tension Change: Tension is changed via a knob on the side rather than a tool. Ideal when you want to tackle multiple jobs in one go without stopping.
- Auto Tensioning: Apparently, this is patented. Apparently, it keeps the chain tight at all times. Personally I didn’t notice the difference.
- Automatic Oiling: Pretty much self explanatory, works as advertised.
Being a best seller on Amazon means no shortage of reviews and the 303 currently has a total of 546. The average rating is 4.5 stars out of 5 with 89% of people giving it 4 stars or more. In other words, almost 9/10 people who made the purchase were happy that they did. Most of the praise has already been covered so instead I’ll discuss what appears to be the primary complaint.
Most critical reviews were regarding durability. Some people reported break downs almost immediately, others after only a matter of months. These reviews are in the minority. And the Worx is less than a hundred dollars. But I still find this disappointing. There’s obviously some kind of quality control problem going on and despite being out 3 years, it hasn’t yet been solved.
The product description promises an electric chainsaw that matches the power of a gas chainsaw. This is simply untrue. Roughly 8 percent of users complain of durability issues. Aside from these two issues however, this is a pretty difficult tool to fault.
It tackles yard work with ease, and bigger jobs with patience. It’s light, quiet, and as a result, a genuine pleasure to use.
Provided you understand the power limitations described above. And you value sub $100 pricing over 100% reliability, it’s an easy purchase to make. One thing to keep in mind however: the CS1500 by Oregon PowerNow is only $25 more.