The Worx WG303.1 is part of the chain saw
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, chain saw
models like the WG303.1 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
How fast a saw cut through a 10-inch-square oak beam.
Consists of kickback intensity, the potential for burn due to inadvertent contact with the muffler, and storage safety--how well protected the cutting chain is from accidental contact during storage.
Ease of use:
Based on engine-starting convenience (the average number of pulls to start), primer and choke location and operation, and the ease of adjusting the cutting chain’s tightness, checking and adding fluids, and accessing the air filter and spark plug.
Features & Specs - Worx WG303.1
Chain brake This brake stops the chain almost instantly and either engages when the handguard is contacted or activates automatically via an inertial system.
Anti-vibration Rubber bushings or metal springs between the handle and the engine, bar, and chain that minimize vibration and user fatigue.
Tool-free chain adjuster A hand-operated wheel-and-crank mechanism that unlocks and locks the chain bar and moves it in and out, letting you adjust chain tension without loosening adjustment nuts or turning adjustment screws.
Tool-free chain adjuster
Translucent oil tank Lets you easily check the bar-oil reservoir.
Translucent oil tank
Metal bucking spikes Comes with metal bucking spikes that help with cutting stability.
Metal bucking spikes
Storage case Indicates that the model comes with a case for storage.
Protective sheath Comes with a protective sheath that covers the blade.
Extra chain Comes with an extra chain.
Warranty (yrs.) The length of time the saw is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.
I don't understand the poor reviews. After a snow/ice storm, most of the top of one of my neighbor's trees snapped off and ended in my back yard. I have a regular gas-powered chain saw, but it had been sitting for over a year and was in my up in my shed (22 degrees that day) and I couldn't get it to start. I didn't have time to keep fiddling with it so, based on the CR review, I went and bought this saw. It went through everything, even up to about 8-9 diameter, like butter. Being that I never use my chain saw anywhere but at home and not that often, I'll probably get my gas-powered saw running and sell it at a yard sale next spring. I'll stick with this one and just borrow a gas-powered one from one of my neighbors if I ever need one.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Bristol, VA
Chain is as dull as a butter knife.
Dull With Little Use
I purchased this saw based on the CR review. After being used only a few times to cut small limbs I find I can cut faster with my small hand saw. I am very disappointed in the performance of this item. I saw a WORX leaf blower at Home Depot a couple of days ago. Based on my experience with the saw, I bought a Toro.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Tempe, AZ
I completely disagree with the previous owner who said it wouldn't cut through light branches. I used it on an old orange tree to cut through the trunk, and it quickly cut through, knots and all. I was surprised at how well it works.<br />I haven't had it long enough to say how long the oil lasts, but it is easy to add more and convenient that you don't have to separately oil the chain.<br />If I change my mind after using this for a while, I will update this review.