WORX WG304.1 18-Inch Electric Chainsaw Review
For those everyday homeowner yard tasks, this electric chainsaw does the job well. Lightweight, yet more robust than smaller chainsaws, this powerful saw features an 18-inch bar length that handles nicely for basic limb work and trimming, clearing bush, cutting firewood, and much more.
This impressive electric chainsaw is strong enough to cut through thick trees, but easy enough for smaller jobs like trimming branches, and friendly to use for novices, which makes it a all-around favorite in the mid-size chainsaws category. In our review of the WORX WG304.1 18-Inch Chainsaw we will look at the features of what this model offers in terms of power, durability, ease of use, and why we like it.
First-time users and full-bore lumberjacks alike will appreciate the hassle-free control of the WORX WG304.1 Chainsaw with its sturdy cutting performance, patented auto-tension safety systems, and lightweight base. At only 11.2 pounds with a 15 Amp power output that can produce an impressive 4.0 horsepower, this sturdy saw is easy to handle, yet has burlier, more solid feel of a larger chainsaw, and it is powerful enough to quickly maneuver any job, large or small.
This model is considered a step up from the smaller chainsaws with the longer length, yet it is still a great choice for amateur or even first-time users. With a two-inch increased length over the 16-inch WG303.2 model, the all-metal spikes at the saw’s base help add cutting stability for any job type.
The sprocket on the bar nose is easy to lubricate and helps preserve the overall life of the saw. Unlike the competition, this saw has an automatic built-in lubrication system that provides constant oiling to both the chain and bar. Another great feature is the patented Automatic Chain Tensioner.
This system was put in place to always maintain the correct tension and includes a oversized knob that secures the bar and chain, automatically controlling tension during operation—therefore eliminating any headaches of whether the chain blade is secure and tight. This system also works to extend the life of the chain because there is no more over-tightening. The sturdy chain is made to stay in place even through thicker trees without any problem.
Safety and Comfort
The other safety features of this chain saw are notable with a low kickback bar and a built-in chain brake that will stop the chain whenever an improper contact is made. In addition, the over-molded rubber rear handle and the ergonomic full-wrapped front handle deliver optimal, user-friendly control and holding comfort.
Of course, because it is electric and not gas-powered, the WORX 18-Inch Electric chainsaw is eco-friendly, meaning there are none of those nasty emissions and no messy oil and gas mixing. This model also comes equipped with a 6.75-ounce built-in oil reservoir along with a level indicator that just makes life that much more convenient.
When compared to gas-powered chain saws, electric saws have minimal operating costs. As time and technology improves in the arena of chainsaws, we are seeing more and more eco-conscious consumers toss their gas guzzling saws and switch to electric or battery-powered chainsaws because not only are they more environmentally-friendly, they are much cheaper and cleaner to operate.
As an added bonus with this model, a three-year manufacturer’s warranty is included along with your purchase. This saw comes fully assembled right out of the box, so all you have to do is add oil, plug in, and go. How easy is that?
Why We Liked It
The WORX 18-inch chainsaw has all the benefits and performance of a large, burly chainsaw, but is lighter in weight and handles with more ease of use like a smaller saw. This unit has kept the typical homeowner in mind by providing many of the higher-end bells and whistles of a performance-based chainsaw, but as a lighter version with comfort, style, and safety.
We liked the fact that this saw does not skimp on the most important qualities and consumer requirements, but made this to conform and appeal to anyone – male or female, experienced or rookie. WORX has gone above and beyond the call of duty with this model to provide a patented Automatic Chain Tensioner, which provides a great benefit and eliminates the unnecessary worry about the chain becoming loose.
We predict this could be a game changer that will prove to be a huge selling point, and there will inevitably be copycats who will try to emulate this function in some other form.
If you’re in the market for a new (or a first) electric chainsaw, consider the WORX 18-inch chainsaw for its overall functionality. It operates well for just about any size job for the yard or farm, and the ergonomic grip adds extra comfort for doing longer jobs.
The patented automatic chain tension will provide peace of mind in knowing that the chain will remain secure and intact. Safety is always first with chainsaws, and the built-in chain brake is a nice feature that saves worry from any incorrect contact.
Take all these features and add a simple startup, no cool-down time, and all-around smart technology, and you have a mid-level-range saw that’s powerful enough for any tough job but easy enough for simple projects, adjusts well with any user’s style, and functions exactly how it should—efficiently, quickly, and safely.
The WORX 18-inch chainsaw is a great choice for novices and more experienced cutters alike, not too large, not too small. And the price point is right on target. This WORX saw is well worth its price tag in gold and will definitely live up to its performance in value.