Reviewers say the Worx WG303.1 electric chainsaw is light, well balanced and surprisingly powerful. You have to haul an extension cord around with you, but in return you get a muscular, relatively quiet saw with auto chain tensioning and oiling, plus a low-kickback chain and "virtually instantaneous" chain brake. The WG303.1 has a few hang-ups, however: It goes through oil very quickly and wood chips tend to jam in the ejection port.
Great power for an electric saw. Many users who post comments at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com are impressed by how well the Worx WG303.1's 14.5 amp, 3.5 horsepower motor compares to that of a gas-powered chainsaw. Although it has only a 16-inch bar, the saw repeatedly cuts through logs of 8 to 15 inches with no problem, they say.
Independent testers agree that the WG303.1 is "well-suited for light work, cutting as quickly as the light-duty gas models we tested." It's also much quieter than a gas chainsaw, but hearing protection is still recommended.
Almost too safe. The Worx WG303.1 comes with an impressive array of safety features including a low-kickback chain and a quick-stop safety brake. An independent consumer testing organization gives it a "very good" score for safety, and owners say at Amazon.com that when engaged, the chain brake is "virtually instantaneous." The saw also stops very quickly if you cut the power.
An end guard is notably absent. Some reviewers miss this feature, which would prevent dirt from accumulating under the guard or around the chain.
A convenient tool. The Worx WG303.1 comes assembled out of the box with an auto-tensioning chain and an auto oiler. Although a few owners say the auto-tensioner can be finicky, most say it's fine and that manual adjustments are easy to make with the oversize knob. The auto-oiler, on the other hand, tends to go through oil quickly; several users say you'll need more than the manufacturer provides to get through your first job. A few also warn that wet wood chips can jam in the ejection port, causing the chainsaw to switch off unless you clean it regularly.
Editors test 25 chainsaws, including the Worx WG303.1. Each model is evaluated for factors including cutting speed, safety, ease of use and handling, then given an overall comparative rating.
Review: Chain Saws Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
More than 60 users review the Worx WG303.1 here, giving it an overall score of 4.7 stars out of 5. They love its quiet, powerful cutting performance, and praise its safety features and simple operation.
Review: Worx 16 in. Electric Chainsaw, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2013
The Worx WG303.1 electric chainsaw gets 4.4 stars out of 5 from more than 45 Amazon.com posters, who call it surprisingly powerful and easy to use. A number of owners say you need a light- to medium-duty chain oil lubricant.
Review: Worx WG303.1 16-Inch Chain Saw, 3.5 HP 14.5 Amp, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013