Worx WG303.1 Electric Chainsaw Review

 

Can an electric chainsaw perform as well as a small gasoline powered saw?  The short answer is yes.  What the electric motor lacks in speed, it makes up in torque.  It’s all about the torque, baby, torque.  I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about the buzz on the internet concerning the Worx 303.1 14.5 amp chainsaw being comparable to a small 30ish CC gas powered chainsaw, but it really does handle itself well.  Are there drawbacks when compared to a gas powered model? Yes there are, but there are some advantages as well.

Another great photo by A.J. Kilpatrick of the Worx WG 303.1.

A handsome fellow with his orange and black coloration: the Worx WG303.1.

Pros:

  • No harmful CO emissions which makes it ideal for using indoors (especially in the winter).
  • It is plug and go- no carburetor related issues when starting/operating.
  • Substantially cheaper for those who are all about the Benjamins
  • Low maintenance
  • Much quieter than a conventional chainsaw
  • Weighs 11 pounds

Cons:

  • It is tethered to an electric cord which limits its range and sometimes makes it awkward to maneuver with
  • Ultra sensitive safety brake that is set too close to the handle. This makes the saw prone to stopping at the slightest change in hand position and limits the saws manoeuvrability while greatly increasing frustration for the end user through repetitive stops.
  • Weighs 11 pounds
  • Low grade bar

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First Foray Into Carving: A Lot Like Crack

 

After finally getting around to putting a dedicated carving bar onto a Stihl MS 193 C, it was time to try a little chainsaw carving.  Since the Christmas season was fast approaching, I decided to try my hand at carving some small trees.  Trees seem to be pretty simple to carve and would be a good starting point for a beginning carver, and, with the silly season almost upon us, a carved tree would add to the festive decor (and maybe make a gift idea or two).

A festive center-piece brought to you by the world<s greatest and best chainsaw blog.

Small carving serving as a centerpiece.

The first challenge for carving was securing the wood to keep it safely immobile during carving.  A few screws into an old wooden sawhorse did the trick, and it was off to the races.  Using a 50 cc Stihl MS 271 to block in the rough shape, it wasn’t long before I was putting the new carving bar through its paces.  The new carving set up worked quite well.

Photo by A.J. Kilpatrick for the greatest chainsaw blog.

Basic shape carved and ready for some detailing.

The Stihl MS 193 c is doing some great work.

Work is progressing. The “scalloped” technique is more time consuming.

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