WORX WG304.2 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric Chainsaw Review


WORX WG304.2 is cord powered chainsaw with 15 amp motor and 18-inch bar and chain. It’s one of the less expensive chainsaws you can buy yet


Cutting performance

WORX WG304.2 is pretty powerful considering the price. It’s not as powerful as more expensive STIHL or Husqwarna gas chainsaws but it’s quite capable.

It’s good for lighter duty jobs like cutting smaller limbs, branches and taking down smaller trees. It can also take down quite large trees (like 15+ inch ones) but more powerful chainsaws will be more adequate for such jobs.

Chain pitch is 3/8” with 63 chain links and 0.05” gauge. At no-load chain spins 12 m/s which is about 39 feet per second. So how does it compare to other chainsaws?

As we can see in graph above chain of Oregon CS1500, which is currently best selling cord powered chainsaw, moves 22.2% faster than WORX WG304.2 at no load.

If we compare it to battery powered chainsaws we can see that its chain moves 55% faster than that of DEWALT DCCS620P1 but 40% slower than Makita XCU03Z.

Husqvarna 120 Mark II is entry level gas powered chainsaw. Its chain moves at 73 feet per second or about 86% faster than WORX WG304.2.

Faster moving chain doesn’t necessarily mean faster cutting time but it’s one of the factors nonetheless. Other than Oregon CS1500 other chainsaws in the graph aren’t really direct competitors to WORX WG304.2 and were included for general comparison.


Features

It has tool-less chain tensioning system but it’s kinda mediocre. Doesn’t feel well made and it doesn’t hold tension that well so you have to adjust it quite frequently. Many users have also had issues with chain falling off, apparently adjusting your cutting technique to cutting straight trying to avoid side loading or twisting helps.

It also has expected features like auto lubrication (oil tank capacity is 200ml) and chain brake.


Ease of use

WORX WG304.2 is rather easy to handle. It weighs just 11.2 lbs but it could be better balanced (balance is not bad but neither is it perfect).

Also the fact that it’s cord powered does have slight negative impact on ergonomics, but still, it’s quite easy to use and handle.


Conclusions

For the money WORX WG304.2 is a quite impressive chainsaw but it’s not as good as more expensive units. It’s surprisingly capable however also flawed in some ways.

If you are looking specifically for inexpensive yet capable cord powered chainsaw then Oregon CS1500 is the one you should probably buy.

Battery powered chainsaws are more expensive but if you are looking for one then good options would be Makita XCU04PT, Makita XCU03Z, Greenworks GCS80420 Pro 80V or DEWALT DCCS670X1 60V.





WORX WG304.2 Chainsaw Details/Specs:

  • Type: Electric (Corded)
  • Bar Length: 18 inches
  • Motor: 15 Amp
  • No-load chain speed: ~39 ft/s (12 m/s)
  • Chain pitch: 3/8”
  • Chain gauge: 0.05”
  • Chain links: 63
  • Oil capacity: 200 ml
  • Weight: 11.2 lbs




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