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WORX WG303.1 16-Inch Chain Saw, 3.5 HP 14.5 Amp
on May 26, 2012
I recently purchased this WG303.1 saw and have already put it to good use assisting in delimbing and felling some fairly tall, large diameter trees. I have to admit that I was very surprised at how well it cuts, even when compared to my larger gas powered saw. It's also very light and well balanced, so was comfortable to use for hours at a time. The automatic oiler and tool free chain tensioner were big selling points and I like the idea of the chain brake. So far, it seems like a very well designed saw overall, at least as far as electric saws go.
I don't know if this has been an issue for anyone else, but I noticed that the oil in the small sample size container of "WORX Bar & Chain Oil" included with the saw was much thinner than the stuff I normally use for my gas powered saw and didn't think anything more about it until I went to refill the reservoir. When I refilled the saw with my regular bar and chain oil, the automatic oiler no longer worked and the chain was running bone dry. I drained the tank and refilled it with ordinary 30-weight motor oil and the automatic oiler once again began to work as it had before. The outside temps here this time of year are in the mid to upper 70's, so cold weather oil viscosity shouldn't be an issue and I can't find any documentation in the owner's manual or quick setup guide as to the required type or weight of the bar and chain oil, so I will now just have to assume it uses 30-weight. I have a Remington electric pole saw that also uses 30-weight motor oil for the bar and chain lube, but at least Remington was gracious enough to mention this in their owner's manual. Other than that little fiasco, I really have taken a liking to this saw and am very happy with it.
UPDATE: I have been using the Tanaka 700320 commercial bar and chain oil in my Worx saw. It is about the same consistency of regular 30-weight motor oil, so has been working well. Now no more problems with the chain running dry.