In this article we’re going to talk about the relative merits of two of the most popular electric chainsaws currently on the market. Both produced by Worx, we’ll take a closer look at how the WG303.1 compares with its big brother the WG304.1.
When I have reviewed these products, two of the most popular questions consumers ask are – what’s the difference between these two saws and which one should I opt for? Their features seem so close that it’s hard to tell if one is better than the other.
In truth, it’s hard to go wrong with either of these saws. Both have excellent customer ratings so buyers are onto a winner. I like to compare saws side by side as it makes it easy to see the differences at a glance. Have a look at the table below which will hopefully answer any questions you may have.
|Worx WG303.1||Worx WG304.1|
|Motor Power||14.5 Amps||15 Amps|
|Bar Size||16 inches||18 inches|
|Oil Reservoir Size||6.75 ounces||6.75 ounces|
|Oiling system type||Automatic||Automatic|
|Weight||11.0 lbs||11.2 lbs|
|Link to our review||Read more||Read more|
As you can see from the table, these two machines are identical in many respects. Indeed, they both share the same user manual so the basic design and construction of the two models is the same.
The 304.1 has a 15 Amp motor capable of generating 1,800 watts, which translates into 2.41 hp. It has an 18 inch guide bar and chain and weighs 11.2lbs.
The 303.1 has a 14.5 Amp motor which will generate 1,740 watts and which translates into 2.33 hp. It comes with a 16 inch guide bar and chain and weighs 11lbs.
As you can see, both models are pretty much identical. The 304.1 is slightly more powerful, although it is unlikely that you will notice a great deal of difference. Its longer bar means that it should be able to cut logs with a slightly larger diameter in a single pass. Providing a saw has enough power and the chains are in good condition, an 18 inch saw should be able to cut through a 16 inch log in a single pass, whereas a 16 inch blade would be able to cut through a smaller 14 inch piece of wood in a single pass.
Handling the saws, in terms of maneuverability should be similar. The 0.2lb weight difference is pretty much irrelevant for comparison purposes. The 16 inch blade may be slightly easier to use if you have to work in tighter situations, whereas the 18 inch blade is more likely to come in handy when cutting larger pieces of wood.
Consumer ratings for both these products are excellent. There are hundreds of reviews on line for these two models.
The 303.1 has been Worx’s best-selling model for years and has regularly attracted consumer ratings of between 4 and 5 stars.
Similarly, the 304.1 has proved to be another best-selling product and has consistent ratings of between 4 and 5 stars. Interestingly, the ratings for this model are slight better, but again only by a fraction. The difference certainly isn’t enough to conclude that one model is better than the other.
The larger saw is slightly more expenses. At the time of writing the price difference is around $15.
Both these saws are great deals. They are easy to use and offer excellent performance. In fact, they are ideal for anyone looking to buy their first chainsaw.
So which one should you choose? It really depends on the type of work you are likely to need it for. For example, if you only have to carry out some light cutting duties on small diameter logs and limbs, you might be advised to go for the 303.1 and save yourself some money. Alternatively, if you want it predominantly to cut larger pieces of wood, the 304.1 might be preferable.
As I said earlier you can’t really go wrong with either of these saws. Just choose the one that suits your needs the best.
WORX WG 303.1
WORX WG 304.1