Worx WG309 Electric Pole Saw Review
Editor Rating: 4.3/5
Worx WG309 Electric
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: December 12, 2017
Pole saws can be quite useful if you use them for proper applications. Now, many people make a few common mistakes as soon as they decide to buy a power tool. The first one of those mistakes is not paying attention to details. While these machines seem pretty straightforward and easy to buy, that isn’t always the case. There are dozens of models on the market that have a hefty price but don’t offer any premium features. On the other hand, there are also some models that seem cheap and unworthy at first glance but are actually a hidden treasure.
It all comes down to your personal preferences. If you’re looking for a machine that is able to trim, prune, and cut relatively thick branches, then this model might be a good solution. We are here to make things easier for you. Instead of having to research for hours or even days, you can find all relevant data right here and save yourself some trouble.
- Motor – 8 amps
- Weight – 10 pounds
- Extension pole – 8 feet
- Rotatable working handle
- Auto-tensioning system
- Automatic oil pump
Worx WG309 – The Basics
If you’re looking for a high-quality pole saw that is able to cope with most of the things you put in front of it, then this model might be of interest to you. Its 8 amp motor offers plenty of power to allow smooth operation and efficiency. When it comes to the useful features, the auto oiling and tensioning systems are a great addition.
This model is suitable both for beginners and experienced users. It’s quite easy to set up and fine-tune. In fact, you won’t need any additional tools in order to adjust this machine to its optimal levels of performance. It’s also lightweight meaning you don’t have to worry about fatigue and exhaustion too much.
The design is pretty conventional and standard, but it does have some good features. For example, the hand grip on the pole is soft, ergonomic, and designed to alleviate the weight issues as much as possible. In other words, it’s great for people who are worried about getting tired in a short period. Furthermore, the auto-tensioning system allows you to fine-tune the chain and thus prolong its lifespan. On the other hand, as far as we are concerned, the knob is quite bulky and can cause some issues along the way. For example, it can turn in a particular direction if it hits a solid surface in the right spot. Now, it’s a highly unlikely scenario, but it is possible.
The pole seems fine, but it isn’t particularly impressive. It features a detaching mechanism which is easy to use and get the hang of. However, the overall integrity and strength of the pole aren’t the greatest, by any means. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to break in half, but we have seen much sturdier poles in some other models.
The biggest advantage of this design is the fact that you can use the chainsaw on ground level as well. In simpler words, once you’re done cutting the branches, you can detach the saw and use it to process fallen limbs.
One can freely say this is a pretty safe machine to use, as long as you use it within its limits. Also, make sure you take all precautionary measures before utilizing the machine. If you aren’t sure about something, feel free to read the user manual instead of figuring things out yourself – it’s always a much safer option.
Simple to use
Occasional oil leaks
Things we liked about it
The biggest factor for us is the convenience that is involved in this unit. It doesn’t require any complex assembly or adjustments. Instead, it’s almost ready to go right from the box. However, before you turn it on for the first time, make sure it has enough oil in the tank. A lot of manufacturers send their units without any oil and people sometimes oversee that. Needless to say, you won’t have a good time while using oil-less power tools.
The other thing we liked is the price. While one can’t say it’s a cheap piece of equipment, this model does come at an affordable price. If you use it for the right applications, it should turn out to be a good investment. It’s also quite compact and lightweight which is always a good sign.
Things we didn’t like
The oil can leak if you don’t properly store the machine. Now, this isn’t a major drawback as far as the chainsaw design goes, but you should be aware of this issue. Make sure you keep it stored correctly at all times. Also, the chain can give you some trouble if you don’t adjust it perfectly. Some people complained about it loosening and even falling off. Therefore, keep an eye on the chain and make sure it’s always well adjusted.
General user impressions
People seem to like this particular model. It doesn’t cost much, but it offers quite a bit of useful features. On the other hand, it’s definitely not the best thing on the market by any means. Like most other models, this one does come with some disadvantages. However, they are easy to get through and get used to. Professionals tend to avoid this model because 10 pounds seems quite heavy if you’re planning on using it for hours at a time.
The WG309 is a decent model at a decent price. That means you shouldn’t expect a miraculous performance, but it should offer more than enough for an average homeowner. If you have a big yard with a couple of trees, take a moment and check this unit out, it should be a good solution for occasional cutting and pruning.
Make sure you pay attention to the quality of your extension cord as well. Low-quality and low-resistance cords can cause some serious issues and jeopardize the functionality of this machine. Other than that, you shouldn’t worry too much about other stuff.