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Worx WG322 Review

This cordless electric chainsaw is our favorite 20V model for small, quick projects around the yard
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Worx WG322 Review
Credit: Ross Patton
Price:  $130 List
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Manufacturer:   Worx
By Ross Patton ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 8, 2020
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RANKED
#11 of 13
  • Saw Performance - 35% 5.5
  • Ease of Use - 30% 7.0
  • Battery - 25% 4.0
  • Noise - 5% 7.9
  • Weight - 5% 9.4

Our Verdict

The Worx WG322 is quiet, light, and easy to operate. Its compact size makes it ideal for home use and jobs that don't require a long bar. We were pleasantly surprised by the cutting performance and battery life that the WG322 delivers considering its small low-voltage battery. That said, the battery did not last especially long compared to much of the competition during our assessments, and it does take a long time to charge. To see how it stacks up versus the competition, check out our review of the top-rated battery chainsaws.
REASONS TO BUY
Compact
Light
Quiet
Affordable
REASONS TO AVOID
Mediocre battery life
Slow at making cuts

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Bottom Line If you're in the market for a 20 volt model, this saw does the trick for quick and small jobsThe champion of our dimensional wood-cutting time trialsIf you want an easy-to-use cordless electric chainsaw with a long-lasting battery and a long bar this is the oneA battery-powered model with exceptional cutting performance and boost modeA decent battery-powered chainsaw that falls about in the middle of the pack for overall performance
Rating Categories Worx WG322 EGO Power+ CS2005 Ego Power+ CS1800 Husqvarna Power Axe... Ego Power+ CS1613
Saw Performance (35%)
5.5
10.0
8.5
9.0
6.5
Ease of Use (30%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Battery (25%)
4.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Noise (5%)
7.9
5.0
6.6
7.6
6.3
Weight (5%)
9.4
4.4
6.2
6.3
6.4
Specs Worx WG322 EGO Power+ CS2005 Ego Power+ CS1800 Husqvarna Power Axe... Ego Power+ CS1613
Model Number WG322 CS2005 CS1800 350i CS1613
Bar Length 10 inches 20 inches 18 inches 18 inches 16 inches
Measured Average Cutting Time 38.382 seconds 3.45 seconds 5.876 seconds 7.07 seconds 7.21 seconds
Measured Battery Charge Time 3 hr 1.25 hr 1.5 hr 2.75 hr .8 hr
Measured Weight 6 lbs, 10 oz 19 lbs, 1 oz 14 lbs, 11 oz 14 lbs, 6 oz 14 lbs, 3 oz
Measured Battery Weight 1 lbs, 10 oz 6lbs, 5 oz 4 lbs, 13 oz 4 lbs, 2 oz 4 lbs, 12 oz
Measured Body Dimesions 13x8x7.5 inches 18 x 8 x 7 inches 16x9x8 inches 18.5 x 8 x 6 inches 17 x 8 x 6.5 inches
Included Battery Size 2 Ah 6 Ah 5 Ah 7.7Ah 4Ah
Nominal Voltage 20V 56V 56V 36V 56V
Measured Runtime 22 minutes 35 minutes 60 minutes 51 minutes 25 minutes
Measured Run Time Eco Mode n/a 47 mins n/a 67 mins n/a
Measured Wind Up Time 2 seconds Instant 1.25 seconds .25 seconds .5 seconds
Measured Decibel Reading at 48in 80.0 dBa 99.1 dBa 88.8 dBa 82.1 dBa 90.6 dBa
Control Type Thumb safety Side safety w/ chain brake Side safety w/ chain brake Electronic button, palm safety, and chain brake side safety w/ chain brake
Chain Replacement and Tensioning Type Tool free Included Tool Tool Free Tool free Tool free
Metal Bucking Spikes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oil Conservation 8 10 8 9 8
Bar & Chain Tank Location and Type Top Side Side, Screen Side Side, Screen

Our Analysis and Test Results

This saw has a lot to offer for those that don't require a long bar or tons of battery life. The short bar length and small battery make the Worx WG322 much lighter and more compact than most cordless electric chainsaws on the market. The light weight can alleviate some pain from your back and arms, making small duty trimming, bucking, and pruning easier than ever. The tool-free chain tensioning system makes tightening the chain as easy as possible, but we noticed that the WG322 requires a bit more monitoring than models that use a tool.

Performance Comparison


worx wg322 - the worx wg322 is the way to go when it comes to small bar 20v...
The Worx WG322 is the way to go when it comes to small bar 20V versions.
Credit: Laura Casner

Saw Performance


We divided saw performance into two halves for our first metric — we timed several individual cuts with dimensional wood and took an average of several trials. We subjectively judged the feel and cutting power of every model while bucking logs into firewood. This section of our assessment accounts for 35% of our total score.


The Worx WG322 is far from the highest-scoring model in this metric, but we were astonished by this saw's abilities considering its size and weight. On average, it took 36 seconds to cut through our dimensional lumber. This may sound like a long time, but this is nearly as fast as models that claim to have twice the power.

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Credit: Ross Patton

Ease of Use


We dedicated the next 30% of the score to how easy each saw is to use. For this metric, we weighed each model to double-check the manufacturers' claims — some of which often list the weight without the batteries attached. We then carefully inspected the switches, triggers and toyed with the various chain tensioning systems. Finally, we subjectively judged how quickly and easy each saw was to get going from storage modes to making cuts.


In the world of power tools, we often find that simplicity is key. Because the Worx WG322 only has one power output setting, there is no reason to have any more switches other than a safety button and a trigger. We are also fans of bar & chain oil tanks that have the fill cap located on the top of the saw body rather than the side as this alleviates any need for awkward positioning while filling and lowers the chances of spilling.

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Credit: Ross Patton

The chain tensioning system on the WG322 is as easy as can be to operate. It simply requires the user to spin the dial one direction in order to align the bar, tighten the chain, and lock everything in place all at once.

worx wg322 - the worx wg322 bar & chain tensioning system is a cinch to use.
The Worx WG322 bar & chain tensioning system is a cinch to use.
Credit: Ross Patton

Battery Life


The next 25% of the total score is allotted to battery performance. With the batteries fully charged, we strapped the saws down to a large table and ran them with no load in order to time the battery life of each model. Once the saws were completely out of sauce, we plugged them into their chargers and carefully stood by with a stopwatch to see how long they take to get back to 100%.


This was not a strong metric for the Worx model. It only ran for a total of 22 minutes, and it took 3 hours to charge. However, we should mention that it did outperform models with much higher voltage batteries, and we love how small the battery and charger are compared to most of the opponents.

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The Worx battery does not last especially long and this model takes a bit of time to charge, but considering the size of the battery and charger this is to be expected.
Credit: Ross Patton

Noise


To measure noise, we used a sound pressure level meter from a few feet away from each saw running at full throttle to gain some objective data. Next, we had a panel of judges stand at a distance of 50 feet to let us know if there were any particularly offensive squeals or whines that each tool produced. These combined assessments account for the final 10% of our overall score.


The Worx WG322 did fantastically in the noise department. The judges decided they could barely notice it running from 50 feet away and that it was hardly annoying to have to listen to. When we broke out the SPL meter, this model registered a mere 80.0 dBa.


Weight


If the weight of the chainsaw is any sort of concern to you, the Worx 3G22 is a fantastic choice. At a total of 6 pounds, 10 ounces including the battery, this saw weighs a small fraction of the heaviest models we've tested.


Should You Buy The Worx WG322?


When it comes to low voltage short bar models, we can't imagine finding a much better cordless electric chainsaw than the Worx WG322. It's affordable, compact, and light, and it won't bother your neighbors but still rips through small logs with relative ease. This model outperforms other battery chainsaws that cost more, in many cases, a lot more. If you don't need to make large cuts or need a long-lasting battery, this saw is the way to go if you want to save some money.

What Other Chainsaw Should You Consider?


The Worx WG322 is exceptionally light and remarkably affordable, but it truly cannot keep up with top-tier models in terms of overall performance. If you're looking for a powerful cutting machine with a longer bar for heavy-duty use, we recommend the EGO Power+ CS2005 for battery-powered models and the Echo CS 590 for gasoline chainsaws.

Ross Patton
 

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