Worx claims to have reinvented the chainsaw. Its new, electric JawSaw has an innovative, plunging motion that requires the operator to push the handle forward in the direction of the “jaws” to activate the downward motion of the blade. Farm Industry News put the device to the test in a real-world environment of overhanging limbs to see how it stacks up.

Designed with safety in mind, the chainsaw has a mean-looking blade cover with steel teeth that holds the wood in place while cutting. Although this blade cover plays an important role in the overall function of the saw, it limits the size of branch the operator can cut. The jaws manage branches up to 4 in. in diameter. For anything larger, a traditional chainsaw must be used.

During the test, the saw was exceptional at cutting low-hanging branches. When cutting directly on the ground, the jaw guard holds the branch securely and protects the chain from digging into the dirt. Because of the JawSaw’s length (approximately 34 in.), the operator doesn’t need to do much bending or stooping.

For cutting limbs higher up, the tool has an optional, 5-ft. extension pole that enables the saw to reach tree limbs up to 12 ft. off the ground. The extension pole can be assembled and disassembled effortlessly without the need for additional hardware. Although the saw itself weighs only 8.1 lbs., the unit becomes a little top-heavy when attached to the extension. However, once the jaw is around a branch, the saw can rest there while the operator activates the blade and makes the cut.

The JawSaw has a power input of 5 amps and a chain speed of 5.5 meters/sec. The electric saw features an automatic oiler system and a clear oil-level indicator. It also has an easy-to-use chain replacement and auto-tensioning system.

Overall, the saw performed well. The lightweight design made repetitive cuts easy to handle. Although the JawSaw cannot be used for large limbs, it is ideal for minor trim work, cutting small limbs, ground work and pruning. For tackling wayward branches or fallen limbs, the JawSaw is the right tool for the job.

The Worx JawSaw (WG307) costs $119.99, and the JawSaw 5-ft. extension handle (WA0163) costs $39.99. Both are available where professional power equipment is sold or can be ordered directly from Worx. For more information, visit www.worxyard tools.com.