DWE357 Recip Saw

The most intriguing new corded tool announced at the recent DeWalt media event is a reciprocating saw designed to be used with one hand or two. The DWE357 has an angled motor and handle that serves to shorten the length of the tool while also providing one-handed balance. The overall length of the saw is 14 1/2 inches–sized to squeeze between joists or studs–and its weight is a relatively light 6.8 pounds.

Even though the DWE357 is built to be more compact than most corded recip saws, I still consider it a "full size" saw in capability because of its 10 amp motor and generous 1 1/8-inch stroke length. These specs set the saw apart from lightweight corded and cordless "mini" recip saws on the market which are designed to be operated primarily with only one hand.

Of course, it's possible to run full sized recip saws with just one hand once started in the cut, but the long distance between your rear hand and the blade make it hard to push down with much force. In addition, starting a cut accurately and catching the cantilevered weight of the saw at the moment of cut-through are both difficult procedures to do with only one hand. The shorter body of the DWE357 affords greater control in these situations and with less strain on your wrist.

Like DeWalt's other recip saws, this new model features their trademark blade holder with two slots - one with standard orientation and one set perpendicular to allow better access for flush cuts, and a single-position pivoting shoe. When asked why their saws didn't have adjustable shoes (a feature that prolongs the life of blades and provides control of the tool's cutting depth), a product rep stated that a fixed shoe kept users from removing it and using the saw without a shoe for demolition work. Not the answer I was expecting, but interesting nonetheless. A tool-free blade release lever and one-finger variable speed (0-2,800 spm) trigger round out the tool's features.

The DWE357 is expected to hit the shelves in early fall priced at $129.

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DWE357 Saw

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DWE357 Clamp

DWE575 Circular Saw

The DWE575 is slated to replace two of DeWalt's top selling premium saws, the DW369 and closely related DW368. I have high hopes for this new saw. It stands to reason that it must be something really special if the manufacturer is willing to discontinue top performing models for its sake. The focus of the new saw is lighter weight (8.8 pounds) and a slightly more compact size--about one inch less in overall width than its predecessors. In use, the saw felt pretty light, but it's not a miniaturized version by any means, it's a real saw.

The DWE575 boasts full size specs such as a 15 amp motor, 5,100 no-load rpm, 2 9/16-inch cut depth, and a class leading 57-degree maximum bevel angle.

The design of this saw abandons the tough plastic composite shoe found on the brand's current premium saw for a more conventional stamped aluminum shoe, but added features include an integral sawdust blower and the same shock resistant power cord attachment that premiered on DeWalt's latest worm drive saw a few years ago. This ToughCord system allows the saw to be lifted by the cord without damage.

Two versions of the saw will be available this fall: the basic DWE575 ($129), and the DWE575SB with the addition of a blade brake and a kit bag ($139).

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DWE575 Saw

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DWE575

12 Volt Max Recip Saw

DeWalt is adding a mini recip saw to their 12 Volt Max line. With a three-position articulated handle, the DCS310S1 is practically a ringer of brandmate Porter-Cable's mini saw without the work-holding clamp on the front.

The new saw is pretty long so it's easy to use with two hands like a conventional saw whether the handle is folded out flat or in pistol grip position. The stroke length is 9/16 inch and the variable speed trigger runs the blade up to 2,700 spm. An LED headlight helps you cut in the shadows.

The saw will be offered in three SKUs, available this April: the DCS310S1 kit with one 1.5 Amp-hour (A-h) battery ($149), the DCK212S2 two-tool combo kit with a drill/driver ($199), and the DCK413S2 four-tool kit with a drill/driver, impact wrench, and work light ($279).

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12-Volt Max Recip Saw

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Michael Springer has worked as a high-end remodeling contractor and is the former Executive Editor of Tools of the Trade.

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