Welcome to this review of the DeWalt DCS381B 20 Volt MAX Reciprocating Sawzall. In this review we will take an in depth look at the saw, and reveal the various features and benefits that it provides. We will also take a look at the pros and cons of the saw.
If you are looking for a lightweight reciprocating saw that has a lot of power then the DeWalt DCS381B is a very good choice. This cordless reciprocating saw offers maximum convenience, without compromising on power and versatility. It is one of the best professional power tools around.
Design And Features
The DeWalt DCS381B reciprocating saw has been designed with comfort and control in mind. DeWalt has used ergonomics and the handle and front of the saw have a rubber over mold for comfort. The ergonomic design will mean that you should suffer no pain after using the saw.
DeWalt have really gone for compact with this saw as it measures only 16 inches in length. It truly is one of the lightest and best reciprocating saws available weighing just 6 pounds without the battery and 7.4 pounds with the battery included. Being so light it means that you will be more comfortable using the saw, even in difficult conditions such as when working at heights or sawing overhead.
The small size of the saw means that you can make cuts in confined spaces a lot more easily. You can use this DeWalt reciprocating saw almost anywhere, and it will truly go where other saws can’t. You also have more control with the DeWalt DCS381B.
Everything has gone into the design of this saw, and this certainly includes the handle and front grips. They are ergonomically designed and the saw is really easy to pick up and hold. Because there is less strain on your arm and hand, you will be able to apply more pressure when you are working, which will mean faster cuts.
The saw has a very even balance to it. It is balanced toward the middle of the saw and doesn’t push toward the back meaning that you do not have to push down on the front too much. The saw has a very good safety lock and there is no need to hold the lock while the saw is in operation as so many other reciprocating saws will make you do.
The saw has a four position blade positioning system, which enables cutting up and down vertically and in the left and right positions. With this system you will be able to make flush cuts very easily. All you do is set your blade to the required angle using the supplied gauge and you are good to go.
Changing the blades on the DeWalt DCS381B is very easy as there are no fiddly Allen keys to worry about. Just open the blade change lever and you can remove the old blade and quickly insert the new one.
The speed of the saw is variable and be controlled by the trigger. This will help when making more precision cuts. The trigger is tight enough to maintain the speed that you want. When you use the maximum speed the output will be 3,000 strokes per minute.
The shoe at the front of the saw pivots for maximum flexibility. The shoe is adjustable and this is good for extending saw blade life. The DeWalt DCS381B reciprocating saw has a 1 1/8 stroke length, which means that you get faster cutting saving you time and battery power.
DeWalt DCS381B Summary Of Features
The DeWalt DCS381B is 7.5 inches tall and 14.5 inches wide.
It weighs around 6 pounds without a battery and just over 7.4 pounds with the battery installed.
It has a four position blade system.
It has an easy blade release system for changing blades.
The maximum power output is 3000 strokes per minute (SPM)
It has a variable cutting speed control
It has a blade stroke of 1 1/8 inches
It has been ergonomically designed and has rubber over molds for comfort and control.
It is supplied with a 3 year limited warranty, a 90 day money back guarantee and a one year free service contract.
Saw is sold separately and a 20 volt DeWalt battery is required.
Pros Of The DeWalt DCS381B Reciprocal Saw
The advantages of the saw shown below are summaries taken from real customer reviews:
“It lasts a long time on the battery” a number of customers commented on how long the saw lasted on a charged battery.
“The multi angle blade feature is very convenient” there were a number of positive comments about the multi angled blade system, and how useful this was for cutting at different angles.
“The saw delivers a lot of power” this was a common observation. Some people couldn’t believe that a cordless reciprocating saw could deliver as much power as it did.
“The quality of this saw is great” so many people commented on the quality of the saw and many said that they expect this every time from DeWalt.
Cons Of The DeWalt DCS381B Reciprocal Saw
These negative statements were summarized from real customer reviews:
“The motor is not strong and it broke” one customer felt that the motor in this DeWalt saw was not strong and actually suffered a motor breakdown. This is contrary to most other reviews and is considered a one off.
“It did not come with a battery” one customer complained that the saw was not shipped with a battery. It clearly states that the battery is extra so this is not considered to be a problem at all.
“The saw is hard to control” this was a minority view but one customer felt that the saw just cut all over the place and that it was hard to control. This was not the view of most people and is not a major problem.
There were a number of customer reviews for the DeWalt DCS381B Reciprocal Saw, and of these reviews, 60% were 5 out of 5 stars and 10% were 4 out of 5 stars. This is a very good 70%. The negative comments were not considered to be of any major consequence and should not put you off purchasing the saw.
This DeWalt reciprocating saw has been designed very well without compromising on power and features. It has been ergonomically designed, and you will be in total control. This is the one of the best reciprocating saws on the market and is recommended.
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