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DeWalt DCS380B Reciprocating Saw Review

DEWALT has produced several different models of reciprocating saws, each one just as reliable as the last and that trend continues with the DEWALT DCS380B.  Utilizing many of the same features found on their other models, this particular one has something extra, an adjustable shoe.

Best Features

With so many features to choose from, we are going to have to go with the adjustable shoe.  The DCS380B’s shoe is adjustable to three different cutting depths.  This lets users have added control over cuts by ensuring the cuts are not too deep and end up cutting material that was not meant to be cut.  This unique feature also helps to extend the life of your saw’s blade.

Advantages

One of the advantages of the DCS380B include a 20-Volt motor that delivers up to 3,000 SPM to make light work of dense materials.  The anti-slip grip helps to not only provide comfort and control while making cuts.  The keyless blade clamp enables you to switch from cutting up wood to metal quickly and easily.

The DCS380B is also compact and lightweight which makes it the perfect saw for taking into tight places and around the job site to be close at hand when needed.  And with the four-position blade clamp, your blade can face up, down, left, or right and makes flush cuts possible.

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Disadvantages

One disadvantage with this saw is that it doesn’t come with a carrying case.  In fact, it does not come with anything other than the saw itself.  This is a bare-tool package.  While those that are familiar with buying power tools understand what that means, first time buyers do not and are often times surprised at what they see when they open their saw.

The only other disadvantage that seems to be a trend is not with the saw itself, but the warranty.  On the rare event that the DCS380B should malfunction, owners have reported having a hard time having service center honor the three-year limited warranty that comes with the saw.  As stated, that with the warranty and not the saw itself.

Conclusion

DEWALT keeps their legacy alive with this saw.  The DCS380B is a great saw that offers plenty of power and features that will make it useful on simple jobs, and heavy-duty professional jobs.  Reliable, portable, and easy to use, this saw is perfect for the demanding professional as well as the first time user.  And with an average starting price tag of just over $100, it is a low-cost, high-reward investment that will show positive returns.

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While this saw is perfectly suited for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned expert, the fact that it is a bare-tool would be an inconvenience for those that are not familiar with this concept.  Overall, a great reciprocating saw that will easily find a home in any shop.

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