DeWalt DCS570 20V Max Brushless Circular Saw Review
The DeWalt DCS570 20V Max Brushless Circular Saw is one of the most popular models among DIYers and professionals alike. It’s a powerful tool with a wide range of features that are perfect for any job requiring precision cutting or trimming work.
However, it does have some drawbacks which may make it less than ideal for certain jobs.
Below are the main reasons why people choose to use other brands over the DeWalt DCS570:
1) Price: If your budget allows, then you’re probably better off going with another brand.
For example, if you want something similar to what I’m reviewing here, then you’d be best served by using a Ridgid iJig HD Pro (which costs $200). You’ll get a bit more power and speed, but at a higher price tag.
2) Size: The DeWalt DCS570 is bigger than most other circular saws out there.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it means that it might take up more room in your garage or basement. You could easily end up with two of these things instead of just one.
3) Battery: While the battery is included with the purchase of the saw, it’s not the best thing out there.
If you can, buy an aftermarket replacement instead (which are more powerful than what’s included). The aftermarket batteries are typically sold separately and are more expensive as well.
It’s a catch-22 in that regard.
Despite these issues, it’s hard to ignore the benefits that come with using this model. It’s reliable, powerful, and gets the job done.
The dust collection system works very efficiently.
I have three of these things in my own workshop and use them on a regular basis. I’ve been meaning to get rid of one of them for awhile now, but I end up using it so often that it never gets put to rest.
It really is a great tool to have around.
Here are some of its main features:
Cordless (of course)
11-Amp hour Lithium-Ion battery (included)
Automatic Oiler (this is a great feature that helps extend the life of your blades)
Electronic Single-Sided Blade Brake (stops the blade within seconds after you release the trigger)
Tilt-Lok undercut blade holder (allows you to make bevel cuts without having to re-align the saw)
Rip Fence (for making precision cross and miter cuts)
Magnesium and Aluminum construction (lightweight and durable)
Bevel capacity: 48 degrees (left and right)
What Recent Buyers Had to Say
Most buyers who left feedback indicated that they were very happy with their purchase of the DeWalt DCS570. A lot of the positive reviews focused mainly on how well it works and its high build quality.
There were some complaints about the battery not holding a charge (even when charged for an extended period of time) and arriving defective from the factory. One buyer even reported having to have two replacement units sent to them before they got one that actually worked.
All things considered, this is a great tool to own. If you have the money, I definitely recommend it.
However, if you’re looking to save some money, then there are other options available that are just as good. For example, the Black and Decker BDE860B (Est.
$200) is a comparable model that has very similar features. Many people even say it works better than the DeWalt version. The only drawback is that it’s not capable of cutting 2x material (which the DeWalt is).
But in any case, if you’re looking for the best cordless circular saw on the market, then you can’t go wrong with any of these options.
2. Bosch CS5 (Bare Tool)
If you’re looking for a cordless circular saw that can rip through wood like there’s no tomorrow, the Bosch CS5 (Est. $230) is it.
This thing has serious power, which is even more impressive considering that it uses a standard 5-Ah battery (most other saws use a smaller battery).
The downside is that this saw is not cordless. It’s sold as a “bare tool,” which basically means that you’ll need to buy a battery and a charger separately.
When using this model, we recommend the 6-Ah battery (Bosch CSB600) and the 4.8A fast charger (Bosch LCS6).
The other downside to this model is the price. The 6-Ah battery alone costs $159 (and the 5-Ah version is no longer sold).
A comparable Festool saw with its own battery and charger combo costs nearly $1,000. While you might be thinking that’s a bit too spendy, keep in mind that a quality corded circular saw (such as the Bosch GCM12SD (Est. $185+) ) will run you at least $500. And they aren’t always as convenient or as portable.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a really powerful cordless circular saw that’s going to last a long time and you don’t mind spending the money, then this is definitely the way to go.
The first thing you’ll notice about this tool is that it’s big and heavy. It weighs in at 7.1 pounds (with the battery attached).
It also feels very solid and is extremely well-built.
The next thing you’ll probably notice is the trigger. Unlike many other circular saws, this one has an electronic brake that stops the blade almost immediately after releasing the trigger.
This not only improves safety, but it makes repeated cuts a lot easier. You’ll no longer have to wait for the blade to stop spinning before making another cut.
The tool is also well-designed ergonomically. The oversized trigger and main handle are very comfortable, even when making a lot of cuts in a row.
It’s easy to control where the blade will go and how deep it will cut.
It operates fairly quietly, too (at least compared to a gas-powered saw). In all, it’s an excellent cutting tool that’s well worth the price.
3. Makita AS6391 (Bare Tool)
If you’re looking for a really high-end cordless circular saw, the Makita AS6391 (Est. $315) is definitely worth considering.
The first thing you’ll notice about it is that it’s compact and fairly lightweight (but don’t let that fool you into believing that it isn’t also solidly built).
The other thing you’ll notice is the LED light built into the handle. This is an excellent safety feature that allows you to see exactly where the blade will cut and helps you avoid mistakes.
It also makes it easier to see what you’re doing especially when making cuts in dimly lit areas.
Like most of Makita’s tools, this one is designed to minimize user fatigue with controls that are easy to access and operate. It also has a rubber grip for the main handle.
Although not as nice as the one on the Bosch model, it’s still comfortable to hold.
This cordless saw is fairly compact and lightweight at just over 7 pounds with the battery attached. It uses Makita’s LXT Lithium-Ion battery (36-volt 4.0Ah).
The model comes with the compact BL1019 battery which gives the tool a maximum run time of about 18 minutes. That’s plenty of time to make most cuts, especially with the help of the LED light. The shorter battery life is a trade-off for the smaller size and lighter weight, so if you need more runtime a second battery can be attached. Otherwise, you can opt for the larger and heavier Compact Battery Pack (BL1026, Est. $60).
The tool features an electronic speed control that automatically adjusts the speed to the application. This not only improves its efficiency, but also increases the lifespan of both the motor and the battery.
It also has a worm drive gear for low kickback and a large handle for increased torque. These features make it easier to make straight cuts in most materials and are especially helpful when making long or repeated cuts.
It also has a tool-less blade clamp that allows for quick blade changes and a spindle lock to quickly change the blade orientation from vertical to horizontal.
It also has a bright LED worklight that automatically turns on when the blade makes contact with the material being cut. This is a great safety feature that improves visibility, especially when cutting in dark areas like inside cabinets or under sinks.
Like most battery-powered saws, this one is fairly quiet. It’s not completely silent, but it makes less noise than most and won’t create a disturbance when you need to make cuts early in the morning or late at night.
Although this cordless circular saw is a great tool for cutting wood, it can also be used to cut other materials, such as plastic pipes and insulation (an indispensible feature when doing home remodeling).
A few users mention that some of the parts on the saw seem a bit fragile and may not hold up well over time. You might want to take it easy when cutting through harder materials like masonite.
Despite this minor criticism, users seem to be overwhelmingly impressed with this cordless circular saw. It earns high marks for its power, efficiency and especially its innovative features.
Many users find the built-in light to be especially handy when cutting in dark spaces.
Best for Professionals: Milwaukee M18 Fuel 7-1/4 Circular Saw
Milwaukee M18 Fuel 7-1/4 Circular Saw The powerful and professional choice. High priced, but worth the money if you’ll be using the saw a lot.
The Milwaukee M18 Fuel is the more powerful and more expensive circular saw option from Milwaukee. With over 3,700 buyer reviews on Amazon and an average score of 4.5 out of 5 stars, there’s little doubt that this a top-rated saw for professionals and serious DIYers.
It has the most power and longest runtime of any cordless saw on our list. The M18 REDLITHIUM XC 5.0 Battery Pack is optimized for heavy-duty jobs and provides up to 3x more runtime than the previous model.
The REDLINK Plus Intelligence monitors conditions during use and how the battery is used over time to extend performance and reliability. The Soft-Start feature gradually ramps up power upon start up to reduce stress on the motor and other components.
It cuts through a wide range of materials with ease, including non-ferrous metals, plywood, dimensional lumber, hardwood and more. The adjustable shoe provides superior accuracy when making bevel cuts and it can also be used for cutting holes in material up to 3-1/2″ thick.
The 5.75″ high-performance blade can easily cut through 2x4s and the powerful motor drives it through hardwoods without slowing down.
The saw’s design balances power and weight for improved handling and comfort. It has a compact design at just over 10-3/4″ long and only weighs 6.4 pounds without the battery for easier control.
It has an integrated carry handle and the BLADE-STOP system ensures that the blade and motor stop immediately when you release the trigger, making this a much safer saw to use.
It accepts 7-1/4″ blades and it is compatible with all M18 REDLITHIUM XC 5.0 Batteries.
(Batteries and charger sold separately). This is definitely a pro-level tool that most homeowners won’t need. However, if you do a lot of remodeling or other jobs that require cutting a wide range of materials, this cordless saw is a great investment.
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