Rated 5 out of
A beast of a machine
I have had this saw for about 6 months now and have put it through it's paces. It arrived in a sturdy case and I could tell by the weight it meant business. It has a rubber (or rubber type) cable that is thick and will stand being trodden on or the odd thing dropped on it and is of a decent length. Apart from a small metal cutting blade and the manual that is it. No extraneous bits and pieces that you probably don't want.
The saw is heavy, but to me that is good and means you don't need to press into the cut as much as you would with a lighter model. It has an all metal gearbox - good again; no nylon or plastic gears to break or melt.
This is definitely a two handed saw and feels good in the hands; you could be forgiven for doing a mock, pump-action lock and load with a 'do you feel lucky punk' attitude to the job in hand. The variable speed trigger is smooth and with a wood and metal blade went through pallets and their nails with ease - surprisingly so; hot knife and butter came to mind.
There is no doubt that there is a right and wrong way to use this saw and you can minimise the vibration by keeping the saw up against the work and using the right length blade. Talking of blades, don't try and skimp on them, get the best you can it is worth it - you will have paid £200+ for this saw; why bother if you are just going to use '10 blades for 50p' from the pound shop.
So what's not to like?
Not a lot and I make the following observations.
Changing the blade is a twist the collet, insert the blade and let go action. Fairly simple really, however, the return spring is quite strong and the knurled collet is, to my mind, not knurled enough and can be difficult to stop it turning back before you have inserted the blade; more so if your hands are wet or oily. You have to lay the saw down or support it in another way as it is a three handed job. Before changing the blade I strongly suggest that you unplug the saw. No, this is not nannying; the switch has no safety lock and if you fumble when putting the blade in and grab the saw by the handle chances are you will set it going. Bringing me to the lack of a safety lock. Picking the saw up is a two handed operation; try picking it up with one hand by the handle and your fingers fall naturally onto the switch and the weight of the machine does the rest - it will start. Finally the adjustable stop is precise, that is it is not infinitely variable you have to get it in the right place before you can lock the position otherwise you may force it and break the lever.
Some reviews say it vibrates a lot, well durrh it is a powerful reciprocating saw and if you don't hold it right it will shake your arms off - that is all I have to say about that.
If you want a powerful saw that does the job with ease, is well built and sturdy I recommend this one. Just be mindful and use common sense - it is a beast of a machine.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of
dewalt recip saw
I bought this saw for demolision work in australia, my last one lasted 6 years of very hard graft, and was eventually nicked, great tool very robust and cant fault it in any way, some say its heavy but thats the price you pay for its solidity,it will take serious abuse and should last a lifetime as the brushes are easily changed.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 4 out of
Handy piece of kit in the right scenario, but only as good as the blades one uses. So if you've gone to the expense of buying one of DeWalt recip saw's, then buy descent blades and the right blade for the job and you can't go wrong.
Date published: 2012-03-25
Rated 5 out of
excellent product, good value and the normal reliablity of DeWalt, would recommend this product
Date published: 2011-06-25