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DEWALT DCS371B review

DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool Review

A band saw from the DEWALT line of cordless power tools, the DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX lithium-ion band saw is lightweight and compact, weighing only 9.4 pounds (battery included) and only 15 inches long. Ideal for electrical, mechanical, HVAC and other professional contractors who require their conduit, rigid pipe, Uni-Strut, threaded rod and other materials cut up to 2-½-inch diameter.

Features of the DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool:

  • LED work light with 20-second delay helps to brighten dark work surfaces for safety and precise cutting.
  • 2-½-inch cut capacity cuts up to 2-inch SCH 40 pipe.
  • Centered handle position provides superior balance and ergonomics, allowing for a more accurate cut and less fatigue for the user.
  • Integrated hang hook allows you to hang the saw without damaging the front handle or base.
  • Solid blade support system. Users can easily adjust the blade tracking of the DEWALT DCS371B. With the blade tracking correctly adjusted, the life of the blade is extended, saving you from frequently replacing the blade. The dual-bearing blade guide rollers also ensure solid blade support.
  • Tool-free blade changing lever loosens blade tension to allow for easy blade change.
  • Ergonomic soft grip back handle gives comfort and flexibility.

Pros

  • One-hand operation. Although it’s not necessarily advised to use a power tool with just one hand, the main reason why this unit is preferred by electricians and plumbers is because it allows for cutting overhead and in tight corners. The fact that the tool is battery operated and cordless also helps, since you don’t have to worry about getting tangled inerrant cables when cutting.
  • Flexibility and ease of use. This is a fantastically lightweight and compactly designed band saw. Its ergonomic, soft-grip handle allows for easy, comfortable and fatigue-free use. Unlike the heavier, more cumbersome band saws out there, this one can be used comfortably for longer.
  • Superior cutting ability. With a cutting capacity of 2.5 inches, this tool can cut up to 2 inches of SCH 40 pipe. It also has a cutting speed of approximately 570 rpm.
  • Ergonomically designed. This saw was designed for both balance and ergonomics, without compromising cutting ability and performance. The centralized handle maintains balance while the motor and battery are strategically placed on opposite ends
  • Compact and lightweight. Weighing only 10.2 pounds and measuring 15 inches long, this band saw comes in handy for workers on the move.
  • The blade changing lever makes it a cinch to change the blades, with no extra tools required.
  • The band saw gives you a high degree of control, whether you’re using one or two hands, allowing for total cutting precision.
  • Long-lasting battery life.

Cons

  • Battery and charger sold separately.
  • Some reviewers faced difficulty with the safety button, saying it was tight and doesn’t slide easily to trigger the saw’s activation.

Verdict

The DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Band Saw, Bare-Tool maybe expensive for a small band saw, but it’s a solid tool that doesn’t disappoint. Its powerful, yet ergonomic design comes in handy for people who require accurate cutting in their daily line of work without having to worry about being weighed down by a bulky tool.

Product Comparison

ProductDEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-ion, Bare ToolBare-Tool Milwaukee 2629-20 M18 18-Volt Cordless Band SawMILWAUKEE Deep Cut Band Saw with Case
Dimension8.7 inches x 12.2 inches x 15.38 inches17 x 12 x 4.8 inches8.1 x 22.4 x 15.4 inches
Weight10.2 pounds10.2 pounds14.5 pounds
Warranty3 years5 years5 years
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Coming from a highly regarded power tool brand, the DEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-ion, Bare Tool is the best option for the price out of these three models, as the blade is included even when purchased as a bare-tool.

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