Im an advanced hobbyist. I do work around the house, I’ve built a few buildings and done my share of construction work for friends too. I wanted a good saw for once and this was it.
This is an amazing saw, after going through two or three consumer grade “sidewinder” saws this is a real treat. It’s big, it’s heavy and it will cut through anything you throw at it. I actually feel safer with this saw, there has been more than once my old saw would bind and buck and kick back, this saw typically will plow right through. Having the blade on the left side is ideal for a righty too, no leaning over the saw peeking at the line and risking getting sawdust thrown into your eyes..
It’s heavy – lighter than others in it’s class it is far heavier than the typical consumer grade saw. A bit pricey for consumers, fairly priced compared to it’s peers.
It will cut through tough, thick and knotty wood like butter. The left sided blade makes it easier to follow a line for righties. Lefties are going to have the same issues righties always had with blade right saws. Professionals will see this as a worthy saw for construction work, heavy duty hobbyists like me will appreciate the power and accuracy.
One side note: This saw takes regular circular saw blades – 7.25″ X 5/8″ arbor only it has a diamond arbor. If the blade you buy has a round hole you will have to punch out the diamond shape punch that are found on most blades. I’ve bought a few cheap blades that only had a round arbor and lacked the diamond punch out – most all GOOD blades do have it. This saw even has a nifty hook on the front to make it easy to pop out this diamond. Just make sure any blade you buy shows the diamond indent around the arbor hole.
Lightweight and Powerful Performance
Weighing in at just 13.8 pounds, the DEWALT DWS535 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw is lightweight for easy handling and storage, yet is heavy-duty enough to handle the rigors of the job site. Magnesium construction lends power without bulk, while a durable, cast magnesium shoe provides a tough, solid cutting platform.
4,800 RPM and Bevel Capacity of 53 Degrees for Advanced Applications
Offering a no-load speed of 4,800 rpm and providing a 2-7/16-inch depth of cut at 90 degrees, 1-7/8-inch depth of cut at 45 degrees, and a bevel capacity of 53 degrees, the powerful DWS535 tackles even the most advanced roofing applications and compound angles with ease. This circular saw also saves time by offering bevel detents at 22.5 and 45 degrees for fast and accurate setting to common angles.
User-Friendly, Time-Saving Features
As user-friendly as it is powerful, the DWS535 has a top-accessible spindle lock for easier and faster blade changes, minimizing downtime. For improved versatility, an extra wide saw hook accepts material up to 2-1/2 inches wide, while dual rip ports accept available DWS5100 12-inch Dual Port Rip Guides.
Finally, a TOUGHCORD Cord Protection System provides four-times better cord jerk protection for safer operation.
The DEWALT DWS535 7-1/4-Inch Worm Drive Circular Saw is backed by a limited three-year warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee, and one-year free service contract.
This is a nicer saw package than described (see images too). Most everything else has been discussed (power, accuracy, durability, etc) except the below.
Although it has a bottom piece, it feels like thin cardboard. So I’m going to insert a piece of 1/4″ x 14.5″ x 8.5″ soft maple inside the bottom and fasten this wood to the external rubber feet. This will keep the saw and canvas from ever making contact with hard ground and/or concrete. Although I like the plastic cases for tools, they can be a bit frustrating for me at times.
BLADE CRADLE – The kit comes with a plastic blade cradle that will hold 4-5 blades. It includes a spring clip retainer to hold the blades securely in the cradle. This protect them from damaging the saw or bag when storing blades in the bag.
90° FINE TUNING – There is an adjustable allen set screw that allows you to set the blade at exactly at 90° using a square. Although most c-saws have this feature, Dewalt doesn’t mention it anywhere except the manual. This is the “stop” that returns the saw to exactly 90° after using the normal lever controlled bevel adjustment. This “fine tuning” should be done when you first get the saw and whenever you install a new blade. One reviewer commented his saw wasn’t square, provided an image, and returned the saw after giving it a 1 Star – obviously “Patrick” didn’t glance through the instruction manual.
The Dewalt DWE575SB 7-1/4-inch lightweight circular saw with electric brake is designed to be one of the lightest and well balanced saw in its class at only 8.8 pounds, with an electric brake that stops the blade after the trigger is released. A ball bearing lower guard provides a durable design — even against dust contamination for smooth retraction — along with the high grade stamped aluminum shoe that provides the user with a durable and smooth base for accurate cutting. Advanced lower guard geometry for bevel cuts with integrated dust blower allows the user to clear the sightline while cutting. A patented tough cord protection system provides 3x durability against cord pull-out. On-board blade wrench storage allows for easy storage and convenience for blade changes. It also includes a handy carrying case for easy portability.
Weighing only 8.8 pounds and measuring 7.2 inches in width, the DWE575SB is one of the lightest circular saws in its class. Despite its small size, the unit delivers plenty of power to perform some of the most demanding applications with 1,950 Max Watts Out (MWO) and 5,100 revolutions per minute (RPM). The saw is ideal for framers, concrete formers, general contractors, and remodelers who are tasked with completing applications ranging from framing walls to cutting plywood, siding, exterior finishing, and more. Also, thanks to an integrated dust blower that cleans the user’s line of sight before cutting and high quality gears, the saw provides smooth cutting, high quality performance. The saw also features a 57-degree bevel capacity, with 22.5- and 45-degree detents, and a 2 9/16-inch depth of cut capacity, which is best in class and allows for a variety of applications.
To provide durability, DEWALT incorporated several features into the design of the new circular saw. For instance, a ToughCord cord system provides three times more resistance to cord pullouts when compared to circular saws without a ToughCord system. To aid in comfort and balance, the new circular saw features ergonomic handles and trigger actuation. The DWE575SB also features an electric break that allows for the saw blade to stop after two to three seconds from the time the trigger is released, providing additional safety. This feature allows users to start repetitive cuts faster.
7-1/4 inch Lightweight Magnesium Worm Drive
Designed with the framer in mind the SPT77WML-01 is the lightest saw in its class, weighing only 11.6 lbs. This all-magnesium saw has the legendary SKILSAW Worm Drive gearing for power and torque through difficult cuts. The 15 amp dual-field motor powers through and stays cool during the longest days on the job. The 7-1/4 inch saw has a max cutting capacity of 2-3/8 inch at 90° with a maximum 53° bevel capacity featuring positive stop at 0° and 45°. Ideal for applications such as framing, decking, siding and ceilings. Works with soft, hard and engineered woods.
Included with the SPT77WML-01 is an on-tool multi-function wrench for blade changes and brush and oil maintenance also included is a 24-tooth carbide-tipped SKILSAW blade.
- Lightest magnesium construction reduces user fatigue for less down time
- Cut-Ready depth of cut system helps with quick, accurate depth measurements
- 53° bevel allows users to complete a wider variety of cuts
- 15 Amp of power gives users the power to rip through more lumber in less time
- The anti-snag lower guard provides smooth operation for small cut-off pieces
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For the DIY-er who works on something once or twice a month this is a saw that will probably last a lifetime so long as you can bother to remember to change the carbon brushes every now and again and strategically add a drop of oil or 2. The controls are straightforward. The base is very square and strong. The motor is more strong enough for anything you could expect a circular saw to do while also running and starting smoothly, and the blade guard won’t bind or catch on stuff. Oh hey, and there is a light too which can come in handy too even in daylight conditions. DIY-ers are set!!
For the contractor who needs something to use and abuse 10 hours a day 5-6 days a week for years on end this saw will be serviceable, even good, but not great. Don’t get me wrong, it’ll still be a big step up from the cheaper Craftsman or Kobalt mid-tier saws and the Harbor Freight stuff will seem like the total junk it is in comparison. First is that its kind’ve heavy, particularly compared to the ones with a magnesium ally base. The 2nd is the angle adjustment brackets are made of plastic (flexes/less durable then metal) and have no pre-set angle stops: spending more time playing with adjustments and making sure your cuts are correct means less time doing actual cutting and work!
The blade it comes with is pretty mediocre but good enough for ripping, no one sells a saw with a good blade in the box anyways so I wouldn’t ding it for that.
BTW you can make the rule measurements “pop out” on the base by rubbing a crayon (green of course) into them. Only takes a minute or 2 and cleaning up excess is easy with some Goof-Off. Voila, measurements are easy to eye ball once again!
- Powerful 15.0 AMP motor delivers 5,800 RPM for proven performance and jobsite durability
- Lower guard design improves performance when making bevel and narrow cuts
- Large cutting capacity (2-3/8″” at 90°, 1-3/4″” at 45°)
- Two built-in L.E.D. lights illuminate the line of cut for increased accuracy
- Well balanced design for superior handling and performance
- Heavy gauge aluminum wraparound base engineered for improved durability and straighter cuts
- Built-in dust blower clears the line of cut for greater accuracy
- Technologically-advanced centrifugal fan and baffle system for efficient cooling of the motor
- Bevel cuts 0-45° for the most common angles
- Large and easy-to-read markings on depth and bevel scales
- Flat motor housing design increases stability when changing blades
- Conveniently located shaft lock for easy blade replacement
- AC/DC switch allows for use with alternative power sources
- All-ball bearing construction engineered for longer tool life
- Ideal for framers, builders, masons and siding contractors
- Powerful 15.0-AMP motor delivers 5,800 RPM for proven performance and jobsite durability
- Lower guard design improves performance when making bevel and narrow cuts
- Large cutting capacity (2-3/8-Inch at 90-Degree, 1-3/4-Inch at 45-Degree)
- Two built-in L.E.D. lights illuminate the line of cut for increased accuracy
- Heavy gauge aluminum wraparound base engineered for improved durability and straighter cuts.
There is little I can say that hasn’t already been said so I’ll keep it short and sweet:
For the $100 or so I paid for it this saw is a great deal. For the MSRP of over $200 I would look elsewhere, there are better saws for less.
Rockwell’s RK3440K VersaCut is a powerful, multi-functional, ultra-compact circular saw that can cut wood, flooring, plastic, ceramic tile, slate, aluminum and even sheet metal. Its lightweight (four pounds) and streamlined design makes it easy to control with just one hand. Improve efficiency and comfort with the VersaCut, which eliminates the need to drag out a big, heavy circular saw to perform similar tasks. The Rockwell VersaCut possesses the power of a large, bulky and heavy circular saw in a compact, well-balanced, lightweight design. Get professional-looking results in wood, flooring, plastic, ceramic tile, metal, and more using exclusive laser guide technology that provides a precise cutting line. And thanks to its small size, the VersaCut gives you power and accuracy in tight areas that cannot be accessed by regular circular saws. The VersaCut—equipped with a 4-amp motor—provides professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike with the fantastic-looking results; users can make perfect rip cuts and plunge cuts with assistance from Laserguide technology that ensures users won’t have to measure a cut twice (saving time and money). Use the dust extraction adapter to keep the cut line clear of dust to further improve visibility. And unlike most saws, the VersaCut is designed to cut through materials thicker than 1 inch. Thanks to an extremely slim design, the VersaCut provides you with better control—and its ergonomically balanced design with rear-motor construction improves user comfort and decreases fatigue. The lock-off switch prevents accidental starting, and the durable full metal inner and outer guard design extends product life. Quick access to the depth-adjustment lever allows you to move the indicator to the desired depth and lock the mechanism with ease. Kit includes one Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut circular saw with one 24T carbide-tipped blade for cutting wood, one 44T HSS blade for cutting aluminum and PVC, one diamond Grit blade for cutting ceramic tile and cement board, one no-mar plastic base plate cover, one parallel guide, one vacuum adapter, two Allen wrenches and one carrying bag.
This is a replacement for Skil’s popular older models 5680-01 and -02. The main differences between this model and the older ones:
— about 15% lighter – 9.5 vs 11.2 pounds (with blade, cord & wrench, 8.7 without).
— shaft lock added to make changing blades easier.
— a little more power than the 5680-01 (15 Amp and 2.5 HP vs 14 Amp and 2.3 HP).
— a little more bevel capacity than the 5680-01 (51 vs 45 degrees maximum).
The thing I like most about this is the lighter weight. If you cut a lot, it becomes very noticeable. It has plenty of power for ordinary uses like easily cutting 2x4s, 1.5″ planks, plywood, etc. The maximum cut depth is just under 2-1/2 inches. The blade guard retracts smoothly. The sawdust blower keeps a clean cut line.
The laser line guide is handy for more easily insuring the cut is on line. It puts a red line from the front of the saw to a couple feet out (more in dim light). It isn’t very easy to see in direct bright sunlight, though. You can turn it on and off as needed.
The safety button that you have to push to pull the start trigger is easy enough to use with one hand.
The saw has a one-year repair-or-replace warranty for home use, 90 days for professional use.
– lightweight for its type/power.
– good power and speed of rotation (5300 rpm)
– sturdy body construction for home use
– laser line guide to easily see if blade is on cut line.
– sawdust blower keeps cut line visible.
– smooth blade guard operation.
– trigger and handle hole are large enough to easily use with gloves on.
– easy-to-use safety button to prevent accidental startup.
– torque clutch to help lessen risk of kickback.
– positive bevel stop at 45 degrees.
– power indicator light on top.
– onboard wrench and shaft lock for ease of changing blades.
– comes with a standard Skil Carbide 5/8″ 24-tooth blade, a popular if inexpensive most-purpose blade.
– comes with adequately sturdy, lightly padded, zippered black nylon carrying bag with a bright red Skil logo.
– no electric brake, which would stop the saw blade after you release the trigger. (Many consider that a useful safety feature.)
– no built-in light to illuminate what you’re cutting.
– steel base plate. Strong enough for ordinary use, but more easily bent if dropped or banged than aluminum or magnesium. If bent, the saw may not make straight cuts.
– maximum depth of cut at 90 degrees: 2-7/16 inches. At 45 degrees: 1-15/16 inches. Depth is adjustable by loosening a screw, with a built-in depth guide.
– cord is 6 feet long, heavy duty, with clip on plug end.
– 10.75 (L) x 8.75 (W) x 6.4 (H) inches without the blade and with the blade guard retracted. With the blade and guard in place the height goes to 9.1 inches. The nonremovable cord is stiff enough to add at least another inch to the length.