DEWALT DW368K Heavy Duty 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw Kit

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DEWALT DW368K Heavy-Duty 7-1/4-Inch Lightweight Circular Saw Kit

DeWalt DW368K description

Cordless: No, Blade Diameter (in.): 7 1/4, Amps: 15, Watts: 2,200, Volts: N/A, Speed - No Load (RPM): 5,800, Bevel Capacity (deg): 56, Bevel Stops (deg): 45 and 22.5, Cutting Depth at 90deg (in.): 2 3/8, Cutting Depth at 45deg (in.): 1 3/4, Blade Location: Right, Blade Included: Yes, Wrench Included: Yes, Battery Included: N/A, Charger Included: N/A, Case Included: Yes  

DeWalt DW368K specifications

Circular Saws
15 Amp 2,200 MWO motor
56-degree beveling capacity with stops at 45- and 22.5-degrees for aggressive bevel cuts
Clear line of sight aids in blade visibility from any angle
Weighs 9-1/2 pounds; backed by a manufacturer's 3-year warranty
Included with saw: carbide-tipped blade, blade wrench, and heavy-duty kit box
9.38 inches
14.38 inches
15.88 inches
17.2 pounds
Package Height
9.3 inches
Package Width
14.2 inches
Package Length
15 inches
Package Weight
18 pounds

DeWalt DW368K reviews

Too much flexibility
helpful for 20 of 20 people
This saw is a step up from my old black and decker, and the saw has plenty of power. But...the sole plate connection is way too flexible. It is only connected to the body of the saw by a piece of plastic housing that is about an inch wide. As I made a few test cuts the saw would not keep a 90 degree angle. The connection would flex and I would end up with a cut that was beveled 2 or 3 degrees. To me that is unacceptable for a tool costing this much. I'm taking this saw back and see if I can trade it in for the DW364.
Good Power For Rough Work
helpful for 13 of 14 people
This saw was purchased to replace an underpowered Black & Decker, which bogged down when ripping hardwood trim for bookcases and cabinets. The power of this saw is excellent, although DeWalt's own rip fence flopped around in the slot so badly that the trim cuts were practically useless. I tried putting tape around the rip fence to steady it in the slot, but it didn't help much. Since the saw has good power, I use it to rip plywood panels to size before precision trimming. For basic construction and framing, this saw would probably be more than adequate, but not for precision trim cuts. As others have reported, the shoe flexes too much (probably because DeWalt tried to keep it as lightweight as possible), and when combined with the shaky rip fence slot, it will probably give rough edges to your trim.
nice saw, nice price
Luckily, I haven't noticed the flex in the base that was mentioned by a previous reviewer. I have used this saw for several small projects and am very happy with it.

I do recommend adding the Dewalt edge guide, which is available from Amazon. It slips into a slot on the base and is held in place by a bolt. The edge guide helps in starting and keeping the cut square.

Satisfied with Dewalt again
The main thing about any power tool is don't bog it down, keep up the RPM's and blow out the dust from the motor every once in awhile and any brand will last for years. As I am getting older, I wanted a light tool and still have plenty of power. This is the best circular saw I have ever owned. Light and powerful. You can spend more, but this Dewalt saw is all you will ever need.
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