October 28, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

DeWalt FlexVolt Advantage Cordless Reciprocating Saw DCS386

DeWalt FlexVolt Advantage Reciprocating Saw DCS386

Ever wish you could just pop a DeWalt 20V Max battery on a FlexVolt tool to get through the last few cuts instead of waiting for a charge? The DeWalt FlexVolt Advantage reciprocating saw is one of several tools that bridge the gap.

DeWalt FlexVolt Advantage Cordless Reciprocating Saw: The Big Deal

Technology headlines the DeWalt DCS386, giving it the ability to use both 20V Max batteries and 60V Max FlexVolt batteries. That in itself isn’t a big deal—all DeWalt 20V Max tools can do it.

What’s different is that when you switch to a FlexVolt battery, the tool gets a tremendous performance boost. Other 20V Max tools only see a slight bump and primarily benefit from longer runtime thanks to the higher capacity.

According to DeWalt, the saw gets up to 50% more power when you use a FlexVolt battery compared to a 20V Max 5.0Ah pack. That’s the kind of difference that makes it feel like you’ve switched to a different tool altogether, and it’s similar to what we’ve experienced with our FlexVolt Advantage hammer drill and circular saw.

Additional Info

  • 1 1/8-inch stroke length
  • 0 – 3000 SPM using variable speed trigger
  • Tool Connect Chip ready (DCE042)
  • Lever-action blade clamp release
  • LED light

DeWalt FlexVolt Advantage Cordless Reciprocating Saw Price

You can find the DCS386 at your favorite DeWalt retailer. It’s $199 as a bare tool and there’s no kit option currently available. However, there are a couple of combos that include it.

  • 2-Tool Combo: $478
    • FlexVolt Advantage hammer drill (DCD999)
    • FlexVolt Advantage reciprocating saw combo (DCS386)
    • 1 x 2.0/6.0Ah FlexVolt Battery
    • Rapid charger
  • 3-Tool Combo: $498
    • FlexVolt Advantage hammer drill (DCD999)
    • 20V Max XR impact driver (DCF887)
    • FlexVolt Advantage reciprocating saw combo (DCS386)
    • 2 x 5.0Ah 20V Max Battery
    • Fast charger


  • Model: DeWalt DCS386
  • Power Source: DeWalt 20V Max or 60V Max FlexVolt battery
  • Stroke Length: 1 1/8-inch
  • Stroke Rate: 0 – 3000 SPM
  • Weight: 7.7 pounds bare
  • Warranty: 3 years with 1-year service agreement and 90-day money back guarantee
  • Price: $199 bare

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