DeWalt DWE357 Reciprocating Saw Preview
We were able to check out some new tools from DeWalt this week at their press event held at Hollywood Studios in Florida. One of the big announcements was the launch of a new Reciprocating Saw (DWE357), which features a unique, hinged configuration designed to provide greater control and balance over traditional reciprocating saw designs. The DeWalt DWE357 reciprocating saw seems ideally suited for general contractors, mechanical contractors, electricians, HVAC professionals, framers, and other residential and commercial construction pros. The tool is designed specifically towards jobs involving cutting applications in tight spots, overhead and other challenging workspaces.
DeWalt DWE357 Reciprocating Saw Features
The new DeWalt DWE357 reciprocating saw weighs 6.8 pounds and measures 14.5 inches in length. That’s about 20% shorter than a traditional corded models. The compact size allows users to make strong, fast cuts in small spaces such as in between rafters and studs, under sinks and in corners. Small is good, but you still need power. DeWalt gave the DWE357 a 10 AMP motor, 2800 strokes per minute (SPM), and a 1-1/8″ blade stroke length.
“Our new, compact reciprocating saw is designed to provide professionals with improved balance and comfort, allowing them to complete a variety of cutting applications efficiently. The saw’s innovative configuration enables contractors to cut in tight spaces where reciprocating saws can’t typically go, providing versatility on the jobsite.”
– Ivonne Meza, DeWalt product manager
In addition to its compact design, the DeWalt DWE357 reciprocating saw includes several innovative features including a lever-actuated, 4-position blade clamp and fixed/pivoting shoe. The four-position blade clamp is unique to DeWalt reciprocating saws and allows users to position the blade in horizontal and vertical positions. The pivoting shoe provides the leverage necessary to complete different applications, making the saw versatile particularly in flush-cutting applications. The DeWalt DWE357 reciprocating saw also includes the expected keyless blade change and an ergonomic handle with a soft overmold for comfort while cutting. The handle helps to minimize discomfort for contractors who use reciprocating saws throughout the workday. Also aiding in comfort, the saw features a variable speed one-finger switch.
The DeWalt DWE357 reciprocating saw will be available at home centers and through the independent channel in the second half of 2012, so you’ll have to wait a bit to get your hands on one. The DeWalt DWE357 is expected to retail for approximately $129, and will come standard with a 3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.