DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw Review
There's really not much to complain about on the power side of things - there's power to spare for most cutting applications and it's certainly more capable than most cordless circular saws on the market today
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One of the products we saw at the DeWalt Experience made us wonder at first if it was really necessary – the new DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw. After all, full-size cordless circular saws have been around for a while and they cut quite well, to be honest. With DeWalt’s recent success in the 20V Max/18V sector, they were due for a 7-1/4 inch model and likely could compete near the top. So why jump up to the 60V class with the rest of the FlexVolt line if you don’t need to?
Who says DeWalt merely wanted to compete?
One word, my friends – power. We certainly have experienced excellent cutting qualities from Hilti, Milwaukee, and Makita, but from what we’ve experienced so far, DeWalt takes it up another level. Where we know we can start to bog down other saws, the DeWalt DCS575 really powers through.
A few basics – the DeWalt FlexVolt circular is a right side blade design featuring a brushless motor. I personally prefer the right side blade orientation and you’d expect a brushless motor at this level. While the FlexVolt battery is backward compatible to DeWalt 20V Max cordless tools, the FlexVolt tools can’t be run on a 20V Max battery. You’ll need to have a FlexVolt pack to use this saw.
Editor’s Note: This is the original review, but the ratings have been updated to reflect the results of our Cordless Circular Saw Shootout.
One of the things I love about DeWalt cordless tools is the ergonomics, particularly in the handle design. DeWalt’s contoured grip is found on this saw and my hand wraps around it comfortably. The trigger itself is easy enough to use, but I prefer to have a push down safety rather than a push in style.
I also like the offset pommel for your guide hand. It takes into consideration that your wrist naturally has to bend in that position and makes it a little more comfortable.
We can’t have an objective conversation about the ergonomics without talking about weight, though. As a bare tool, the DeWalt FlexVolt Circular Saw weight in at 8.1 pounds on our scale and 10.44 with the 6.0 amp hour FlexVolt battery. That’s a bit heavy to carry around, but given that most circular saw cuts are made on top of the material, it’s not a huge downside. If you’re used to a worm drive, it’s a flat out weight reduction.
The electric brake included is very quick to stop the 5800 RPM blade. It’s a safety feature that’s becoming more of a standard on the jobsite and a good one to prevent injuries and damage to work surfaces.
I don’t normally talk about bevel and depth adjustments as a key feature since they all tend to work the same. However, I found both easier than normal to manipulate, so it’s made my list.
There are handy bevel detents at 22.5 and 45 degrees that help eliminate some of the guesswork with common bevel cuts.
One trade-off that’s been made is in the design of the metal shoe and adjustment pieces. DeWalt went with more of a gunmetal gray than a silver which looks great against the yellow. However, the measurement markings are more difficult to see against it.
The LED is another feature that doesn’t usually excite me, but DeWalt’s placement and brightness on the FlexVolt circular saw is very effective for cutting in low light applications.
Room for Improvement
Aside from what I’ve already mentioned, I really wish DeWalt would add a rafter hook to this saw. It’s one of those features that I went without for years, but once I got one, there was no going back.
We’re in the process of building our new video set, so we started by cutting some 2×4 to make up the legs of our workbench. The cuts were easy – as they should be – but we noticed that the shoe seemed to have more friction than most. I’m not sure if there’s a coating to give it that darker gray look or if something else is afoot, but we’ll be investigating this further.
Aside from the tough time sliding across our material, the performance is outstanding. Many of you have already seen the Makita 18V X2 LXT Rear-Handle Saw make a full depth cut during our World of Concrete coverage, so I decided to try a similar test. Granted, the Makita has a greater depth of cut, but the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw did very well in this test. Not to worry, we’ll put these two cordless princes head to head to see who will be king shortly.
There’s really not much to complain about on the power side of things – there’s power to spare for most cutting applications and it’s certainly more capable than most cordless circular saws on the market today.
The Bottom Line… For Now
The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw is for sale in three configurations. DCS575B is a bare tool in case you’re jumping into the line with another kit like the miter saw that comes with two FlexVolt batteries. DCS575T1 includes one battery and the fast charger while the DCS575T2 is your two battery kit.
DeWalt’s internal testing reached as high as 339 cuts in 2×4 pine on one charge. Of course, the 60V platform is going to provide additional power, but just how much?
According to the product page, the brushless motor DeWalt is using is rated at 15 amps – the same as a corded saw. It’s definitely got a lot of power – more than its cordless competitors – but how it compares to Makita’s rear handle model is what we still need to finish testing. The only thing we had a problem with is that the shoe seems to have a tougher time sliding across wood than others.
Aside from that, it’s loaded with most of the standard features (save for a rafter hook) packed in a pretty robust housing.
DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw Key Features
- Delivers up to 339 cuts per charge in 2×4 SPF lumber
- Runs on one DeWalt FlexVolt 60V battery
- Electronic brake stops the blade after trigger is release
- 15 amp brushless motor
DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw Specifications
- Power Source: DeWalt FlexVolt 60V battery
- Motor: 15 amp brushless
- Max Watts Out: 1600 watts
- Bevel Capacity: 57 °
- Blade Diameter: 7-1/4″
- Depth of Cut at 45°: 1-5/8″
- Depth of Cut at 90°: 2-1/4″
- No Load Speed: 5800 RPM
- Tool Weight: 8.1 lbs bare, 10.44 w/ battery
- Warranty: 3-Year Limited, 1-Year Free Service, 90-Day Money-back Guarantee
- Price: Bare tool $179.00, 1 battery kit $299.00, 2 battery kit $379.00