DW378G Circular Saw Review
DeWalt has strayed from the classic elongated shape of a worm drive, but if you are used to a sidewinder, this tool is a more-approachable saw
DeWalt has strayed from the classic elongated shape of a worm drive, but if you are used to a sidewinder, this tool is a more-approachable saw. The tilted motor allows the handle to be closer to the blade arbor. This design helps when you’re lifting the saw with one hand. The lower blade guard has a tongue that helps to get the guard moving when it first touches the work. It never bound up in our test. It also has a flange that helps the guard ride over 2x stock.
Of the seven worm-drive saws we tested, the DeWalt had the least kick when the trigger was pulled. In another test where we ripped through 4x beam stock with the saws beveled to the maximum setting, this saw could be pushed so hard that the blade bound. At a less aggressive pack, however, it did fine. Its hammerhead top handle was awkward and uncomfortable to use during two-handed cuts, except for vertical cuts above head height. Because of its light weight (this saw was the lightest we tested), however, it was the best at overhead cuts.