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DW378G Circular Saw

DeWalt - DW378G Circular 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

$169.00 (As of 1/1/2008)

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Editor's Review: Testing Worm-Drive Saws

review date: January 1, 2008

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.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating B
Ergonomics C
Sightlines N/A
Depth and Bevel Adjustments B+
Base and Blade Guard B- (base)
Power B
Extra features B

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site www.dewalt.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Weight 12.75 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Blade Size 7-1/4 in.
Max Depth of Cut (90/45 degrees) 2-7/16 in. at 90 degrees; 1-7/8 in. at 45 degrees
Amps 15
Corded/Cordless Corded
Bevel Range Up to 50 degrees
Speed 4,600 rpm
Type Worm-drive