previous
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Classic Cabinets
    Classic Cabinets
  • Hot Water Now
    Hot Water Now
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Custom Flooring Inspiration
    Custom Flooring Inspiration
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
    Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
next
Pin It
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)

> (1 user review) Write a Review

View all photos
Overview

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.

read full review

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