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DW368 Circular Saw

DeWalt - DW368 Circular Saw

A good performer with excellent sightlines, this circular saw from DeWalt features a great bevel detent system

$119.00 (As of 12/1/2004)

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Overview

Editor's Review: Not Your Old Saw

review date: December 1, 2004

This circular saw has one of the best lines of sight on any saw we tested and also one of the best bevel detent systems for 22.5 degree and 45 degree settings (with a maximum of 56 degree). In addition, its scales, which are in single-degree increments, are easy to read. It has a 1-1/2-in. cutting depth at 53 degrees. Its ribbed-magnesium base helps to keep the saw light, but at shallow depths, it has a lot of flex. The machine we tested delivered smooth guard retraction on all cuts, including simple miters beginning from both the long and short points as well as compound miters, again from both directions. It also did an excellent job of moving dust out of the rear port.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Ergonomics Average
Sightlines Excellent
Depth and Bevel Adjustments Average
Base and Blade Guard Average

Editor's Review: Lightweight 7-1/4-in. Circular Saws

review date: May 1, 2002

Overall, this saw is smooth and powerful. Its 15-amp motor operates at 5,800 rpm, and it is sturdier than the DW359, making it a good choice.

The base of the DW368 is strong and flat, and is made of a die-cast magnesium alloy. The saw's bevel-adjustment knob is in front, and the depth adjustment is to the right of the handle and next to the blade housing. The saw can be set to bevel slightly more than 56 degrees, with detents at 22-1/2 degrees and 45 degrees. It can, however, cut through 2x stock only to about 50 degrees.

My only real criticism of this saw is that the forward grip seems too small, which limits its usefulness, especially while retracting the blade guard.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Ergonomics Good
Sightlines N/A
Depth and Bevel Adjustments N/A
Base and Blade Guard Very good (base)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site www.dewalt.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Weight 9.5 lb.
Dimensions 16.1 x 12.1 x 9.5 inches
Blade Size 7-1/4 in.
Max Depth of Cut (90/45 degrees) 2-3/8 in. at 90 degrees; 1-3/4 in. at 45 degrees
Amps 15
Corded/Cordless Corded
Bevel Range Up to 56 degrees
Speed 5,800 rpm
Type Sidewinder