DeWalt Rear-Handle Framing Saw
This cordless framing saw has ample power and a blade on the left, where it’s supposed to be.
Even though DeWalt’s new 7-1/4-in. cordless saw is not a worm-drive or hypoid saw, it’s set up much like those saws, with a handle at the back and a blade on the left. It’s an arrangement that many carpenters (especially those west of the Mississippi) prefer over the blade-right sidewinders more popular in the East. The saw is powered by DeWalt’s new Flexvolt battery pack that generates 60v (nominal) when it’s plugged into a Flexvolt tool. It can also be used in many DeWalt 20v Max tools. Circuitry within the pack and the shape of the battery mount on the tool tell the pack what kind of tool it’s in and switch the voltage accordingly. The saw features easy-to-use adjustments for depth and bevel and a well-placed rafter hook. Perhaps most importantly, it has enough power to replace your corded saw.
DeWalt Flexvolt 60v Max 7-1/4-in. Cordless Worm Drive Style Saw
Product number: DCS577
Price: $300 (bare tool); $400 (with 9 amp/hr battery)
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